I had what you could call a dream career. From resident DJ at Leeds’ legendary Mint Club to headlining parties around the world and releasing music on some of the most respected labels in house and techno; over 20 years as a DJ, producer, audio engineer and touring DJ, I achieved more than I ever imagined when I first bought my set of turntables.
Firstly, we need to understand what’s physically happening to cause tinnitus. One common way people will report tinnitus is from over-exposure to noise. We have two sets of hair cells in the cochlea; one acts as an ampli er and the second acts as sensory info to the brain. If you keep aggravating them, they get worn down. They only have so much life.
"It became clear that emotions and physical tensions were triggering this ringing in my head..."
My lifestyle at the time had a lot to do with this. I was experiencing lots of travel, unhealthy eating, drinking habits, late nights and all the partying. All these elements were making my nervous system hyper-sensitive, which was something I needed to radically change if I was to continue to enjoy music and the career I had made for myself.
Berlin is a city that’s always maintained an uneasy relationship with celebrity culture. It was here that David Bowie went to get away from the glare of the British press, a move that would have a profound creative effect both on his music and his personality. Its oft-brutalist architecture, dingy clubs, damp studios and derelict warehouse spaces might boast their own appeal, but they’re a far cry from the Hollywood Hills. While Berlin is a city that’s embraced techno like nowhere else on earth, it’s also not the sort of place that fosters hometown superstars.
Lincoln Barrett really loves movies. Invited into his spacious house in the town of Penarth, minutes from central Cardiff, it’s impossible not to notice the plethora of film memorabilia in every room. 1960s Italian film posters hang on his walls; the area below his home studio is a screening room with a video projector; and we notice that the gift of an obscure ’70s thriller DVD is waiting for him on his doormat outside.
“Everything around you is so cluttered. If you go online and look at social media, it’s this big bombardment of stuff. I really wanted to de-clutter everything.”
A jet-lagged Nik Void — guitarist, singer, and now chief synth modulator — is trying to explain over Skype the minimalism at the core of Factory Floor’s new album. It’s only their second; despite having been around in various incarnations for over seven years, the band have never been the most prolific when it comes to traditional releases.
There is one story told by Simon Shackleton which perfectly crystallises his status as the polar opposite of the stereotyped ‘Hollywood DJ’, all champagne-spraying, crowd-surfing, cake-throwing personality chasm.
Joseph Capriati is the rapidly-rising Italian techno star who's broadened his sound out for Ibiza to inject more groove into it. Leaving behind the Music On night with Marco Carola at Amnesia on the White Isle, he's teamed up with Jamie Jones for some dates at Paradise at DC10 this summer — playing some back-to-back sets with the Hot Creations man in the process — and has been busy setting up his own new label and touring the world.
Chuckie is a man always on the move. One of the original pioneers of the Dutch house movement, Chuckie (real name Clyde Sergio Narain) has made an indelible mark on dance music, creating one of the globe’s most recognisable party brands with his imprint-cum-club-tour, Dirty Dutch.
It’s thanks to Dirty Dutch’s success that he’s always on the road, taking a whopping 400 flights last year alone. He’s got 175 shows on the cards for this year, including his usual residencies in Las Vegas, LA and beyond.
“Do you mind if I play this while we talk?”