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Poll 2023: FISHER

From: Australia

DJ style: Tech-house

Best known for: ‘Losing It’, ‘Take It Off’

King of the bucket hat, sunglasses, freaky laugh and that tongue thing, Australia’s FISHER, aka Paul Fisher, was previously a surfer before embarking on his career as a DJ and producer. And he’s continued riding the waves of success, with something of the force of nature about his own irrepressible energy. 

Mixing with the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Jack Grealish and Idris Elba on his travels, documented via his Follow The Fish series on YouTube, the last twelve months continued his relentless tour schedule — taking in giant festivals such as San Francisco’s Outside Lands and Romania’s Saga Festival. Setting up shop at Hï Ibiza every Wednesday for a second time during the summer, with Brazil’s Vintage Culture hosting the Club Room, he also played host to luminaries such as Fatboy Slim, Fred again.. and Four Tet while ruling the roost with his own tech-house sound.

On the production front, he teamed up with Kita Alexander for the bumping ‘Atmosphere’. It was ‘Take It Off’ though that earned festival sing-a-long status and its own range of merch, an electro-flavoured collaboration with Aatig whose video featured FISHER going full Jim Carrey in The Mask mode.

Hero of 2023: “Michael Bibi coming back and playing his closing party was hero status for sure. F*ck cancer.”

Fave tune of 2023: “Wuki ‘Sunshine (My Girl)’.”

Best DJ set you’ve seen in 2023: “Keinemusik at Coachella.”

What was the most exciting tech development of 2023? “Well, I know what’s not the most exciting… NFTs!”

What gives you hope for 2024? “Putting on some epic parties.”