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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:11

Best known for: 
Tune of the year: 
Eric Prydz mix of M83 'Midnight City'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
Both Wehbba and Mihalis Safras have been one-men music making machines this year.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
I quite like the idea of being Thor and whacking stuff with his hammer, and what a great name
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
Of course, you should play to the crowd, that's the job of a DJ, and let's not forget that. Obviously, don't put yourself in a situation you wouldn't be comfortable in, for example, don't take a booking at Oceana in Burnley if you play minimal tech!
What does EDM mean to you: 
Didn't someone once say, 'house is a feeling'? It's not a name. Does it really matter what people call it, as long as they are enjoying this amazing genre we love?
Should celebrities be DJs: 
Who am I to say what people should or shouldn't do? I wouldn't like it if someone told me I couldn't do something I fancied trying. Should DJs be actors?
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
No never, I take my job very seriously and I believe you're only as good as your last gig.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
I always think DJing is 20% skill and 80% psychology. With all the technology available now, we could probably teach your nan to mix in an afternoon. But would you then put her on in the Box at Ministry at 3am? I don't think so.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Los Angeles, because of the explosion of EDM culture and the massive influx of artists and DJs from all over the world who have relocated there.

With his Toolroom label, Mark Knight was among the first to see the opportunities offered by the likes of Beatport.

"I think you now need to look at all forms of media and be involved in as many platforms as possible," he tells DJ Mag. "You have to be adaptable and progressive to embrace this and succeed.

"Mark's DJ sets have seen him visit new horizons in 2012. "I went to India for the first time this year, what a fascinating place!" he tells us.

"I have always been intrigued by the culture and history of the country and would love to take my son when he is old enough to explore further." Next year is Toolroom Records' 10th anniversary. "2013 is the year I finally drop my first artist album, along with a full live show," Mark says. "We have some really exciting plans to mark the occasion... watch this space!"