DJ Liz Millar

Some highlights from my Djing over the years… In March 2000, Liz Millar was voted Top Australian Female DJ in Juice Magazine’s 25 Greatest Dj’s Poll in March, and in May was chosen as the winner of the Barcode NYC Dj Competition; first prize was an all-expenses paid trip to New York, where she spun at the launch party for Barcode’s opening in Times Square. Her interstate performances have taken her to every state in Australia. Internationally, she has played in London, Chicago, New York, Venezuela, Mexico and Thailand. In January 2001, she appeared live at the Sydney Opera House during a week-long residency as part of the 25th Sydney Festival, making her one of a handful of djs to have ever performed there. Millar has received extensive press coverage, was featured on national dance program Alchemy on SBS-TV, and has been interviewed previously for various dance culture documentaries for SBS and The ABC.

She was a consultant for the ABC Arts Show on a documentary on the Australian dance scene, entitled “God Is A Dj”, in which she was a featured speaker, that aired on the ABC in 2002, and was a guest DJ on Triple J’s Mix-Up in 2003. She has maintained longevity in the scene through her pioneering work on Melbourne radio, as a dj and as a promoter since 1985. Liz Dj’ed at some of the earliest warehouse/rave parties before moving on to nightclubs, continued hosting shows on Triple R and 3PBS, and in 1994, was headhunted to become a show host on Melbourne’s brand new dance station, Kiss FM, where she stayed until late 2009. In 1995, in a techno-dominated Melbourne, she inaugurated the cult house night “Egg”, the first deep house night of its kind. Her club night WOW (Welcome To Our World), was a weekly event that ran for a year at The Kitchen, and helped propel the Sydney trio “Sneaky Sound System” into a wider audience that helped get them signed to a deal with Sony Music.

San Franscisco Dj/Producer and label-boss J-Jay also played his debut Australian guest spot at WOW in 2002. Remix Magazine featured Millar in their Aug/Sept issue of 2001, with a mixed cd and 2 page interview. In March 2000, Liz was asked to join the roster of djs for Salt Nightclub’s Saturday night “Our House Is Your House”. She also mixed and recorded the Salt Mix Cd that launched the night. 5000 copies were released to the public as promo, and it promoted Millar around the world. Reports from that year’s Oscars include it being played on repeat at the after party for Ang Lee’s cast of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Liz has played alongside International artists such as Kings of Tomorrow, Marshall Jefferson, Deep Dish, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, Joshua (Iz and Diz), Mateo & Matos, DJ Sneak, Dj Heather, David Morales, Harry Choo-Choo Romero and the Basement Jaxx, plus other stars of the club-music scene’s deeper and jazzier end have spun at parties Millar has helped promote.

Over the years she has held residencies at some of Melbourne’s most coveted venues, having up to five residencies a week. Over the years she has played at venues such as Prince of Wales (One Love, Girl Bar, NY Day Rooftop and St Kilda Festival), Stokehouse New Years Day, Chevron, Khokolat Bar, Home (Sydney), Q Bar (Melbourne & Adelaide), Alumbra, The Market, Dome, Freakazoid, Monkey, Revolver, Big Day Out, Good Vibrations, Vibes on a Summers Day, Chasers, Crystal Bar, Hellfire Club, Sircuit, The Peel, The Kitchen, 161, Bimbo Deluxe, Lucky Coq, The Next Blue, Two of Hearts; Purr, Tropical Fruits, Wonderland, Depth, Nurse Betty parties and countless others. Liz was also resident DJ at the Car Park nightclub (1997-1999) in Byron Bay, New South Wales.

A versatile performer, Millar’s ability to read crowds has helped shape her career and win her fans. She specializes in deep, soulful, jazzy, vocal, Afro, Latin and funky house, classic disco, rare groove, Detroit-style minimal tech, 80’s New Wave, with the occasional slice of r’n’b and hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Liz Millar has been around to watch the dance scene grow from its very humble beginnings to become the juggernaut that it is today, and seen many trends and people come and go over that time. As she celebrates her 28th year in the music business, she is still as passionate about sharing music with others and about being a DJ as she was in her early years.

She largely attributes this to the fact that she never sought to become a “Career Dj” but to play purely for the love of music, great parties and people. In addition to Djing, Liz currently co-manages a thriving ecostore, teaches yoga, meditates, work in the field of sound healing and vibrational medicine, and does a bunch of other stuff with her time that keeps her grounded and (she hopes) “real”.