This eminent musician cum producer, who listed Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode as some of his influences, has been tinkling with the piano since two and has had blown several punters away with hits such as “Embracing the Future,” “Loving You More,” “Godspeed” and “Dreaming.” BT takes some time out to chat with I-S about his music, guilty pleasure and current read.
What is your current state of mind?
I’m just feeling creative inside.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What is your biggest achievement?
Having a beautiful daughter.
What inspires you?
Being outside with nature and in natural environments inspire me more than anything.
What draws you to music?
It’s the integrity in the music that draws me to it. I’m attracted to people making stuff that’s genuine. You can tell when something is authentic.
Describe your sound.
I’d like to think I make provocative electronic music.
What are you listening to now?
Boards of Canada, that’s the only album that comes to mind right now.
What instrument can you play?
I can play drums, guitar and more keys-based instruments such as the piano. But I can get around anything that I put my mind to.
What makes a good party?
Honestly, a lot of people showing up at the place and great music.
What personal traits do you appreciate most in others?
Integrity, I appreciate people who say what they mean.
How do you spend your Sunday mornings?
Usually I’m on an airplane.
What is your idea of hell?
Working on a movie with Ben Stiller.
What is your guilty pleasure?
It has to be coffee.
How do you recharge?
I try to take breaks. I am way overdue for one right now. I like to travel. Diving is one of my favorite things in the world. Taking breaks help me to refocus.
Where would you like to live?
San Francisco. It’s my favorite city and I think it’s amazing.
If you had to play a character in a movie, which movie and what character?
Well, if I have to act in a movie, I would like to blow s**t up. That sounds like fun, you know?
What are you reading?
A book called This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin. It’s incredible. It’s about brain chemistry and what happens on a physiological level when you listen to music.