I wanted to ask you about some of your experiences in Amsterdam…
…I just played an amazing party there last weekend! It was at Cruquiusgilde on Tuesday. There was 300 people and it was amazing. I hadn’t played Amsterdam since Trouw closed and this party was thrown by one of the guys from there. We sold tickets for 10 Euro at a coffeeshop. They sold out in 3 minutes!
Since you frequently played Trouw, including one of its last nights, what were your impressions of the club’s place in the landscape of Amsterdam nightlife?
Trouw was my home. It was one of the first club’s in the world, besides fabric, to really take me in as a DJ and book me regularly. The second week of Trouw being open I started playing there.
Do you have any particularly memorable Amsterdam experiences aside from Trouw?
I had a trip when I was 15 with my family. We were actually en route to India but with KLM and Delta Airlines Amsterdam was always a stop over. It was the first city in Europe I ever saw!
With festival season coming up your impressions on this aspect of the scene are well documented, but I want to know, what are some of your personal favourite festival destinations to play?
Movement Detroit, obviously. It is my home town and one of the best curated festivals in the world. Burning Man is another personal favourite, as well as many in the UK, like Glastonbury. There are so many in the festival’s I enjoy. Holland is pretty much the king of festivals and commercial dance music. The two global hubs, in my opinion, are Amsterdam and London. They have the most diverse festivals. They seem to have one every week.
For sure! I came here from New York where we have Electric Zoo and EDC, but I am consistently blown away by the sheer number of events here. Sometimes I wonder how people find the time and money to attend them all.
Yeah, its crazy! That’s Europe in the summer!
How are you prepping for Ibiza?
I don’t prep for anything. I keep half my records in Ibiza and half in London, but I usually just buy records and play them when the time is right.
We’re also talking about your “Acid Future” event at London’s Tobacco Dock. I have been hearing a lot about this venue recently with Enter and Drumcode recently throwing parties there. What is it about the venue that makes it the right place for “Acid Future”?
It is a really cool venue. It is a multi-format space so you can really do a lot with it. We have a huge production team transforming the space with character. It is already a heritage space in London, built in the 1800s. It is huge so it allows us to have the right amount of people we want there.
“Acid Future” seems to highlight the legacy of dance music. Pete Tong recently wrote an op-ed in Billboard about his impressions on the younger generation of fans perhaps not acknowledging the roots of the scene. How does “Acid Future” look to rectify this?
I think people are taking the event more seriously then they should. It is not a heritage party. It is more about bringing the scene into the future. We want to highlight who we are as a music and culture, as well as go back to its original principles. Musically it is all about the future: deep, underground music. A proper rave!
On the bill you will playing alongside The Martinez Brothers who you have launched the Tuskegee label with. Obviously there is a socially relevant connotation to the label’s name and you’ve spoken on these topics before. I know you feel there is a place within the scene to have these conversations, but have you ever encountered the mindset believing that a serious conversation isn’t needed within a party atmosphere?
Some people have said it is reverse racism, but if you look at the social dialogue in America, it is the time things like this need to be spoken about as awareness. It is to keep people aware that we are not so different and people of colour contribute quite a lot to society. We want to bring other artists up, as we came from non-privileged backgrounds. The music has given us everything so we want to bring other artists up in the same way.
On the other hand, the race conversation is one of the most important of our time. In many ways America seems to be going back to the days of the Civil Rights movement.
How do you find the conversation off American shores?
In Europe, people seem to understand the situation and can address it better. There aren’t a lot of women or people of colour in dance music. Why is that? What is stopping them from getting into the industry? I’m not creating a dialogue on issues exclusive to people of colour but rather with a focus on them. If this brings awareness then it works out!
Great! Well, thanks for your time Seth. It is much appreciated and all the best with your upcoming dates!
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