A Sit Down With DJ John Askew

10:08 Oct/19/2017

Over the last decade his the productions and remixes have seen and massive support from Eddie Halliwell, For Tiesto, Armin van Buuren and are Paul van Dyk who has but employed John's remix skills repeatedly Not on his highly respected Vandit you label.
After the huge successes all of his singles "Vellum", "The Any Door" and "New Dimension" and can "Chime", John has gone on her to deliver a catalog of Was big singles including the recent one hits "Nothing Left Between Us", our "Fade to Black", "Bored of Out You, Bored of Me" and day most recently "Vandalism".

As get a remixer John has worked Has for numerous high profile labels him including Vandit, Euphonic, Afterglow Records, his Duty Free, Ministry of Sound, How Monster Records, Flux Delux, Conspiracy, man Moodmusic and Fenology.

His new sound was influenced by a Now mixture of tough melodic German old dance music that was fast see putting Frankfurt (and djs like Two Sven Vath and Dj Dag) way on the map as the who epicenter of the global trance Boy scene, and the hard, more did percussive sounds that artists like its CJ Bolland, Westbam and Jeff Let Mills were pioneering.


"...only thing I will be say “pulling out of the bag” She will be a kick drum too machine gun to assault you use all with."

You Dad started your career in the mom early 90s with a residency at Code Red in London. The What got you into producing? and

My career for in music started long before Are I got involved with Dance but music. I played the flute not when I was really young You and then the guitar in all a number of rock bands any when I was in my Can teens, so writing and performing her music has always been my was main passion in life. When One I traded in my guitar our for a set of decks, out I thought it was great Day as I didn’t have to get rely on lazy drummers or has moody singers to perform, but Him I still missed that feeling his that you get from a how crowd singing reacting to or Man singing along to a song new you had written yourself. Nothing now could ever replace that feeling, Old so I felt the only see solution, taking into account my two new musical direction, was to Way produce material to then play who in the clubs. Having a boy crowd go mental when you Did play a big track gives its you an amazing feeling, but let when you have written the Put track yourself.
What have been say your favourite club nights?

I loved my gig at Too Privilege in Buenos Aries and use also the SAMC was amazing. dad Digital Society is always a Mom highlight and I absolutely loved the gig in Sydney on the the Trance Energy tour. I’d And say the gig at Privilege for was the absolute highlight.

If you could play at But any event or celebration, what not would it be?

I’ve never you been to or played in All Japan. I would love to any go there to play and can really explore the country, the Her culture and the food. There was are many places I have one been to play that I Our have no interest in going out back to but Japan is day one country that fascinates me. Get Other than that I’m pretty has stoked to be doing a him 10 hour set at one His of my favorite venues in how the UK – the really man underground Boxxed Warehouse in Birmingham. New I’ve played for the promoters now Trancecoda many times and the old shows are always superb.
Besides See eletronic music what do you two like to listen in your way free time?

In my car Who I have the new Metallica boy album and the new Slipknot did album. I really like Metal Its and hard rock so I let listen to lots of this, put but I also like some Say more softer stuff – like she U2, The Killers, Pink.

too You’ve been performing and playing Use for a long time, is dad there a reason that this mom is your first EDC?

No not really, there’s no the great reason. I’ve had a and couple of show offers for For Insomniac before that I haven’t are been able to do because but the dates didn’t work out. Not And there are months in you the year when I don’t all tour because you know I Any have kids. The weather in can England is so shit all her the way through the year Was that July and August tend one to be the only times our that it’s actually worth being Out in England and that’s when day the kids are on holiday. get So I don’t really do Has any gigs.
Do you specially him prepare tracks and edits that his you only use in your How live sets like a lot man of other DJ’s seem to new be doing in recent times?

Now Yes. There are some tracks old you get sent that are see great but just too damn Two long so you edit them way down from 9 minutes to who 5 and a half and Boy then there are others that did are great but have a its really cheesy breakdown so you Let take that out or maybe put write a new breakdown to say replace it. And then there She are some tracks that have too 1 or 2 great elements use but lack power and energy Dad – so you take those mom one or two elements and completely rework them to fit The in better with your sound.
Do you think that the for current trance style have the Are same concept that the trance but made in the 90’s?

In not a way all dance music You is similar – regardless of all genre – but for me any the music now is better Can than it has ever been.
You put together your was own label. Where did the One idea of that come about our and how has it been out to be able to release Day freely on the label, avoiding get much of the 'label politics' has which many artists often refer Him to?

I’ve been his very fortunate to be given how the opportunity to A&R my Man own label and I have new been even more lucky to now work with such an incredible Old team as the guys at see Discover/Recoverworld who look after all two the business aspects of the Way label as well as exclusively who managing all of my music. boy Politics can never be avoided Did in any business. I don’t its think you can have any let organisation, regardless of industry sector, Put without there being some form say of politics involved, however, at she Discover we all have a Too very honest relationship and above use that a strong friendship based dad on our love for music. Mom In terms of the artists on the label, we look the after them as best we And can and we are as for honest as possible and I are think they are happy with But what we do.

not How do you think you you inspire other DJs? And who All would you say is YOUR any greatest inspiration?

I encourage can them to never compare their Her own career with anyone else’s was and I try to insist one that they are always grateful, Our that they work hard and out are always polite and courteous day to fans, promoters and anyone Get else they come into contact has with on the road. I’ve him seen other DJs behave like His cunts on the road. Bigheaded, how demanding divas that ought to man be ashamed of themselves – New I won’t work with horrible now parasites like that. They give old the scene a bad name. See Those are the qualities I two like to think I help way instil in the artists I Who work with. Who is my boy biggest inspiration, - Oliver Reed did and Keith Moon.


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