1. What was your first DJ event?
My first time playing to other people (outside the house!) was at a Halloween party. I was using vinyl and can remember carrying the case with about 20 - 30 records in it and thinking wow, this it! Although the place was themed really well with a great, relaxed atmosphere and people playing apple bobbing etc, I couldn’t relax and take in the party until midway through my set, analysing everything!. After I finished, I had this feeling that I needed to keep doing this and had a burning desire for more!
2. How long have you been a DJ?
I saved up hard to buy my first decks, headphones and mixer in 2003 and started to teach myself from that point.
3. How would you describe your DJ style?
Music, like fashion, changes all the time, but I always aim to include the ingredient of emotion in my tracks as that is what I believe makes people feel something and makes them dance. I tend to fuse new sounds with samples of old classics, or classics in their original format. Good music doesn’t have a shelf life, but I aim to keep an overall set sounding fresh.
4. What nights do you currently DJ at?
I play regularly for The Gallery at Ministry of Sound, a night that I used to go to at Turnmills as a student and one that has been running weekly for 20 years, so it’s a real privilege to play for them. I have also started playing at Titania Soho, which is in a great central London location. It’s had a slick refurb and the booth has a great position over a balcony, with a view of chandeliers and customers upstairs and below.
Outside of London, I also play at Terminal, a popular Techno night in Bournemouth where the crowd are fantastic. I am also a monthly guest DJ on the Deeper Sounds show which plays out on Sunday nights.
5. What genres of music do you play?
Most of my music falls within the House and Techno genres. I also adapt to the occasion, so it could be toward the more ambient or deep end of the genre, or the more energetic end of the spectrum depending on what is appropriate or the mood!
6. What is your all-time favourite track?
A challenging question, but one track that for me is special, timeless and still sounds amazing regardless of how many times it’s played is Your Love by Frankie Knuckles.
7. What is your guilty pleasure?
I have to admit that I watch the worst TV. Especially reality TV shows. I think I just like to switch my brain off and relax, sometimes watching back to back episodes of the same show. Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one watching some of them. I have been known to watch repeat episodes, surely once should be enough ha ha!
8. How and why did you become a DJ?
Simply, my passion for music drove me in this direction. It started after working one Summer in Ibiza which was one of the best experiences in my life. I needed to focus on something to keep me close to the music when I returned to London and buying decks seemed like a logical step. I got stuck in and never looked back!
9. What has been your best DJ gig so far?
This is a very difficult question because gigs can vary so much depending on the country, venue, occasion and energy, but I think I would have to say playing at the Notting Hill Carnival to thousands of Londoners. As a Londoner and carnival goer myself, it was an absolute dream to play in 2014 and I didn’t come down to earth for days after!
10. When you're not a DJ what events do you like to go to?
In Summer I normally go to a few festivals to enjoy being outside and not necessarily having to do an all nighter! I like to try a mix of day festivals as well as ones that involve camping. I also like it when friends suggest seeing a band, or an act I have not heard of, as it’s an opportunity to discover something new and experience a different venue.
My time for other events can be limited, but when possible, I also support fellow DJ friends, which could end up being a weekend in another city or country, so it becomes a social break as well as an opportunity to hear some new music.