Stephanie aka WISER is well known for incorporating pumping bad-ass tunes and infectious melodies to her acts that set dance floors ablaze with every performance. Seeking inspiration from the underground music culture of Melbourne, Wiser has developed a sound that resonates the eighties punk with drum and bass adding to her persona.
This Melbourne DJ/Producer has a wealth of energy, an obvious passion for music, and an endless amount of love to share with her dancefloors. Since she burst onto the scene last year, we’ve watched her go from strength to strength, with her first release ‘Aetheria’ (which she produced in collaboration with Mha Iri) climbing to #1 in the Beatport Hype charts, we decided it was time to sit down and learn a little more about this powerhouse.
When she’s not meticulously researching tunes her cheeky, spontaneous and sometimes high-intensity sets, you will find her doing what she loves – tedious admin work (no really!). She co-owns and manages Sacred Serpent Tattoo in Clifton Hill, and her attention to detail has landed her some interesting side projects, from arranging artist VISA applications to her recent position as tour liaison for local label, Recovery Collective. After partying the past ten years, and lending her hand to every facet of the party business, it seemed no surprise when she was approached by Boney to finally throw her very own parties. Enter ‘DAZED’ – a wild night of perfectly curated techno-ish music, a plethora of like-minded people and a vibe that was a clear reflection of her own unique personality; she ‘accidentally’ threw a damn good party – and it won’t be the last one. It was meant to be a once-off, last-minute gathering, but due to the success has been invited back.
AV: Just like us, I’m sure everyone reading this article are curious as to how you came up with the name Wiser?
It’s quite a story. Dad used to always say “Be good, if not – don’t get caught.” Ten years ago, when I started partying, I felt like we all needed a reminder, so I used to call myself Staywise (on facebook). It caught on, like a general good mantra to follow in your day to day life – I got some shirts made up which all my mates still have, people have gotten it tattooed, and at the time, I was also doing a few freestyle rap competitions as ‘STAYWISE MC’. When I started this wild musical ride, a year ago – I felt like I needed something that was just for me. One step up – so WISER was born.
AV: I hear you’ve recently started writing your own music, what made you take the leap to production?
I made myself a list of venues I wanted to play, and crews I wanted to be a part of when I first started playing out, and over the past year I feel like my musical style and different method of delivery have been welcomed with open arms. It feels just so damn good when you perform songs you resonate with, especially when the crowd can feel the time and love put in – the obvious next step for me, was creating my own tunes to throw in the mix.
AV: How have you developed your career as an artist thus far?
I used to manage some hardcore bands and run shows for fun when I was fifteen, I played drums and keys for a while and have always loved a wide range of music, but my main focus used to be drawing/art, until I permanently damaged my wrist a few years ago. I felt pretty useless without full use of my right hand, until I was messing around on a friend’s controller/laptop set up last March, and apparently did some super smooth mixes with some spicy techno. They insisted I purchase a small controller, as it would be easier to use than big decks (or the vinyls I have at home) – and I started collecting music from there. I tend to create a full journey for my sets, a combination of sounds and feelings, mixed with a pounding kick and the occasional sneaky sample for good measure. I have found the tools that work for me, and I have never felt more capable.
Her first solo release, ‘Break Time 909’ (out Sept. 18th via South American hard-techno label Moolly Moolly) has been described as “An almost timeless rave classic in the making – which fuses warehouse-ready breakbeat and heart-warming bass; that contorts into a surprisingly hard-edged, raw techno belter with a lasting atmospheric ambience.
After almost a decade of being involved in the underground music scene in various ways, she was recently given the honour of hosting her own DAZED party at Revolver Sundays, which truly became one for the record books.
Photos and footage courtesy of James Gillot – JurassicMelbourne.com