When DJing live, what do you think makes the perfect set?
I think this is completely dependent on the situation. But from my experience, knowing your audience and being able to react and feed off of them is essential.
What elements make a good artist?
Point of view, craftsmanship, originality, ability to evolve.
What elements make a good DJ?
Knowledge, technique, experience, selection, ability to read audience.
How important is record sleeve art to an album?
The best records are those that combine equally strong music and artwork. Unfortunately, in the proliferation of the iTunes era, I fear that album artwork is becoming less and less essential – except for major label albums that can afford heavy advertising campaigns.
How do you think your travels have affected or informed your DJing over the years?
It’s been absolutely key to my growth as a DJ. Seeing the differences in various countries and connecting with like-minded people around the world is inspirational. It’s also the only way to truly get a global perspective on things. However, at the same time, I think there is value in being somewhat disconnected or unaware of what’s going on around you.
Do you have a favorite place to spin?
Vibe-wise nothing beats Rude at APT for me. Also, our run at the Candela Music festival in Puerto Rico was pretty amazing.
How have you seen the role of the DJ change since you began?
Now DJing is a mainstream "hobby". Because of its accessibility, we have many more DJs, and thus lots more types of DJs. Some DJs play a routine that they are recognized for, some focus on tricks or techniques, and some are “selectors,” though there are only a few of these.
Do you have a favorite artist? One who inspires your music, or your musical choices?
This changes on a regular basis. But I think Ian Wright is one of the most important music-related artists. Check his weekly portraits from NME back in the day.
Do you have a favorite record sleeve or artist that does record sleeves?
Reid Miles (Blue Note), Peter Saville (Factory), Swifty (Talkin’ Loud).
You’ve traveled a lot for music. What do you think is the most creative, coolest city right now?
Japan has always seemed to have its ear to the ground, and my recent trip to Tokyo definitely confirmed this. I think they are very adept at recognizing quality. It’s one of the few places where I still recognize the appreciation for the sleeve, packaging, and music.