DJ Papa Stanley

DJ/Funk/Dance DJ

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A popular fixture of the Cairns DJ and music scene, Papa has been DJing and playing music in Cairns for more than fifteen years, and has been a musician since his schooling.

Well known for his funky tropical vibe, with Jazz and Latin influenced dance tracks a speciality, he is also comfortable exploring new music - whatever it is though, it's got to have the Funk!

He has been resident at Feelgood Fridays at the Jack Hotel - Reef Casino Retropolis, The Lounge (under Woolshed), The Salthouse, Green Ant Cantina, Calypso Backpackers ZanziBar, Metropolis (then Met Bar, now Society), Blue Sky Brewery, and Fitzroy Island. He has also played many private parties, weddings and corporate functions.

Notable major DJ gigs have included EarthDance on Fitzroy 2003, Cairns to Karumba bike ride 2012, Mental as Anything, The Radiators, Cairns HIgh Formal 2011, and The Straits Wrap party.

He is also an accomplished Bass player, having performed with many local artists including The Raconteurs. Zephyr Deluxe, Sian Evans, Hot Rubber Glove, Chris Wighton, PA Dutch, popular Kuranda Guitar and Didge master Dave Cooke. In Brisbane prior to Cairns he was a member of notable Brisbane bands Freeside, One Straw, ACT, Goats in the Machine, and The Fabulous Nobodies.

Currently he is a regular performer with Jeremiah Johnson, playing double bass accompaniment, having headlined the Tablelands Folk Festival to much acclaim.

Possessing diverse musical taste and an eclectic collection of music, Papa is equally at home playing jazz over cocktails, retro and groove tunes at weddings and corporate functions, commercial dance tracks, or cranking the kids up at 2am with last weeks electro from San Francisco.

As a professional DJ, he prides himself on being client focussed, flexible with music, and enjoys tailoring his sets for themes or specific purposes like theatre or conventions.

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Set list
Depends on my mood, and the gig. I can play everything from 30s to 50's jazz through Jazzy House, Deep House, New Jazz, Disco House, commercial top 40, to banging funky electro breakbeat.

I love the funk! And the jazz...

What I don't play is Hard House, Jump, Trance, psytrance and other such repetitive "nunga nunga nunga" music as I call it... it's got to have soul... I also don't have much RnB or Urban - plenty other Djs to do that, and it's not really my culture.
Dimitri from Paris, Martin Solveig, St Germain, Devo, Cal Tjader, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck, Ron Carter (I wish!), Sound Republic, James Brown, De La Soul, Ettiene De Crecy, Malente and many more...
Gig Highlights
- NYE 80s party at the newly opened Fitzroy Island Resort

- 2010 Summer Season at Liquid Bar, Dimaro, Val di Sol, Italy

- 2009 Amateurs Ball, atop a huge Moulin Rouge Castle Prop

-3 week Season in the Italian Alps at Liquid Bar Dimaro, snowboarding by day, DJing at night...

- ClubEarthDance Pool stage headline sup Freq Nasty, Fitzroy Island

- Underground Elite Cave parties (you know who you are)

- Maleny and Woodford Folk Festivals

- Opening the SkatePark at the Esplanade

- every Thursday at The Lounge with the locals

- being told I "play the best music they've heard in Australia" by numerous backpackers at gigs...
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