Dubbed “The Icon of the Brisbane Dance Scene” by Australian Foxtel’s “Channel V”, Barking Boy (aka Troy Linthorne) is broadly regarded as one of Australia’s most respected harder-edged DJs.
Synonymous with Brisbane rave and club culture and known for his exceptional ability to work a crowd, he’s been mixing it up with a host of prestigious club residencies and party performances since his success at the 1993 Queensland DMCs, which kick started his DJ career at the legendary “Roundabout” and “Tube” nightclubs alongside mega festivals such as Adrenalin, Strawberry Fields, Creation and NASA.
Spinning across the northern hemisphere for the entirety of 2003 saw BB break fresh ground as an Australian DJ, performing to the masses in the previously uncharted regions of Quebec and Estonia, whilst also taking in the vast reaches of North America, Europe and Japan.
While more recently specializing in the pulsating sounds of Deutche tech-trance, Barkin’ Boy has undeniably achieved his widespread popularity through mixing a plethora of varying dance styles over the past 11 years. This versatility coupled with experience and a crowd pleasing reputation has seen Troy regularly associated with tours such as Gatecrasher, Cream, UnLtd, Slinky, Ministry of Sound, Two Tribes, Adventjah, Republica, Summafielddayze, and he hasn’t just supported the world’s finest, for the past eight years Barking Boy has been consistently selected to play alongside the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Seb Fontaine, Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Deep Dish, The Prodigy, Sasha, Tiesto, Westbam, Satoshi Tomie, Lenny Fontana, Ian Pooley, Baby Doc, Oliver Lieb, Mauro Picotto, Satoshi Tomie, Agnelli & Nelson………. and the list simply goes on and on.
Barkin’ Boy has achieved great national coverage through his co-produced “Volume 3” mixed CD, his DJ gigs around the nation, his work for Substance Mag in ‘97, his Brisbane dance program on Sydney’s Radio-DEX FM in ‘96 and his success in the 1999 Clubbers Choice Awards. He’s also appeared several times on Channel V’s “Club V”, most recently featuring alongside Moby, Primal Scream and Roger Sanchez and also now writes a monthly Queensland scene column for Australias most popular dance site “inthemix”.
Apart from co-coordinating the successful “Addictive” and “House Arrest” nights in the mid-nineties, Troy was also a catalyst in the success of the prestigious “Rewind” events, which explored the early days of dance/ techno 1988-‘92, and he became known as “King of the Closing Set” after his 5 year residency (1995-’99) at arguably Brisbane’s most influential and successful underground dance club ever, The Tube. It was with the team at The Tube where he built up a mighty following, residing at nights like Cheeky, Addictive, S.L.A.M, Hardrive, Rewind, Kinetic and Testament.
He then moved onto stints with Fever (GC), Viva and The Orient Nightclubs, before going on to be leading resident at Technomad Discotech and The Matrix throughout 2000/01, where he released the energetic live club CD “Thursday” and the driving techy-edged “SS-BASS”. He then took over the reigns at Family in ‘01/’02 where he became an integral force in bringing the masses into the venue, before releasing “Delta Sunflight” and residing at R-Bar, Fridays (SC), Quest (GC) and Four to the Floor (Bris) in 2002/03.
An unforgetful and highly inspirational 2003 then saw Barking Boy playing right across the length and breadth of the Northern Hemisphere. From the Acension Boat Party on Toronto’s Lake Ontario, to the French-speaking territories and booming sound systems of Quebec, (see “Barking Boy- Live in Quebec” CD) to the flavour-filled venues of Philadelphia and all the way to the euphoric snow-storming packed warehouses of The Baltics of Eastern Europe, Barkin’ Boy’s charismatic performances and selections in sound were much loved by all. He currently resides in Australia and can be found spinning at a host of clubs and events coming to the land down under.