Louise DaCosta has had a cracking 2015 to say the least and is looking forward to 2016 being just as productive.
The local DJ/Producer/Remixer has been entertaining audiences throughout the world since first spinning the decks nearly a decade ago and has amassed an incredible CV.
Playing in some of the hottest venues and festivals not only in the UK and Ireland, Louise has supported some of the finest names in Dance such as Calvin Harris and Pete Tong.
We caught up with ‘Ireland’s Number One Female DJ’ to get the lowdown on the scene and find out what’s in store for 2016.
When did you first realise that you wanted to be a DJ?
I've always had a great love for music, however I didn't intend become a DJ. Getting involved was a stroke of luck really. I was at a gig with a few friends one of whom was DJing, I stood in for them, while they went to the bar and got asked to play again the following week. It all went from there really.
Just shows, you can’t be afraid to try new things and put yourself out there, you never know what might happen!
Who were your influences growing up?
I've had a massive amount of musical influences growing up, from David Bowie, Blondie, Sex Pistols, Kate Bush to Tiesto, Benny Benassi, Rex The Dog etc.
I love & listen all kinds of music, but in recent times I've been really inspired by TJR.
I was lucky enough to play with him last year on his Bounce Nation Tour. It was a real pleasure to play alongside someone who has inspired you.
What has been your favourite venue so far that you have performed at?
Honestly there's been so many amazing venues. It would be impossible to choose just one. There are some truly world-class venues in Ireland and I've been lucky enough to play them.
You have supported some incredible DJs, such as Calvin Harris and Pete Tong… which would be the stand out gig for you?
In the summer I played a glass panelled nightclub 57th floor opposite the tallest towers in the world whilst fireworks went off, it was pretty cool.
What advice would you give any up-and-coming DJs looking to break onto the scene?
Advice wise, do what you love, play what you love. Keep in mind it takes time to learn your craft. I've been playing clubs for almost a decade. Be passionate about your sound, work hard, stay focused and luck will find you, most importantly have fun!
You are considered to be Ireland’s Number 1 Female DJ… does that title bring with it any added pressure for you?
As the only Irish women ever to be voted into the Top 100 list (thanks to the support of all my amazing fans at home & abroad) the pressure is certainly on to do even better in 2016.
So don't forget to vote for me this year and keep Ireland representing on the world stage!
What three things can you not live without when you hit the road?
Just three!? Ha,ha. Berocca, Phone & Raybans are essential
There are lots of advantages to be a touring DJ, seeing the world and playing your tunes to fantastic crowds… but what would you say you miss most when you’re on tour?
What are your plans for 2016?
New image, new sound, new music.
I've lots of new projects starting in 2016, I'm really excited to be able to help other people achieve their dreams. Can't say too much just yet, but watch this space...