BROTHERS Ashley (22) and Edward (19) Styles are gearing up for the biggest gig of their lives when they take the stage this Friday at Defqon.1 Festival in Sydney.
The hardstyle DJs, of Balga and Hillarys, who started working together last year as Styles Brothers, won the opportunity to perform at the two-day dance music festival when they took out the Perth Defqon.1 regional final.
The campaign started with a Soundcloud voting poll where Styles Brothers received enough public votes to perform against 12 other contestants at Metro City.
Ashley said winning the final was an amazing and proud moment for the duo.
“It’s like the big break we were waiting for,” he said.
“We have followed Q-dance (festival organiser) and Defqon.1 for years, before even being old enough to attend.”
Performing to an expected crowd of 20,000 in Sydney, the pair will compete against finalists from Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney, Newcastle and New Zealand for the chance to play at Defqon.1 in Netherlands.
“It would be a dream come true; words can’t explain what it would mean if we won,” Ashley said.
“We have had a lot more interest from people after winning the regional final and hopefully this gig in Sydney will give us even more exposure.”
He said their passion for DJing started in primary school when they saw the DJ “controlling the sound and making the crowd move”.
“We wanted to be that person, we wanted to make people happy and see them moving uncontrollably to the music the DJ had found,” he said.
Ashley had his first mixer and decks by nine years old and when Edward turned 10, he was using a keyboard and drum machine to recreate Ashley’s mixes.
“DJing as brothers is great because everything flows so well; it’s almost like we know what the other brother is thinking which makes it work so well when mixing together,” Ashley said.
“When we are performing, we share the passion of our favourite songs together in front of a crowd and the feeling is just incredible.”