How did you get into music production/DJing?
By default. I have always loved music and as I grew as a DJ the opportunity to produce music was presented to me. I guess I just grabbed the bull by the horns and went with it. It took me a long time to understand different aspects of production work, but it was worth the mental torture.
How was touring with Paul Oakenfold?
Touring with Paul taught me a great deal. He is a true professional and took me to some truly unbelievable places. We also had such a giggle 99% of the time. It was like being at high school at some points. There was also the hard work side. Thatís where the professionalism comes in, when you are totally exhausted and you have to get on a plane at 10am it really brings it home.
So we've heard you got to work with the legendary Trevor Horn, what was that like?
Trevor has always been one of my heroes and when he invited me to come and work with him in his LA studio I was blown away. Kind of like a dream come true really. He works in a family group; everyone is super friendly and geniuses in their own right. I got chance to hang out with Trevor and listen to very special stuff that he holds dear. It was amazing.
Is it true that when you turn 40 you start losing and growing hair in undesirable places?
Well they say Life begins at 40! I don't think my hairline has receded that much in the last 5 years and as for body hair, well my wife has no complaints. I will tell you this: As such young and handsome 'pups' you have a few years to get used to the fact that all theses things will come to you too.
What brought you to America from England?
I loved America's enthusiasm for music. I never really wanted to be a DJ icon and I felt that England had become too 'scene' oriented.
How did you hook up with Kinetic? Didnít you do a little informal A&R for them over the past couple of years?
Steve Lau (Kinetic President) saw me spinning in Ibiza. He asked me if I would like to spin in the U.S and I said I would love to. I had heard this line many times before and so I was a little dubious. But some weeks later he called me and invited me to open for B.T on his U.S tour. Our relationship grew we became great friends and in the course of the last few years I have pointed out some talented people who I believed should have a major record company contract.
So you've moved to Massachusetts... what is that like? Why did you leave Florida?
MA is one of the most beautiful places in the world. My wife is from New Hampshire and we want to start a family. Although Florida is a great place and the weather is truly amazing, we felt it was not right for us hence our move.
At what point have you decided you'll want to quit touring and start a family?
Now! It's the nature of the beast. I keep mentioning that life on the road is killing me and everyone keeps telling me I cannot stop at this time (my wife include). I love playing music to people but sometimes I wish I didn't have to travel so far to do it.
When you're not behind the decks or slaving away in the studio, what sort of pastimes (aside from gorging on Indian food) does a superstar DJ such as yourself enjoy?
Firstly I am not a superstar DJ and as I am not a superstar DJ I am able to indulge in all sorts of normal past-times that normal people all over the world participate in. Like origami, flower pressing, bird watching and high altitude cross country running
What goes through your mind when youíre DJing at a show? Are you focused more on the crowd or on the decks?
I usually worry about how far the bathroom is as I have a
weak bladder (being 40). I am there to play music to the people
so my immediate focus is on them. If everything is going swimmingly
I can think about smiling!
I'll get slated for this but you can't beat 1977-1992. There
were so many changes. Progressive Rock, Punk, House and Techno
to name a few. A repeat of those halcyon days is going to be
difficult as everything is so corporate and manufactured these
days. Who knows?
I'm going to start work on an original album in January. I hope to have it finished by fall next year. I will say no more than that right now.
Can you tell us a bit about your studio and some of the gear you use?
I built a studio in my basement from the ground up. It has a vocal booth and yellow walls. I run a Mackie DB 8 fully loaded with a Korg triton, Novation PRO-X, JV 3080, Emu Platinum E$, Extreme Lead, Mo-Phatt, Logic Audio, Pro Tools and a ton of Plug-Ins on a G3 500 laptop wit a Magma chassis and MOTU 2408.
How about little insight into your thought process when you write tracks?
I have been trying really hard to move in a different direction recently. I usually start with percussion but I have been working on sounds lately to set up for recording the album.
What are your plans, musically and otherwise, for the future?
Tell me how you both met and something of the process that began your journey into Deepsky.
Scott: Jason and I met about 10 years ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We were throwing parties together while we were in college. Both of us were already in separate electronic bands back then (Jason was in an industrial band and I was in a synth pop band). Both of us had a keyboard and drum machine and we figured that if we put them all together, we'd get a bigger sound. Eventually we bought the 303 and 909 and, the rest is history.
Why do you both have shaved heads?
Jason: Chicks dig it. Well, maybe in my case it has more to do with balding gracefully
What are your thoughts on mainstream U.S pop culture.
Jason: Pop culture hasn't moved an inch for decades. From the Monkees and Menudo to Britney and Backstreet Boys, it's all the same schlock pumped up by marketing hype. We don't listen to it or participate in it, so neither of us has much of an opinion on it.
Is there anything about today's 'Rave' culture that disturbs you and if there is why?
Scott: The fact that the rave/club culture has become so over-saturated and over-stimulated, that nothing seems to move anyone. Just as an example, you have promoters programming nights with DJ's who are supposed to open and close the party, that play 140+ bpm. What ever happened to the journey of an evening? I think that concept was lost long ago and it saddens me.
Jason: Agreed. I think the scene is a lot less eclectic these days, and obviously in the age of 40,000+ parties you lose the cool underground vibe that was prevalent in the early 90's. Look at us not even 30 and already talking about the good old days!
Scenario: National Conscription has just been announced. You are about to start your album tour and you receive you call up papers. What do you do?
Scott: I think we're too old for that now, and plus I've taken too much acid in the past for the government to want me.
Jason: What's more important, killing people or entertaining them? I know which I'd choose. Besides, if Scott's taken too much acid for the government to want him, then they'd probably work extra hard to keep me as far from military service as possible!
Describe Deepsky's new album.
Scott: Well, it's really all over the place, which was intentional. We've been trying to escape the 'trance' moniker for some time now and with this album I think we've succeeded. Our goal is to be known as an 'electronic act' so we wrote all types of music for this record from drum & bass, to trance, to progressive house.
Jason: It's pretty eclectic so most people will probably find something they can relate to. We've really been expanding and diversifying our sound a great deal lately.
Name your favorite cartoon character.
Scott: I don't think I can pick just one. I'd have to say the Simpons are by far my favorite cartoon ever.
Jason: Space Ghost-the new Cartoon Channel take, not the old campy one.
Tell me why your cartoon character is so special.
Scott: I think the Simpsons creators take acid. The writing is brilliant.
Jason: He's the greatest talk show host ever, bar none.