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Questions Top100 DJs 2007 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:20

Electro-house for these last few years.
Best known for: 
Founding the Plus 8 and Definitive labels, Finalscratch and Beatport.
Tune of the year: 
'Gail In The O'. I have to thank Olivier Giacomotto and Damon Jee for this as well.
Producer of 2007: 
Olivier Giacomotto
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2007: 
Olivier Giacomotto, DJ Remo and the Cheshire Catz
Your musical inspiration: 
I'm always inspired by the next generation of artists. That's the reason behind Electronic.
Best festival on the planet: 
Kaballah and Euphoria in Brazil both had that old school passion and vibe.
Best bit of kit: 
FinalScratch. The new Traktor Scratch is really taking it to the next level.
What tune makes you cry: 
David Bowie 'Golden Years'
Naughtiest thing you've done this year: 
I did all my naughty things when I was young and now just enjoy music and the life it provides.

"Life has never been better for us with all this technology and I think we're only now beginning to put it all together," beams John Acquaviva.
Of course, John has always thought far ahead of everybody else ever since releasing 'Elements of Tone' as States Of Mind, alongside fellow Ontario-dweller Richie Hawtin on their own Plus 8 label in 1990, but it's in the past few years that he has truly become a technological evangelist.
He was one of the first DJs to adopt and develop Finalscratch, while his involvement with Beatport has helped make it the world's most successful dance music download site.

Yet it's not just in the virtual world where John has been a mover and shaker - he's easily capable of doing that to a physical dancefloor too.
Following his Acquaholic residency in Ibiza in 2006, this year John has been taking his 'Electronic' concept to clubs such as The Rex in Paris and London's Ministry of Sound, showcasing underground producers like Woollion and Tommy Four Seven.
"I'm always looking for that next song, person or label to make an impact," John says. "Working with new people has really refreshed my sound and perspective."