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Foodie Friday: Mixing up Food and the Beat with Australian DJ, Alex Preston

Foodie Friday: Mixing up Food and the Beat with Australian DJ, Alex Preston

Good Afternoon Alex! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! What was a typical dinner or family meal like for you growing up?

It was usually mum doing the cooking during the week and dad would cook on the weekends. Spaghetti bol. , casseroles, and steak & sausages on the BBQ usually made weekly appearances!

What are some foods that are authentic to Australia?

I wouldn’t say we have anything that is uniquely Australian, except for maybe our seafood. We are very lucky in Australia that we have a very multicultural community, so we have adopted a lot of foods from overseas. I think the way we eat is more uniquely Australian, lot’s of BBQ’s outdoors and dining outdoors as well.

Do you prefer to cook or go out?

I love both ! I try and do a bit of both each week!

What are 3 things you can always find in your refrigerator?

Yoghurt, Coconut Water & some of last night’s dinner.

If you had to pick one type of cuisine, what would you say is your favorite?

I think Italian food, it’s definitely my favourite. Thai food comes a close second though.

After Dj’ing a late show, what is your guilty pleasure food?

Hmm it’s the only time I eat bad food, usually a cheeseburger!

What’s a typical day like for you (food-wise) when you’re at home and how is that different from when you are on tour?

At home I try and be as healthy as possible. I’m not on any crazy diet or anything, but I try and not eat too many processed foods and try to eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible. I try and do the same when I’m on tour, but it’s not always easy.

Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels. What did it involve?

Actually, when we were in Amsterdam the last couple of times we ate at this little Italian Restaurant and it was amazing food. It was run by an Italian family and I think we nearly ate there every night!

What is your favorite spice/ingredient?

Definitely garlic, it goes in everything.

What was your biggest cooking disaster?

I’m not a great baker, I tried to bake a cake once and burnt the heck out of it! It didn’t get eaten!

Is there anything that you don’t enjoy eating?

Yep olives, can’t do olives!

Do you have a favorite brew/wine?

I love red wine. Any cabernet sauvignon from the Coonawarra region here in Australia is usually pretty epic.

You just released a new track with Javeon, ‘Chase The Rain’ Can you talk to us more about that?

Yeah, I love working with Javeon’s vox, this is our second track together. I’ve been working on “Chase The Rain” for a few months and I wrote a couple of different versions trying to get the vibe right. I’m really excited about the record and we got some great remixes from Mark Maxwell and Paragon.

Where does your musical inspiration come from?

It comes from everywhere, I have a really varied musical palette so it can come from anywhere. When I’m writing I try and take inspiration from a few different sources because I think that’s when you can come up with something unique.

Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?

Definitely Hendrix. I think it would be a pretty fun night out!



Trail blazing record labels across his hub and elegantly shifting house music enthusiasts in the right direction, Sydney’s Alex Preston paces his unmissable path to electronic music prestige. In the pool of house, Alex is in a realm of his own, with his intricately detailed production crossing the boundaries of bass house, deep and electro notions for a spicy tinge on all things electronic.
The last 12 months have certainly been a huge year for Alex with his music picking up support and plays from the likes of Pete Tong, Tiesto, Don Diablo, Danny Howard (BBC Radio 1), David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Gregor Salto, EDX, Lost Frequencies, R3hab, VINAI, Max Vangeli, Chuckie, David Jones, Stonebridge, Andi Durrant & More.
It all got going when Alex did an unofficial bootleg of Jack Ü and Justin Bieber’s “Where Are Ü Now” that got picked up and promoted by Big Beat / Atlantic as well as ticking up 2.6 million plays worldwide. Original release followed on Central Station & Ministry Of Sound Australia that both hit the ARIA Club Chart Top 10.
Alex’s DJ skills have earned him a residency at Sydney’s prestigious Pacha and he’s recently been touring Australia taking his signature brand of house music on the road. His syndicated radio show, Pressed on Air has also been turning heads worldwide with his tastemaker selection of fresh house tunes each month.
Recently named one of the Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2016 by Magnetic Magazine, no doubt the next 12 months will be even bigger for the producer from the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

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