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Judson3_-Photography-Tom-West_PPDuring the day, Amelia Judson is a dental student at Charles Sturt University in Orange, New South Wales, but at night she transforms into DJ Aurora

“When I started DJing about two years ago, one of my wildest dreams was to play the Future Music Festival [in Sydney]. That dream became a reality last March. There were 70,000 people at the festival and it was a mind-blowing experience to be a part of it.

“My biggest gig to date was to a crowd of 5500 people. That was on New Year’s Eve at Magnetic Island [in Queensland]. I was flown to a tropical resort, given a bungalow by the ocean and played an awesome gig. I remember waking up on New Year’s Day, watching the sunrise and unable to believe it was all happening to me.

“The first gig I ever played was at a tiny pub called Hotel Orange in country New South Wales. There were about 20 people in the audience and the majority of them were my friends. I’ve come a long way since then.

“It was dentistry that set me on a path to be a DJ. I had been fascinated by DJing all through high school but when I was studying at CSU [Charles Sturt University], I met some older students who were practising in their bedrooms. They inspired me to learn how to be a DJ.

“Anyone can DJ. You can press play and mix stuff together but it gets more difficult as you progress to a professional level. You need to look at the keys of songs to ensure they mix together while taking their waveforms into account. A certain amount of technical knowledge is required and it’s essential that you understand your audience.

“Before each show, I receive a gig brief from my management. Different areas love different sorts of music. I could play really modern electro at one place but at another place, they would absolutely hate that. They may prefer hip-hop remixes or something like that. You have to know your crowd.

“My next ambition is to release an EP within the next 12 months. I also want to sign with an agency and undertake an overseas tour of Asia or New Zealand.

“I fully intend to complete my dentistry studies at CSU but once I graduate, I’ll have to figure out a way to balance DJing and dentistry. I never expected in my wildest dreams I would be a successful DJ but I’m absolutely loving it. I can’t wait to see where the journey takes me.”

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