The phone line is awash with chicken bravado. “We like to do a bit of cheffing when we’re on tour,” brags Adam Kaye one half of Bondax; the 20-year-old garage revivalists three years into a blazed trail across the dance industry. “We have a speciality southern fried chicken that we marinade for two hours, normally in Reggae Reggae Sauce,” laughs his colleague George Townsend.
DJ Mag grabs a chat with DJ/producer Ben Pearce just before he takes the 20-minute walk from his Manchester home to his studio. He's got a few things on the go and will probably dip into whatever's inspiring him when he gets there.
"I work in an office 50 weeks a year. I work, and I gym. That's why I come to Croatia for one week and just think: fuck it!"
Simon Ratcliffe is attempting to cook tofu stir-fry for dinner at his home in London when we get a hold of him, via a fuzzy Skype call from Hollywood.
“Everything I do, I see myself as a bit of an outsider, I'm not strictly within the dance music world, I'm not strictly within the indie songwriting world, it's always really exciting and gratifying to see how it fits in for other people,” says Dan Snaith, aka Caribou. You can say that again.
When the Klaxons joked that their producer, James Ford, communicated with aliens through his hair, they weren’t only paying tribute to his curly black locks.
What are you wearing right now?
“Right now I'm wearing a casual Scotch & Soda loose fitting t-shirt in off-pink that I bought at their store in London. The best part of traveling is never knowing when you're gonna come across clothing that speaks to you (laughs).
“If someone said to you ‘Jesus is drinking in a pub in Elephant and Castle’ you’d go and have a look wouldn’t you?” Well, bearded he may be, but DJ Mag is pretty sure the man we’re chatting to in a London pub just up the road from Elephant and Castle isn’t actually the messiah.
Straight-talking New Yorker Dennis Ferrer masterfully weaves his way between genres. Whether the DJ and producer is spinning and producing techno and soulful house, or combining elements of the two such as on his worldwide smash “Hey Hey,” his music delights fans and always gets them moving on the dancefloor – precisely why he's a regular at DJ Mag's annual Miami pool party.