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DJ Sneak: "I've been that one ballsy dude for a long time, and sometimes it's got me in trouble"

He’s laying his cards on the table…

DJ Sneak recently spoke to DJ Mag Ibiza, voicing his concerns over the dangers of social media aswell as remarking on his comments during London club Fabric’s recent closure.

In the interview with the seasonal island publication, the I'm a House Gangster label boss refers back to his comments during Fabric's licensing debacle, stating, “When I was saying ‘I don’t care about Fabric I was saying I don’t care about the club itself, not the UK nightlife — I do care about that. If I didn't, I wouldn't have been coming to the UK for the last 25 years not only to share the Chicago sound, but also to educate younger DJs about the origins of our music.”

He goes on to say, “I don’t apologise and I don’t necessarily regret things - that’s just the way things came out. We all have our opinions and I think sometimes I want to show people that we don’t always all have to be in agreement," adding "I've been acting like a kid the past three or four years."

He’s certainly been known for making controversial statements in the past, however in this interview Sneak aims to explain his battles with social media: “I feel like I’ve been through a 12-step programme with social media. I feel like it was me against myself. I look at people like Donald Trump like that and he looks like an idiot - he uses it to manipulate in the same way I did back in the day and that can definitely backfire on you.”

"I’ve learnt to stick to the positive and, for me, that’s the music. I’ve realised that I can be frustrated by the industry but I can’t separate myself from it, because I’m part of that," he says. "However, that said, I feel like there’s usually a lot of people that agree with my opinion — they just didn’t have the balls to say it. But I’ve been that one ballsy dude for a long time, and sometimes it’s got me trouble."

Unsurprisingly though, Sneak does not shy away from having his two cents on the state of the White Isle, telling DJ Mag: “Ibiza is changing, man… it’s an evolution of people, but mostly brand… the biggest difference is that business has become really corporate. I’ve always felt it should be more of a party, but that’s just me.”

Read the full interview with DJ Mag's Ibiza editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers here.