1 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?
Well I was born and raised in Vancouver Canada and still live there, It's an amazing place to live one of the most beautiful places in the world I think. If you like the outdoors and city life it's the perfect place to live you have everything at your door step.
2 - How did you get started DJing and making music?
I started DJ'ing with no real goals or aspirations just messing around with a couple of friends back in 1997 and slowly over time just got into it more and more. When I started to play in the clubs and travel a bit I started messing around with producing my own stuff again with no real plan just doing it for fun and slowly I realized I was hooked.
3 - Did you have any mentors when you were starting out? Who helped you get heard and established?
I wouldn't really say I had mentors, I came up with a crew of guys all of us learning as we went sorta self taught ourselves, it was Lazy Rich, Hirshee, Oliver Nickels and my self. I would say the person who gave me my real first shot was Hatiras out of Toronto on his old label Blow Media. I was soooooooo stoked when he wanted to release my early stuff!!! I still remember what he said to me down in Miami at the WMC's the first time I actually met him in person "All you can do is make the shit you like and hope for the best in the end you have to happy with what your making"
4 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I will let you know when that happens lol.............
I am always exploring new styles and sounds evolving as I go, I try not to get stuck on one style for to long. I just like stuff that makes you wanna dance.
5 - Could you name three tracks that you think were particularly influential for your own style?
All of these might be out dated now but at the time they all made a big impact on me
1.) Violet - Lazy Rich Remix
We were still roomates when he did this remix and it blew my mind. He got me to re record the vocal for him with a girl named Tara Lett as he didn't want to use the male version of the vox. The vocal was really funny to it was obviously written in a different language and translated word for word into English cause it didn't make sense lol we got a good laugh out of that but the track he did was unreal it first showed me there are no rules when it comes to making music. I still love this track!!!
2.) Aaron Smith - Dancin
I love vocals in tracks not super cheezy style vocals but vocals with style swagger and grit with a touch of soul and even today this is my favorite vocal in any dance song it still makes me smile......
3.) Daft Punk - Around The World
I still have this track in my sessions when I need to compare what I am working on to something that sounds huge!!!
6 - What do you think stands out the most about your sound?
The KIK drum
7 - Do you know what kind of track you want to write before you start, or are you more of a trial-and-error type?
Honestly it's different every time sometimes I have an idea of what I want to do before I even sit down but am usually never married to it cause sometimes what starts one way ends up going in a completely different direction.
8 - What inspires you when you go into the studio?
This will sound a little weird but after every track I make I have this odd paranoia about what if I'm never able to make a another good song again like I used up all my creativity on the last one or something lol or just am unable to make music anymore period because the world ends, I think I should see a doctor about these thoughts lol but seriously I just love making music and making good music is what inspires me it makes me smile!!!
9 - What does your current production setup consist of?
My custom built computer, Cubase, way to many software VST's and plugins I have only used maybe half of them, my midi keyboard, my 2 sets of monitors my Event Tuned Reference 8 speakers and my ADAM A8X's, my Soundelux U195 microphone as well as my newest toy my Brent Averill 1073 pre amp and eq.
10 - Do you play any instruments?
I took piano lessons as a kid but wouldn't say I play you know what I mean? I can play but don't play often if that makes any sense.
11 - When you perform, what’s your preferred setup and how would you describe your sets? Are they different than your sounds as a producer?
A pair of Pioneer CDJ 2000's, a Pionneer 800 mixer, a monitor that's not blown and a fan in the DJ booth to help keep me cool. I play to the crowd for the most part so if I see something isn't getting the response I am looking for I m not affraid to switch it up if I need to. My sets are on par with what I produce ;-)
12 - What the musical scene look like in Canada? Are the crowds and record shops interested into these sounds?
EDM is taking over north America right now so the music scene is great in Canada as far as record shops go I think they are extinct everything thing is digital now. I miss going down to the record shops on a Thursday when they got all there new vinyl in digging through crates FML I feel old lol.
13 - When you’re not listening to electronic music, what do you listen to?
Sports radio and old school funk.
14 - Where do you think you will be musically in the next few years?
Starting to make country music so we will see how that goes!!!
15 - A last word…
This is a tough one I am going to go with the word "Elephant"