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Wednesday 28th, August 2002
AJ Gibson

Mark and Daniela had a chance to chat it up with Godskitchen resident AJ Gibson at Godskitchen Global Gathering a couple of weekends ago. One of the busiest DJs on the trance scene nowadays, AJ not only holds a residency at the world-renowned Godskitchen club in Birmingham, England but also plays at more than five other clubs during the summer!

Daniela: And before you DJed or were an electrician, you DJed birthday parties and weddings?

AJ: Yea, all sorts of parties really. I just played music to people, basically. All different types of music, all different styles.

Daniela: Was it like a side job?

AJ: Yea it was, it was like a hobby really. It was never anything about the money. Still isnít now, but I mean I put a lot of money I earn back into what I do.

Mark: When did you start DJing?

AJ: Twelve years ago; yea, about twelve and a half years ago.

Daniela: How did you Godskitchen pick you up 6 and a half years ago?

AJ: Erm, I just gave Ďem a call and went to see him [the owner Chris] and basically they opened the club which was in the area I lived inó Coventry, I live in Stratford, itís only about 15 miles away- and basically made me resident in the area and been with them ever since, really.

[Donít you wish it could be this simple for every DJ?!]

Daniela: On your website I read that youíre also a resident for other clubs?

AJ: Yeh, I have six or seven residencies somewhere [laughs]. A few of them are little clubs but I like little clubs, you know, 500 capacity clubs that are all sweaty!

Daniela: How often do you play a week? Are they monthly residencies?

AJ: Yea, monthly but I play about 4 times a week to 5 times a week and every weekend. So yea, itís about half my life is spent on motorways. I spend more time on motorways than doing clubs actually! [laughs]

AJ: Oh look, my friends have just turned up! [Huge robot aliens on stilts enter the press area. We have a laugh.]

Daniela: Do you have any favorite type of equipment you like to you use in the studio?
AJ: Decks! [laughs] Mixer, headphones, monitors and youíre all right. Few records as well. Nah, Iím not a technology buffÖThere are people that know their equipment but as long as you can play music youíre all right as far as Iím concerned. Iím terrible on computers- it takes me about six weeks to write two emails! [laughs] Iím more hands on, really. Started playing CDs recently which is quite good. A lot easier than I thought it would be.

Daniela: Thereís a lot of talk about how CDs and possibly MP3s might or are encroaching on the territory of vinyl. What do you think will happen in the future, do you think people will start spinning with CDs?

AJ: People are now, take Mauro Picotto: a lot of his sets are off CD. But I mean, generally thatís because itís music you canít get and itís not even been pressed, you know? And itís a good way of testingÖI donít think vinyl will ever fade out.

Daniela: What was your reaction to Cream closing down for the summer?

AJ: I think they just need to basically assess the situation and give the kids what they want instead of trying to be cool and playing hip and trendy music that the 18 years donít want. Itís all a bit embarrassing, really, for them, isnít it? You canít knock Cream for what theyíve doneótheyíve done a fantastic job for dance music but the 18 year olds are not as educated as the 25 years olds and theyíre basically playing 25-26 year oldís music and the kids donít want it. Itís all about partying! ÖEveryoneís trying to be cool. People need to go back to simply putting on parties basically. Instead of trying to impress people, they [the 18-years-olds] just want to go out and party.

Daniela: Do you think thereís any threat of Cream closing down for good?

AJ: No, I donít think so. Theyíll get it sorted out. Creamís an institute, they canít close. They havenít been getting it right for the past 12-18 months so theyíre just closing down to sit down and look at it properly. Thereís no point in running on with a club thatís empty and making it worse for themselves.

Daniela: In the UK, the dance scene is huge but worldwide, comparing to the UK, itís not as big. Do you think itís going to going to get bigger over the years?

AJ: Itís growing still, isnít it? I mean, take trance music for instance: globally, itís the biggest music around the world. In the last few years, itís gone commercial and a lot of people donít like this commercial thing but itís rubbish really cos thatís making it even stronger! ...Itís about having fun. Youíre 18, you wanna go out for a night of fun, you know have to be told what you want to listen to or go somewhere cos itís cool, you wanna go out with your mates!

Daniela: Were you into dance music when you were a teenager?

AJ: I was into all sorts of dance music over the years but yea, Iíve always been into electronic music.

Daniela: Lately, thereís been a few articles in newspapers about the demise of superclubs and the future of clubbing. What do you think will be in store for the future clubbers and the future of dance music?

AJ: The superclubsótheyíll all still be there. Theyíll probably do bigger events and stuff like that but I think itís going to go back into the smaller clubs. I certainly do think thatÖThe superclubs have done so much for the industry and they have dominated over the past few years. Other than that, I think thereís a lot of people panicking at the moment for no reason. Thereís a lot of festivals over the summer and they just knock the numbers in clubsÖBut dance music will always be around cos people always want to dance, donít they? [smiles widely]

Trance.nu would like to thank AJ Gibson and Matt Mancini for their kindness and courtesies!

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