You were just in Melbourne in March for Two Tribes. What brings you back down here again so soon? The weather? The people? The food? The media interviews?
All of the above! I love coming to Oz and getting the chance to come back so soon was an offer i couldnt refuse. the travelling is a bit of a bitch, but come on- wouldn't you? ;-)
Was last time your first time here? Did you enjoy the tour?
Last time was actually my third time- in fact the first time i came here (with Al) was to Melbourne as Starecase. Much fum was had by all!! The tour rocked! I got to play a few different sized venues, from the arenas of Two Tribes to places like the Lounge in Melbourne, Empire Hotel in Brisbane and Sounds On Sunday in Sydney. Many thanks to everyone who turned up and made the parties such fun!
I understand that your other alias Starecase is a collaboration between Al Wason and yourself. Do you work together on General Midi stuff together as well, or is that your solo project?
Confusingly General Midi is the two of us as well. we decided earlier on (for better or for worse!) to make the two projects distinct from each other, which has had varying degrees of success. Since positioning Starecase as a strictly album project it has made it a lot easier. We made the decision to stop DJing as Starecase so we could direct energies a lot more efficiently- and it seems to be working.
You seem to have pushed General Midi to the fore over the past year. Is that a concious decision to move away from Starecase's sound, or have you just been more interested in producing breaks lately?
We've decided to spend this year concentrating on the Midiman what with the album coming up and all. Expect to see a new Starecase album sometime late next year.
You've talked a bit in previous interviews about how a lot of dance music producers and DJ's have dropped out of the scene in the last few years, and that sections of the scene have returned underground as public tastes have changed. Do you see this as a good thing or a bad thing?
I think its a good thing. It needed to go underground to kill off the dead weight and wannabes. I feel really positive about the dance scene at the moment - it's leaner and the hunger has appeared again - some of the music around at the moment is awesome and the parties feel a lot more like they used to before all the scene junkies appeared. It just all seems a lot truer which is great!
General Midi appears at Escape presented by Escape and Sunday in Melbourne on Friday 21 May at Brown Alley.