DJ Bambalam is a unique individual. Raised by travelling musical Gypsy’s who were part of Italy’s famous Gypsy roadshow spectacular, Bambalam learned from an early age that music was an important part of life. The community she referred to as “The Gyp Fam” raised her on a diet of potatoes and beer (as is customary in the Italian gypsy lifestyle), which was initially sufficient, however at age 12, Bambalam got a taste of the high life. A taste that left her wanting more. When travelling through Venice with The Gyp Fam, Bambalam met a young stage prop named Antonio. Antonio was cast to play the role of a tree in the Gypsy Roadshow Spectacular show, “Smoke them Trees”. Bambalam and Antonio hit it off straight away, and left the roadshow to pursue their dreams of becoming an overweight African American Musical Duet. Their lack of pigment, it seemed, would not stop them. As they ran away from the roadshow, they stumbled upon a small club in the Venetian village of Trettorini Albino Mectamoni, called “Il Sweato”.
Unbeknownst to them, after they entered the club, they would be changed forever. The bright lights and punchy bass lines spewing from every orifice of the club moved Bambalam instantly. She found herself whisked away into a world of disco, house music and Italian Divas who mocked her Gypsy clothes. The taunts from the Divas became more and more cruel, until Antonio had to step in and stop the verbal carnage. Unfortunately, Antonio was not aware of the cat like power of the classic Italian Diva. He was torn to shreds.Bambalam was distraught. Could she make it out of Italy on her own? Only time would tell… Or would it? Yes, it would.Bambalam returned to the club the following night after robbing one of Venice’s finest garment shops, disguising herself as an Italian Diva in an attempt to infiltrate the scene and make a name for herself. Lucky for Bambalam, she was born with the gypsy good looks to fool the Divas and become part of the inner sanctum. The Divas taught Bambalam how to dance, how to make love (although we shan’t go in to detail) and, most importantly, how to DJ. She took to the decks like a Diva to a Dog Fight and was soon known across Venice as the finest DJ in the land.
After several years of this, Bambalam wanted to expand her horizons, so she hopped a ship to Sydney, Australia and started a new life for herself. Since arriving in Sydney in 2001, Bambalam has played a range of gigs, expressing her Gypsy Roots through a unique blend of House, Tech House, Disco, Nu Disco, Rock n Roll and Hip Hop. She has smashed high end gigs for brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Absolut, Verve, David Jones, Le Coq Sportif, Cartier and Paspaley Pearls, to name but a few. She has also made a name for herself on Australia’s festival circuit, playing at Future Music Festival, Good Vibrations and Splendour in the Grass. She has been on the bill with some of the best, such as Metro Area, Joey Negro, Crazy P, James Curd, Andy Cato (Groove Armarda), Ben Westbeech, Yolanda Be Cool, Afro Jack, Pilooski, Cuban Brothers, Q tip, Supernatural, Naughty By Nature, and Grand Master Flash, plus events for the likes of Bon Jovi and Dita Von Teese.If you see her play, you will understand why she made it. Just don’t get too close.