DJ Riva Boi

Posted 18 May 16

Photo: Tyson Austin

Clayton Murray-Mitchell aka DJ Riva Boi is known to come with the music to get Aboriginal audiences on the dance floor. Kalinya has called on DJ Riva Boi for a number of our events, including The Koorie Youth Summit and NATSIEC and on all occasions he has had the young ones and the Elders on the floor.

Clayton is also a youth worker and founder of the 3 Rivers Festival in his hometown of Echuca and is a proud Wemba-Wemba, Ngadjon-jji & Yorta-Yorta man.

“I’m very proud of my strong connection to Murray River country from Echuca to Lake Boga, and further north to the Atherton Tableland’s Rainforest around Malanda, QLD.”

“Music has a special way of connecting people and bringing everyone together so it is important that we have events to give us a platform to share information, showcase our talents, voice our concerns, and most importantly have fun!”

“I’ve been a DJ for the past 4 years. I had an opportunity to DJ at a local Koorie Hip Hop event in Melbourne so I grabbed that opportunity with both hands and threw myself in the deep end. I’ve always been a huge fan of music.

I was inspired to become a DJ by a brother-boy named Henry Thorpe aka Dj Deadly who was one of Victoria’s first Koorie Dj’s to spin on the one & two’s.

Growing up in Echuca there was always musicians like the Legendary Eagles, Van Morrison, Slim Dusty, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger and Otis Redding playing on the stereo in the family home.

Once I grew old enough to take over the tape deck I became a huge, obsessive fan of Michael Jackson – The King of Pop. At the innocent age of 9-years-old I was introduced to Snoop Doggy Dogg, NWA & 2 Pac by my older cousins. There I was, 10 years old rocking with Death Row records and that new G-Funk rap sound which was taking over the Hip Hop culture in the early-mid 90’s.

In Echuca-Moama, majority of my community are fans of Country & Western, Hip Hop, Rhythm & Blues (R&B) & Reggae. In my opinion I think our people can relate to and connect with the stories and messages in these types of music. I connected with Hip Hop because the music was uplifting and empowered Black youth right across the globe with the powerful lyrics, creative wordplay, catchy melodies and bangin’ beats.

I love and appreciate all forms of music.

We need variety in our lives! I try to play a mixture of different genres especially at community events, which usually has a diverse crowd of musical taste.

One reason I DJ is because I love creating the perfect feel-good atmosphere at an event and bring that one-love & happiness type of vibe.

I’ve had many memorable experiences and special moments since 2012 such as meeting talented local & international artist such as the Outlaws, Gary Clark Jr and traveling across Australia and connecting with other motivated, like-minded blackfullas from similar communities.

These experiences opened up new doors for me and inspired my vision to produce my first fundraiser music event in 2013 and the annual 3 Rivers Festival, which is now in its 3rd year.

One highlight and memorable experience was doing a road trip with the Yung Warriors Hip Hop Corroboree tour supported by Triple J. We drove along Queensland’s beautiful coastline from Brisbane to Cairns and stopped in towns Rockhampton, Bundaberg, and Mackay to showcase Koorie Hip Hop and party with the Murris.

Becoming a DJ made sense.

I love socializing and traveling, just as much as I love music, so I made the right choice to take this musical journey.

Photo: Tyson Austin

DJ Riva Boi playing at the NATSIEC Gala Dinner