You grew up in Hudson County, New Jersey as a kid, across the river from New York City, and you now reside in Jersey City. How did growing up in close proximity to, but not directly in New York, influence the way you perceived the goings on there ?
Actually being from New Jersey is the same as being from NYC, its only ten minutes from Manhattan so for me there’s not much of a difference except NYC is truly the city that never sleeps. Jersey has its calmer sides to escape the constant movements that take place in the most popular city in the world. In that calmness I find peace in writing music.
You started going to clubs because of an insatiable need to dance, and became known as a “house dancer” in those circles. At the time, as a young club-goer, what was it about the music that elicited these feelings in you ? Was it a spiritual release or simply a physical activity you enjoyed partaking in ?
Both, I was attracted to the dance aesthetic in some dancers and the spiritual atmosphere that was created within certain tracks played by DJs.
Your music is very idiosyncratic, to the point I would say it is quite niche. However, the exact opposite has happened in your case, wherein an otherwise esoteric sound has been championed by a rather large audience. How can you best explain this in your case ?
I never looked at it like that but what a nice compliment.
In what aspect do you think your artistry has changed or taken on a different form from your first material to your newest ? How may have you approached your albums differently than the singles ?
I’ve tried to put more time in arrangements, taking more chances than I did in the beginning with sound structures but other than that the mentality is the same. I actually approach them the same but with an album I have more choices and ways to express the concept.
Is it fair to say that Invisible Switch, your most recent album on Dekmantel, uses perhaps your most aggressive sounding palette to date ? What caused this ?
I think its fair to say that in ways, that’s only because of my mindset during recording at the time.