THE BIRDHOUSE 103: Frank Terry Interview

Arizona's Frank Terry is the winner of this year's Campout DJ Competition and, in addition to playing the opening set at the festival, he is on guest mix duty for this week's episode of THE BIRDHOUSE. Read on for his BH Questionnaire – you'll be glad you did – and listen to his mix below, but first check out an excerpt from his DJ Contest application. This guy's a good egg, pun intended, and we're glad to have him be part of Campout.

About Frank: "I am a member and moderator of the AZ Dirtybird Campers Facebook group. You may have seen our Arizona flag with the DB Egg on it on in last year's Campout group photo and also at the Las Vegas BBQ. I do my best to create a safe space local for AZ Dirtybird lovers to chat about all things Dirtybird. I do a mini blog on our page and have wrote a pretty nice size article for every release this year, challenging members to investigate the artist and the label more... I have hosted a weekly house night in Phoenix for the last year and a half. I use it as a platform to bring my local house community together and give people a place to get down and funky... I was part of the Wing Team at the BBQ Las Vegas this year, which was such an amazing experience. I love seeing people with DB merch on, seriously brings joy to my heart. Clothing people in DB merch for 5 hours was heaven, I could not have been more happy to see the excitement your label brings to people. I am a champion of Dirtybird wherever I go, catch me wearing my red team bandana daily since 2016 Campout. I honestly want to play really loud music for my friends, who will all be there front and center for me if I win."

We can't wait to hear him do just that in October... 

(PS: Get your tickets here if you haven't yet!)

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

I started DJing with a friend of mine at The Rock in Phoenix, AZ. We were called Chuck & Bee then. We really got our start playing the Bearracuda parties there. My friend moved away unexpectedly, so I kept the name Chuck for awhile. I’d say a festival in Flagstaff called Zenergy is where it felt like a career I should pursue. That was the first time I performed using my real name and not Chuck.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. I was involved in the local metal scene and jammed with friends for fun. When I start producing I imagine it will sound like bassier house music. I get that metal vibe from bass-y house music. 

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Never give up, never surrender!

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

My ears for sure. But getting a mixer and decks was the best choice I ever made.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

I was playing a lot of circuit and tribal music when I first started spinning in clubs. I liked DJs like Paulo, Alain Jackinsky, Tracy Young, Ralphi Rosario, Robbie Rivera and Pagano. Being a circuit DJ was definitely something I thought about. Then I discovered house and techno, which is where I now feel at home careerwise. 

When you have a tough week, how do you get yourself back on track?

Take a step back, look at everything, inhale happy and exhale stress. Play League of Legends with my friends. 

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

In a tent camping with my friends, preferably in a forest with dense trees and no cell service. 

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I play guitar and recorded three albums while living in Tucson between 2002 and 2008. It was all local band stuff, emo-screamo. I’ll always be proud of those tracks and my bandmates. I have a pretty good singing voice. 

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Dark red, purple. I don’t recoil from any particular color, I like them all.

Favorite and least favorite words?

"Love" is my favorite word. Not to hate on "hate", but yeah, "hate" is my least favorite word.

Favorite animal?

Bear.

Favorite board game?

I love board games! Dead Forest Run, Pandemic, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Sentinels of the Multiverse. [Is it bad that I haven't heard of any of these? –CVS]

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Hi-Chews.

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

"Fly Robin Fly", Silver Convention.

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit.

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Festival.

Biggie or Tupac?

Tupac.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Live long and may the force be with you. 

Exercise or Netflix?

Hulu.