Before his Prague’s gig ‘Creative presents Butch", we sat down and threw few questions at Butch.
First of all, thanks a lot for doing this interview with us!
Thank you, it's my privilege.
I'm turning the negative into a positive though and listening to loads of new music, which I'm enjoying...Hey , how’s Butch nowadays?
Basically good, but my computer just broke down, so I'm trying to fix it. It means it's the first time in maybe ten years that I haven't made any new music in a week, which is a really, really weird feeling. I'm turning the negative into a positive though and listening to loads of new music, which I'm enjoying.
Well, I think Prague is going to be your first time, right? How excited are you?
Really excited! I've only heard the best things about Prague and I can't believe I haven't been yet, but now's the time and I'm happy to be partying with you guys really soon!
All right, first things first. Can you quickly tell us what got you into electronic music? What is it really the old record player that you got when you were 12 years old?
Well, that and my older brother. I was more into HipHop when I got my record player, but my brother made me record a radio show called "Clubnight" every Saturday. That's where I first heard House and Techno and a few years later, when I started going to clubs this music really put its spell on me.
Now, we know that you have been keeping very busy lately. Can you tell us in a nutshell what your latest musical projects are and what we can look forward to in 2016?
There's a new EP on Tuskegee coming up, which is the follow-up to "Dope", which I released on Seth Troxler's other label, "Play It Say It". And when the computer is up and running again there'll be loads more music heading your way, have not fear, the ninja's here!
I love sitting in the studio every day, making music...Having attended BPM, what kind of impression did it leave on you?
I always love BPM, but to be honest this year I was really tired after my set, so I took the time off and just relaxed a bit. Next time I'll be ready to boogie though again, haha!
Releasing music on many different labels and a busy gigging schedule, Is it difficult to stay on top of the game?
It is what I love doing. I love sitting in the studio every day, making music. Now with the broken computer I really notice how much I'm missing it. The traveling can become a bit strenuous, but that's just part of DJing. The other parts of DJing and producing make it the only thing I really want to do with my life.
Life! Anything can trigger an idea. You just have to listen to your surroundings with a musical ear...Ok, what’s your source of inspiration?
Life. Anything can trigger an idea. You just have to listen to your surroundings with a musical ear.
Your favorite piece of gear at the moment?
My MPC 3000.
What’s your favorite set up for djing?
4 CDJ Nexus and the Allen Heath Xone 92 with my own external FX.
How do you prepare for your gigs?
I relax in the hotel and listen to music on my laptop and if possible I go to the club early. I like getting a feel for the club, like to listen to the music the DJs before me are playing, I like to get to know the crowd and the staff. I want to feel I belong to the place and then give it what I think it needs when I start my set.
Basically my favorite place is always the next venue I'm going to play at...You favorite place to play?
I don't know yet. Any place can turn into a place of magic. I love the fact that DJing is live. I might screw up, I might rock the house, everything is possible. This makes every experience exciting. So even if I play in the same club that I loved playing at the last time, this time is a new chance, a new opportunity to create something magical. But maybe I won't, I can't force it. Basically my favorite place is always the next venue I'm going to play at.
Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?
I'll be in a Tibetan monastery playing the mandolin, haha. Or on my couch at home playing guitar. Or in my studio as I have been for the last 15 years. I'll never stop making music.
Any message for your Prague fans?
Good people of Prague, prepare for the night of your life!
CREATIVE presents BUTCH
Friday, 18th March at 36 Underground, Prague