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28/09/2020
Nina’s riding the waves of fate to her own tune

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Her move to Melbourne also pressed play on her DJ career. After graduating from an acting course in Brisbane, Nina was offered a Melbourne agent and began studying electronic music production at JMC Academy. Soon enough, an agency got in touch querying her interest in becoming a DJ because there was a demand for women in the industry. Fate strikes again, and Nina commenced learning while working within the traditionally male-dominated industry. Her gig list evolved into working at the Vogue fashion night, rooftop live streams for Adidas, plus events for BMW, Ferrari, and even Tommy Hilfiger, who flew her to Canberra. Other highlights included supporting Dean Lewis, The Ruebens and Havana Brown, plus key events on the Melbourne horse racing calendar. It goes without saying that her dream gig was hitting the decks at the Mambo’s Sunset Surf Sessions at URBNSURF in Melbourne where she got to catch waves between her sets.Fred and Dave is the latest project for Nina and her friend Julia Voss. It came to fruition after she fell out of love with the club scene – the 2am starts were full-on – as well as five years of playing the same classics over and over at weddings finally taking their toll. Now she’s fallen back in love with deep and tech house and R&B. The fresh duo has performed at Pontoon at St Kilda Beach for New Year’s Eve and even opened for Illenium, a top musician, DJ and producer from the US. 

“Julia and I get on very well,” said Nina. “I have great energy when I bounce off someone, so I asked her about a duo. We’re down to earth and a bit bogan. We didn’t want to be like others, not girly and feminine as we’re both country kids and we got this grand idea to wear Akubras with the corks on them. We’ve got momentum and we want to stand out.”

Adding to her swell of commitments, Nina’s in her second year of studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Conservation and Ecology and teaches surfing after completing a Level 1 surf coaching course. The down-to-earth Aussie has been forced to slow down with COVID-19 restrictions, yet due to her restless nature she’s begun focusing on releasing new mixes and interstate DJ gigs and discussing plans for her next surf trip to catch up with lifelong surf friends.

Follow this music devotee and surfing lass via Instagram at @ninasinclairdj

KATE SEARS

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