Introducing our latest Team Brisk Streamer Of The Week, as we head to Wales to meet Craig Fudge!
Where are you from and where are you living now?
Hi I am from Swansea, Wales, UK. Have never lived anywhere else, kinda sheltered I guess ha ha!
How did you come up with your DJ name?
My DJ name Fudgee comes from a love of Cadbury’s Fudge bars. Fudge is my nickname and even my parents and other family members call me it!
What’s your equipment list?|
PC wise I run two laptops, an Asus Fuf gaming laptop for the DJ software (plus OBS) and an Acer laptop that I use for screen mirroring OBS and inputting text.
I use a Behringer UCA222 audio interface with a Pioneer DDJ SB3 controller.
My cameras are a multiple cam setup using the in built camera on the Acer, a Logitech c922 and a Razer Kuyo.
Where did your musical journey begin?
My parents have always been lovers of all things music, so I was introduced to it at quite a young age. My love for all Electronic Music came when I made the move to comprehensive school and during woodwork lessons we were allowed to bring cassette tapes to listen to. I first heard Carl Cox at Fantazia there and was hooked from that day forwards.
What made you decide to take up DJing?
So even though I was a massive fan of listening to dj’s play Hardcore I never really thought I could be a DJ. It was only when at the age of 15, a local community music project came to my area where they taught such skills as beat matching and music production did I realise I had a skill set that would allow me to unlock the potential to entertain others.
What are some of your interests/hobbies/passions outside of streaming/DJing?
I love Formula One, I am a massive fan of most things motorsport really and also love to go sim racing at a local place we have from time to time. I also enjoy cycling when I can be bothered to get out on the bike! I also do like to do some carpentry when the need arises (usually when Mrs Fudge nags me to do so!)
When did you start streaming on Twitch?
I started streaming on the 30th of June 2020.
Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life, whether it be related to music or not?
I am currently about to undertake a massive project to build my studio at the bottom of the garden. It’s the biggest project I’ve undertaken and I do have some trepidation about doing so.
Who are some of your favourite streamers? Why?
I love DJ Amber D, Char, and of course DJ Brisk! Why? Well mainly it’s that all three have shown me the importance of making your audience feel like family. We all have one thing in common and that’s the love of the music. It binds us all and breaks down the barrier of distance using the power of the internet.
I can honestly say if it wasn’t for DJ Brisk I would 100% not be streaming in the way I do now. I have learned so much from watching this man play and give his all for his craft.
What is your favourite genre to play? Why?
It’s probably the nostalgia of it all for me but I absolutely love to play 95-97 Bouncy Techno.
It’s unapologetically happy, it’s hard, plus it always puts a massive smile on my face which always translates to viewers thanking me for playing it which is a win in my eyes!
What are some of the most memorable events you’ve participated in or streamed?
I think the two that stand out for me are the first gig I ever played in 1997 at the Bubba Club, Swansea at the age of 16 (I was so nervous), where pure adrenaline got me through it, and also the Team Brisk raid trains I’ve been a part of. Every single one of those events holds a special place in my heart especially DJ Brisk’s Birthday train where I played a special History of the Brisk Selection Hardcore set!
What does Team Brisk mean to you?
Team Brisk means one major thing to me and that is family. Every single team member feels like a brother or sister. The greetings I get when I enter a fellow members chat and they welcome me with such love can only be compared to what a family member does.
What’s your favourite thing about DJing on Twitch?
It’s the interaction you get with your audience no matter where they are in the world. This cannot be replicated by playing a set in a club. Location doesn’t ever need to come into it like it does with a club set. This is a massive thing twitch brings to the party.
What is a challenge you’ve faced as a DJ/streamer?
I’d say for me it’s not having somewhere dedicated to have my stream permanently set up. The time taken to set up and pack away for a 2 hour Twitch stream really takes me away from my family plus my audience. That’s why I have to get myself a studio made.
Do you have any special projects, streams or events you would like to tell us about?
The only special project I have on at the moment is this studio I keep harping on about! I’m not clever enough to produce music so you’ll see me around on Twitch and I am 100% bound to be on the next Team Brisk event, so keep an eye open for me then!
Is there anyone you’d like to shout out and/or thank?
Besides DJ Brisk who is the reason I got into this, the only other two people I’d like to thank is my fab wife Susan for supporting and nurturing my hobby, allowing it to become so much more, I love you hun!
Also a huge thanks to my Twitch brother Ken Jones. We became friends through Brisk’s Facebook streams back in the day and there isn’t a day that goes by where he hasn’t given me technical and emotional support. The work he’s done on mine and others streams unconditionally means he is one of the greatest things to happen to Twitch.