Australian model Brooke Evers started her DJ career using the connections she had in the country’s nightlife industry and some guidance from her beau, Matt Stafford, of Life residents the Stafford Brothers. Now signed to the SKAM Artist roster, Evers is heading to Las Vegas for a series of spring and summer shows, the next ones being March 12 at Light and March 22 at Foxtail Pool Club.
When did you first get into DJing?
About three years ago. I started off as probably every DJ does: in my bedroom on an old set of CDJs. I knew these DJs who are quite famous in Australia, and they would come over and help me. [At first] I was kind of just mucking around, and I didn’t think anything of it. I was also originally working in the clubs and doing promotional work, marketing and that sort of thing. I just said to a few [club] people, “Can I do some shows?” I did them for free for, like, six months, every single weekend.
Who taught you how to DJ?
I learned from this big DJ in Australia, Timmy Trumpet, this other guy Tenzin and the Stafford Brothers. They’re the guys who helped me, guided me, taught me how to use [software] on the computer and taught me how to use [DJ] programs. They showed me the ropes. I dated one of the Stafford Brothers, so it was kinda meant to be, in a way. I’ve been with Matt Stafford for about 10 years.
What’s the story behind your modeling career?
Well, I’ve done modeling since I was 5. I’ve always been onstage, and I’ve always been in front of the camera. I’ve done a lot of TV work, stuff like that. I was in the entertainment and modeling industry for a long time, and I got to a point where I was just over it.
What made you want to make the switch to music?
All of my friends and my boyfriend were into music. I was just like, “I’m so sick of everyone talking about music—I wanna be in it!”
Was there a major turning point in your DJ career?
When I first did I few headlining shows at some super clubs in Australia. I was lucky to know the club owners, and they said, “We’ll give you a try, see how it goes and put you on a quiet sort of night.” I did a lot of promotion to make sure I got a good crowd there, and I did a good job in this big room. I could control the crowd. Just getting thrown in the deep end and swimming my way back up was the best way to learn.
Where was that?
My first pretty big show was at the Met in Brisbane. It put my name on the map, and from there it skyrocketed. Now Australia’s flooded with girls, but [three years ago] there were only two or three other girls who were doing shows, so I got in there at a good time.
What are your hobbies outside of DJing?
When I’m not working I train hard, eat good and cook. I’m really quite sporty, so I enjoy my fitness. It’s hard when you work nights to get good training. So in my spare time [I do] a lot of sports, and [I do] yoga when I need to calm down a little bit.
How do you split your time between the U.S. and Australia?
I kind of follow the sun. So when it’s summer in Oz, I go there, and summer in America, I come here.
What’s the best part about touring internationally?
If I get [to a new city] a few hours early, I’ll go explore. I’ll just get in a car and say, “Take me to a landmark that’s quite well known.” That’s what I like to do—just get lost and find my way back.