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Questions Top100 DJs 2013 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:18

“A mash-up styled mix of the latest chart tunes and EDM classics, I play my own bootlegs too.”
Best known for: 
“Apart from my music, my ‘trademark’, the yellow smile mask that I wear at my shows.”
Tune of the year: 
“Avicii ‘Wake Me Up’.”
“When DJs attract the same crowd as a big rock band I think inflated fees are ok.”
Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
“Definitely, because of the collaboration between different styles and artists.”
Has dance music become the new pop?: 
“I'd be a wombat because they are more intelligent than dogs and even more cute.”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
“The audience likes doing these hearts, so why not?”
Should DJs do "heart hands": 
“I don’t think so. I’m just really happy that I never took drugs at all.”
Do DJs have a duty to speak out about drugs?: 
“The only thing that's really missing on my rider is my girlfriend and more sleep.”

“I play with CDs because I don’t want to stare at a laptop when I’m partying with a crowd,” says Mike Candys. “Most of the tracks I play for only two or three minutes, just to get the essence of them; which for me is one break and one drop.”

Mike started out producing and remixing for other DJs before leaping from behind the scenes in the late-2000s with a slew of nostalgia-fuelled, sample-laden electro house tunes, made in collaboration with Jack Holiday. In 2008, they released ‘La Serenissima’ and everyone sat up.

“It was our remake of Faithless’s ‘Insomnia’ that changed everything for me as a DJ,” says Mike. “Suddenly everyone wanted to book me as a DJ.”

Then, he says, the release of ‘One Night In Ibiza’ and ‘2012’ stepped things up another notch. “Since then my booking schedule has been completely full,” he says. “Headlining to 30,000 people at the Donauinselfest Vienna festival this year has definitely been the high point.”