DJ Story #3: Wayne Wonder | England
Hi Wayne, when did you become a Bali resident DJ?
I arrived in 2001 and was lucky enough to land spots at Bali’s hippest venues – Aina Bar, Liquid, F Lounge & Cafe Del Mar (Yes, there was one back then!)
Tell us your background in music.
As a kid my dad used to drag me to a pub in London every Sunday afternoon where he used to play with a jazz band. My interest in music definitely started here. In the early 80s I started collecting records after hearing them on pirate radio stations. I used to make tapes to bring to school to play to my mates during break time. Later I was introduced to the alternative side of London’s nightlife. Clubs like Delirium, Raw, Mud Club, Africa Centre and Special Branch parties which were playing a mix of funk, rare groove, boogie, hip hop and what would later become house. By around ‘88 the acid house scene was firmly established in UK. The ‘89 summer of love took the country by storm and changed the scene completely. It was a special time in dance music and I feel fortunate to have witnessed it first-hand. A couple of years later I thought to myself I have a quite a collection of records and why not do something with them, so I bought my first set of decks and the rest is history.
Favourite styles to spin?
I play across the board wherever possible, including funk, soul, reggae, boogie, hip hop, drum n bass and techno. Although at my current jobs I play mostly house, disco, balearic and afro-latin grooves.
Current Bali residencies
Ku De Ta, Woo Bar (W Hotel), Karma Kandara, Azul Beach Club.
(complete the sentence) .. “I love to play in Bali because ….”
it has that holiday vibe every day of the week all year round.
Curated by Tony Montana