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You've got a pretty busy summer. ... How do you put together sets for a club versus a festival and an American crowd vs. a European crowd? Is that different for you at all?

It used to be. There used to be a difference between Europe and Asia and the U.S., but not anymore now. Everyone knows the same music around the world, and I think that's just because of the popularity of electronic dance music in general, worldwide. I mean for club versus festival, for festivals you usually do a shorter set, an hour or hour and a half. Ya know, you only have that particular moment where you have to show what your worth basically. You have to capture that, keep the crowd there, and make your music go to that last person in the back. It's usually a bit more powerful at festivals. At clubs, you play longer sets, which leaves room for experimentation. Ya know, try new tracks, see where the crowd wants to go, and how hard you can push them. So clubs or festivals, I like them both because they're both really different.

You have a daughter, right?

Yeah, she's 5-and-a-half now.

How do you balance being a dad with the DJ lifestyle?

It's usually... right now I'm here for two weekends, and a week in between, so that's 10 or 11 days. That's the max that I'm away from home. Then when I get home during the week, I've got my studio close to the house, my office is there. During the week when I'm home it's almost like a normal weekday. I drop her off at school, I go to the studio and do my thing there, pick her up in the afternoon, then at night we just spend time together. Then on the weekends I'm gone. Wednesdays she has the afternoon off of school, so I always take her to nice places like fun parks or theme parks and fun stuff. I try to make sure I spend enough time with her.

How has becoming a parent changed your career, if it has at all?

Well, not much, apart from the fact that I only do touring for a maximum of 10 days, where as before, where I used to do a month or so. I fly more, actually. That's the only difference, other than that, not really.

I read that when you were getting into DJing and producing in the '90s, that you went to school to be an electrical engineer.

That's right, yeah.

Have you always been a technical person? What were you into as a kid?

Always sort of technical stuff. That was always my drive, to pursue what I'm doing now. Not the electrical engineer stuff. Ya know, between economic direction or the technical direction, ya know, I think economics was a bit higher, laughs. I guess I was destined to go here.

OK, so do you tend to take that mathematical and systematic approach to making music?

Yea, actually, too much sometimes. It's almost more like a science than, well, it starts with a feeling, then it becomes pure science almost. A little too much sometimes, where I lose a lot of time doing it, where I should just go, but I can't laughs.

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