Emery got married last year, and since then he's been living between Manchester and LA, basing himself in the UK when he was playing big festivals such as Creamfields, Global Gathering, SW4 and so on in the summer. He's moved away from trance the past year or two, and says that he's having the most successful time of his life. <
He didn't do a campaign for Top 100 votes this year, claiming that he was sickened by all the campaigning and effectively doing a kind of reverse campaign whereby he donated fifteen thousand pounds to charity. Many of his fans still voted for him anyway, but he's taken quite a tumble in the rankings. The set question about drugs has Gareth particularly animated.
“Having a generation of DJs, many who have done drugs in the past themselves, saying to the kids 'Don't do drugs' — I'm not sure that's going to have a positive effect,” he tells DJ Mag. “The response is likely to be like when a parent or teacher says 'Don't do drugs', which is like 'Fuck you, I'm gonna go and do them anyway'. I think DJs should speak out and say, 'If you are going to do it, do it sensibly'. DJs shouldn't say 'Just say no' — we've had 120 years of that, and it doesn't seem to have worked.”