You seem to be in a different country of residence most times we speak, where do you call home for the time being and what is your favourite place to visit?
Home is still Santorini, however I’ve spent quite a lot of time in Toronto since last year. My favourite place to visit is home. Santorini is the only place my heart feels at ease, and I create the best.
Your DJ style is probably as close to unique as house music allows, how and where do you source your music?
Well, a lot of the music is either things I’ve created or from promos., however I make it a point to spend at least 5 hours daily searching for music, the site I use most for this is whatpeopleplay.com i use the usual sites like traxsource, juno and dancetracks & beatport, but whatpeopleplay.com has the best format for me, it makes me feel like I’m in the store and the references as well, the pre sales are dope.
What other DJs do you like listening to? and which artists are exciting you right now?
Hmm, I honestly only get to hear Djs when I’m out touring, but I can say that I’ve been impressed lately by a lot of the local Djs, the upcoming cats that are really grinding the pavement. Most guys with names seem to play the usual to me. In terms of artists, I love a lot of the stuff that’s coming from Hamburg..Stimming, DJ Koze and the likes.
We’re loving the new acoustic project ‘Rebirth’ – what inspired you to pick up the guitar and go solely organic?
This is my roots, I’ve been doing this forever I’ve just not released it until now. This is MY music, the house that I’m known for is more novelty for me than the organic stuff as it comes closer from the source, this is not to say that the house music is less, as it too is from the soul, however the electronic appeal only tends to allow you certain outlets and demographics.
And what’s coming next musically?
I’m working on a new album called “Romantique” its a house album, probably my last of its kind.
Which of your own productions are you most proud of?
All of them, they all are a part of my story, the evolution of my music and show where I am at a specific point, so to take one over the other deletes moments that were needed to express something I was seeking or releasing. They are my children, all of them and I’m very proud of every note I’ve ever put together as well, so grateful that people connect with it!
Who are your heroes, music and otherwise?
I’ll name just a few as there are too many..Jan Saudek, Miles Davis, Wangechi Mutu, Prince, David Fincher, Marvin Gaye,Cristina Rodeo Garcia..the list goes on and on and on..I’m influenced by so many artists that it’s impossible to name them all
We know you like a good pair of cufflinks, any whacky designs purchased recently…?
Hmm, not recently, I’ve actually tamed myself from purchasing things lately., I’m more into a good pair of shoes these days.
Did you make any new year’s resolutions this year and have you stuck to them?
I never do, seems that if you do, It’s sort of a cop out as it’s the one vice you claim that needs to be changed but maybe the same one that you depend on for survival in some sense.
There was talk of your retirement from DJ’ing not long ago, what happened?
Well I go through it a lot it seems I think it’s the road. People think this life is glamorous when it’s the exact opposite. You spend most of you time in airports, airplanes, hotels, restaurants & clubs or bars. This coupled with a drink here and there take a toll on the body and mind. 30,000 plus feet in the air more than kills the immune system.
So in all, it’s usually a case of let me take some time and not kill myself for what is suppose to be my love and passion. It’s more than the actual gig that takes place for a DJ or performer, I’m paid to leave my house as the journey and effort starts there. In addition now, add all the extra security or as I say, the forced surrender of freedom, really does take the fun out of things.