Interviews

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 got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
I think Dave Angel was probably the biggest inspiration for me...his techy, jazzy sound really resonated me over that period after I had originally fallen in love with the Detroit techno sound. There are so many influences though...Ludovic Navarre as his Deepside alter ego is another one...I could go on for ages...

How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
Sonically we are a the peak...never before have we had such powerful tools at our disposal...but of course it’s always the case of what you choose to ignore or leave out that makes the big difference. I still try everything that’s out there but always find myself with a basic set-up, in the studio and whilst DJing on the road.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
Well I’ve always been and still am a DJ from the dance floor. If I’m not playing then I’m dancing! I grew up getting my groove on to Djs such as Eric Morillo, David Morales and Roger Sanchez and taking whatever inspiration I could. Then brought that into my own style once I had the opportunity to get behind the decks.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong?  Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
I have only actually passed through in briefly in transit after a rather tasty gig in Macao.  I’m a bit of a geek and tourist deep down so whenever I head to pastures new always like to sample its culture in every aspect


Welcome back to Hong Kong, is there anything that you were looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
The people in Hong Kong are one of the best out there, I'm looking forward to party with them because of the energy they give me.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ/ Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
I've been making music for years, always trying to shape up my sound which created the basis for what they call 'Chainsaw Madness'. Afrojack helped me along the way by helping me learning to get better in producing and taking me on the 'Jacked' tour.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ/ Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
I got started DJing when I was 18, I had turntables since I was 14 and always collected records. A lot of the music I grew up listening to wasn't available on CD/Tape and online piracy like now days wasn't around so you HAD to buy music. I was doing the odd local club and friends party, then one day I met a party planner friend of my father's who was having there birthday at the now defunct Mayfair Club in London, there DJ dropped out and they asked me to fill in. From that point I was doing regular gigs there and at the newly opened Chinawhite. My production inspiration came from just being a huge music fan and DJ and having lots of ideas of my own that I wanted to put down in the studio. So after years of working in A&R at Concept Music and signing Kasabian to Song BMG I set up my own label Nod Factor. This was my way of putting out my tunes of my own and of other exciting producers and DJs. This has also led to me remixing for the likes of Tiesto, Mark Knight, Cassie, Wiley, Timo Mass etc.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
When I was 14 years old I started out as a hip-hop and R&B DJ. At the same time I had a friend, Tony Cha Cha, who was pretty popular as a trance DJ and I went to parties where he was performing. I liked the atmosphere and the stuff he was spinning right away. The crowd went nuts on his music. Besides that, when Tony told me that he earned 275 euro for a 2 hour performance, while I was making 100 euros per night I knew for sure I was doing something wrong!


Evil Twin is Danny Moggs' DJ / Producing alter ego - designed as an outlet for un-compromised House Music for the dance-floor.  He's gained a reputation for himself as 'one-to-watch' in the House Music scene in the UK and has an upcoming release on Oliver Lang’s Dojo Music.  Spending summer seasons in Ibiza and with recent tours across Asia & Australia he shows no signs of slowing down.  We caught up with him to reflect on his experiences of the Hong Kong music scene and to find out what he’s got planned for the future. 


Tell us a little bit about how you both got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
Layo - "I began as a kid putting on rare groove and hip hop parties called "Housequake" when I was 16 with Richard Russell from XL and two other best friends. I then started raving in 1988 and when I went to University, I started a Monday night in 1990 called, "Rhythm Formula". Mr C was my hero from acid house and he was one of my guests, along with other people I loved like Eddie Richards. This inspired me to start DJing and when Mr C built his studio, Matthew (Bushwacka!) was the apprentice engineer, we met and I recorded with him on a few projects along with other amazing people like Jono Podmore and Ian Tregoning. I worked with Richard (Mr C) to open The End and it all grew from there. My biggest inspiration was of course Mr C."


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
ML: My boyfriend in college was an excellent house DJ and introduced me to that world. Before that I basically listened to classic rock and blues and was completely oblivious to the dance music world and quickly became obsessed with the culture surrounding it. When I moved to LA I apprenticed under the genius DJ and background music curator Michael Smith who now runs The Playlist Generation.


Stephen and David Dewaele have been thrilling clubgoers for years as both DJs and band members. The brothers travel the world performing under the 2ManyDJs moniker when they’re not forming the backbone of their longtime act Soulwax.

Prolific, creative and definitely without airs, the Belgium duo first gained prominence due to their extraordinary mashup compilation “As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2". Since then, they’ve concentrated on the band, but performing as DJs offers the opportunity to travel to festivals and clubs around the world.

Last week at Volar, their set was largely mashup free—and barring an AC/DC track at 3am--was largely geared towards keeping everyone on the dancefloor flailing around in glorious bliss. Before they accomplished that, the duo took turns to talk about where they’re at these days…


Hi Guys, we are extremely excited about your upcoming visit to Hong Kong to perform at PLAY. It’s well documented that you are part of the At Night Family that brought us Avicii. Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJs / Producers? Who was your biggest inspiration?
Both of us had been producing for 6 months together when we decided to contact At Night. We heard great things about Ash in Avicii’s interviews and saw what he had done with Avicii. They had along with other Swedish dj’s been inspiring us for a while and we thought that we should give ourselves a proper shot at a musical career and that’s when we e-mailed Ash. Before that we were just two bedroom djs/producers who dared to dream big.
 

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