Melbourne’s newly-crowned music matriarch is known for spinning off-the-wall tunes, sliding from Savage Garden to Tears for Fears in a single set.
Cobram native CC:Disco!, aka Courtney Clarke, got her start hosting regional radio programs at the age of 15.
CC spent a lot of time working on the farm, saving up her hard-earned allowance for a drumkit and heading to Shepparton’s Battle of the Bands.
“My dad was really good to drive me to these things after milking the cows,” she said.
She’s since taken starring spots on the Meredith Music Festival and Splendour in the Grass lineups, opened up a dance night entitled Club Coco which draws a massive sell-out crowd and toured the world three times over.
When it comes to music, it’s lots of people’s escape and it's how they get their emotions out. Especially DJs, because they’re pretty emotionless.CC:Disco!
“You can’t plan for Karova, you just have to go in there and do your thing,” CC said.
“You’ve got to work out the vibe.
“It’s really amazing to play to thousands of people, but sometimes its nice to play to 250 people in a small pub.
“You can’t be involved when you’re playing on the big stage, you’re detached from what’s going on.
“In a small space the energy is there, that adrenaline, people go out dancing to get that euphoric feeling.”
After a meteoric rise through 2017, next year is looking equally as busy for CC. A new collaboration with Soothsayer will see First Light Compiled by CC:Disco! come to fruition in February.
CC said as a professional DJ, she wish she’d been told about what happens when your bedroom hobby becomes your job.
”I think if people are wanting to do what their main passion is, you’ve got to be very careful and make sure you don’t treat it as work,” she said.
“People start to really hate music, and they won’t ever see it in the same way they saw it before.
“You can really lose touch, and if you lose that main thing you had because you’re working in that field, you’ve lost your escape.
“Music essentially keeps me going every day.
“If something good comes on SmoothFM, there’s a tear in my eye still, don’t worry.”