Spotlight on local music: Milton Currie 

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Hometown: Chase, B.C

 

Pique: What's your "Whistler story?"

M.C.: I arrived in the summer of 1998, leaving the mundane existence I had in Chase working at a mill to come join my friends, play in the hills and pursue a life of electronic music. When I first came for a visit in '95, I was sold. DJ Czech was playing records and Ace and Virginia were go-go dancing at Tommy's, but it took me a few years to get here. I had a three-year stint at Panorama before moving to Whistler.

 

Pique: What do you love about this place?

M.C.: Lots, mainly the fresh air, the mountains, the lifestyle and the people, oh yeah, there are a few cute ladies up here too...

 

Pique: Anything you'd change?

M.C.: I would love to see Whistler go back to its roots, but that's impossible. It used to be a pilgrimage for skiers and snowboarders, now thanks to the big O and Much Music, it's a trendy place to be seen and own property that you never stay in.

 

Pique: Where do you perform?

M.C.: I've held residencies at Tommy's, Garf's, Maxx Fish, GLC, Black's, Savage Beagle, Buffalo Bill's and Pemb Ho, but I prefer to play outdoors at music festivals such as Bass Coast, Shambhala, Soundwave, Solar Tribe's full moon parties and various locally produced events. I have also played clubs and after hours in Vancouver and Seattle.

 

Pique: When you aren't on stage, where can people find you hanging out?

M.C.: Skate park, mountains, lakes, dancing in the clubs or woods to a good band or DJ, and hanging at friends' places.

 

Pique: So, is music a full-time gig for you, or do you also have a day job?

M.C.: No matter how much or how little you DJ, it is a full time job. You need to research and dig to find the music that you want to call "your own." I used to play 15 to 20 hours a week, but it was too taxing on my creativeness and people get bored if they see your name in the paper too many times per week. Even if you played different songs and styles every time you played, people want something new... I have been in the service industry for over 10 years that I have been playing, everything from doorman to manager at a nightclub, driven cabs and limos, courier and a part-time love affair with carpentry; whatever you can survive.

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