INTERVIEW WITH DEGO
The last bassinstinct party of 2003's was on 27th of December. PEACE
had a interview with DEGO, a guest of the party. Although he had a
cold, and wasn't in a good condition, he answered to our questions
honestly, and tried to talk about many things carefully. " I don't
usually go to clubs. What do I useually do? Play football, whatch football,
or play football, whatch football, play....." As he said, you
can see his simple and normal way to think, or to live from the interview.(
the editor: Nao)
N: Is this the first time for you to come to Hiroshima?
D: Yes, first time in Hiroshima, yeah.
N: So what did you think?
D: It's a great place.
N: How was the audience last night?
D: Quite hyped, really. Sometimes in Japan when I play, the crowd,
they said they enjyed it but they're quite quiet. Those people
last night were leary, as we English said, you know, a bit more
So that was nicer to see.
N: Thank you.
This time you came to Japan alone, as a DJ, but I belive that you've
toured with other airtists,or you've worked with other people
to make albums or to make music. Is there any difference between
you DJing or being in
a band, or
play with other people?
D: I prefer to DJ with other people. Because they're someone
to vibe with, when I'm with friends. You know what I mean, the
off each other, and people are more spontaneous with thier records'
selections. So I prefer that to doing it on my own to tell you
the truth. If I'm on my own I'd rather just be in the studio
N: I see. I want to ask you about the music you play,
or the music
creat. Some people say you're a drum'n'bass DJ, but sometimes
I don't think so.
D: No, I'm not a drum'n'bass DJ.
N: Someone says
you play so many different kind of music, what gives you inspiration
to make music,
or a certain kind of music?
D: First inspiration is from things in the past, 60's and 70's
jazz, dub, things like that. There are some good things from
contemporary music around. Many different things inspire me
to make music. I
stick to one thing. I like to do manu different things, like
down temp and Hip Hop style.
N: I saw it last night.
D: Yeah, but that's me. Cause I like everything. I like the
mixture. I was recognized through drum'n'bass, but the problem
I had with
it, it had me handcuffed. I couldn't just do one thing.
It seemed like I wasn't allowed to roam and be adventurous
and experiment and so on.
It seemed like you just had to stay in one place. So I had
to move away from that. For my own self, to be able to do
to get out my head and into music, you know. I just remember
everything that I've listened to and why I liked it. Just
carry on drawing
from that experience. Now my cavas in blank, I can draw out
D: I haven't been given guidelines that's why I'm free to
do anything I want.
N: You've been playing music for like
15 years or more?
D: About 15 years now.
D: Oh my god.
N: Hahaha. That's amazing.
D: It's time to stop, that's what it means.
N: So. How are you?
D: I'm 34. 34.
D: 34. Hahaha.
N: You look younger! That means you started playing
music when you were... when did you start making music?
D: I started a long time ago at school discos and
things like that. High school you know. I was the
music and stuff so I started collecting records....
When did you decide to be a DJ?
D: That didn't happen. I was doing my college and
part-time job and stuff like that, living normally
I always... A
friend of mine new Mark and he had a pirate radio
station and my friend
me "Why don't you go on that pirate station,
you know?" So
I went on. I was doing that show...
N: So I was
going to ask you, you know, about the scene and
the people in it? So do you think the
playing music. Or have the people changed a lot.
D: Err. Yeah a lot of things happened, oh god,
I don't remember how things were to begin with.
'Cause last night for example there were so many young people.
And there was so much energy
all night. When
I was really
young, say I was like 18 or 20 years old, I could
do that, I could just dance to the music all night
just no reason.
I think the scene hasn't changed a bit.
D: It's a generation thing. Normally, when I DJ
normally in Europe, the people ain't that young.
I'd say the
like 28 or
so. It would span from about 23 to like 40. So
the atmosphere is different
from the last night. Yeah, when people are young,
when they're 18, they just have energy for fun.
over the time,
has changed a bit. I remenber when I was first
making music, I played as
an amateur. You know. Now, I can do many things.
So it sometimes take a while since you first listen
music, to appreciate
happen to the people. Some are quicker than the
others. But it's really important to know the difference.
In London, we have a
lot of pirate
radio, and you hear all the stuff, the baddest
You get to know the great standards. I belive the
music do all transend
down. And the constant, same, silly nonsense that
they keep doing does filter down after a while.
If you don't
don't know what's rubbish. That's all you've ever
So, that's the problem now.
N: I've never been
to England, but when I went to the U.S, I realized
that there were so many
to listen to. But in Japan, we don't have so much
variety of... music
radio. And I think the scene is controled by some
kind of people. What do you think?
D: It just amazes me. Its a false spark. Whereas
they used to invest in an artist, to give him a
contract to do 5
and they were hoping by the 3rd album they'll really
do well then. Where
as now they expect the first album-hit. No hit,
next. That's why you get the same 5 piece boy groups
the time, coming
and going. Because they just want a hit and stick
that one. When you talk about the music industry
it's purely controlled
core by accountants
than any creativity. There's that bad standard.
I think you've been doing really good to put out so many albums.
And I have some of them.But
you're always trying
something else, I mean, something new or something
D: A lot of that has to do with the fact that I
didn't go to music school. So, I'm learning as
I go along.
the last 3 or 4 years, that I'm a bit more comfortable
and I'm able to
fully interpret my ideas. Where as before it was
a lot of hit and miss I think. I think that is
all over the place. I was trying to find my place.
But, having said that, I like to give everything
a go. I can't
the one thing.
I get bored quickly.
N: I'm going to ask the same
question to everybody, it's about the word "PEACE", the
name of the magazine. What does "PEACE" mean
D: OK, PEACE means a calmness and happiness with
myself. It's not feeling any angst or anxieties
like that. It's
like a pure
happiness and contentment with everything in life,
like my family, or friends. When I think of PEACE
really think about
it in the global sense. And for that to happen
that same calmness about them and be happy with
themselves. Then it can be sprung out from there.
Its just me
being happy with
knowing that I haven't hurt someone, you know.
That's a great feeling. I feel that's what PEACE
N: This is the last question. What is your
favorite type of girl?
D: Hmmm, alright. For me there's got to be a certain...
I like WOMEN. I like a woman who's got a certain
edge to her,
Not cocky, but confident. Someone who will put
you in your place. Do you understand. When she
you off and
are you doing?' Strong minded. And physically
speaking, I don't like skinny women.
N: Really? Many of the Japanese
girls will be happy about it. Cause they always go on a diet!
D: Yeah. So, she's got an edge to her. And funny.
Someone who can laugh at herself. That's all
Thank you very much for the interview!
D: Thank you.