MIAMI'S ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL SHOWCASES A NEW BREED OF MEGASTARS MAKING NOISE FOR THE MASSES AND GIVING POP IDOLS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY. IN 2013 THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY DJS
Describe your sound in three words:
A Melodic big-room house
Tell us about your setup:
A I use FL studio for my compilations and podcasts, and I deejay off USBs on the CDJ-2000s.
What time do you usually go to sleep and when do you wake up?
A This really differs due to my intense touring schedule. I guess I’m more of an evening person rather than a morning person though.
Do you have any rituals before, during, or after a performance?
A My pre-gig routines consist of deciding on what tracks I want to bring. I make sure I have all my things in order and then maybe go out for some dinner before the show.
Where is the strangest place you’ve ever performed?
A I’ve played a lot of strange places! It surprises me when people show up to remote places. Actually, the strangest place I ever played and at the same time the most overwhelming was Haiti. I went over there thinking nobody knew who I was and suddenly I was standing in front of a 4,000-person crowd.
What’s the biggest crowd you’ve ever played to and where?
A That’s hard to tell, but probably one of the big festivals, like Ultra.
What is the most fun part of touring?
A Being able to play for my fans all over the world and experience so many different and amazing cultures.
Least fun part?
A I love what I’m doing. But then again, of course it’s tiring, especially when you have really long tours. I have had 35 shows in a row in 30 days and double shows with no rest—it can be exhausting.
Do you have a team that helps you when it comes to putting your show together?
A When I met Ash [Pournouri], my manager, he took my career to a completely different level. I would not be where I am if it weren’t for him. Neither of us could have anticipated the kind of team we would make. When it comes to my music, touring, and deejaying, I am in control. Ash takes care of the rest.
Do you have any lucky charms?
A No, not really.
What’s on your rider that we might not expect?
A LEGOs are kind of unexpected, right?
If you could play anywhere for anyone, what would be your most ideal set?
A That’s a very hard question. I usually prepare my set, but that always changes on stage. It’s important to read the crowd and control it with the tracks you choose to play.
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