|Paolo Mojo Interview
|He was Sasha's hand-picked touring mate during last year's Fundacion Tour, now Paolo Mojo is on his own tour pushing his recent Balance 009 release. Following Balance 008, the critically-acclaimed "Compilation of the year" mixed by Desyn Masiello, Paolo's edition of Balance delivers a genre-defying, funk-infected mix of booty-shaking house, melodic techno, and genuine classics that gives the term "progressive house" a whole new meaning.
1. When and why did you decide to become a DJ?
I was a geek with a big record collection, it seemed like the natural next step to buy some decks. I had to have a car accident first though so I could afford to buy them through the damages payout.
2. How old were you when you started DJing and at what point did you get that realization that it was going to become a full-time career?
I DJed for the first time when I was 12 years old actually... spinning 7 inch records to my primary school disco :) I played my first proper gig about twelve years ago though... a student party. One of my first proper club gigs was in Hastings in 1999 standing in for Danny Howells. I remember it well...
Don't remember ever reaching the point where I thought this would become a full time career it's just something that's gradually crept up on me. I think if I had thought that way I would probably never have got to this point.
3. Who are your influences or favorite DJ's?
Kenny Dalglish, Prince, Rafael Benitez, my Dad and DJ Pants.
4. What part or parts of the world do you feel the best response to your DJing?
It's a good question, and I think it's difficult to judge entire countries or regions on the basis of a gig or even a few gigs.... but recently I've particularly enjoyed Australia, South America and North America.
5. How did you pick the artists, which you featured on this CD?
They phoned me up and offered me lots of party favours. I then selected tracks on the basis of who offered me the most compelling inducements to include them. I'm all about the music ;)
6. What' your favorite track of the mix?
I love them all, but La Ritournelle was a lovely way to end.
7. How would you describe your sound?
Genre-defying. Just get down and dance!
8. If you had to choose a career outside your current profession, what would it be?
Mongolian Yak Farmer
9. Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
In the mirror, as usual. Probably a bit fatter and balder.
10. If you could throw your own massive festival, who would be some of the headlining talents?
Prince, Stone Roses and Aphex Twin.
11. How do you find time for production work when you are so busy travelling?
It's not that easy, from a mindset point of view more than anything. Tends to mean you value your time at home more and get things done rather than faffing around too much. Not necessarily a bad thing.
12. What's next for you in production work and DJing? Are there any new technologies you are trying to incorporate in either one?
Technologies are converging all the time so I'm very interested in stuff like the Allen and Heath Xone 3D, which is the first attempt by A&H to combine the functionality of Ableton with their tested Xone mixers.
13. What's the best part about being a DJ?
Shagging loads of girls and getting loads of free stuff.*
*I might be kidding here.**
**I might not be though
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