Prendi il nome più caldo del momento, un’etichetta tra le più raffinate in circolazione, un EP che sta balzando da un magazine all’altro e un remix per quella meraviglia che è Community del compagno di etichetta Gold Panda: siamo di fronte ad un ragazzotto inglese che sembra non fare altro che indovinare uscite seguendo semplicemente la sua passione.
Abbiamo fatto quattro chiacchiere con il fiore all’occhiello della Ghostly Records, ospite dopodomani al NOSTRO PRIMO PARTY (WOW), organizzato insieme agli inseparabili cannibali del Tunnel Club. Ci sei tu, c’è Fort Romeau, c’è l’altro prodigio live di Dauwd e c’è il sempre verde Uabos. Ti stai ancora domandando cosa fare sabato sera a Milano?
1) Hi Mike, how are you? You’re gonna play at our first party ever, held in collaboration with our long-time partner Le Cannibale. We’re moving from the screens of our readers’ laptops to the dancefloor. Is it your first time in Milan?
Hi hi, yes! It is, looking forward to it.
2) Your debut album – Kingdoms – was released on the L.A. based label 100% Silk, and appeared very focused on Dance and Club music. Why not going for an English outlet for your music, altough so many House music labels are based in London?
Well, no particular reason, there’s many fine UK labels. Me and Amanda just got to talking and i sent her some music which she liked so she asked if she could put it out, i said yes and that was that.
3) How did you ‘meet’ with Ghostly Records? Did they discover your work or viceversa you contacted them in the first place?
They asked me to remix one of their artists,Beacon, last year, and from that asked me if i would be interested in working with them on releasing some original material. I’ve known of them for many years, naturally.
4) In one of your last interviews, the one for Spin Magazine, you said «I don’t think DJing is given the credit it’s due… as an idea and as a cultural activity, I think it’s amazing». In which way does the art of DJing gives his contribution to contemporary culture in your opinion?
Djing is essentially a celebration of recorded music, where traditionally bands would play their own material (or standards i suppose) live for an audience, a DJ presents music from many artists, in a singular context. There’s an element of “anti performance” in a sense with DJing that I’m drawn too, the focus being more on the audience and their interaction with the music rather than performer. Of course the DJ has gone the way of the Rock Star in certain areas, but i think the core of DJing is essentially democratic and inclusive.
5) You play several instruments and have performed alongside important acts such as Ital Tek and La Roux. Are you actually focused only on your production work or are you planning to tour wih other acts again?
Well me and Alan/Ital Tek have been friends for many years, but we have never actually recorded or worked on any music together. I haven’t been working with La Roux since 2011 and have no plans to work with other acts at this point. My focus now is my own material and DJing.
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