“I have a new-found love for the outdoors,” British DJ and producer D.O.D., who lives close to the Lake District in England, tells DJ Mag. He may be known for his stadium-packed anthemic sets, but the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed him to see beyond the club. The Manchester-born DJ/producer’s ability to intertwine baile-funk techno beats into hardcore-screeching EDM bangers is exceptional. Building samples, hooks and breaks to cracking results, he’s deservedly toured with the likes of Steve Aoki and appeared at mega-festivals around the world, like Tomorrowland. No two sets are the same and he always digs deep in his crates to deliver a new experience.
Though most know him for the 2017 track ‘Sixes’, it was ‘Blip’, released in 2016, that first gave him the recognition he deserved, especially when he coined the phrase 'Future jack' to define a new genre. Having released dozens of singles and three EPs, D.O.D hasn’t put out a full-length project since 2013 but has become a go-to DJ to experience on the festival circuit. After a restful year, here’s hoping the summer of 2021 has his name painted across it.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“My partner Lauren, my son Leo, and being able to produce music every day. Life is good, I can’t complain!”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“Moving forward, I think the focus should be on getting a nice balance between income made from music production and gigs for achieving longevity in these very volatile times.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“There needs to be more education into what the foundations of dance music were built on. House music was, of course, a descendant from disco in the early ’80s. African-American, LGBTQ and Latino communities popularised nightclubs and made dance music a household genre. Without this cultural diversity, we wouldn’t have the thriving industry we enjoy today.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Chemical Brothers ‘Star Guitar’.”