What sort of music do you listen to when you’re…
Well, I guess music is still my drug and I’m addicted to discovering new sounds. If I’m chilling, that might be old jazz like John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Champion Jack Dupree, or old-skool hip hop such as The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest and Funkdoobiest. Fela Kuti always keeps me bopping along. Then sometimes classical and a bit of Latin.
I like to start the night with some disco: old stuff like Sister Sledge, Chic and Candi Staton, but there’s a lot of amazing new stuff too, like Horse Meat Disco, Purple Disco Machine and anything by Glitterbox. I’d follow that with more of a house vibe – Low Steppa, Duck Sauce, Armand Van Helden and Melé – moving into darker house vibes for the early hours. Denis Sulta, Mella Dee, Joris Voorn, Chris Lake, Anja Schneider and Will Clarke tend to keep things going until dawn.
…On date night?
I love funk and soul for a date night. Things like Thelma Houston, Earth, Wind and Fire, Average White Band, Chaka Khan and the appropriately named Taste of Honey. Sultry, soothing music that is relaxing, but has a great rhythm and lyrics to wile away the evening together.
How you find new music?
This is one of the most important jobs as a DJ. It has to be an obsession that is never truly fulfilled. When I first started, DJ-ing was vinyl only and it used to take hours trawling through records at the record store. This is still something I love to do, but you can also now do it from the comfort of your own home – though you still have to be just as relentless in the search. I am on some record-label mailing lists, so get sent a lot of promo emails, but I also spend a lot of time scouring Soundcloud, and going through DJ websites such as Traxsource, Beatport, DJCity… but I can’t divulge all my sources! To be honest, though, I also find just talking to friends is a great way to find out about new places and acts.
Where do you go to listen to good music?
We are really blessed in London. For live music, Camden has always been a great place to visit – from the Stables to the independent bars. For club music, I would encourage (when the time is right) people to explore the smaller venues in places like Hackney, Tottenham and east London, where independent venues are putting on nights that push the boundaries.
What are the best new albums you’ve heard this year?
Suddenly by Caribou is electronica done brilliantly. He uses electronic machines as an extension of himself to create something unique and eclectic – from ethereal voices over ravey riffs to soul-filled vocals and broken beats.
Duke Dumont’s first full-length album, Duality, is great. He is a master of creating a pop-leaning melody and packaging it well, creating a nice earworm you will find yourself humming days later with a smile on your face.
There’s one album I feel deserves a special mention, as it is still on heavy rotation from last year. Ordinary Drugs by Folamour is a masterpiece by a Frenchman known for forging his own path. Musically, he flows like no one else on the scene. I recommend discovering this album during this downtime.