ATFC is many things; producer, DJ, family man and all-round nice chap. But perhaps even more impressive than his juggling of multiple personalities is his encyclopaedic knowledge of music. If he’s not educating his kids with underground disco cuts on the school run, he’ll be digging out even more obscure records with which to craft his on-point productions. Now, after a relatively quiet period of releases on Defected, he’s back with Dazzle EP – a record that’s officially so bright that there are only a handful of people who are allowed to be in the same room as it.
Here’s the man himself to enlighten us…
Where have you been recently, spiritually and physically?
As usual I've been chipping away at the coal face of dance music whilst occasionally coming up for air in family life.
Are things looking good for 2011 so far?
They are actually. The swelling has gone down, the local police have told me I can visit the beach again, I've hit the Beatport Top 10, signed a six single deal with Defected, had some great gigs and become an official resident of Spain. What more can a man ask for?
Tell us about the new EP…is it true it’s so dazzlingly bright you can only look at it wearing specially prepared glasses?
Actually the only people who can be within 100m of it are Stevie Wonder and Andrea Boccelli.
Did you have fun making it?
No it hurt my eyes.
What kind of noises would you like people to make when they hear it?
Ideally a whoop and a yippee but I'd settle for a yee-ha.
Are you looking forward to Ibiza?
No. From where I'm sitting I have to turn my head slightly to the right.
Is this going to be a big record this season?
A reliable source has assured me The Dazzle EP will be on constant rotation in all the bars and clubs around the world this summer, to the point where it'll get embarrassing. I've also just received an email from David Guetta and The Swedish House Mafia asking me not to make another record until 2012 for the sake of their careers.
You sadly had to cancel your recent Japan tour in light of recent events…are you planning to return?
Yes, I was due to play in Tokyo and Sapporo the week after the tsunami hit. We've rescheduled the gigs for the 20th and 21st of May. I'm not sure what to expect, but I hope the Japanese people are slowly getting back to normal life and will want to party for a couple of nights.
Why do you think the dance music contingency especially has shown so much support for the country?
I don't know of any DJ that doesn't love going to Japan and most will tell you it's their favourite place to play. I don't think the dance music world has been particularly more supportive compared to when any other natural disaster has hit though. What is noticeable is the frequency of which we need benefit nights and fund raising. It seems like the chap upstairs is pretty angry right now.
What are you going to do when you’ve finished this interview?
Finish the last Cheese String in the fridge.