Your latest single â€˜Donâ€™t Believeâ€™ EP for Crosstown Rebels offshoot Rebellion feels like Dance music of the future. Can you talk us through how you produced the title track?
I was in the studio with my mate Joshi and we started playing around with some synths, it was quite abstract and moody at the beginning. I wrote and some 70s progressive lyrics over it and it sounded different & real. A dark record with a warm soul. Music is like cooking, sometimes you need to drop a little cream into the tomato sauce to take off the acid edge.
Where did it all start for you: which Djâ€™s/ Clubs first inspired you?
I actually started in a radio in Cassino called Radio Jolly I was only 13 I just loved vinyl and they had loads. Then I discovered mixing and it was all over. I played for a long time for a club called Axis and the boss and partner Chris used to go to Ibiza quite often to Ibiza and come back with a lot of Amnesia tapes, we used to love the Balearic vibe, was a great inspiration for us. I ended making quite a few Balearic records and playing quite a lot in Ibiza with Made in Italy.
How did you get into producing? Any favourite pieces of studio equipment you like to use these days?
I got into producing buying my first sampler: an Akai 950. That I actually still have it, seems to be very much in demand for the low sample rate it has, people like dirty stuff these days 😉
My favourite piece of equipment is my voice, now thatâ€™s really dirty.
Whatâ€™s the story behind the re-release of â€˜The Magic Roomâ€™ due out in May on your own Fine Human Records?
This Magic Room was released very softly in 2014, the artist name was â€˜Loden In Nyâ€™ which simply is an anagram of Dino Lenny. The feedback was so incredible that people were asking â€˜why isnâ€™t this record a hit?â€™ So I thought about giving it a proper release getting some good remixes. Doorlyâ€™s boosted the original mix and it was so spot on that we decided to use both our names to give it maximum exposure.Â I think it deserves itâ€™s quite an eclectic record, I just love the message and the positivity.
How would you compare the Dance Music culture of 2015 to when you first began to DJ/ Produce?
I think itâ€™s all back on track now, we had a few dark years when we thought that people were not going to look back anymore. Evolution & Technology is great but it doesnâ€™t necessarily mean quality. I know itâ€™s strange but sometimes I like Djs that mix slightly out tempo but then put it back in time. I like music with an emotion, with a human factor. Thatâ€™s why my label is called Fine Human Records.
Where can people hear you DJ?
Iâ€™m going to be playing with Maceo Plex at the Ellum parties quite often.