DJ’s show promises to be a party

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Blake McDonald, also known as Boston Switch, will return to Geraldton on April 27.
Camera IconBlake McDonald, also known as Boston Switch, will return to Geraldton on April 27. Credit: KS Digital Media

In the past eight years, DJ Blake McDonald has performed all over the world, from Thailand to Norway, Fiji to Greece, and at some of Australia’s biggest music festivals.

But there’s one place McDonald — better known as Boston Switch — keeps coming back to: Geraldton.

Hailing from Margaret River, the nine-hour drive north makes Geraldton McDonald’s furthest regional show, but it’s also his most frequent spot for gigs.

After a brief break from the coastal city, McDonald is back at the Geraldton Hotel on Saturday.

“I’m really excited to get back up to Geraldton, it’s like a second home,” he said.

“Since I’ve started going up there it’s always been a fun, energetic and playful party kind of show.

“It’s the furthest regional show I can get from Margaret River but it always seems the best.”

McDonald’s show will also be a road test for his upcoming set at next month’s Groovin the Moo in Bunbury.

The 28-year-old has a stack of new edits and unreleased tracks he hopes to play in Geraldton.

Blake McDonald, aka Boston Switch.
Camera IconBlake McDonald, aka Boston Switch.

Having ticked off most of his performance goals, McDonald has started to focus on writing his own music, a “big transition” for the DJ.

“I’m trying to learn piano and how to use vocals a bit better ... as I’m focusing on writing my own songs instead of playing other people’s songs,” he said.

“That’s the next addition to being a performer. It’s a lot of study, trial and error, and releasing a lot of music to get that traction.”

Although he may look — and sound — like he was always destined to be a DJ, McDonald said he never used to like DJ music, preferring “super chill” acoustic songs instead.

But the avid surfer was forced to listen to Ministry of Sound CDs whenever he hit the ocean with his friend.

McDonald started mucking around with equipment at home when he decided to enter a DJ competition on a whim.

“I got in, I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

“I played my set on this big stage with a big sound system, and I was the worst person in the whole competition, it was fully a train wreck.

“I loved the craft of it so I started practising because I just wanted to play again and before I knew it, it was rolling.”

Boston Switch will take over the Geraldton Hotel from 8pm this Saturday.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

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