Florida native at heart, Austin Pollis bears a deeper, raw and somewhat soul moving musical presence. With a contagious smile and an impeccable essence of tech house, deep house and progressive notes in her catalogue, Miami’s promise in Austin takes underground to another level below.
Spending the best of two years checking into Bardot early for her shift, Austin perfected her skill behind the decks at this leading Miami venue, making her a DJ that knew her vision. Inspired by the likes of Maceo Plex, Solomun, Daniel Avery and John Talbot, there is no surprise this tech prowess ignites the highest electronic quality delving into an eclectic spectrum of passion-fused beats, energizing rhythms and creating a melodic flair upon the dance floor.
With a distinctive streak in her, Austin soon began guest spots at Space, Sugar, Libertine and Summer House in New York taking her to her most current residency at 1 Hotel South Beach while also being welcomed at iii Points Festival 2016. Austin has some huge projects lined up for 2017, and she is certainly a Miami talent to keep an eye on!
We managed to catch up with her after she celebrated her birthday weekend to get her scoop on the Miami music scene.
We asked: What single night has been the most memorable for you as a DJ? And just to mix it up, as an attendee also?
She answered: Instead of saying favorite DJ set, I’m going to rephrase that to “The Best Day of My Life”. October 12 2016: I played IIIPoints festival. Three hours later, I’m playing along Rob Garza from Thievery Corporation at Sugar. The vibe was magical.
We asked: You’ve played extensively on the Miami circuit, but if you could play at any venue, anywhere in the world, where would it be?
She answered: There are so many places I am dying to spin at. If I have to narrow it down to one… that’s so hard, I guess I would say Pacha in Ibiza.
We asked: What are the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered as a DJ? Do you have any advice for aspiring DJs?
She answered: Miami is seasonal and random. I’ve had months where I’ve played 20 gigs and then other months where I played only two. It can be a bit scary and discouraging. My advice for fellow DJs is the following:
“Want it BAD. Get good at it. Kick ass at EVERY gig, no matter how big or small. You never know who is listening”