ATFC’s picture hangs in the House Music Hall of Fame. OK, so it’s on a rusty nail in the toilet under the stairs at the end of the hall, but the point is that it’s there; a proud testament to one man’s ability to both devastate dance-floors with his explosive, peak-time sets and deliver sickeningly slick productions at an awe-inspiring rate. He plays at London Warehouse this weekend with Soul Avengerz and more, so we caught up for a chat…
You have had huge success with 3 top forty hits in the past, how would you say your music has developed over the years?
I don’t actually think it’s changed hugely. My production technique arsenal has grown and the beats are tighter but other than that, the feeling of the music is the same. I’ve never veered off into a particular direction for too long and I like to think those that loved ‘Bad Habit’ will also love my next release ‘When The Needle Drops’ on Hed Kandi.
You always get mistaken as a three piece, does this annoy you at all?
Yes, because every bank holiday you can get me for 50% discount at DFS.
You have had the honour of remixing for the likes of Missy Elliot and Fat Boy Slim, how do you approach making music for such artists, is there a bit of anxiety floating around?
A little, but you have to keep in mind that they’ve come to you for what you do, so it’s important to treat their records as you would your own. I guess the only difference is that there’s the potential for a lot more people to hear your work, so, you’re on a bigger stage. When you fall off a big stage it hurts.
You have the pleasure of playing for the new Warehouse venue in London, what can we expect from the event?
I’ve heard the new sound-system is special and that the crowd are really excitable, so as long as I can mix a few records together in the right order we should be all good.
Do you have any new releases in the pipeline?
ATFC – ‘When The Needle Drops’ forthcoming on Hed Kandi, a new collaboration with David Penn as well as others too early to mention right now. I’m also launching a new label, so there’s lots more material from ATFC in the next 6 months.
Finally where can we see you next?
After the Warehouse I’ll be flying back to Alicante to play a pool-side funk and boogie set at The Vocal Booth Weekender. Then Slovenia and finally Morocco at the end of the month. Otherwise, catch me leaving my kids outside the school gates every weekday morning at about 9am.