The Hot Creations regular talks us through his musical milestones, from a dubious wrestling CD all the way to a disco-sampling future classic.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
Probably something daft like WWF – a CD of wrestler entrance theme songs from around 1997/98!
Your favourite ever record?
REM – ‘Shiny Happy People’. It’s mine and my dad’s song – always makes me smile.
The guaranteed floor-filler?
Nous Sommes MMM – ‘MMM’. I’ve stopped playing it now, because I hammered it to death, but if I ever used to want to lift the energy levels, this always took the roof off.
Same goes for Agoria – ‘Speechless’ Feat. Carl Craig (Gesaffelstein Remix).
The guilty pleasure?
Reel 2 Real – ‘I Like To Move It (More’s Instrumental)’. I’ve played it out a few times and it goes off! Without the vocals, the beat is wicked and raw. I still feel guilty though because the version with the vocals is horrible and everyone just thinks of the Madagascar films.
Also, Chris de Burgh – ‘Lady In Red’. I know all the words to it for some reason.
The last track of the night?
DJ Gregory & Gregory Salto – ‘Canoa’. I love the chanting vocal rhythms, which are quite emotional. The percussion and beat is a nice change up at the end too, and then on the last break there is a chord that comes in that has a proper euphoric feel. I think it’s a nice way to end and it seems to make people leave in a good mood. I’ve ended with it a few times recently, actually.
The best chillout record?
Basti Pieper & Eddy Pirax – ‘I Love You’. I have amazing memories of this. The first time I heard it was when Sven Vath and Luciano were playing at the old Ushuaia in ibiza, back when it was just a little beach bar.
The record you’re proudest of?
‘Forget’, because of how well it was received and the awards it won, but followed closely by my first track with Green Velvet – ‘Voicemail’. That was a defining moment for me too, working with one of my biggest musical heroes and a true house and techno legend.
The future classic?
If it’s not already, Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo. I’m obsessed with it at the moment. For something more dancefloor, Jamie 3:26 & Cratebug – ‘Hit It N Quit It’. I’ve been been hammering this. It works so well in a club and samples Loleatta Holloway‘s classic, ‘Hit And Run’, but it’s good enough to become a classic in its own right in my eyes.