Josh Wink in Dubai

Ahead of his Madinat Rooftop gig this week, the US DJ tells Time Out about the terror of turbulence

When was the last time you…

…were surprised by a nightclub?
I think maybe you want something shocking, but this isn’t really like that. One of my favourite clubs in the world right now is Berghain Panorama Bar in Berlin, which runs from Saturday night all the way through to Sunday night. It’s amazing – no matter how many times I play there, I’m always surprised by the unbelievable crowd reactions. I can play all kinds of music, from drum ’n’ bass to deep house to techno, and the crowd is always there with me. I don’t know what I’ll play when I come to Dubai because there’s no way to tell where the crowd’s energy will take me. It’s been a while since I was at [Dubai’s now defunct alternative club] iBo and that was more of a housey tip, but my friends have played on the [Madinat] Rooftop and they say, ‘Oh, you’re going to love it!’

…felt totally at peace?
I’m usually pretty good at avoiding falling ill, but it’s difficult to escape it when you travel internationally so much. A week ago, when I was in Berlin, I felt a cold coming on so I spent most of Monday morning recuperating in a bath with really good music and a scented candle. I took the time to focus my mind on good feelings and the movement of my breath and just being present in that moment. Plus, I had endless, copious amounts of hot water.

…felt proud of an achievement?
Last February I released my fourth album, When a Banana Was Just a Banana, and although it had a lot of old material that I’d been waiting to put out for years, my colleagues and friends and the public really took to it. What surprised me was that although it was mostly really old music, it really fit current tastes. We also released the remix album, Remixed and Peeled, with remixes by Jimpster, Radio Slave, and others, and I love all of those tracks.

…thought you were going to die?
I find that the more I fly, the more I become conscious of turbulence. It’s weird because usually it goes the other way – people realise that a bit of turbulence doesn’t mean the plane is going to fall 37,000ft. But lately I’ve been having these feelings of doom and gloom whenever it gets rough, and since I’m on planes all the time, that’s quite a lot. It’s a weird feeling that I’m trying to come to terms with.

Josh Wink plays at Madinat Rooftop, March 18, Dhs125.

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