This year for Shogun (real name Andew Chen) has predominantly been all about his tour of Asia. “My most memorable moment was DJing in Vietnam when it was pouring with freezing rain,” reflects the America-born Taiwanese DJ. “It didn't stop the madness of the crowd — insane!” And if he were to pick a few more favourites it would be Ultra in Seoul Olympic Stadium and notching up appearances across China and Shanghai.
Shogun was a new entry into the Top 100 last year, so the news that his fans have kept him there this year went down pretty well. “Amazing! It's a big honour and I'm stoked about it. Going to celebrate with some bubbly!”
Last year was all about the release of his 'Dragon' album, and this year the remix version came out to some super-nice responses. He's also been working on a handful of singles to be released through Armind Records, including his big room trance anthem 'Pentakill'. “It's based on the League Of Legends PC game that I play everyday,” he admits.
His workload takes on a steady place with plans for his third album, new remixes, a new Shogun tour and some productions for big video games and movie soundtracks on the cards. HELENE STOKES
What have been the new frontiers for you this year?
“I'm working on a new track with Shaquille O'Neal that's coming out soon, and have a big single coming out on Armind called 'Pentakill'. Also, I'll be touring non-stop again and putting on even bigger shows.”
Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form?
“It's taken seriously and the hype around it shows that — it's like a modern form of classical music.”
What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?
“I like wireless headphones. You don't have to deal with cables, and it makes life easier.”
If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be?
“I'd switch to reggae or chill-out, I love listening to both.”
As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“$1 billion, why not!”
What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?
“It's hard, but it depends on the person. To me, music is my drug and if people have that mindset you don't need substances to enjoy an event.”
How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“Dance music is always evolving and spreading, which is a good thing. There's no colour or race with music. It's something people enjoy and that's a beautiful thing.”