John Digweed interview

John Digweed is a DJ's DJ. The beauty of what he does lies in just how different he really is from his contemporaries. From his early beginnings in Hastings, England at the age of 15 in the blossoming scene of acid house to the apex of the international dj'ing world, he has created and maintained a level of integrity that is the benchmark for both djs and producers globally.

In fact, he has reached the very top of his profession, being voted ..1 in a voter's poll by DJ magazine in 2001. John Digweed has become the peoples choice while maintaining his longstanding presence in underground dance culture. His popularity as both a dj and a person seems to have no limits, but his efforts transcend dj'ing alone, he is as much a producer and promoter. His moniker Bedrock is actually three things: a record label, a promotions company and a studio production partnership (with Nick Muir).

If you're not an avid follower of dance music but are tuned into popular culture at all you've likely experienced music touched by the hands of John Digweed. Originally hailing from England but having clearly arrived on the global scene over a decade ago John has long since cemented his name in the pages of dance music history. His list of achievements is groundbreaking to say the least. Highlights of which would be the first proper dj mix compilation ("Renaissance", done with Sasha), being the first British dj to hold a residency at what was then the world's most well known club in NYC (Twilo, also with Sasha) as well as having remixed music by Danny Tenaglia, Underworld, Quincy Jones and New Order.

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Beat Factor: The much anticipated second volume of Transition compilation is now on the shelves. How big a deal was for you to continue the first mix CD released last year?

John Digweed: The reaction to the first album has been great so I am very excited to have the follow up out in the shops now and for the first time on Itunes, the whole idea of the series is to have a new cd out every 6 months offering a snapshot of where I am at that moment musically.

Beat Factor: You have featured some exclusive and unreleased works from Guy Gerber on the Transition album. I suppose you have a good belief about his productions. How did you meet him?

John Digweed: I have been a huge fan of him for many years he is a amazing producer and I think he is going to have a great 2007

Beat Factor: Who came with the idea of a continuance of the first mix CD? Or this was an older plan?

John Digweed: I approached renaissance with the idea as it links really well with my worldwide transitions radio show.

Beat Factor: What represents for you this album and what does it reflects?

John Digweed: As I said before these albums give me a chance to give my fan base a regular insight into what's rocking my dance floors

Beat Factor: Let's fall into the past, when you played in the movie 'Groove'. Your character was...John Digweed.. How was it?

John Digweed: Easy to play myself but I don't think I will be gracing the silver screen again.

Beat Factor: The movie was made shortly after you have first released the single 'Heaven Scent'. What memories bring you that tune now? Do you still play it?

John Digweed: The track had a great position in the film as everyone seemed to come together at that point, I only try and play it on very special occasions I prefer to be pushing new music during my sets

Beat Factor: Can you recommend a good movie which you've recently seen?

John Digweed: Last king of scotland

Beat Factor: Let's get back to music. How is going with the Bedrock label? Any new projects you're excited about?

John Digweed: We are having a break from releases at the moment.

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John Digweed interview

March 17, 2007 at 9:36 PM CET


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Beat Factor: Every artist is inspired by something. What's your source of inspiration as a musician?

John Digweed: I get inspired every time I go to a club and see the reactions to the tracks I am playing you learn so much from the crowds.

Beat Factor: We won't ask you anything about your hair! :) Just tell us if you consider that is highly important for every DJ to have an improved look.

John Digweed: I think it is more important to focus on your music than your look, I found it quite funny that there was so much interest when I grew my hair longer, the strangest thing was that it was mostly guys debating about it. Each to there own everyone is different that's what makes the scene so colorful.

Beat Factor: As you may know, the Native Instruments Company broke up with Stanton and the result is the new Traktor Scratch, very similar with the Final Scratch technology only that is produced exclusively by the German based Native Instruments. Have you test it?

John Digweed: No I have been touring so much recently that I have not had a lot of time at home.

Beat Factor: What's your opinion as a DJ about this technology which gets more and more attention worldwide?

John Digweed: I always give the same answer: what it comes out of the speaker that's important, not the format that you use.

Beat Factor: Do you know any good jokes?

John Digweed: A three year old was examining his testicles while taking a bath. Mom," he asked "are these my brains?" Mother replied: "Not yet."

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