the DJ, musician & producer who was catapulted from illegal raves to
international stardom with chart busting bangers, ‘NRG’ and global smash-hit
with Seal, ‘Killer,’ is releasing 7 re-imagined versions of ‘NRG’ in 7 weeks,
to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this seminal track. Let’s
face it we all feel old now, right? We decided to have a chat with the legend
himself and see how he feels about the work and how it has affected him and also
we poke him about his newly found veganism and his recollections of the rave
scene back in the day…
It’s the 30th Anniversary of the release of NRG – how does that make you feel?
Old lol …but seriously it makes me feel grateful for having been in the eye of the storm of acid house and the social and cultural significance that has…
Tell us about the new, updated versions of NRG you are releasing – what’s the vibe & inspiration for the 2019 slants on the track?
Firstly I have treated it more as an art project than just rehashing an old club tune with flavour of the month remixers ….I have done stuff that wasn’t possible in those days like finding other songs with ‘energy’ in the title on youtube and spotify and kind of twisting them into my tune ….some well-known and some more obscure like The Residents nutso art rock from 1974…obvs I only use things I actually like but I do have a quite diverse taste in music…
Oh and it’s now called re:NRGize cos that’s what i’ve done to the beat and what the beat has done to me …
What did you think of the recent Rave exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery? We understand you played the closing party, how was that?
That was super fun ! I played in two different rooms …and loved every minute although there was chaos with the decks and soundsystem set up ….it was somehow more smoothly organized in 1989 playing in fields and aircraft hangers in the middle of nowhere with everyone on drugs and without cell phones …
I saw Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols in there which was cool cos the Saatchi Gallery is on the King’s Road where the British punk rock scene emanated from in the 1970s …I love making all these trivial connections in my head …
What are your fondest recollections from the rave scene?
Playing at the opening party of Amnesia in Ibiza in 1989 which was then considered to be hands down the best nightclub in the world …Playing 3 sets at the first ever open air rave ,Biology ….basically either attending or performing at the greatest parties of the 20th century.
If fans want to catch your live set, do you have any gigs coming up?
October 05th at Madchester October 19th at Berlin Berlin (Egg, London) …best to connect on socials for live updates!
You became vegan fairly recently, what does veganism mean to you?
Yes 2 years and 4 months …I saw a funny tee shirt recently that said “I became vegan for love and now I f**king hate everybody” that pretty much sums it up …we are evolved …we can access the vile truth about industrial agriculture with one click on our smart phone …we can easily access nutritional info and know it’s bullshit meat and dairy industry propaganda that we need to eat cow pus or the flesh of beings that had souls and arseholes to survive …oh God you’ve got me started now…
The releases are available now such as ‘SOLAR NRG’ – focus track ‘NRG BOOST’ will be available from 2nd October. All available from iTunes.