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Anyone that has experienced a set from the legendary Dave Clarke knows it’s the real deal. A serious musical commitment from the artist himself to lead the listener through the murky depths of techno, heavy electro and any genre curveball he might throw in, with long, undulating phrases, sharp percussion and rare forays to the surface for air. His production back catalogue is vast and filed with the best in the business, stretching back to his debut release on XL in 1990. Originally from Brighton, UK, Clarke fell in love with the character of Amsterdam and has lived there now for many years, using it as a base from which to tour worldwide on a regular basis. He features at the techno behemoth that is Awakenings festival just outside the city this June, or you can also catch him in the UK this weekend, when he returns to Brighton to speak at the inaugural Brighton Music Conference. MEOKO took the opportunity to get Not So Serious with one of the most serious players in techno… 

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Three items you cannot on live without when you are on tour are…

iPad with mags, phone, credit cards. 

If you could go back-to-back with anyone, you would love to play with…

Tough one, probably Carl Cox. 

Someone throws a Borat bikini at you from the crowd during a set – what’s your next move?

Find a disinfectant wet wipe. 

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When you were growing up, you loved to listen to…

Ska, Punk and Disco.

A great song to strut down the street in dark sunglasses is…

Straycat Strut 

The weirdest thing you’ve ever seen in the crowd is…

The brown note being hit by someone in Leeds and him being carried out, also someone dropping some evil personal gas in a free party in Dublin….I dropped an accapella of Antony Rother whilst looking at the offender: “No…stay away from my soul”.

A dance move you would like to see return to fashion is…

The New Beat hand wave (sort of aircraft carrier guy directing planes around).

A great song to cook spaghetti bolognese to is…

Got me there….probably some old school ska from the 60s.

A great song to woo the ladies is…

Something by Atari Teenage Riot.

Right before a festival set your laptop is stolen and all your music erased and replaced with a Britney Spears best of hits album. Do you…

A) Shed a few tears and apologise that you can no longer play

B) Smash a few plates then embark upon a Liam Neeson style revenge mission to find the culprit

C) Ah well, life gives you lemons, go with the Britney set.

A) Apologise profusely and go back home.

If your life could be narrated by any actor, living or dead, it would be narrated by…

Richard Harris 

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A good party has to have…

A decent DJ and sound system. 

Your favourite way to find new music is…

Doing interviews like this whilst listening to promo’s in the back ground (honestly).

The best thing about your job is…

Not having to do something I would hate doing, a job based on a passion is a gift.

 

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Jordan Smith