Soundtracking the emergency: Is there space for climate change in dance music?
Can you please describe the mix for us?
It’s a bit of a tribute to Aaron Carl, a House producer from Detroit who I have always admired. I started with one of his tracks, Crucified, which is about as soulful as House music can be, and ends with a rare deep track of his called Wallshaker. I did the entire mix in one take with all vinyl, so it’s a bit on the old school side. Thematically, there is a lot of soulful House stuff on here, again as a tribute to Aaron. It’s also very much the type of stuff I’ve been playing out lately.
How’s it going?
Great! I’ve had the best year of my life in terms of dj’ing, and I’m about to take off for a month long European tour. My DJ Kicks release did a lot to get me out there in bigger rooms, which was a lot of fun.
If you had to pick a favourite synth from your collection what would it be and why?
I’d have to say my Waldorf Wave. I can spend days programming it, it is so deep, though the results are usually pretty useless. It is the deepest in existence, and you need a synth programming phd to go near it.
What are you working on at the moment and what’s coming up?
I’m working on my new album at the moment, mostly doing a lot of writing. Aside from that I am also preparing the first 12” of my acid house project called Love Acid.
Given that you’re based in New England — what’s your favourite thing about autumn?
Obviously it is very beautiful here in the fall with the leaves changing and all that. But really my favorite part is the beach. The beaches are finally deserted, all the tourists have gone home, and I like how desolate and violent the ocean is.