Ortofon: You have been doing a lot of production over the past few years. How does that complement your DJ side?
- You are right, I have turned more and more towards production and I spend most of my time in front of Cubase now. I enjoy it as much as I enjoyed scratch music. It’s a different way to create and express things, even though the process of building a routine is very close to production. First, it really helped me training my ear, because when you start producing you don’t listen to music in the same way that you used to, you tend to analyze how the production was done, mixed, etc… When preparing a mix today, I am more careful with the harmonies among tracks and the energy that they spread.
Also, it allows me to build these kind of mini-routines myself, without requesting the help from another producer. It opens up for a lot more possibilities and enriches a set.
Ortofon: What is your best memory as a DJ?
- There are several that come to mind, but the best memory is probably when I played alongside Afrika Bambara at “Festival des plages Electroniques” in Cannes, France, a few years ago. The festival takes place on the beach and gathers nearly 10.000 people. It was my birthday, I was closing the evening and Bambaataa asked me if he could host my set.
I had Afrika Bambaataa as my MC, it was incredible, people were going nuts… such a beautiful birthday present!
Ortofon: We usually ask our interviewees which 3 DJ’s they would love to go against in a battle. You went against a lot of world class DJ’s, but is there still some that you never battled and would like to face off?
- I have never “dreamt” to face any particular DJ, because competitions are very stressful (for me anyway). So I would have been afraid of facing them and they would have won for sure, but for “prestige” I would say Craze, A-Trak and Q.Bert.