Taking her own beat to top
I REMEMBER visiting my school mate Tracy Brennan in Brisbane after she moved from Gympie in the early 90s.
I was hitting the big smoke for a good time and Tracy, quietly determined to find her own beat, was a bit too reserved for me and we never crossed paths again.
Little did I know she would keep her cool and go on to be Australia’s most popular female hard house dj.
After dabbling in beat mixing back in high school, the Brisbane nightclub scene opened up a whole new world for Tracy and she began mixing tracks.
In 1995 she landed a full-time job with underground record label and music store Central Station Records where she stayed for nearly eight years. From there she went on to play live sets on radio station Wild FM.
“When I moved to Brisbane my cousin took me to a rave party and it was music I had never heard before in my life,” she explained, filling me in on the past 20 years.
“It took me to a whole new level of dj-ing. I was addicted and it was all I thought about. I started dreaming about playing in front of thousands of people and travelling overseas. Not at any point did I realise my dreams would ever come true.”
Tracy’s radio sets caught the attention of local rave promoters and scored her gigs at two of the biggest raves in Brisbane at the time. She started out doing the early sets and after a few appearances Tracy was headlining at raves and clubs. Word of mouth travelled fast and soon enough, the girl from Gympie was known as DJ Miss Tracy, making guest appearances around Australia.
“Then I met Nil who was producing his own break beats and adding his own style to it,” she added. “I was impressed by his sound and thought if I added a faster beat and driving bass line like the hard house genre I was already playing, we could develop a different sound yet again.”
So that’s what Tracy did and in 2000, the pair was signed to Truelove records in the UK as Nil vs Miss Tracy.
They went on to release nine singles, some of which were signed to mixed compilations, and toured Australia for five years, securing Tracy the position of top hard house female dj in the country. In 2008 she decided to take a well deserved break from clubs, raves and music and now two years later she’s back on the scene with a new sound.
“I’m out there again and excited because I’m playing a new genre. Electro has been around a few years but the sound is changing so I’m right where I should be, back in the studio, creating music and doing what I love.”