FESTIVALS, PAC-MAN, BREAKFAST CEREAL(!)...AN INTERVIEW WITH DJ YODA

DJ YODA IS A MULTI-AWARD-WINNING HIP-HOP DJ AND PRODUCER, HEADLINING FESTIVALS AND CLUBS AROUND THE WORLD. NO TYPICAL CLUB DJ, HIS INTERESTS LIE IN FINDING FRESH AND UNIQUE WAYS TO BRING TURNTABLES OUT OF THE CLUB AND GETTING INVOLVED IN BESPOKE COLLABORATIONS. WORKING WITH CLASSICAL COMPOSERS TO NEUROSCIENTISTS; BRASS BANDS TO FILM DIRECTORS; DR DRE TO DAME EVELYN GLENNIE; BANKSY TO MARK RONSON; BBC RADIO 4 TO THE BFI, HE REINVIGORATES HIS CRAFT WITH WRY INVENTION AND HUMOROUS INTENT.

This is a man with a very busy summer....

"Everything these days is very summercentric. It seems to be quite dead in January, then as soon as the sun comes out it goes mental. This busy summer schedule becomes normal and I kinda just expect it now. I have a lot of different shows I do, so I can do something different everywhere."

"I enjoy all of the festivals, but I guess the best for me are Glastonbury and Bestival that kinda bookend the summer festival season, so it's a really nice way to start and end the process."

But with such a busy schedule, do these busier performers actually get to experience the festivals?

"It really depends on the festival and who I'm with. Sometimes I'm by myself, somethimes with friends and sometimes with other artists I know. For example I'm playing the Friday at Glastonbury this year, but then have to be back in London for two shows on Saturday, so really I can enjoy Friday and that'll be it."

Yoda's sets at Glastonbury this year sum up what this amazing event is all about....smaller hidden gems the average festival goer would never find, but are in abundance here...

"I'm doing sets at Funkingham Palace (The Get Down DJ Set) and The Stranger Things AV Set at The Gas Tower (a new stage at Glasto this year). Because Glastonbury's so huge and I've done it for like the last 15 years or something, I've never played in the same place twice and I like it that way. I wouldn't like to go back and just do the same thing. This Gas Tower for example has this huge 360 degree AV screen which means we can project The Stranger Things AV set in a different way, not just on one screen, which will be really cool actually."

The diversity of this DJ's shows are well known and well loved...

"Each of my summer shows can be different. Sometimes I'm booked in to do a straight DJ set, but a lot of the time these days people want a specific theme and because I play every kind of music I like it that way too as it keeps things interesting and fresh for me."

"That being said, at the core of it all I'm still a hip-hop DJ and those techniques of a hip-hop DJ are at the centre of everything I do. But for me, the reason for all of this diverse stuff I get into is because I've been doing it for a long time. Along time ago I was happy to be DJing in a club on a Friday night and make people dance, but now I wanna keep it moving and keep it interesting. I think my attention span is quite short and that comes accross in the way I DJ as well...sometimes I'll only play about 10 seconds of a song and then move on to the next."

"I just love collaborating and collaborating with unexpected people and just seeing where else I can take DJing and turntables that are outside of the regular places you would expect."

....and this is a DJ with some very unusual projects in his back pocket....BBC Radio 4 mash-up...yes, the shipping forecast and The Archers hit the turntables; the History of Gaming; DJ meets quite wonderful, but very strange Marching Band....

"One of the ways I really like to work is to be given a very tight theme and a focus, and like I say, because I play every type of music sometimes it's very overwelming to look at all music and say "Where do I start?". So I like to do these mixes that are themed and many times people will approach me and say, well can you do a mix up of just this kinda stuff. So Radio 4 approached me when they were celebrating their anniversary and asked if I could do a best of Radio 4 mix. I was like totally, I listen to Radio 4 a bit."

"The History of Gaming is one of my AV Shows and I'm doing that one a couple of times this summer. I go through the history of computer games, starting with Pac-Man and Pong and work my way up to the games of today. All of the music relates to the games and all of the games are on the screen. It's a really fun one to do."

"Now, the Trans Siberian March Band...I got to see them perfoming in Brighton ad they were so crazy! They were dressed up in crazy clothes and although they are really a Balkan Brass Band, they were playing covers of songs. So I got chatting to one of them and we decided it would be a really cool thing for us to collaborate. We did a whole year of shows where we worked out a way for them to do cover versions of the kinda songs that I play and it ended up being really, really good fun."

When asked about what he likes to listen to himself, that incredible diversity comes through again.

"I'm as likely to be listening to Country & Western as film music as hip-hop. But right at the moment.....my favourite TV programme of all time is Twin Peaks and there's a new season of that out now and that music is what I listen to!"

Finally, Yoda imparted one last piece of knowledge to us...and if you're ever in a postition to book this wonderful DJ for a show, listen up...."What is the one must have item on your Rider?"

"I ask for a rare and exotic breakfast cereal! One of my small obsessions is breakfast cereals and I collect rare and limited addition ones."

So promoters....Cornflakes ain't gonna cut it with DJ Yoda!

You can catch DJ Yoda at a number of festivals this summer. But, as Glasto is sold out we recommend....

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