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James Zabiela
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Questions Top100 DJs 2011 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:10

Style: 
Bang the knackers off it.
Best known for: 
DJ gadgets.
Tune of the year: 
'Hold On' by SBTRKT
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2011: 
Midland.
What's the future of DJing: 
All DJs will be replaced by computers. Hang on, that's already happened, hasn't it?
Favourite app: 
Touch OSC. Making your own controllers is great fun and very useful.
Discovery of the year: 
I love Berocca. It's keeping me alive currently, although it looks and tastes like wee.
Rediscovery of the year: 
M.A.N.D.Y's remix of Rockers Hifi 'Push Push'
Awkward Moment: 
'Planking' during Sasha's set at Belgium's Tomorrowlands festival, which interestingly, was only awkward the next day. At the time I thought it was hilarious.
Style or substance: 
Substance, and I'm not talking about Berocca again.
Pet Hate: 
People that choose style over substance.
This year, remarkably, was James Zabiela's 10th summer playing as a resident at Space in Ibiza. An unexpected milestone for the rest of us perhaps, but not really for him. “I started playing there when I was 21,” he says. “I guess I've started to shave and stuff now. So things are moving on for me. I sort of grew up with that club. It's where I learned my craft. Now I've been there so long, it feels like home. And the promoters are like my family.” They let him invite his own guests for his 10th anniversary party, so he brought in Ramadanman, aka David Kennedy, and Apparat. After the gig, he found himself in a field in the hills with a soundsystem having an impromptu afterparty. “David was playing a deep house set,” he says. “It was 40 degrees. There were actually sheep and a shepherd. He was OK with it. The sheep were a bit freaked out.” He's planning to launch a label later this year too, called Positronik. “There's people I can talk to, to help me, like Will Saul and James Holden, but it's all pretty new to me. I really don't know what I'm doing!” he says, all modesty. He'll work it out. Of that, we are sure. BEN ARNOLD

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