What’s your earliest ‘musical’ memory?
The melodies from pop songs getting into my head and not being able to get rid of them…I think there’s a word in German that translated into English goes something like ‘ear worm’.
What was it that drove you to get into the music industry?
A love of house music. The irony being that it took me a few years after I started producing to actually make house music. I used to produce breaks as ECT and Factor X on Carbon Records and then tech-house on Eukahouse. And then I made trashy/pop/urban stuff for a while. It was only when we set up East Recordings this year that I started producing proper house music…and it’s such a great time for house at the moment.
Who have been the most influential people in your musical development?
My DJ style borrows a lot from Sasha, i.e. long mixes, blended seamlessly together. My current productions draw a lot on the early Chicago producers but I would argue that contemporary house producers like Hot Since 82, Julio Bashmore and Maya Jane Coles are making better music…am I allowed say that, or have I broken a sacrilege?
Who inspires you outside of music?
Obama being the first black president of the US is inspiring even if his policies didn’t quite deliver on the promises.
What are the biggest three challenges facing you at this moment in time?
Not enough time, not enough time and not enough time. I’m trying to juggle DJing, producing, setting up a label (East Recordings), running a radio station (Brick Lane Radio) and multiple collaborations. We’ve just taken on some help with the label though.
What is the best event you’ve appeared at and why?
I played the Reading festival on the same bill as Eminem, which was pretty awesome even if I didn’t get to meet him.
If you could collaborate with ANYONE in the world (past or present) who would it be and why?
In the past it would have to be Frankie Knuckles (RIP) and in the present it would be Asadinho, who I think is the best house producer in the world at the moment.
If you weren’t in the music game, what game would you be playing?
The healing game. I’d be a doctor. I come from a medical family.
Who gives you the most support in your life and work?
I recently joined Mike Monday’s life coaching course for electronic music producers, which is a great source of support. My brother, Patrick, is great and, in fact, does most of the work running the label.
If you only had 3 months to live, what would you want to do with them?
I want to say that I’d party ‘til I dropped but I think in reality I’d spend as much time with family and friends. And I’d try and squeeze in producing one classic house track…you know the type that just gives you that ‘house’ feeing (Eddie Amador’s 'House Music' and Maya Jane Coles 'What They Say' spring to mind)…and then I’d die a happy man.
Any messages for our readers?
Yes, don’t let proper house music go the way of EDM…let’s keep it underground even if it is THE sound at the moment. And check out our label, East Recordings (www.eastrecordings.com), as we have some great releases coming out in the near future from Glen Brady (DJ Wool) and other established artists, and we’ll be breaking some exciting new acts like dj-Vox, Restless and Spectre At The Disco.