Everyone that has discovered Seth Troxler has a great story of how it happened. For me it was no exception.On December 18th, 2010 I went to District 36 with my boyfriend, who is an electronic music lover and has the best taste in electronic music of anyone I know, well he took me to see this guy Seth. I had bronchitis at the time from a very wild weekend in Miami but since there had been so much mention of how this club had the best sound system ever, and this DJ was insane… well let’s just say my arm was twisted! I am going to skip forward to the end of the night, Seth is a genius. No if, ands or buts about it. The man made me lose my mind, surfing on his contagious beats and funky hallucinogenic sounds, it was a musical revelation. In the weeks and months to follow I researched everything there was to know about him, his sounds, where he came from and his mixes. I only liked him more, he is such a down to earth guy! Well, I hope that I inspire you to rediscover electronic music and enjoy life!
Below are snippets of an interview with the man himself from PlanetNotion written by Marcus Golden Barnes !
A chat with Seth Troxler – techno’s hottest name:
Notion: What’s your earliest memory of music?
Seth Troxler: I’ve always been surrounded by music. I grew up in a small town in Michigan called Kalamazoo which is kinda half way between Detroit and Chicago. My step Dad was a DJ on local radio and I used to go and sit with him in the studio when I was really young and listen to music and stay up late. I think at the time staying up late was more appealing then the music, but the music stuck with me. His DJ name was ‘Too Fine’ and he had a nightly show between 10pm and 5am called ‘Fade to Black’, after 2am it turned into the ‘Love Zone’ which was straight up fuck jamz.
Notion: What is the best club in the world right now and for what reason?
Seth Troxler: It would have to be a straight tie between DC10 and fabric in London. Both are run by outstanding people and there is never a moment where you don’t feel at home and you can always play the music you want and take people to a distant place without feeling the pressure to really push. DC10 is one of the only clubs in the world where you can play music for a group of people who aren’t having their first rodeo, people with experience who understand the symbiosis between the crowd and a DJ. As a DJ and rave case, this type of situation is a dream because the communication and transfer of ideas makes a special energy and shit can get real wild, real quick. The only problem with this is it leaves the rest of your week fucked as far as doing anything productive goes. Still I can’t complain! I also have to give a special mention to Judy and the staff at Fabric who are ever so kind and often don’t get the recognition they deserve for the effort they put in every week to bring such quality music to the people of London.
Notion: Apart from DJing and making music, how do you spend your time?
Seth Troxler: I like to drink ayahuasca tea and contemplate the inner workings of the outer nebulae of Andromeda. I also cook, and spend time with my lovely fiancée Sonoya.
Notion: Who are your ‘ones to watch’ in 2011?
Seth Troxler: The three producers that I’m really excited about at the moment are firstly Footprintz, a genre-defying new band that we discovered in Montreal, who are putting out the second release on our new Visionquest label. Then there’s Benoit & Sergio, good friends of ours who live in Berlin and are making amazing house and techno with some really cool vocals. They are just about to put out the first release on Visionquest (The ‘Where The Freaks Have No Name’ EP) which is out now. Finally there is ‘Tale Of Us’ which is a new project from Italian producers Karm and Matteo (Milleri).
Notion: Which track manages to sneak its way into most of your sets at the moment?
Seth Troxler: The Tale Of Us remix of Who Made Who ‘Every Minute Alone’. It’s a total bomb. I think it’s coming out later this year on Life And Death.
Notion: The footage of you from WMC last year is already a cult classic. How many pairs of short shorts do you have?
Seth Troxler: I’ve got legs like Tina Turner and own about seven pairs of short shorts. No lie… my legs are naturally hairless as well. I am totally smooth from top to bottom except for my head, my tache and nether regions. With that being said, I now hate that video. Leave the bats alone, this year we intend to reveal a new character, Charlie Sheen as played by Ryan Crosson… winner!
Notion: If you weren’t currently working as a DJ, what would you be doing with your life?
Seth Troxler: I love food so probably doing something involving food, like working as a chef or running a restaurant. This is still a pipe dream of mine – to own a restaurant one day. But maybe if I never left Detroit I would be doing design or advertising as part of my wasted degree.
Notion: The world of DJing can sometimes be competitive – do you ever worry about playing after other certain people? And if so, who fills you with the most fear?
Seth Troxler: I warmed up for Ricardo Villabos at the DC10 closing party last year which was pretty nerve wracking as he’s always been a huge, huge influence on me. Generally over the years it’s been playing before or after your heroes (Richie Hawtin, Ricardo, Zip), though these days I’m getting used to it. Local DJs who play too hard can be a bit weird.
Notion: There was a period when house music was a little stale – what have producers and DJs done in recent times to liven up the music?
Seth Troxler: They have finally started to take risks again and think outside the box.
Notion: “My baby takes K all day, she doesn’t wash her, doesn’t wash her clothes…” how would you deal with such a predicament?
Seth Troxler: Thankfully my baby doesn’t do K at all so it’s not something I’d really have to deal with. I like class and ass, but if she did she’d be out on the curb in no time. I don’t want no scrubs.
Notion: Complete the sentence: “In 2020 techno will be…”
Seth Troxler: Still as relevant as it is today…
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