A. Last weekend, Micro (Caffeine) and I were the headliners at a massive 3 day event in Sarasota. My surprise was that I brought my own special guest, Lucy Stone from Ministry of Sound & Hed Kandi, UK. My partner Lil B and I had a three hour time slot so we shared our time with her. This weekend the 17th, I'm the special guest for "Journey to SMF: Tribute to Trance" at The Amp, Tampa. I might surprise everyone with a world premier one of my new collabs with Philip Mayer.
A. There's a great scene for house, techno, and breaks in Tampa but not so much for trance. The Amp brings in the top DJs, which does very well, but no one's bringing the up and coming trance artists. Trance is on the uprise here, and I'd like to help fill that void by hosting my own events soon. I recently hosted my own free trance & food party on the beach called "ATOT: A Taste Of Trance" and it went over very well.
Q. You’ve got a couple of gigs coming up in Sarasota and Tampa this month, any musical surprises planned?
A. Excellent, thanks! I started NYE off with a bang in Calgary, Canada and I've been keeping busy since.
Q. How has 2014 been for you so far on tour?
Q. Tell us what the EDM scene is like in Tampa and how you think it can be better.
"I'm very happy to have stuck to my guns and to see trance gain more popularity.."
A. That's a tough question. It would be a toss up between Armin and PVD. I support more Armin tracks, but PVD is more of a legend. The first trance CD I've ever owned was "Tranceformed From Beyond" back in '92, featuring PVD & Cosmic Baby.
A. I always play from the heart and my interpretation of trance stands apart from everyone else. I don't even look at Beatport charts or anyone else's playlists. I take pride in being myself :)
Q. Which artist would you say was the greatest Trance producer of all time and why?
A. I'm working on a couple of collabs with Philip Mayer from Poland at the moment. One is a 140bpm uplifting trancer and the other is a beautiful summery progressive trance track. I've got some other projects in the works too, more similar to "Samurai".
Q. You’re also well known for your own productions such as “Samurai” and “Ocean Love”, are you working on similar projects this year?
Q. Would you consider a WMC appearance in years to come?
A. Yes, I'll be back for sure! I've actually played at WMC quite a bit. My favorite Miami gig was playing at the first Ultra Music Fest when it was still on the beach.
A. Miami is defintely a mecca for house, but not so much for trance. Back around 2000, trance ruled on South Beach, but for some reason it never regained popularity there. I'm in Tampa now because my family moved here when I was younger.
Q. You’re originally from Miami, the city that many consider to be the Mecca of House and Trance music within the Americas. What made you make the transition to come to Tampa?
stay true to your sound..."
Q. Do you try to emulate such artists or do you believe in your own style and learning from yourself?
A. The sound used to be mostly breaks, now there's a good variety of music in town. I'm the pioneer of trance in Tampa and I can remember initially how resistant people were to change in the 90's. I'm very happy to have stuck to my guns and to see trance gain popularity more and more throughout the years.
Q. You’ve been in this arena for a long time, since 1997. What would you say were the major changes in Electronic Dance Music as well as the culture that surrounds it over the last two decades?
Q. What is your response to those who believe that the US has commercialized Electronic Music? Would you agree or disagree and why?
A. I agree that the electronic music has become commercialized. The US companies are buying brands from europe, although I'm not really sure which country was responsible for commercializing electronic music. To be honest, I concentrate on playing tracks before they are released and I don't follow what's popular.
Q. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A. I'm usually the last one standing at a house party hehe!
A. Be yourself, stay true to your sound. Take the booking and play what you play.
Q. Last words for aspiring DJ’s.