What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
I don't DJ at all and I've never been to a club, but I have been playing in a noisy rock and roll band for years. The wackiest request I ever got was to play an hour-long set which is absurd for a thrashy noise band like mine. Our sets are usually about twenty minutes long. Any more than that and people start getting physically ill or leaving.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
My set up is extremely minimal. I don't have any sort of dedicated space for making music and my home is very tiny so I make pretty much everything on my old MacBook Pro using a very old version of Reason and the smallest midi controller I could find - an Akai LPK25. Rather than using proper monitors which would be unforgivable in my thin-walled apartment, I use a pair of AKG K240 headphones. I do any sample editing in Audacity.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
I think it was when I was about 15 or 16 years old. I played drums in a nu-metal band and it took place in some cramped, sweaty basement. It was full of drunk underage kids. I don't think the police were called so in that way, it was a great success.
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Suzanne Kraft is a very big inspiration. So much of their catalog is exceptionally great. Just about anything Brian Leeds (Pendant, Loidis, Huerco S.) does is inspiring. And of course, Longmont Potion Castle's body of work never ceases to inspire me in one way or another.
What do you do before and after your set?
I once ate an entire pizza just before playing a show. That was an extremely bad idea. I didn't puke, but I was dancing on the precipice all night long. I usually take a shower and go right to sleep afterward. Almost everything ends long after my preferred bedtime.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I once worked as a late night parking attendant in a rarely visited parking garage. I would stand in front of the massive concrete structure and wave a flashlight around from 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM in an attempt to get people to come inside and park. Nobody ever did. I quit after two weeks because the monotony was driving me insane and my boss was an obnoxious misogynist.
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Sean McCann's "Midnight Orchard" baby!
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
Don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see.