Secret Bali Soundboys - #16 - Stu Mac


Stu Mac is one of the old guard on the Island of The Gods and one of the most loved. First and foremost a genuinely great DJ, always great fun on both sides of the decks he is also someone who has a genuine and steeped history in the industry. From London to Paris to Bali he has worked with all the greats and knows music as well as any man on the island and beyond… Whilst also juggling his successful sound system business and bringing up a family he is a notoriously hard man to pin down… but thankfully we did it!



HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BALI AND WHAT’S YOUR MUSICAL BACKGROUND?

I’ve lived in Bali for 10 years now.

When I first started DJ’ing I landed a job working in Vinyl distribution in London which kept me busy for 5 years in the early 90’s. It was an incredible time for dance music, and we were importing music mainly from the USA and Europe. We would then distribute it into all the specialist record shops in the UK. We also exported UK dance label releases all over the world as demand was picking up on a huge scale.

I then set up and ran a House and Techno label, Pacific Records, up until 1997 in East London, and then moved to Paris where I lived for 5 years. We ran some incredible Sunday Summer parties on the River Seine, from midday till 4am, pulling in artists such as Kruder and Dorfmeister, Laurent Garnier, Gilles Peterson, DJ Harvey, Ivan Smagghe and Jef K. I also played throughout Europe most weekends. Fun times, then back to London for 6 years working in Music for TV and Film.

HOW HAS BALI CHANGED IN YOUR TIME HERE AND WHERE DO YOU SEE IT 10 YEARS FROM NOW?

Well it’s astounding how many new buildings / venues / cars / people keep popping up everywhere. Unfortunately hardly any new roads, so congestion is now the norm. We lived in Batu Bolong, Canggu in our first year here and the only venue in the area was The Beachhouse at Echo Beach. Batu Bolong was a fishing village with one small local shop. So that change has been incredible to see. There seems to be no stopping with hotels and beach clubs moving up the coast. Uluwatu and Ubud are the same. It seems out of control with no proper infrastructure and planning. So sadly in 10 years I see a gridlocked Bali, unless something is done.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VENUE TO PLAY AT IN BALI?

Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club, both joint favourites, love them and the family vibes they have going on there.

WHO ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS MUSICALLY?

Pink Floyd, The Cure, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Andreas Vollenweider, The Stranglers, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Specials, Carl Craig, Tony Humphries...from the top of my head.

IS THERE ANY DJ’S YOU WOULD LIKE TO BRING TO BALI THAT NEVER HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE?

Laurent Garnier

WHAT’S YOUR MOST NIGHTMARE MOMENT AS A DJ?

Luckily I don’t remember too many!!!

WHAT WERE THE 3 LAST TRACKS YOU BOUGHT?



WHO WOULD BE YOUR ULTIMATE DINNER GUEST AND WHY? (DEAD OR ALIVE)


Aside from my wife of course...Peter Sellers...pure comic genius.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DINNER PLACE IN BALI?

Mejekawi

IF YOU CAN CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT BALI, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Plastic - we need mass reduction, then the banning of it and proper education for future generations using biodegradable products. This is a worldwide problem, killing wildlife, eco systems and polluting our beaches. Heartbreaking.

BE SURE TO CLICK THAT PLAY BUTTON AND ENJOY THIS LOVELY MIX BY STU MAC.