Interviews

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

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong?
Yes! 

Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
I hear HK is the epitome of a 21st century city, I'm looking forward most to EATING.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?

We started doing parties & setting up our own label Cassette Records before making music. We got into producing shortly after that, we wanted to put out records that had the sound that we wanted to hear in the clubs. We've been dj'ing since forever. Ever since we started listening to music really.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?

I started very young as Bass and keyboard player in different Pop / Rock bands. My dreams were to get a band, releasing albums, touring the world. At 17 years old, one of my best friends was Djing and studying Sound Engineer.He learn me about using softwares and recording my own music. From that day i completely changed my mind. I became obsessed by composing all by myself, changing the structure of the sound and write my own melodies. Since I never stopped.I Had a lot of inspiration, the most will probably be Michael Jackson but all pop music, synth pop and disco music from middle of 70's till end of 80's.Daft Punk, Cassius and all this first French Touch generation were not innocent in my musical education too. 

 

Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
It was after our first holidays in Ibiza, something like 10 years ago that we really realised our passion for electronic music and djs. We started dj first and went naturally into producing a couple of years later. We hadn’t any technical skills at the time, only a good feeling about music. And after practicing, listening to everything, watching the big names playing live, we finally found our own way and our own style.

Roger Sanchez was one of the first who made us feel that particular energy with his dj sets, Axwell also with his incredible skills, Erick Morillo and of course, the Daft Punk.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
I started to mix as a dj at the age of 16 years old. Since my fist party as a clubber, I was fascinated by the word of DJ.  My fist party was really a magic experience. I started to learn and perform as a DJ by myself. I started mixing in bar and clubs in Paris, who was a perfect school for me. I was not leaving in Paris but in Poitier. I went to Paris to start a school engineer. Then, I started to produce music and release my fist single for Pacha Recordings. One of my fist big hit was a track called U Start. I produce it for Joachim Garraud and Tecktonik Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsILHNqjUeE). Now I am doing music for the most prestigious label : Dim Mak ( Steve Aoki ), Armada ( Armin Van Buren ), Defected, Strictly Rhythm, Pacha, Universal, EMI / Virgin. I am following Dj’s like Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Sven Vath but my inspiration as producer is coming from artists like : Eric Prydz, Axwell, Dirty South to name a few. Electronic Music inspiration is moving very fast the last few years.


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!


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