Tell us about the last…
…time you felt nervous.
I was extremely nervous for my first-ever clubbing DJ gig. I couldn’t breathe, walk or touch anything because I was shaking so much.
…time you DJed using a vinyl record rather than a CD.
That was about three years ago. I’m a manic collector of records, but CDs are much more convenient. I’m not a fan of DJs using laptops – they look like they’re checking e-mails on stage. I might reconsider in a couple of years, but I think that DJing is a performance and a lot of people want to see what you are doing. With vinyl it’s very obvious – you put a record
on then scratch it or mix it. With CDs you can still see that. But with a computer you are looking at a screen. Nobody knows whether it is a pre-programmed or whether it is really live and interacting with the audience. I think I like it better when I use CDs.
…time you did something crazy.
People around me always tell me I’m crazy, so obviously everything I do must also be crazy. Once I was at a gig in Poland and I wanted to get to my hotel room as fast as possible to escape something bad. I was being driven to the hotel and, because I was a little drunk, I thought I could run faster than the car. I opened the door and jumped out, hoping to hit the entrance of the hotel – but all I hit was my head on the curb. I broke my nose and was pretty beaten up.
…nutty fan you encountered.
That was the reason why I was rushing off in the car in Poland!
…time you had a weird experience.
When I was eight I went swimming. For some reason I couldn’t swim anymore and I drowned. I started off panicking, but then I was overcome by a feeling of quiet and silence as I sank to the floor. The next thing
I knew, someone was sitting on me, pressing my chest and getting the water out of my lungs. I was awake, but I thought that I was dead.
…time you felt more like a New Yorker than a German.
It happened last weekend. I’d just got back to New York and I was so tired that I fell asleep in the car home. When I woke up and I felt like I was entering my German apartment. I was completely lost and confused. I feel at home in Hamburg, where I’m living, but I feel just as comfortable in New York – though Hamburg is more relaxing. But where I feel home most is the south of France. I spent most of my time as a child there. If I didn’t have my business in New York and Hamburg I would move there for sure.
Dons plays Quantum, July 10.