VOLTA's latest release welcomes back budding Australian talent Lisa May, who delivers another hugely impressive offer to the archives with her 'Switch' EP. Lisa May, who first came out on VOLTA in 2022, returns with another refreshing release, spanning three unique dancefloor cuts.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa and this has been the result.
Hey Lisa, welcome to Chromatic Club. Can you tell us 3 things about you to help our readers understand you more?
Hello, thank you for having me. Sure thing, I grew up in a small country town in NSW Australia, I now live in Melbourne. I have a wife and a cat and I’m a big music nerd.
Why music? What made you chase a career as a DJ?
Ever since I was a kid I was drawn to dance music. I would hear it on the after-hours radio shows and I remember seeing a rave on tv once and being like what is this music, I want that. I was obsessed with the music on Blade Runner and I remember buying my first Strictly Techno cd and also a Lottie cd as a kid. As soon as I was old enough to move to the city I did and I had lessons on vinyl almost immediately. Within 6 months I was playing in clubs and big parties. Apparently I told my mum I was going to be a Dj when I grew up haha.
You are from Australia – do you tour mainly in your home country or around Asia? What are some of the best venues in the region?
Yes mainly within Australia. We have some fantastic clubs and festivals in Aus. I’m fortunate to have a residency at what is currently Australia’s best techno club called Eat The Beat. It’s here in Melbourne and it’s honestly my fav place to play. Melbourne has some iconic venues, like, Revolver Upstairs, Brown Alley, My Aeon, XE54. Sydney has some great parties too, WeLove, Rodd Richards Presents, Black Noir and Allfriends events. These are just some off the top of my head.
Does being based in Australia make it harder to break the European market?
That’s a hard question. I’m going to say Yes purely because of distance. You can certainly make a name for yourself in Europe but if you want to tour constantly, doing so from Aus would not be ideal.
How did you link with Victor Ruiz for this release on his label VOLTA?
During Covid, I met with Victor online for a few one on one master classes. I showed him some music I was working on and he fell in love with my remix of Rufus Du Sol’s New Sky. From then on we have remained in contact. This will be my second EP on Volta actually and there’s more to come.
As for your studio, what is it currently made up of?
Macbook Pro, UAD soundcard, Presonus Monitors and Sub, Roland SHO1A, Behringer TD3, Xone 96 mixer and Two Technics Turntables.
What is the one item you would never get rid of, no matter what?
I would NEVER get rid of my Turntables not for anything. They’re the start of my journey.
What was the last record store you visited? And what did you salvage from there?
Oooo I recently got a copy of SNAP’s Rhythm is Dancer on a picture disc. Was pretty happy about that. I’m hunting for old 90’s classics on vinyl atm. It was a funny era because everyone was moving to cd BUT I remain hopeful to find them .
Can you reveal some future projects?
Sure, I have a remix coming out on Reload later in the year and I’m just finishing up two more EP’s. I’m heading to ADE to play in Oct and I look forward to meeting up with some friends from the LVR mentorship program.