How was your European tour?
Oh it was all love. I had some amazing moments for sure. I played at NT’s Loft [in London] I had a good time, it was packed – it was a beautiful experience. I found out when I was in there that some people had come from different countries to see that show and I was like: “Really? Are you serious right now?”
Major highlight for me was my work wife Shy One. We just have too much fun on the road together – honestly some of the best times I’ve had in a while. Just hanging out and having someone who knows what that kind of schedule is like. It’s a big deal for me seeing familiar faces, because when you’re travelling you can get a little lonely. Seeing her so much over the course of two months made me smile a lot – good energy and you know you’re going to have a good time.
Can you tell me about your ‘Sound Is Like Water’ LP?
I’d been sitting on music for a while. I had a year where I hadn’t put out any music and it was time to put out a project. It was an LP comprised of two EPs that in many ways were fluid because the sounds ranged, which worked out perfectly on my behalf. As artists we tend to talk at people through our music and I’ve been looking for ways to share space with people through music. And that’s what I got out of the project – sound is like water, and it carries us in a way.
Let’s talk about the mix – love that you speak over it and chat with the crowd, can you tell me the thinking behind it?
In my club music a lot of it is just me talking – just me being myself – because that’s what I got from hearing like Ron Hardy and these great late ‘80s, early ‘90s club bangers is these guys were just talking shit. That’s just who I am and I’m not trying to push a message down someone’s throat – it’s just me being me.
It’s me interacting with the crowd because that’s what club culture was. I heard that in tapes that my mum would bring me. She had tapes from this club called Track that she worked at years ago, and these DJs could go really deep into a mix, but they were also talking shit – like shouting out people who’s birthday it was. That was club culture – you knew who the MC and the DJ were and that was part of what the night was. When people book me they should expect that – I never overdo it, there’s a thin line – but I’m just having a drink and having a good time too.
What about your DJing style, there’s all sorts of different kinds of genres and influences, what is your thought process when you’re mixing?
Man honestly it’s just what have I been rocking out to recently. Also often when I’m coming to a show I’m coming from a plane or a hotel and I’m just thinking what drops and sounds do I want to hear? It ranges for me, I can go from playing housier shit to some more breaks-heavy stuff, funk. Or bringing in tracks with just drums and just letting people dance. That’s my style of DJing. I just want people to dance, and bigger than that I just want people to have a good time with somebody.
Sexy, fun, we’re here to have a good time.
And what was the idea behind your mix?
I wanted to capture what it was like to see me live. I set Jayda up, made sure she felt good getting up on stage – sang the last song to the crowd. I wanted something that was a look into what it is to hang out with me when I’m performing live – everybody has a good time, everybody feels safe and loved, you know what I’m saying?
Like when I go to a show, it’s turnt. I had a bottle of Casamigos, I had a bottle of apple juice. I was living my life to the fullest for sure. It just felt right – it was honest, nothing was practiced, it happened in the moment. When I was playing it was packed and it was a humbling experience to open up for someone I had never met before.
”Sound Is Like Water’ is out now, get it here
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Written by: Tim Hopkins