Some of your music sounds psychedelic – and by that I mean from a psychedelic rock band. Were you ever a rocker? Can you play any instruments? Yes I am a guitar player mainly. I started from a very early age playing in bands. Listening to jazz, rock, folk, metal, blues, soul etc…. I also sing and play the piano. I’m still heavily into a lot of rock music. I listen to all of these genres more than electronic music.
Tell us about the rumours of you having a band. Yeah it’s true. I have begun the process of forming a band to perform songs from my debut album. The album is a totally new project I have been keeping in the side-lines for many years now. It’s basically myself writing all the music with a few guest vocalists. The album is almost finished now thankfully, after a long and hard gruelling time. It’s been hard to work on this project all alone whilst still trying to continue the electronic dance music side of things people already know me for.
There’s a lot of eccentricity in your music. Do you think you’re weird? Are you trying to be funny, or serious? Haha… I’m not sure really, I often ask people this about my music as well. It’s hard for me to have an outside perspective obviously. So I’m always keen to know how others perceive my music. I know I really like to push songs as far as they can go, and probably sometimes push the songs too far and over complicate things. But I get bored really easily and like to experiment. Maybe that’s weird to some people? But I never take anything too seriously, as I like to enjoy writing music and performing it.
What’s your selection process for vocalists? And instrumentalists? I know straight away if I like the vocalist or musician. It’s all about if (the person’s performance) connects to me or not. They need to have a really high technical ability, but not something you would notice firstly, as the musicality and talent is what’s coming across from them first and foremost. Then the technical ability is what backs them up.
You’ve been to many of the most amazing festivals. What was the best, or craziest, thing about Burning Man? The best thing for me is its ability to provide so much freedom and possibilities in one vast amazing place. You can go to the festival and make it whatever you want it to be. From one extreme to another. If you just want to chill for a week, drink tea, eat good food, get a lot of rest, do yoga, hang with friends etc etc - you can. If you want to lose your mind, get lost in the desert, don’t sleep and have no memory of the week etc - again you can. You meet so many different people there, everyone was doing completely different things with different agendas. Playground for adults!
What kind of set did you play there? I played a few different sets, all at different times. Robot Heart was great as it was a couple of hours before sunrise. So I enjoyed playing a little trippy, dark but still with a bit of drive and push behind it. But like usual I don’t like to play one sound or one style. I tried to play some really musical stuff, mixed with some stripped back stuff etc… It was one of my most enjoyable experiences of my life. I really enjoyed what I played, had such a good time there. But like a lot of gigs, its hard to completely know what to play in advance as I’ve never been there before. Which is what being a good DJ is all about I think, adapting and playing for the moment. Which is not an easy thing all the time. At least not for me anyway. But I always enjoy the challenge.
For those of us who weren’t there, what actually happened at the infamous bedlam parties at The Tunnel? Our Bedlam parties was an awesome underground rave feel about them. We held the parties at the Tunnel venue, which was an old Napoleon Fortress in Kent south of England. It was a lot of fun for so many different reasons. Mainly for me, I enjoyed the large amount of friends at the parties. It was always like the home-coming gig for me. I always looked forward to it so much, being able to hang out with friends that most year round I don’t get to see due to travelling and work. We had some incredible guest there over the years. Like Dixon, Claude Von Stroke, Appolonia, Martin Buttrich, Lee Burridge, Seth Troxler, Cassy, Ame, Tobi Neumann, Matthias Tanzmann, Martinez Brothers etc.
What do you honestly think of the South African music scene - what you’ve seen, and the reputation we have in other countries? Be brutal. We want to learn. I have absolutely no idea, I have never been to South Africa before! So really can’t comment on the scene without being there. So I’m really excited to go along and check it out! Thanks!
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Interview by Shannon Maclean