I suppose it all began when I started to drift away from Metal; I left the band and received a copy of FL Studio when I was sixteen. The thing that motivated me most was the fact that electronic music was seemingly infinite, so I just got stuck in and attempted to combine things like Metal and Dubstep or Reggae and Classical, I dunno just weird experiments really. I'd say my main influences around that time were Opeth, Ratatat, Death, Crystal Castles, Benga and music from games such as Final Fantasy, a weird combo but yeah that's what I was listening to.
Was there anything unique or special about the environment you developed your skills in; musically, culturally?
Not particularly, it was a small village with fuck all happening, but alas, it gave me a lot of time to mess around with music. There was always electronic stuff being played in the house, thanks to my step-dad, so I think that played a huge part in shaping what I was creating.
Is there any moment from your gigs that stands out the most/ is most significant?
Hmm, that's a tough one, but it was probably at one of the Filth Dublin gigs, when I was crowd surfing while one of my old tunes 'Cat Business' was playing, yep that felt good.
What was the first record you ever bought?
I dunno, probably a Linkin Park CD or something.
What, in your opinion, are the main challenges/obstacles to becoming a DJ today?
I'd say the fact that there are so many deceitful promoters out there and thousands of DJs doing the same thing.
What has been your favourite festival experience?
When I saw Daft Punk live in Chicago as part of the Alive '07 Tour. I was just this thirteen year old kid in a Slayer t-shirt watching these two dudes playing crazy music out of a giant laser pyramid thing.
Sometimes people bring up questions of originality concerning electronic music, claiming this music is merely copying and not creating anything new. How would you defend this genre of music?
The main problem I have with this kind of thing is when somebody shines through and somehow defines how a genre should sound with one track, and then a myriad of producers just re-iterate the main traits of that song over and over again until it becomes its own genre; this is what happened with Dubstep, and is still happening to the point where it has just become overly-saturated with the same sounds. It's unfortunate but it also gives way for new things to emerge eventually.
What are your plans for the future, or your next project?
Well the plan is to release all this music I've kept hidden over the last two or three years and go touring as part of the agency I've signed with recently. As for another project, I'm working on getting an illustrated book done to accompany the release of my first album. It would be like some sort of dream-inspired story tale with a series of drawings, and a soundtrack to go with it. I've always had a thing for the imaginative/conceptual side of music, so to get this done would be a big aspiration of mine ticked off the list!
If you could stage a rave (unlicensed and free) anywhere in Ireland, where would it be? Your only limitation is the weather.
I don't know, probably some crazy forest in the middle of nowhere, although I do love those mountains around Wicklow and Leitrim.
Is there anything about Galway in particular that encourages the growth of electronic music, perhaps 'something in the water'?
I'm not sure about electronic music solely, but there definitely is 'something in the water' (not just...fluoride) in Galway, when it comes to the growth of all music. Most of the people that are young and aren't your average "fighting outside the takeaway on a Thursday night'' college people, are highly involved in music, it's very diverse there; you've got Traditional Irish musicians,buskers, gypsy Jazz bands, Techno heads, plenty of Psy-trance folk and people who love Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Hip-hop etc...A big factor is that anyone with an instrument is always up for a jam. One of the things I love most about Galway is being down at the Spanish Arch and there'll be people singing and playing bongos, flutes, guitars, harmonicas; it's inviting and people that are new to that will only want to do more of it. So I suppose in that sense, it can encourage the growth and inspire others. Alongside that you have Puzzle, which is uniting loads of people and bringing DJs and producers from around the country together, and it's really awesome to be a part of that.