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

“Club music.”
Best known for: 
“Excessive levels of bouncing and sweating!”
Tune of the year: 
“Ørjan Nilsen ‘Xiing’ and Armin van Buuren ‘Pulsar’.”
“No. The fees are reflected by how many people come and how much people are willing to pay.”
Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
“In many ways yes, because obviously now that’s what the mainstream is about. Or maybe people are just hopefully getting more open-minded.”
Has dance music become the new pop?: 
“Black panther, because they’re awesome!”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
“It’s not for me but if that’s your thing, cool, go with it.”
Should DJs do "heart hands": 
“Yeah. I do not support drug taking at all. Never done it, never will and I don’t like people doing it.”
Do DJs have a duty to speak out about drugs?: 
“Emily Ratajkowski. And enough Grey Goose and Dom Pérignon to give to everybody in the audience.”

For those who think DJs jet around the world, play a few tunes and basically lord it up, think again.

“I’m on the mend following a bit of pneumonia, post-tour syndrome you know,” says Norway’s Ørjan Nilsen. “It’s always the same after the summertime when you’ve been gigging six days a week.”

He’s also been busy in the studio this year, recently releasing second album ‘No Saint Out of Me’ on Armada, and his third is already on the horizon.

“I’ve already finished four tracks,” he confides, adding that he’s also setting up his own label. “I already have a few releases set up with some amazing new talent as well. Even from my own city, Kirkenes, that’s pretty cool!”

In spite of his workload, he has been able to let loose occasionally, like in Prague one night. “I ended up being a rock star and not remembering anything about that night because I’m not used to drinking any more and ended up sending a text to my manager about peeing in the bathtub!”