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Profile: DJ Snitch

A guy filled with views on music, who's been around the electronica block for a while, Mitchell Hall (aka Dj Snitch) still has many mountains to conquer within the music industry.

15 Apr 2003

At 27, Snitch is becoming a regular feature within his local dance scene in Auckland. His number one prority is building up a profile, which shows when you look at what he's been up to lately.

After writing his way into Aucklands Craccum magazine and Bfm, Snitch was drawn to the musical side, starting up a record collection in '98. Snitch says Bfm showed him the diversity in music that was likely to develop into a vinyl addiction.He scored graveyard shifts for the station and went on to throw his first dance party the same year. Unfortunately, Aucklands first poolside dance party bombed due to unsatisfactory marketing and two major events held the same day.

This did not deter our young dj. Snitch was seen at the Fu bar where he offered to play for free and scored regular Wednesday nighters' as well as weekend gigs.

"It was good for developing a profile. To create a vibe out of nothing (on Wednesday nights) is quite harsh. It's the difference between a good dj and a bad dj."

Snitch continued to pursue his other passion, writing for Remix magazine. He covered features on Kruder & Dorfmeister and Moby as well as reviewing CD's. Today Snitch writes a tech house/ breaks column for Auckland based magazine; Play as well freelancing for Pulp magazine.

"I like anything with a beat between 120 and 140 bpm," says Snitch who likes to include other genres of music including dub to two step and house.

Snitch scored midnight slots at the final Gathering, Alpine Unity and Aucklands' Industry as well as starting up monthly gigs under the name 'Analog' with partners in crime Keren Tuirirangi and Tom Semmins.

"We've had nothing but positive feedback."

The monthly tech house and breaks gig drew in the crowds at their new venue; Wyndham Bowling Club on the 21st March. Previously held at Opium Training Company, Analog now has the "best sounds in the city" according to Snitch.

Plans to go full steam ahead and take Analog nationwide are in the works. As well as hitting Australia's scene and also bringing internationals to NZ under the Analog brand. Analog already has its own caps and tees and aspires to build its own music empire - someday. Snitch says Analog isn't just about tech house and breaks either.

"If its phat and fresh, that's all I need to know. If it fux with your head as well as your ass." Snitch says it takes all sorts with other genres including downbeat and dnb getting in there and getting noticed at their parties. Snitch wants the club culture to be inclusive, not exclusive as it tends to be.

Snitch will be going for the Red Bull Academy for the fourth time next month and supporting Fat! Records label head Paul Arnold playing breaks at Fu on May 7th, along with playing tech-house at Heaven in Christchurch later in the month. Snitch can be heard on Auckland's Up FM Saturday arfternoons from 12-2pm, and Analog's next tech house party is on 2nd May at the WBC with Greg Churchill and Nick D.

Snitch's final comments are that he loves playing for people who are open minded and up to taking some risks, so if you're keen to break some boundaries, check him out in a town near you soon.