If I could amend my original question about Amsterdam. What would you then say the clubbing intellect of the Amsterdam crowd?
Like most cities, Amsterdam also has both the intelectual and the trendy side of the coin. Everyone always asks me about the scene in America and if it’s “finally” taking off. I answer: well, on a mainstream level it’s like a a bottle service, EDM crowd, but at the same time, if you want drum & bass there are still places that play it, but you have to want to find them. It used to be really great when record stores existed and people who were interested in the culture could go there and they would support the whole scene. This is the same in Europe…there is a scene where you get informed and there is a scene where you don’t.

I have a soft place in my heart for Amsterdam since it was the 2nd place I played outside of the US (the other was Canada). I think it was 1991 or 92, where I played a place called Subtopia, which was a submarine behind Central Station. I played there with Fierce Ruling Diva. It was amazing! Back then, clubbing was not just something to do. It was a way of life. People were into this music because you didn’t hear it everywhere. Now it’s everywhere: commercials, tv, radio, ringtones. It’s not as intimate. That’s fine, but you have search more for it.

In the early 2000s I was actually thinking about moving to Rotterdam. I really liked the architecture, and how the look of the city developed post-war. Plus, a lot of my friends were there.

Amsterdam is fun. There is a lot of culture, but it’s also pretty crazy. During ADE, the city really utilizes everything it has to offer since 250K people attend. I do try and balance my time traveling around the world and Netherlands though, since I don’t want to wear out my welcome.

How have you seen the breakdown of your gigs in America vs Europe? I was speaking with Stacey Pullen a few days ago, and he said his schedule is virtually 50/50 USA vs Europe. How do you find yours and how has it changed over the years? Being a chid of the 90s East Coast US rave scene, I remember seeing your name around quite often. In fact, you headlined the first rave I had ever attended, which was called “Alive” back in 1998 at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut.
I remember that!

The interesting thing about being a DJ is that you can perpetually tour whenever you want. You don’t necessarily have to tour in conjunction with something you want to promote. I see it important to do both. In the early 90s all my traveling was in the US supporting the rave scene. Then I branched out a bit more and started playing in Europe. Now, 85% of the gigs are outside of the US, where there is more money, admiration, and adulation when it comes to fan bases. It’s kind of like the jazz scene of the 1940s. Back then, musicians would have problems getting gigs in the states since the music wasn’t as big (and also because the color of their skin), so they had to come to Europe to get bookings. The same went for Detroit Techno. No one in the states supported it really, so the guys went to Europe.

For my own curiosity, have you found yourself in any under-the-radar US markets, which perhaps to your surprise, have an enthusiastic, striving electronic music culture? I’m not talking about the New Yorks, LAs, or Miamis of the world…
Not in a while. My travel schedule has changed a lot because of my child. Now, I like to be gone 2 days out of the week. I am usually out on Friday and Saturday and home on Sunday.

I did play out in San Diego this weekend, and my gig on Saturday was amazing. It was me and Doc Martin in a warehouse, which only the right people knew about. It was a big sound system on a table right in front of the crowd, just like the old West Coast rave days. It was awesome! I so needed that. Otherwise, it is just so many trendy clubs with guys in shiny shirts. Every experience is fine, but I like to just be able to do what I do and have fans really trust me to go where I want to go musically. After 25 years, I still have a passion to do what I do. I would love to take chances and play different places and venues, but I do take more concern now since I am in a different area of my life. If I was younger or didn’t have a child, I’d probably be out 4 or 5 days out of the week and going all over the place..like I did in the beginning.

I had an interesting situation a few weeks ago, where I played a birthday party in Dresden, Germany. I flew from Ibiza to Dusseldorf, with a connecting flight to Dresden, which got cancelled. There was no way to get for me to get to Dresden, except to fly into Berlin, which is then a 2.5-3 hour car ride to Dresden. It was late and I was tired, so I thought I would just get on the next flight back to Ibiza. I thought I had made my best effort, but it just wasn’t going to work out this time. I called the promoter who told me that if I flew to Berlin there would be someone waiting for me with an E-Class Mercedes, so I agreed. When I got there it turned out the guy also has a car full of people. It turned out that the only way the promoter could get me to Dresden with via Blah Blah Cars, a sharing service. The promoter wasn’t told there would be other people in the car though. When I got there I thought about how I had been doing this for 25 years and whether or not I needed this shit. I then asked myself if I would have done this 20 years ago, and the answer was yes. So, I said ‘fuck it” and got in the car. That is pure passion for what I do. I don’t think it was right from the promoters perspective but I did what I needed to do. I don’t want that to change!

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