Prom Night: The Ransom Note Mix
A fun filled mix destined to keep you dancing.
It’s always exciting when a DJ rips up the rulebook. Emerging from the Copenhagen underground is Prom Night, real name Shaq. He’s been touted as a bit of an upcoming gem as he blurs the lines between sleazy disco cuts and chuggers, italo house, afro-house and funk and beyond.
Originally from Aarhus he first began DJ’ing at just nine years old and describes his sound as being heavily influenced by 80’s pop culture hence the name. He reflects on his roots and recent embarkment into the world of music production:
“A lot of my productions are inspired by/ centered around a fusion of 70’s and 80’s Disco combined with modern and contemporary styles of House music.”
When we invited him to record this mixtape we weren’t entirely sure what we were going to get. What we’ve ended up is a spectacular showcase of Prom Night’s ability as a selector capable of switching quickly between genres and pushing the limitations. This one is a fun filled affair perfect for the weekend…
Please introduce yourself…Who are you, where are you and what are you?
My name is Shaquille, I go by the artist moniker ‘Prom Night’, I am a Copenhagen based DJ, Producer, Labelhead & partymaker with South African roots.
Where was the mix recorded?
This mix was recorded on a sunny easter day, in my living room, in Copenhagen!
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Definitely at an outdoor gig or an openair, with the sun out!
What should we be wearing?
Anything baggy and colorful!
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
I find that I like being in the countryside when producing and creating mixes. I would say somewhere light, spacious, calm, and possibly with an ocean view!
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Obed Ngobeni & The Kurhula Sisters – Ta Duma (12” Version)
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I really love the mix I did for ‘Jordan Nocturne’s’ mixtape series a couple of years back… slower and heavy on the bass!
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I don’t know about a specific DJ, because there are SO many greats! but I would love to experience the parties and crowds of the 80’s and 90’s. So much of the music I play is from that period. To experience that vibe when it was authentically in the midst of being created, I would love that!
It would be a dream come true playing alongside some of the pioneers that crafted this sound.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
My first ever DJ-setup consisted of two CDJ-400’s and a DJM-400 mixer – I also bought a record player around that time.. Don’t even remember the brand or name.. I am currently looking into updating my DJ set up! My dream setup would include 2x CDJ’s, 2x 1210’s, some type of rotary mixer and a nice little speaker setup!
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Last track definitely – last impression you make on the crowd.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record I ever bought was “Tomorrow” by Ntomni Ndaba , the last record I bought I believe was “Amnesie” by “Turas”!
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
The juiciest mango you’ve ever had!
If it was an animal what would it be?
Definitely a ‘Toucan’!
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
“Wake up your mind” by Joni Haastrup
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Upcoming in the world of… Prom Night
I am really looking forward to having festival debuts this summer alongside an EP release on the 10th of June and more released music later this year!