Speaking of live shows, you recently wrapped up your Jacked tour.
The tour was insane. I did one and a half months in the US, I think 52 dates, and I’m doing another in October and November.
You also performed at Jay-Z’s first Made In America festival over Labor Day weekend, too.
The funny thing about that festival is that Jay-Z is one of the legends of hip-hop, maybe one of the biggest even. At first they asked me to actually host the stage but I’m careful, I don’t want to act bigger than I am. I’m going to perform but you have to have someone else do the stage. I felt really happy to do that.
I always try to DJ and perform a show at the same time. I do everything live, all the lights are live, everything with me is live. If you go live you can make errors but I don’t really give a crap about that.
The "Bad" remix is your fourth single out right now. You’re everywhere.
Yeah, it’s quite crazy. I always like to be everywhere. Last year, I had Beyonce’s “Run The World,” “Look At Me Now.” I also produced “Give Me Everything” and “Take Over Control.” Now, I did the remix for will.i.am.’s “This Is Love” and “Can’t Stop Me” featuring Shermanology which is going on all of the radios. “Rock The House” is an instrumental track which is the first single coming off of my album. It’s fully instrumental. There’s a lot going on, but I like it. I like keeping it interesting.
You’re involved with so many types of music. How have you found success with DJing?
I’m a DJ and a producer at the same time so outside of performing as an artist, the most important thing for me is the show but as a DJ, I don’t want to just do a show, I want to make it interesting, special, I want it to be an experience. I always try to DJ and perform a show at the same time, it’s all going really well. I do everything live, all the lights are live, everything with me is live so sometimes, it fucks up a little because if you go live you can make errors but I don’t really give a crap about that. I think it’s important if you go live, you can make it really powerful and the crowd feels really close to you. I think if you do a pre-recorded set it can look really cool but I think you lose the personal feelings you can have with the crowd.
How did you start DJing?
I went to a club the first time when I was 15 and I saw the connection between all the people and the DJ and the music and lights. I was like, ‘Holy shit I want to do this.’ Everything just faded away and that’s what I wanted to do. I was already producing music back then just for fun but then I wanted to DJ. People told me if I wanted to be booked as a DJ, I'd have to give a reason for people to book me. They said, ‘You have to produce.’ I did produce so I started producing even more so I could DJ. More and more, it became a combination. I got DJing gigs and now it’s my life. All I do is produce music and DJ and do interviews with people on the phone.
I want to create a whole new version of pop music. I want to change over the radio sound.
Who haven’t you worked with yet that you hope to in the future?
I’ve been thinking about a lot of projects to produce. I was thinking about working with Lady Gaga, not “Born This Way” but more her old stuff that she did with RedOne from her first album. I think that would be really fun, a cool combination. I think also with will.i.am because he’s really creative, he’s not just the front man of the Black Eyed Peas but he also wrote most of the stuff and produced it. I want to create a whole new version of pop music. I want to change over the radio sound.
How do you plan to change the sound of radio?
Like I did with “Take Over Control.” I think there should be more openness with radio music. It’s not so bad to have an 8-second drop it in, just a drop to build up a little more emotion than the song. These days with club music getting so big, people will start to understand more about the experience of music-the build-ups, the extra crazy feeling, the feeling you get from music-and combine it with myself. I think you can have a hit and a cool piece of music at the same time, a refreshing piece of music. Like “Give Me Everything” it’s just a happy song but there’s bleeps, there’s a build up and that’s basically what I want to do.