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Tom Stephan

Monday, 22 September 2014 in Q&A

Heard any good rumours lately?
No, we'll have to start one.

What's the best night out you've ever had?
New Years Eve in Montreal in 1997 (I think..) It was a bit more than a night out. I think it lasted 3 days.

What's your favourite club?
Of all time? Sound Factory NYC Right now? Cocorico in Rimini

What's your favourite record of all time?
Joint Venture- Masterblaster [Strictly Rhythm]

What record can't you stand?
The Logical Song by Supertramp. And you just know there's a house mix of it just around the corner...

What record did you loose your virginity to?
I don't like having sex with music on- I find it distracting. And if it's a mix cd- forget it. I'm stopping to check the beat mixing in between tracks.

What was the first record that you bought?
KISS Alive 2

What was the last record that you bought?
M.I.A. ­ Arular  

What's you favourite record shop?
Black Market, Phonica, Massive & Juno.co.uk

Name your three biggest influences?
DEVO, Nitzer Ebb and John Waters

What's your poison?
Junk Food

Who would play you in 'Tom Stephan'  the movie?
Jake Gyllenhaal

What's your dream?
To be able to keep doing what I'm doing.

How do you escape?
With a pair of headphones.

What is your favourite possession?
My DEVO hat that I got from their concert in 1981. I was 11.

What's your greatest passion other than music?
Film.

What / Who makes you laugh?
John Waters.

When was the last time you committed a crime?
When I played "Call on Me" at this club a few months back. I don't know what came over me. I'm old enough to remember the original. "So cool, she was like jazz on a summer's day" Oooo- gives me chills! Nothing cool about that record.

What is your life philosophy?
To try and appreciate what I already have. You can always want more and more is never enough.

What is the best piece of advice that you have been given?
I was warming up for Danny Tenaglia once and was really nervous. He came over to me and said- "just have fun". It seems really obvious but it's easy to forget.

What is in your pockets?
A blue travel card. I got these great jeans in Tokyo but they turn everything they touch- including me- blue.

If you were an animal what animal would you be and why?
A fish. I just went diving for the first time recently and saw some of the coolest fish down there. All decked out in day glo like the kids at the Cock.

You are having a party whom, dead or alive is on the guest list?
All of my friends.

When was the last time that you embarrassed yourself?
At this restaurant in Hong Kong. I ordered this award winning tart and it came with this slimy kind of jelly on top. I didn't know what it was so I just scooped it off on my plate. The waitress came by and was shocked and told me that it was very expensive "birds nest". Such a tourist. I scooped up the slime and ate it and afterwards asked what exactly "birds nest" is?
Sparrow saliva, of course... I'm glad the events happened in that order.

Tell us something that we don't know about Tom Stephan?
The first remix I ever did was for Tom Jones.

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