For me, it is a great honor to have had the chance to speak with as significant a producer/artist as DJ Vadim. It wasn’t until I got the chance to see him live at The Cluny, Newcastle, that I grew fond of his mystic ways. So, I simply had to know more, here are the questions that Dj Vadim so kindly answered, hope you enjoy them as much as I have:
Do you have any spiritual or religious beliefs, and do they affect the path your music takes?
Yes, I’m a Christian and that shapes many of the choices I make. In terms of affecting my music, obviously I am not going to make songs about rape and pillage and stuff like that! Hahaha.
If you could curate your own festival, with artists dead or alive, who would be your headlining acts?
This is something I would so love to do especially in the UK where I think a lot of festivals are curated really badly. T in the park, V Festival, Reading & Leeds – their line-ups in my opinion are poor. Even Glastonbury. They only survive simply cos’ they have so many acts; but in general, festivals in the UK are very rock Indie led and since I’m not a big fan of that kind of music, I want to see other stuff, and not that I don’t like rock.
So here goes;
Fat Freddys Drop (Incredible live experience), Sharon Jones, Bob Marley, Redman, Method Man, Beastie Boys, Skatelites, Erkah Badu, Dj Hype, Dj Zinc, David Rodigan, Gilles Peterson, Alice Russel, Hyperdub, Masters at Work, Mr Scruff, Bonobo, Omar, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Roy Ayers, Harbie Hancock, Africa Bambaata, Bassnectar, Nas, White Stripes, Zutons, Black Keys, Paul Mcartney / The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Donaeo, Cypress Hill, Krs 1, Skream n’ Benga, Ethipiques, George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix, Credenca Clearwater Revival, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Kitty Daisey and Lewis, LCD Soundsytem, Roots Manuva, Little Dragon, Michael Kiwanuku, Pete Philly, Portishead, Massive Attack, Prince, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Barrington Levy, Eurythmics, Stevie wonder, The Roots and Wiley.
How about that for Vadonbury Fest! Would u come? £100 ticket?
What was the first album you ever bought, and do you still regard this as a good purchase?
Stetsasonic – On Fire Album, their debut album. Still a fkn’ classic now!
Apart from music, where else do your draw influences from?
Walking, cooking, traveling, meeting people, talking…
On iTunes (if you have it) who is at number 1 of your top 25 most played and why?
Umn, you mean who is my fave artist? Well then its James Brown because not only is he the godfather of soul, I think he single handedly created so many genres through his musical samples, from House to Break-Beat to Hip Hop to everything…
How would you describe your family member’s musical interests, and do you think that has influenced the Dj Vadim we hear today?
My dad loves 60’s R n B, Boogie and Motown as well as Old Rock, so, I guess so?!!!
Because you’re on the road a lot, is there any sacred items or home comforts that come for the ride?
Not really. My laptop?
To date, what would you say is your proudest achievement within your musical career?
I guess that I’m still here doing it, I never left and I’m still rocking. So many people I grew up with musically aren’t here now doing it. They gave up, times got hard etc… I’m still here…
For the tech fans out there, what is your favorite software to produce on, and does that change from road to studio?
Cubase. Always used it. Always will.
If you could recommend one plug-in what would it be and why?
Waves? They do great VST stuff to pump ya shit!
Because you have a large array of vocalists from all over the world, do you find a lot is recorded without you being there? If so, do you find it frustrating?
Most of stuff now is me there doing it. Before, like 10 years ago it was more remotely done but I think of everything recently. It’s all in my studio or me abroad in their studio…
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Always check your work and keep a tidy desktop
Any forthcoming releases or tour dates we can look forward too?
Brand new album – Don’t B Scared out on BBE later in the year!
I can’t stress enough that if you dig this interview, please check out his music, buy his work (Take a stand, don’t illegally download, it really helps musicians in this day and age out, especially great talents like DJ Vadim) and GO SEE HIM LIVE. It has been some time since I have connected with an artist live like DJ Vadim, its not one to be missed.
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