Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
Probably in 1992 hearing Fabio and Grooverider on a recorded onto tape set from an event called 'Fantazia' at Castle Donnington, I was aged just 13 and hearing this energetic music being mixed together really excited me a lot and it definitely ignoted a big passion for the music.
Will this be your first time in Hong Kong?
No, luckily its my 3rd time now :)
Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
I will have to go to the peak again! The view is one of the best I've seen anywhere in the world ever, I find myself just staring out at the detail in the huge view everywhere for ages. I'd like to vist the markets too, you seem to be able to find unique things on the markets in Hong Kong that you can't find anywhere else.
How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
For DJ'ing: It seems more specifically to other genres a lot of the huge house and techno acts in particular don't really "DJ" anymore and tend to just tweak nobs and hit keys on a macbook so I'm not sure whether they should be billed as performing live sets even now instead of being classed as DJ's still. Personally I still love DJ'ing I find it ever impulsive and I still love and am obsessed by the warm feel and sound of vinyl as a first choice format for me however its use has dwindled which has led to a lack of care from numerous clubs in the up-keep of their Technics decks which I find really sad but hey I'm in a minority now I guess and this is par for the course.
For Producing: The advances in software and plug-ins have made producing a lot easier to have the opportunity to try, its not essential to have to go to a big studio like it used to be to make a track that can sound good. I still feel it is unquestionable that for mastering and getting the sound of the track as close to perfection as possible then out-board gear and the use of professional mastering is essential if producers want to obtain that extra edge. Production is such an important factor in Drum & Bass and bass music in general.
What was your favourite memory of 2011 and what do you have planned for 2012?
2 in particular. One was playing in room 2 at Fabric for 2 hours with SP MC, Fats and Conrad all back to back to back on the mic with an amaing crowd start to finish! The other was the Dispatch Recordings boat party at last years Outlook Festival; its hard to put in to words just how amazing that 4 hours was not just for me but for everyone that was there, it felt really special.
For 2012 on the label I have a steady flow of single and EP releases as well as 2 debut artist albums; one from Octane & DLR and the second from Survival & Silent Witness - both are almost finished and sound amazing! Such talent.
What can we expect from your upcoming performance at XXX?
A good mix of forthcoming material and a good measure of timeless classics thrown in too.
Aside from your DJ equipment, name you top three touring essentials.
1. Toothbrush; nothing worse than waking up with fluffy teeth (especially after a night on the drink haha)
2. Worldwide plug adaptor
3. Throat sweets / cold remedy; I seem to be real unlucky for picking up bugs on flights!
What is the weirdest thing that you’ve seen from the DJ booth?
hahaha some scary stuff, infact a good few, most are too 'X-rated' to mention here but each one I'm remembering now has given me a look of shock on my face or has made me want to run away from the nightclub haha.
Do you have any pre gig rituals?
Yes, no heavy drinking of booze until after I've finished or towards the end of the set and I always try to get a feel of the crowd and the DJ who is on before and then get a feel of what direction I might take a bit differently from the start of the set.
Who in your opinion are the best up-and-coming producers at the moment?
Octane & DLR, Dabs, Safire, Amoss, Xtrah
If you weren’t a DJ/Producer what would you be doing?
Its a tough one! I used to work for an energy company in England training staff but last year I had to take the really hard and nervous choice of leaving after 12 years to focus on my music more because this is my hobby and passion and I decided after so long working long hours there it was time to take a risk, if it wasn't for music I'd probably still be working there now.
Ant TC1 will be DJing in Hong Kong on the 5th May 2012. Click here for more information.