DJ Cakeboy How long have you been a DJ and how did you get started?

I wasn’t a DJ (i.e. mixing with other people’s music) until the last two or three years really. I was purely a live act performing my own creations for a long time. This began in 1998 when I lived in Brighton. At that time it was important for club nights to have a live element and/or live video mixing (VJing) to make them stand out from the crowd. My friend and I created this type of act, combining my original tunes with cleverly rehearsed video jamming. We were well received in Brighton’s club land which then led us onto the festival circuit.

Where did the name of your act originate from?

I needed an identity once I started presenting my music to club promoters and my approach to writing dance music was always quite tongue-in-cheek back then. ‘Cakeboy’ sounded suitably humorous and I grew into that character. I felt it gave me a license to act like a nutter on stage!

Who are your musical influences and what inspires your style?

It’s hard to give a short answer, but I grew up on folk music & progressive rock. Tubeway Army/Gary Numan was a very big deal to me when I was 9 years old, then I got into punk/thrash metal, learned to play the drums and played in bands. I love aggressive music. Rave culture came late on for me… but inevitably it did. Sampling technology made it possible to incorporate all of my influences into tunes of my own.

Where was your first gig?

The Zapp Club on Brighton seafront. I set my entire studio up in a corner in the ‘back room’ and presented my musical biscuits straight from the hardware, played about, pressed lots of buttons, and acted the goat. I had no idea what was going to happen. It went off!

Who did you listen to growing up and what was your first album?

I listened to absolutely everything. My first album was Replicas by Tubeway Army. I still have it and still listen to it.

Where is your favourite venue to play live?

Any festival, under canvas or better still, open-air. There was one place in Graz, Austria, called the ‘Dom Im Berg’ which was literally inside a mountain. You walked along a tunnel from street level and then a glass elevator took you up through solid rock to a very plush 1,000-capacity venue in the centre. I played with Coldcut and it had the best video set-up I have ever seen.. That was a trip!

What are your aspirations and plans for the next 12 months?

I’ve just signed to Rocstar Recordings (Big Beat legend ‘Cut La Roc’s label) which is more than ideal because there is a DJ agency associated with the label. So, I’m looked after for the year ahead at least. I’m on my second single release for Rocstar which has gone down a storm and my first official long player ‘Gateau Blaster’ lands in November, 2013. The promo campaign has just begun so I’m awaiting reactions from other DJs and producers worldwide – exciting times!

If you could play on stage with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

That’s easy. Les Claypool, the front man and bass player from Primus. And, he’s very much alive by the way…

What do you think of the Cornish music scene and what improvements would you like to see?

Sadly, I haven’t seen much in the way of bands since I’ve lived down here (due to lack of free time) but the DJ/electronic music scene is vibrant and there’s loads going on. There is great enthusiasm for DIY parties and events outside of the corporate surf/music festival scene and I’ve made some great friends through these.

Are there any current Cornish music artists you see going far?

Some of them already have! The Hong Kong Ping Pong collective, The Freerange DJs, and Discoguns to name a few – all are playing regularly outside of Cornwall. Also, some very clever creations including The Aurora Project (a portable venue inside a giant UFO) has found itself in demand for festivals countrywide.

What is your most memorable gig?

The gig I mentioned in Graz, Austria earlier was pretty special. Best one ever though was Glastonbury in 2008. My VJ and I played in the Dance Lounge for Annie Nightingale’s Radio 1 festival launch party. It was the only venue open on the Thursday night and everyone (I mean everyone) was there. They removed the perimeter walls of the marquee so everyone could see in, and our view from the stage was a sea of happy faces as far as the eye could see. Beautiful!

The Single “Funkin’ Ridiculous” (Featuring Credit to the Nation) is available now from all good music download stores.

The album ‘Gateau Blaster’ is out 10th, November, 2013.


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