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How are you? What’s good and bad in your world?
Im Great thanks, There is not much going on here in Melbourne at the moment but making the most of it.
How have you found becoming a dad? How does it fit with making music and DJing on the road?
Co-producing a small human has been a challenging but an extremely rewarding experience that is filling me with a lot of inspiration for music to come. At the start it was hard to fit in making music, but as time goes by I’m getting back into full swing.
How much has the last year affected the music you have made, the style and sound of it?
These days I like to make music that is deep but still fun. The last year hasn’t really changed that, it has just given me more time to focus on production.
Where is your best environment as a dj? A small dark club or a huge outdoor festival stage? Late at night for the weirdos or early so you can play slow and eclectic etc?
My best environment is wherever there is a crowd ready to enjoy quality music, whether it be large or small. It’s more about creating the right feeling for the room at the time.
Where does the impulse to create something come from for you? What role do sources of inspiration like dreams, other forms of art, personal relationships, politics etc play?
Making music is my form of meditation for me , it is where I go to process what I am going through, be it in the past or present.
Tell us about your new one on Valiant – where and when was it written?
“Believe In” was actually made when I was in a very dark place , after the loss of two very dear friends in a very short time. It was my way of grieving and trying to stay positive. It’s just what came out i guess
Are you formally trained on any instruments? Is real musicianship in your tunes important?
I am not formally trained but I can play multiple instruments. My music is full of live leads and elements, but that doesn’t mean its important. Whatever makes the record work, that’s what’s important.
What gear do you use in the studio to make your music and does that matter to you?
I am actually around 80% hardware based even if I’m using samples, yes it matters in a big way. I don’t like being in the box for creative reasons and the sound quality is extremely important to me. These days I’m using the Crane Song Solaris and Lynx Hilo as my converters, My Juno would be my go to synth, for tone I love the Heritage Audio 73eqs on bass, Maag eq4s on my percussion and the rest is my little secret.
What else have you got coming up/are you working on?
I have been working heavily on my analog mastering for the last decade and have decided to finally start offering my service to the public, so that’s exciting. I also have a record due for release on our Philanthropy label. Due to health issues in the past The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre charity of choice for this release , so look out for that one. Also can’t wait to get back to the action with The Vineyard Sunday’s !!!