Doorly - How I DJ

Los Angeles Producer, DJ, radio presenter, promoter. Musical polymath, Doorly has mastered all this and more. After being discovered by Pete Tong and touted as his Future Star, Doorly quickly developed an eclectic back catalogue of exceptional tracks, releasing on respected labels including Toolroom Records, Cajual Records, Southern Fried and Dirtybird. A highly versatile producer, he has provided remixes for artists including Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Kanye West, The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal and Basement Jaxx. As well as collaborating with the likes of Grandmaster Flash and Shadow Child.

With his new Longplayer, ‘Toolroom Presents: Doorly’ out now on Traxsource, we decided to pick Martin Doorly’s brain about his personal preferences when he plays in clubs around the world & much more. This is how Doorly DJ’s…

Toolroom Presents: Doorly available now on Traxsource.

Are you more of a DJ or Producer — or one in the same?

I’ve always considered myself more of a DJ than a producer. I only started making tracks so I could play better gigs, and every track I make is for my personal DJ sets and the dancefloor. I could never just be a producer and not play out, but I could quite happily just tour as that’s the bit I enjoy the most.

Describe what makes a good DJ in a few words…

Musical integrity & good technique.

Who or what inspired you to become a DJ?

Fatboy Slim & Erick Morillo.

When did you know you wanted to DJ?

When I was 16 working behind a bar and glass collecting in a club, I use to go and hang around in the DJ box, and it was the coolest place on earth!

Who to you is or was “The Dj’s DJ”?

It was always Norman cook for me growing up, these days I reckon Jackmaster or Kink.

Describe your main and preferred DJ set-up.

4 x CDJ2000s, DJM 900 mixer, RMX-1000, 1 x Technics 1210.

Do you use a lap-top? If so, what platform/program?


Why do you choose this way of playing?

Having 4 CDJs allows me to be constantly blending 3 tracks together and also be one step ahead with the other CDJ without having to wait until one of the CDJs isn’t in use. The RMX-1000 allows me to remix tracks on the fly, and the Turntable is for all the annoying Vinyl only stuff I have to buy along the way as I simply can’t wait for the digital release!

Any special, unique, crazy things on your rider?

I ask for a local postcard from each gig, but I’ve only ever received one twice :-( my massive postcard montage wall looks pretty weak!

Beverage of choice while playing?

Vodka & Soda.

Favorite country/club/city to play?

Australia is amazing right now, Revolver (Melbourne) & Spice Cellar (Sydney) are two of my faves in the world.

Do you Sync? What’s your view on this? Has it leveled the playing field for the better or worse?

I don’t use it as I don’t like to be snapped into a grid. Especially with accapellas and stuff as if I need to scratch or chop them up I don’t always want that to be a boring quantized pattern. It is a bit of a shame that DJs don’t need to learn the basic foundation of DJing these days in Mixing records together. But these are the times we live in but as long as a DJ uses that extra time to do something creative and the track selection is good then I have no issue with it.

Any DJ Controllers?


Favorite or “go-to” EFXs while playing?

The Pioneer RMX-1000 as mentioned above is the center of my EFX, I also run a Korg Kaossolator as well which is good fun for looping synth sounds and stuff.

Read the crowd or just pound it out?

Definitely read the crowd but obviously remain true to your own sound. I’m pretty versatile though, so it’s extremely rare that I can’t find common ground with any crowd in the world.

Big festivals or intimate clubs? Why?

I love both equally.

Ever miss the CDs or Vinyl days?

I don’t miss CDs at all. That was a huge pain in the ass, burning them and carrying them. I definitely miss the romance of playing on vinyl, but I don’t miss the excess baggage charges and broken turntables at clubs with stupid drunk girls knocking the needles off and ruining my sets.

How do you maintain your music library?

I’m pretty organized in Pioneer’s Rekordbox software.

Any tips for aspiring young DJs?

Be nice to everybody, there’s no need to be a dick no matter how important you think you are, if Fatboy Slim and Cajmere can be nice to everyone then so can you. Also never make a choice based on money, play gigs for free if it’s a good look for you as there’s plenty of other people who will if you won’t.

Do you do any of the Obligatory DJ Poses?

Haha, not really I don’t think.

How do you combat the “Everyone is a DJ” mentality?

Literally everyone is a DJ now. You aren’t special so do something unique and create your own demand.

Doorly artist page & releases on Traxsource.