Q & A with Alexis Raphael
Groove Fest meets up with one of London's hottest talents for an upfront Q&A about his outlook on the things.
Q. Your Creche parties have become respected amongst the Sunday party revellers , how did the night come about ?
A. Well myself and Cozzy D were simply looking for an outlet for the music we liked. At the time when we started Creche, most Sunday parties have similar music policy. We felt there was more out there that wasn't being given the time it deserved.
Q. Promoting and DJ'ing are two different type of jobs that require different skill sets, what one out of the two would you say is harder to master?
A. Wow that's a good question. They are both tough in their own ways. Making a success of either is really difficult. As a skill, you can learn to DJ well in your bedroom, but that's only the half of it. Taking that skill and making a success of it as a career is something else completely.
Q. Your one of many djs, who also produces their own music, how important do you think it is for DJs to to also produce their own to really receive recognition?
A. I think it's essential nowadays. If you want to gain recognition on an international level, then the only way people are going to hear about you is through your music. If you just want to DJ locally, say around London for example, then producing the music is not really needed.
Q. How would you describe the music you produce?
A. House music! I hate pigeon holing things too much. Essentially it's house music that takes influence from Chicago house, Detroit techno and disco. There's definitely a strong old school sound to what I play.
Q. Apart from being a DJ what would be your ideal Job?
A. My other passion in life is food so I'd love to be an international restaurant critic. Imagine just going to restaurants, eating and then writing about it! Bliss!
Q. If you was on a desert island and you could only take one album with you what would it be?
A. Pink Flloyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Q. A lot of UK grime artist are working with dance producers, would you ever combine with one and if so who?
A. I am always interested in working with different people on different things and seeing what happens.
I'd never turn down a project, so yeah it would be something I'd try. Im open minded when it comes to what is possible .
Q. If you could choose any song of all time to remix what would it be?
A. Impossible question to answer!
Q. What is one of the most memorable parties you have ever played at?
A. Well back in January it was my 30th birthday. I'd been in Colombia for a month, came back to my birthday Creche and played to a packed out crowd. It was a great moment because I remember looking down and thinking, phew at least im getting somewhere it's not too bad that im 30!
Q. 2011 has been a great year for you, what can we expect from you in 2012?
A. My Hot Creations EP will drop early on in the year, which currently has 3 tracks on it. Also my next Lower East EP. Hopefully I'll be playing internationally quite a bit. In terms of crèche, we'll keep throwing parties with cutting edge artists headlining.
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Do you prefer DJing or promoting your own parties?
I think a lot of promoters see themselves as being DJs above promoters - most of them probably started putting on parties in the first place just to give themselves a slot! But actually we probably derive more pleasure from curating an entire event - from the venue, to the sound, lighting, set design, even the people! Although sometimes when you just turn up with your DJ bag to play a party and it happens to be a really good promoter, then that's great too - zero hassle.
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