Why did you start djing?
Cause I've alway been a music freak, trying to get my friends to broaden their musical horizons. DJing was just a natural extension of that.
What are your musical influences?
When I was growing up, my biggest influences were punk and indie music, but I've always listened to all sorts of music from classical to thrash to techno.
How would you describe your style?
You are known to play a rather eclectic mix of music, is this intentional or just what follows your musical tastes?
I've never limited myself to one type of music. I just play whatever I think is fresh and interesting at the time, and that tends to make it eclectic. It's just a matter of presenting that music in a way that works as a journey.
Over the years you have received a number of awards such as making the 93 and 98 international DJ of the year lists and been awarded Australian DJ of the year
in 2000. How important are these awards to you professionally and personally?
It's pretty cool to have been in the top 100 DJ list a few times, but it doesn't change much in the scheme of things, especially in Australia.
You have been involved in the scene for over 10 years now, to what degree have your tastes changed over the years?
My tastes are constantly evolving. I'm always on the lookout for a fresh new sound and I'm prepared to work it into my sets even if it bucks current trends.
How much has the scene grown or matured since you first became involved?
The scene's grown beyond all expectations, but it has suffered greatly in integrity along the way. Now it's just one big commercial behemoth with very little soul.
You have only quite recently travelled overseas to partake in various international scenes around the world. Do you have plans for future trips? Do you think they would ever become a permanent relocation?
I'm always planning future trips and there is always the chance of a semi-permanent relocation. I love Australia and would always come back to settle, but Sydney can be frustrating creatively.
Having experienced the scenes in the UK and in the US do you come back and see a lot of flaws in the way the Australian scene is developing?
Australia has to learn to support its own if its going to get anywhere internationally. At the moment it's just a holiday resort for jetsetting international DJ types.
If so is there anything which you would like to see improved in the Australian scene?
Got a couple of hours?
Is there anything that you missed about the Australian scene whilst overseas?
Over the years do you think the standard of dj has gone up or down in Australia?
Australia has always had a high standard of DJing, particularly technically, but it seems more and more that DJs here just follow overseas trends or play it safe.
What do you think the reasons for this are?
Who do you think is driving music forward in Australia at present?
Producers in Melbourne and a select little DJ crew in Sydney.
Do you think Australia is making any ground on the UK
dance music scene or do you see us as falling further behind at present?
There are some acts from Melbourne making a mark, but I don't think it will be huge until we come up with something distinctly our own. If Australia wants to have a scene as healthy as the UK, then people have to start looking at the bigger picture.
Although known as DJ you are equally known for your involvement in nights that went on to become Sydney dance music scene institutions, such as Tweakin and Sabotage. What is it that drove you to start these events?
Lack of events where musical progress was the key element and where people who love music can get together and create a special vibe.
Are these reasons still valid as to why a Sabotage event is on the way and that Tweekin is rumoured to again be starting up again?
Why do think these parties, more than any other in Sydney, became such institutions and attracted such a loyal following?
Because we always strive to provide quality events with great music played on good sound sytems with a down to earth vibe.
What is the music policy of the Sabotage parties?
Good quality, cutting edge music.
Another club night, Deap formed on the same ideas of a no music policy, yet failed to attract a constant or large crowd. Why do you think Sabotage or Tweekin will succeed where this has seemingly failed?
It was a shame that Deap never kicked off, there seemed to be no support. With us I think it's partly because we're DJs as well as promoters and because we've been there since the beginning.
Why the break between the Sabotage parties?
Both of us have been travelling.
Why the boat?
Something different and fun, and cause there's not a lot of venues around anymore.