Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?
When I started DJing I was mainly obsessed with the Dutch DJs that were very popular nationally at that time. Guys like Remy, Per and Miss Monica for instance. I remember seeing Carl Cox doing some tricks live back in 1997 and was obsessed! I later became a fan of techno DJs with skills like Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke and Frankie Bones. Bad Boy Bill has been a big influence too! I still look up to guys like A-trak, Craze, Shortkut and Q-bert. I’m just a turntablist groupie!
Was this your first time in Hong Kong? Was there anything that you were looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
No I’ve been to Hong Kong many times! It’s such a cool city. I come here to compete for Kung Fu too. What I was looking forward to was playing a funkier, housier set. As I know Hong Kong likes that with their long history in dance music. And I was right!
How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
It’s fine by me. The only thing I miss is the loss of the art of DJing. And the lack of interest in it by the new producers. Which is exactly the point: Being a DJ and being a producer is two complete different things! DJs love playing their music out in front of a crowd. Real producers love sitting in dark studios for days to finish tracks. That’s one of many many examples of the difference between DJing and producing. If you think DJing and producing is the same: You’re wrong. Some actually prefer DJing, some prefer producing. Just because people expect that, you get DJs hiring ghost producers. And producers playing pre-mixed sets. Which both are really a disgrace if you ask me.
What was your favourite memory of 2015 so far and what do you have planned for the rest of the year?
My favorite memory is playing in Hong Kong of course! I have a lot planned for the rest of the year. I’m mainly excited to see what will become of the 30 tracks I made in 30 days. Which was a hard challenge but, means I have a lot of new music coming. More news about this after the summer!
What was your favourite moment when you played at Levels?
I loved all of it. The appreciation when I got on. All the double L’s up. Just making special moments and memories on the spot! The realization of this is bigger than any anticipation.
Aside from your DJ equipment, name your top three touring essentials.
My iPhone, my laptop and my headphones. I basically, like most of you I’m sure, live on my iPhone. My laptop is my studio and my headphones are my studio monitors. I master and finish my tracks on those!
What is the weirdest thing that you’ve seen from the DJ booth?
That’s a really good question! I’ve seen ton of things but nothing really that comes into my mind right now. I often think it’s cute that sometimes people try and figure out my double L sign while they are on the floor. I see them asking their friends (if they are) getting it right.
Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
Not really. I usually go and pee 15 minutes before I go on. (laughs) This is to just make sure I don’t need to go while I’m playing for two hours. Then usually when I get my headphones (my earplugs) out on stage, I get into the zone. And I’ll transform from being laid-back to outgoing.
Who in your opinion are the best up-and-coming producers at the moment?
I love what DJ 4B and Kandy are doing right now. Coincidentally they’re from the tri-state area in the US (New Jersey, New York) but these kids are bringing the heat right now in the Jersey Club/Jungle Terror realm. Vegas based Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf play amazing sets, D.O.D from the UK as well. People should wake up and start booking these guys as they bring the proper quality!
If you weren’t a DJ/Producer what would you be doing?
I’d probably teach Kung Fu. One of my dreams is to open up a chain of schools later in life when the DJing slows down.
What tracks/ projects can we look forward to in the upcoming months?
The vocal version of XXX called ‘Outer Space’ just came out now! It’s my collab with Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf, but now with the vocals of the guy that did ‘Step Back’, Kriss Kriss. He did such an amazing job with Chocolate Puma. Speaking of which, my next track is called ‘Snap That Neck’ which is a collaboration with Chocolate Puma. It’s a huge honor for me as they were the ones that discovered me.
What would be your dream collaboration?
I still dream of collaborating with Timbaland, Daft Punk or Justin Timberlake. It’s ok though, I love making music and dream a dream life!