Tell us about the last…
…time you thought about giving up DJing
That was in 2009, when the owner of a club in which I was the resident came to me during a set and told me to play more commercial music, while the crowd hit the roof. I didn’t give up DJing, but I did give up working there.
…great tune you heard.
I listen to a lot of music so I hear great tunes on a daily basis, but right now I can hear one of my all-time favourite songs on the radio: Chaka Khan’s ‘I Know You, I Live You’. My wife and I had it played at my wedding as we walked out of the church.
…great tune you made.
As a producer, the last work you did is the one you remember the most, but my last single, ‘Complicated’, is definitely a special one for me. It features US vocalist and trumpeter Kafele and contains everything I like about a good house song: meaningful lyrics, well-sung vocals and a lot of live instrumentation playing interesting harmonies over a great beat. To see it being well received everywhere, even being a radio hit in some countries, is just great.
…time you were terrified.
It was when I returned home from a gig in Greece a few weeks ago. There was a terrible storm in Germany and during the approach for landing the plane was shaking like crazy. I think everybody on the plane was terrified and the lady next to me even threw up. I have never been so glad to be on the ground again. Anyway, it seems that the older I get and the more I fly, the more chicken-hearted I get about it.
…time you were creeped out.
A guy wrote to me on Facebook when I was playing in South Africa, saying ‘I was not only at your gig just now, but I am your stalker. You had room 306 in this hotel last night and you left the hotel again at 11.30am this morning.’ Scary indeed. Luckily I never heard from him again.
…memorable meal you ate.
I was in Asia a while ago and I know that they attach great importance to politeness, so when my hosts asked me what food I’d prefer I said they could choose. This wasn’t very clever of me as we ate insects for dinner. Or at least I pretended to eat them.
…amusing injury you sustained.
I saw my wife starting to fall down the stairs in our home. When I tried to catch her, I fell down myself. It must have looked like a cheap comedy programme. Thankfully we weren’t seriously injured, and we both laughed out loud.
Ralf Gum plays MustHaveSoul, April 10, 360°, free