Anthony Pappa

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Anthony Pappa
Anthony Pappa in 2017
Anthony Pappa in 2017
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Pappalardo
Born (1973-11-15) 15 November 1973 (age 47)
Occupation(s)DJ, electronic musician, composer, record label owner
  • Red Light District
  • Platipus Records
Associated actsFreefall

Anthony Pappa (born 15 November 1973) is an Australian DJ and electronic music producer from Melbourne.

Early life[edit]

Pappa was born in Italy but was raised in Melbourne, Australia where he attended Marcellin College. At the age of four he got his first drum which inspired him to become a producer later in life.[1]


Pappa started DJ career at the age of 13. He won Australia's DMC DJ championship at the age of 15, and by the age of 21 was playing for most prolific clubs.[2] After meeting Sasha and John Digweed during an Australian tour, he decided to move to Great Britain to further pursue a DJ career.[3]

He appeared on the List of DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs each year between 1997[4] and 2003.[5] Pappa played at the I Love Techno music festival in France. In 2008, he played at the SAMC (South American Music Conference).[6] In 2000, he was on the cover of DJ Mag.

He has released mix compilations on labels including Platipus Records,[3] System Recordings, EQ's Balance,[7] and most notably on Boxed's Renaissance, Global Underground and NuBreed series.[2] He also did mixes for the Nina Kraviz’s song "I’m Gonna Get You", before founding his own music label Red Light District in 2008.[8]

In 1998, Pappa teamed up with Alan Bremner under the name Freefall to produce the one off trance classic "Skydive", featuring Jan Johnston on vocals. The song has since been remixed more than ten times. He has also remixed tracks for Chicane including a bootleg of Offshore that was officially released and charted at #17 in the UK.[9]

During the 2004 tour, Pappa performed at Womb nightclub in Tokyo, Japan and then performed at Zouk in Kuala Lampur. He also performed at the various clubs in Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore.[10]

In 2018 he teamed up with Gab Oliver of Narcotik, as well as working on a new single with Quivver.[2]

In 2019, Pappa performed at the Circus Paradise Arts and Music Festival[11] and on 30 March of the same year, he played at LaDiDa.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anthony Pappa". Beat. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Priya Sen (5 December 2018). ""The travel part and touring for a DJ as glamorous as it all appears is in my opinion probably the hardest part of being a DJ." – Anthony Pappa". Retrieved 21 April 2019. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  3. ^ a b Anthony Pappa Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  4. ^ "DJ MAG Top 100 DJs Poll Results 1997". Scribd. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ "DJ Mag Top 100 2003 Results: Tiesto No 1 again". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  6. ^ "South American Music Conference". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Melbourne welcomes home Anthony Pappa". Resident Advisor. 12 July 2004.
  8. ^ "Profile: Anthony Pappa". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Offshore 97". Official Charts. The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Anthony Pappa Interview". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Circus Paradise Festival Line-up". Scenestr. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  12. ^ Mike Cusack (28 February 2019). "Electronic this week: stalwart of Melbourne clubbing scene Phil K diagnosed with cancer". Archived from the original on 21 April 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.

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