Q&A with our DJs Freight Train
31 October 2022
We are FTN (Paul Leslie & Elliot Taylor): A DJ Duo from London!
What makes your act special/different from similar acts?
Paul: I think what makes us special is that we DJ together. We’re huge music fanatics, so DJing as a duo made sense!
Elliot: I definitely agree. We bounce of each other and both have a vast music knowledge so performing as a duo & mixing back to back was the right way to go! We also perform individually aswell.
How did you get into the industry?
Paul: So we got into the industry quite a few years ago now (2012 to be precise!) I was looking to make some extra money so put an ad in gumtree advertising DJ services. I told Elliot to do DJ with me and amazingly we managed to get a few bookings and the rest they say, is history!
Where are you based?
Elliot: We’re both London based but travel internationally. Wherever the gigs take us! The furthest we’ve travelled was India for a wedding, it was an incredible event!
An interesting fact about you:
Paul: Interesting fact about us? When we first met at University, we weren’t actually friends straight away! We were in the same Music Technology class and acted as in-adverted rivals as we both topped the class in various assignments! We became friends soon after this realisation tho 😂
What’s the coolest/best/most interesting event you’ve worked on?
Elliot: The coolest event we’ve done was the Olympics & Paralympics Homecoming celebration back in 2020. It was our first gig back after the pandemic, and being a part of honouring all the athletes that had competed at the games was very emotional.
Favourite venue you’ve worked at?
Paul: Favourite venue?! Thats a tough one! Some of our faves would be The Londoner Hotel, Tower Bridge, The Indigo o2 & The Natural History Museum!
What is your favourite part of performing?
Elliot: The favourite part of performing is watching people react to what we’re playing. Whether it’s a gentle foot tap, nod of appreciation or full-on hands in the air dancing, it really does make the job worthwhile when you see people reacting to the music you’re playing!
Paul: Agreed! I think the best reactions are when you have people coming up to you after the party thanking you for being a part of it, and you can see how happy they are and how much they’ve enjoyed themselves. After such a long time out where we weren’t able to enjoy ourselves, it really is even more special now!