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by on May 11, 2014 11:14 AM in Interviews

Aydin The Funki Chile has been churning out hits like "In and Out of My Life", "Bad Habit" and most recently his cover of Lil Louis' "I Called U (The Conversation)" for the past decade and it doesn't appear that he will be easing up anytime soon. In addition to club anthems for Defected he has also produced music for staple labels like Strictly Rhythm, D:Vision, Salsoul, Bad Boy and just about any major label that comes to mind. Aydin is also responsible for half of the power duo The Lab Rats with Warren Clarke as well as his moniker OnePhatDeeva.

ATFC stands for Aydin The Funki Chile. What's the story behind the nickname?

When I was at University I wrote a reviews column for a local clubbing magazine. I focused on Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul & funky stuff. One month the editor signed me off as Aydin The Funki Chile (like Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Chile, pronounced "Chyle"). The name stuck and then when no one could pronounce it I shortened it to ATFC. Now I get asked what ATFC stands for and we're back to square one!

I'm curious about the story behind your "OnePhatDeeva" alias as well.

I made a bootleg combining elements from Fatboy Slim's "Right Here Right Now" and Adeva's "In & Out Of My Life". Because I'd initially done it without either one's permission I tried to stay anonymous by combining the names and calling myself "Onephatdeeva". That record went on to become a hit and enabled me to set up my company, Onephatdeeva Ltd.

How did your cover of the Lil' Louis song "The Conversation" come about?

Well it was actually Simon Dunmore from the label that had the idea. He sent the original Lil' Louis production to me and it was done within a couple of weeks. The best ones always fly pretty quickly. I referenced the original closely but tried to update it for today's dancefloors. Once I had the backing finished I sent it over to James Knight who did the sax on Mark Knight and Funkagenda's "Man With The Red Face". I knew he'd nail it and once his part was on the track it was just a case of modifying the arrangement and doing another mix for a different set of DJs.

You haven't released anything on your own labels in a couple years.

When we moved from the UK to Spain it was a nice change for us as a family and business. I wanted to go back to being solely a DJ and producer again and fortunately Defected came along at the same time and offered to take me under their wing again. It's been nice having someone else shout about my records for a change and the stress of business has been alleviated. Let's say the labels are in hibernation right now with a clean balance sheet.

In addition to your regular House tracks you also do a lot of Electro-House and Progressive stuff. Which do you prefer?

Interesting you should say that because I really don't look at it that way. It's all House to me. At any point in time whether I'm making a vocal track or a tougher instrumental, it's what I really want to be doing Ð otherwise I get bored. I guess more work generally goes into songs so they're more of a labor of love and also tend to be longer lasting. It's a difficult one, it sounds corny but it's like asking me to pick my favorite child.

What type of trends do you anticipate for dance music in the near future?

DJs will be turning up carrying only memory sticks very soon for sure thanks to Pioneer's new CDJ-2000s. Boundaries are going to continue to become more blurred and I think we may go back to times when a DJ may play a variety of BPMs over the course of a night. We're seeing Hip-Hop DJs playing House and vice versa. Look at David Guetta and his Black Eyed Peas connection and Lil' Jon playing Electro House at Nikki Beach this WMC.Techno DJs like Sven Vath and Luciano are playing House and Soulful House and guys like Dennis Ferrer are playing Techno. It's all for the better I think.



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