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bpm:tv blogger Gosia Mrugala gets two for the price of one when she connects with Matt and Chris Stafford, a.k.a. THE STAFFORD BROTHERS. Not only are the Staffords Australia’s number one DJ duo — they’re also the stars of their own hit reality series, The Stafford Brothers airing right here on bpm:tv. CLICK HERE for info and airtimes.
EDM fans in Toronto can catch Matt and Chris live at The Guvernment, along with headliners Eric Prydz and Sander van Doorn, on Sunday February 17. CLICK HERE for details!
GOSIA MRUGALA: Hey guys! What have you been up to lately?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: Touring Australia for the summer. We’ve done 40 shows in 60 days here in Australia, which has been crazy. Then we’re back in LA on Monday to film our new video clip with Lil Wayne and Christina Milian.
GOSIA: So what’s it like working as a sibling duo? What are the pros and cons?
CHRIS: Pros – I always find two is better than one. Traveling with someone makes it more fun and I think it would be quite lonely by yourself on the road. Cons – We have to split the money!
MATT: It’s great because you know you have each other’s back. The pros are we know when to step back and not annoy each other, as we’re both trying for the same goal.
GOSIA: What is the best advice you’ve ever received — and who did you get it from?
CHRIS: I think it would be that our parents instilled the thought when we were young that you should never give up and always have a go.
MATT: “Green light,” from our father. He basically means go for it, have a go. We’re always having a go! I guess it would also be “Believe in yourself.” Our family are extremely supportive of us, which is great.
GOSIA: You guys have really built a strong following on the EDM scene. How would you describe the journey you’ve taken to get to this point in your career?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: It’s definitely been a long journey. We started playing every gig we could, self-funding lots of tours and “having a go.” The journey has been really fun, though, and we wouldn’t change it! It’s definitely a crazy/fun lifestyle, and something we want to continue to do for years.
GOSIA: What’s the biggest kind of “Oh shit” moment you’ve experienced during a set?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: With the new Pioneer CD players, they can be linked by a cable. So if the cable is pulled out, the music that’s not on that CD player can cut out. You can expect people to starting booing — that’s a nice “Oh shit” moment.
GOSIA: Can you tell me how your 360 Agency got started? How it is trying to balance producing, DJing and running an artist management agency?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: We were managing our own careers and bookings, and then started to do it for some others. Slowly that began to need more staff, and then another agency wanted to join forces. That’s what made 360 happen. We have a great team there, and that makes it easier for us to focus on the DJing, touring and performing.
GOSIA: What are the pros and cons of having your own reality TV show?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: There are so many pros, but it’s mostly the awareness of the Stafford Brothers that TV makes happen. Of course, this could also be seen as a con! But we love having the show, and it’s definitely an amazing thing for us.
GOSIA: Your top 3 tracks at the moment?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: 1) Stafford Brothers feat. Lil Wayne & Christian Milian – Hello | 2) Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child vs EMP (Stafford Brothers Bootleg) | 3) Stafford Brothers – Pressure
GOSIA: Back in December, 93 people were arrested during a drug sweep at the Stereosonic festival in Melbourne. What kind of impact do you think drugs have on the music scene and on you as an artist — and what kind of message would you send out to your fans about drugs?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: Drugs are in all parts of life — from the music world to elite athletes and all the way to the other end of the scale. Staying away from drugs is the smarter move if you want a long and healthy lifestyle — although Keith Richards might disagree.
GOSIA: How do you feel social media outlets have influenced the EDM scene?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: MASSIVELY! Social media is the way that music is being pushed and seen. It’s also a way for fans to get to know their favourite artists, and join the journey they are taking.
GOSIA: You employ multiple companies to work in separate areas of your business. Why do you guys choose to have different handlers for different aspects of your career instead of one head honcho to take care of everything?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: It’s about getting the best person for the job. At the end of the day we oversee what’s happening, but we have particular people who are specialists in their fields to fulfill those different roles. Good at artwork? You do art. Good at PR? You do PR. I would say we are the “head honcho” who takes care of the delegating, but one person alone couldn’t do everything that is required.
GOSIA: Where do you see yourself in five years?
STAFFORD BROTHERS: Hopefully at the top of the DJ/production world. We’re now living in L.A., which has been a big change for us — but one we are loving. We hope to be more successful, but definitely still working hard and enjoying ourselves in the industry. At the top.
Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.