Been a big fan and follower of yours since late 90's earlier 2000's, so thank you for taking this time out and accepting this interview. You're obviously very busy.
So, let's jump right into it. So you've obviously been in the electronic music scene since the 80's, very important pioneer, accomplished a lot of great things, performed with a lot of people, been to historic places. How have you managed to stay motivated and relevant in this changing music scene, since you've basically been around since it's inception and also the father of melodic trance?
Well, there is no secret. You have to learn to embrace change. You don't necessarily have to like it, but to stay current in anything you do. Change is around everyday, so, be open to it and embrace it and be on top of your game. Always keep pushing yourself. That's what I've always done.
And it shows in your work and your accomplishments of course. How do you feel about the changes that have happened in the electronic music scene, in the US, your hometown, and of course globally? The shift from trance to big room sound, to EDM?
Yeah, I mean, look: EDM opened the doors to make it a much more commercial, mainstream sound. Which is not bad. I don't have a problem with that. I think we start there, which is medium stage, and, you know, after a few years you start to dig deeper and then you start-Actually, you know what I like, I prefer techno or trance, and then you start to dig deeper and you find certain DJs that you like and then you follow them. Then you learn about music and you educate yourself and you become someone who really loves to be part of our scene. Our scene is a global dance community, we're all part of it whether your on that stage or that stage.
Yeah, that's very true. Everyone starts at main stage and then they kinda trickle out.
So, obviously, you've performed a lot of crazy venues. Great Wall, base camp at Mt. Everest, and recently Stonehenge. So, tell me a little about that performance, you obviously were the first person to ever perform there in written human history so.
When I play at these places, yeah I mean, I may have been the first to play at the three places you named but I'm not-it's not a case of, "yeah, let's go and do these shows". Usually you're asked. You can't just go, "Oh, I'm just gonna go and play".
And you play some of those for charity to, so.
They're to support the community, they're to support charities, they're to shed light on these great monuments, and if we can do that as a community and I can help and get invited to play these places then it's great for all of us, y'know? Hopefully some of my colleagues will want to come along and join and be a part of it.
You brought Carl Cox.
Yeah, for sure.
Since you played in all these crazy places, performed for so many people, and collaborated with so many people, where is your favorite place to perform? And on the flip side, when you're on the other side, as a viewer, or visiting, or partying somewhere; where's your favorite place to party?
Favorite place to party? Well, it's with my friends. Either be in London or Shanghai. I like Tokyo. I like a few places, I like traveling. But I think partying is best when you're with your friends and family.
What about for performing, those same areas or?
I like big festivals, it's my first time here, so this'll be interesting. I like small underground clubs also, so, it really depends. Tonight I'll be playing more fluro and trance, sometimes I'll play more of a deeper sound. It really depends how I feel.
Yeah, I'm really looking forward to the set. What are some pure highlights you'd say, places, people, milestones, stops you have?
I mean, the record company, Perfecto Records, my label which is over 25 years old now, supported and signed a lot of artists. Yeah, that's really important to me. I've got a new album coming out early next year which, I'm looking forward to coming out so. There's a lot of music coming and a lot of-hopefully a lot more good times.
So, lead me right into the next question: What was some things we can look forward to that you have coming up and upcoming artists that maybe we should know about or be on the look out for.
We got a live album from Stonehedge, to sunset. So, it's not just electronic music, it's all kinds of music. So, that's very important. I've a radio show now, playing to Perfecto's 28 million people worldwide so that's really important. And my new artist album, which comes early next year, so. There's some good things coming, which I'm really excited about.
All good stuff. So, what would you say is the coolest, weirdest, or most interesting thing that's happened to you while on tour or while performing? There's gotta be some crazy stories in the last 3-4 decades.
Oh, well I fell off stage.
You fell off stage?
Yeah, hurt myself. See, when you're on stage they-what they do, because all the lights are at you, you can't generally see. You put white skirt and white tape on the sides of the stage so you know where your boundaries are. But they didn't put white tape and I stepped two steps to the right and fell off. It was so embarrassing. So, in New Zealand that was, so that was probably my worst experience.
What's the weirdest?
A woman throwing a brassiere at me ... Was weird. So, yeah. Not all good.
What advice would you have for any young up and coming DJs, producers, lots of kids are getting into it now of course.
I think you got to really learn the art. Y'know? Technology's made it really easy, you can just push by the culture. Stay away from that, because when that move-learn the art, the true art of Djing, focus on yourself and don't worry about what anyone else is doing and enjoy it. And if you become really good at it, your time will come. You gotta produce music. Look at it as enjoyment. Love your job.
Yeah, yeah, definitely understand that. Final question, Traktor or Serato?
Speaker 1: Neither.
Neither? What do you use?
Speaker 1: I use USB sticks. I'm as live as you can get. There's nothing prerecorded about me. Before that was CDs, and before that was vinyl.
No laptops, none of that.
I just sit on my laptop at home or in my hotel room, I don't bring it with me.