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Read below about some of the biggest artists in the business before they come to perform in Hong Kong and Macau.

Tell us a little bit about how you guys got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

Brett’s family actually owned the biggest nightclub in our home tome, so he started at a very young age. James learnt at university by playing at parties, both of us really finding guys like Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez and Fedde Le Grand really inspiring.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?

Yes this is our first time. We love our gadgets so plan on getting stuck in the electronics markets.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?
I was really lucky, back in early 2000 there were lots hip hop parties and underground electronic music events going on in Taipei,  my first party experince is Derrick May, feel the magic of dj performance. Then I took private DJ lessons and went to local legends like DJ Chicano, DJ Mykal's parties. Around 2004 DJ Ta-shi (Japan) came to Taiwan for Vestax DJ competition judge, I saw his performance mix with turntablist and very dope original sampling skills, I decide turn to pro DJ. Ta-shi is one of best hip hop/club DJ ever, always brings an amazing set.

Will this be your first time in Macao?  Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
No, this is about the 6th time I've been in Macau. I heard Macau Tower has the highest bungy jump?

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration were block party Dj's of the mid to late 70's, roller rink Dj's and radio disco mixers like Tony Humphries, Larry Levan and Ted Currier that were some of the first to blend two records together on the air. Mixing always fascinated me. Later on in the early 80's when Hip Hop started to buzz it was Grand Master Flash that was the biggest influence. His turntable wizardry was ahead of it's time back then and he was fast as lightening.
 
How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
Both crafts have become more compact. Technology has allowed people to be creative with minimal tools, mostly on a laptop. Many Dj's are rolling up to gigs with thumb drives so now even laptops and cd's are out of the equation.  There's more tools to enhance Djing performances, a lot of Dj's are doing tricks and remixing on the fly which can be fun. I just wonder what would happen if there ever came a time when the digital world were to crash. A lot of people would be in trouble. We've become too dependent on technology.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

When I was in primary school I was already always really interested in all sorts of music, and back in secondary school I threw a party for my classmates and I booked a local drive-in DJ -  that was the moment I decided to become a DJ myself. Besides, my parents always played a lot of electronic (dance) music at home so that really influenced my choice of music too.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing.

Who was your biggest inspiration? 
We started DJing about 6 years ago, just playing friends house parties and got into the early progressive sound with Woz not Woz and early Axwell. Inspiration wise we’d say Hardwell, the Swedes and also producers from other genres like Dr. Dre and Timbaland. We try not to get pigeon holed. We start fresh with each track and make sure we do something unique..0

Will this be your first time in Macao?


Yeah this is our first time in Macao, we’ve got a bit of spare time there for a change as well, so we’re keen to have a look around. We’re always up for anything so we’ll see!

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?
Music has always been a big part of my life. When I was young I was in a choir called “Stockholm boys choir”. I also been playing guitar a lot during my teenage years but it was when I ran into house music when I was around 16, I fell in love with music on another level. I must say the Swedes - Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Eric Prydz - has inspired me a lot.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
No, this is my second time playing in Hong Kong actually; both times at Dragon-I! It’s nice to be in the warmth, now that winter is kicking in back home in Stockholm. But I’m also looking forward to see friends who live in the city.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
 I started when I was around 13 years old with producing music on my basic set up in my room. I am mostly inspired from the French Touch. When i was a kid i listened to Daft Punk, Bob Sinclar, Phoenix, Air, Cassius etc… I aslo really like Eric Prydz and Deadmau5 stuff. But i think it’s important to be very open minded… I take my inspiration from a lot of genres, from downtempo ( like Moby and Portishead) to pop rock music (like Serges Gainsbourg, Coldplay and Muse, etc…)

Will this be your first time in Macao?  Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
Yes it will be my frist time! I heard there are quite a few Casino’s over there, so I think we are going to take a chance there!

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

The end of the 1960’s-early 70’s my house became the center of the naibourhood where all my friends would hang out & listen to music. I was already a minor vinyl junky, & soon I got a 2nd turntable & a mixer & I was DJing for my friends while we were hanging out. When Andy Warhal’s club (the Dom) closed, I managed to get their Altec Lancing-Voice Of The Theater speakers, quite huge for my room, it was like me & my friends had our own private club. When my father turned his Ninth Circle Steak House into a disco in 1971, I was only 14, but he knew I was already DJing & on top of the music, & hired me to DJ @ the Ninth Circle. This was right around the corner from the ledgendary Stonewall, the birth place of gay rights, which had closed the year before. Greenwich Village was now like the gay center of the universe, & The Ninth Circle was now A gay Disco… & packed every night. My 2 biggest influences at the time were James Brown & a new Television show called Soul Train.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

I was 12 years old, living in a small village, and I started to entertain parties. I discovered the turntables, the microphone. I was already singing and composing in my bedroom because I had learned drums and the piano on my own. I made some singing contests I won at 13 years old and I moved to the South of France at 16 when I met some DJs. I watched them play a lot to learn and started to have contracts with several clubs. I notably played for the tech-house room at Pacha (Ibiza, Spain) after having made a band with 2 DJs friends, where a guy working for the TV-show 'Staracademy' (like ‘Pop Idol’) asked me to participate as a 'DJ-singer' because he saw me singing on my set and he liked the concept, it was 7 years ago and DJ is my main job from then. At the beginning, Joachim Garraud gave me the will to propose something different, the passion of the show. Then I was impressed by David Guetta's career of course. I learned on my own by watching them play and listen to their productions.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

When I first started going out it was guys like The Prodigy, Mauro Picotto, Armin Van Buuren that made me want to make music and DJ.



Will this be your first time in Macao? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?

Yes, First time in Macau for me! I'm really excited. I'm really looking forward to see the city and also to enjoy some good quality food.



How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
It's much more accessible to start producing. You can basically make music on a laptop now. DJing has also changed in that there are so many new tracks every week that you really have to look for special tracks that may go unnoticed otherwise.

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