- You said in an interview that you made yourself learn how to mix in a very military style, what was it like? Is that a “style” that you’ve applied to other aspects of your career?
My dad was a Sergeant in the military and he was very strict about timing of duties and chores. When I started mixing records he taught me the importance of being impeccable and how important timing was if I wanted to be spontaneous. So I learned how to get the bpm’s in the right neighbourhood within 10 seconds and then fine tune it in another 3 seconds and bring in the mix quick. Same way I learned how to scratch. Music selection and programming is everything. Beat matching is something that should be on the fly and quick to pull off. This really helped me especially when I was playing techno and sometimes only letting each record play for 45 seconds to a minute sometimes. This has helped me in my career with always being on time for remixes and knowing when to call a track done! It has also taught me the importance of showing up early to my gigs to feel out the vibe of the room to keep the story flowing nicely. It is all about the vibe on the dance floor and not about the DJ. We are very fortunate to have the trust of the crowd and the promoter to take them on a great journey and that is something I have always respected.
- What has been, for you, your greatest achievement as a DJ? and as a producer?
My greatest achievements have been my record label InStereo. I’ve been doing it for 20 years now and I always support the up and coming artists I believe in. I’m also proud of my own productions like Loose Caboose, Needle Damage, That Phone Track, Put That Record Back On, as well as my 6 original artist albums. I’ve also done remixes for Carl Cox, Ferry Carsten, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, A Tribe Called Quest, New Order, Depeche Mode …and even did the Transformers theme song for Hasbro. But I’d have to say I’m the most proud of my longevity in this industry. I’ve played in every country and have done amazing tours with some great friends like Carl Cox, Lee Burridge, Craig Richards, the Moonshine crew and many more.
- You’ve worked with many different artists throughout your career, what were some of your most enjoyable and rewarding collabs on stage and in the studio?
Some of my favorites working in the studio have been with Mike Balance, Hipp-E, Dj Sneak, Matthew B (Bushwaka), Craig Richards, Mes, Dave Aude, Rubber People, Jerome Robins, Hatiras, Ido, Angelo Ferreri and so many more. As far as collabs I’ve had a lot of fun doing my 2X4 sets with Donald Glaude and tag teaming with my good friend Lee Taurus as well as divaDanielle, Fleetwood Smack, Bounce, Lee Burridge, Craig Richards and more. One of my all time favorites was tag teaming with Honey Dijon at Motor in Detroit…..What an amazing club!