My music career began in Berlin about 4 years ago by exploring the vast variety in the UK's upcoming Dub and Dubstep scene. The motivation came from the satisfaction of learning and simply playing and arranging music into playlists, representing a certain vibe, and the understanding that you can literally create new atmospheres and themes by mixing certain parts of songs together.
Was there anything unique or special about the environment you developed your skills in; musically, culturally?
I was lucky to have been involved in lots of alternative musical and cultural projects from the very beginning of my journey. As we were forced to always perform and create on the edge of legality, by playing warehouse parties or open air events.
Is there any moment from your gigs that stands out the most/ is most significant?
I remember this free open air party on the 1st of May in a public park in Berlin, playing for a very grateful and happy crowd, when it started to rain. So lots of people gathered around the DJ stand to protect us and the gear with their jackets from getting soaked, which kind of formed this cozy cave atmosphere while still spinning the tunes for the people, and then the sun slowly faded back through the clouds. It was magic. Another really memorable night must have been my first gig here in Ireland playing at a warehouse party. The gig just went so well and I got to play a long varied set and everybody seemed to have loved it. It was such a warm welcome as a DJ in a foreign country.
What was the first record you ever bought?
The Doors Best of Box Set (didn't buy it though, got it for Christmas).
What, in your opinion, are the main challenges/obstacles to becoming a DJ today?
I think one of the biggest obstacles is also one of the biggest advantages of DJing, to what it was twenty years ago; the competition. It's fairly easy to get your hands on DJ equipment, therefore many people will try. Plus the internet makes it very easy to get your stuff out there to a big audience which makes it easy to get on board, but hard to not drown in the scene.
What has been your favourite festival experience?
The ones I worked on myself, as it is just such a nice feeling watching a half-baked stoner idea turn into a full grown festival.
Sometimes people bring up questions of originality concerning electronic music, claiming this type of music is merely copying and not creating new material. How would you defend this genre of music?
This is an ever present and very strange argument. Music, as well as all kinds of arts is, and always was an adaptation of something else. That's the nature of creativity; you get influenced by something, adapt it to something else and may inspire someone creating something completely different.
"Everything is a remix''.
And for the people who think electronic music didn't create anything new...well electronic music created itself as the first real evolution of music production, for centuries to come.
What are your plans for the future, or your next project?
Basically just keep up what I am doing now, focussing mostly on productions and playing selected gigs.
If you could stage a rave (unlicensed and free) anywhere in Ireland, where would that be? Your only limitation is the weather.
Probably in some old castle somewhere in Connemara or Killarney National Park, or Achill, or basically any place on the West coast.
Is there something about Galway in particular that encourages the growth of electronic music, perhaps 'something in the water'?
I think as Galway is exposed to so many different cultures and ideas coming here from all over the globe, the music scene may have a wider audience here and make people more interested and supportive of electronic music.