On Tuesday evening, Anthony Maniscalco, better known to fans
as Hook N Sling, was getting ready to jet off to a gig with Red Bull on the
Gold Coast of Australia.
This breakbeat producer and DJ still calls Sydney, Australia
home, though he’s been spending plenty of time in the skies lately, going to
and from shows across the country and over to North America.
“I have a lot of frequent flier points,” he said with a
laugh. “It’s definitely one of the perks of the job, is that I can eventually buy
a fridge with my frequent flier points, or maybe a car!”
But this jet-setting breakbeat DJ and producer wasn’t always
on the musical track. Rather, the original plan was graphic design – at
least, that’s what he studied in university.
“I was quite creative in school – I did a lot of art,
a lot of drawing and painting and stuff,” he said, “… But then, it was just too
boring, I suppose!”
Maniscalco was first introduced to the world of house music
“We had this big show house on the beach, and we used to
have people over all the time and all of my friends were into electronic music…
One of my friends, James, just bought a pair of turntables and we all just kind
of took them off him, and he never got them back!” he recalled with a laugh.
They began using the equipment at house parties, and at one
such event Maniscalco found he couldn’t seem to pull himself away from the
Moving from the visually creative world into the musical
realm seemed to be a pretty smooth transition for Maniscalco.
“I knew there was something there,” he explained, “It was
just one of those things where a hobby turned into a job.”
The name Hook N Sling actually came from an old, rare groove
song from the late ‘60s that Maniscalco used to sample when he first got into
“I was sort of incorporating the beats from that track into
my own music, so I thought once I got my own productions up and happening, then
I’d credit where it all came from I suppose,” he added.
His work as a DJ eventually led to production. Perhaps
because of his background as a graphic designer, Maniscalco was perfectly
comfortable working with computers. He caught on pretty quickly.