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ADE interview 01 | Aubrey

Wed 13 Sep

Leading up to the Amsterdam Dance Event, we're interviewing a selection of artists from our line-up. We're kicking off with Aubrey and take the opportunity to ask him about his idea of the ultimate line-up and secret pastimes.

How has your day been so far?

I had an early start with lots of coffee followed by going through lots of jazz albums in order to find interesting rhodes and drum sounds for the MPC sampler. That’s probably what I’ll continue doing for the rest of the day.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Before a show I like to have a double espresso and a good look around the venue. I take a few photos if I can. If there’s time I’ll try out the local food and check out the local sites. 

What do you do when no one is watching?

When I'm alone I like to go out to take photographs. I’ll also pay a visit to the supermarket and buy nice ingredients to cook with. In my younger years, I used to really enjoy skateboarding.

What was the first piece of studio gear you ever got?

In 1990 I was working in a record shop. One day a friend came in and said he had bought a drum machine for £150.00. However, he had no idea what it was or how to use it. He told me that if I wanted it I could buy it from him for £125.00. It was a Roland TR-909. I’ve been in a good mood ever since.

What would be your ultimate line-up be?

That's such a difficult question to answer since I love so many different styles of music. Let’s imagine my headliner for each genre. For soul and funk I would go for either George Clinton, Parliament or Funkadelic. For house it’s Theo Parrish and for hiphop Madlib. Techno is gonna have to be Jeff Mills and Herbie Hancock for jazz. I could go on but I’ll leave it here.

It's still quite far away, but what are your plans after ADE?

The plan after ADE Friday is more ADE all weekend! Afterwards I plan to recover, which hopefully won’t take too long, and then it’s back to the usual routine for me.


Watch Aubrey work his magic on us during ADE Friday | Mood & Banlieu pres. Diagonal.

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