So you said “Gemini Boy” is the product of your 2020 – which includes your newly born son in the context of the pandemic. How have these major life events impacted your process? and how do you think that impacted the feel of “Gemini Boy”?
Yeah, 2020 has been a whirlwind, hasn’t it ?! On the one hand, I had been DJing in clubs since I was 13, and I had been hosting parties since I was 17. So it wasn’t a hobby taken from me, I’ve been living in nightclubs since I was a teenager and you’re certainly starting to question your identity a bit. On the other hand, my son was born in May and I didn’t have time to feel sorry for myself.
I’ve had a lot of major events in my life over the years, and I’ve found that they always end up affecting me in a pretty positive way. I got stuck in creating – the EP was the result of that, and I didn’t want it to be throwaway. I worked on a clip for Primadonna with filmmaker Ross McClean as well as illustrator Andreea Ilisai to create some really strong visuals. I guess the breathing space at concerts reminds you of legacy, and with a lot of dance music, can be very disposable and functional, so I really wanted to focus on the art around what I’m posting.
Has becoming a father changed your relationship with dance music? Is it weird to create music inspired by being a dad destined for a club executive?
No, it’s certainly not strange – to me anyway. All the music I make is club music, whether it’s rush hour edits or music to set the tone for a long night. I have lived almost 20 years of my life in a club and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
For me, club culture is about getting away from it all, and I think being able to channel emotions into positive selling points is a good thing – “Gemini Boy” is an uplifting track, written in the midst of a global era. pretty crappy. In terms of the industry at large, I am more aware of the importance of time is an asset. I think becoming a father certainly instilled the importance of longevity as a designer. I want to fill my time with productive and positive things – in dance music, for me that means lots of different projects with substance, happy parties and good people. I’ll say no to things I don’t want to do and strive to work with like-minded people.
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How have things changed in 2021, are you in a similar headspace as creating “Gemini Boy”?
The studio’s productivity has slowed down a bit if I’m being honest – I was really manic in 2020 and there was a lot of music being made, a lot of which hasn’t dropped yet – so I have a bit of a break there. I’ve got a lot going on – reservations are pouring in from August – London, Dundee, Birmingham. Conversations are happening locally about the parties we have here in Belfast. I am very hesitant but I am ready again for the energy of clubs and concerts. I can’t wait to go. There are also some great outdoor activities on the program, like the AVA festival, which is always a great weekend for the city – it’s September.