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Your ca­reer must en­tail a lot of late nights. Ever missed a morn­ing flight?

God, yes. It’s of­ten bet­ter to stay awake rather than risk miss­ing an alarm. I have mas­tered the art of sleep­ing on flights.

Ever flown twice in a day for two gigs?

Yes, a few times. Last sum­mer, I did a fes­ti­val in Paris in the af­ter­noon then took an early evening flight to Birm­ing­ham for a mid­night set at Keele Univer­sity.

Is it tricky to travel with lots of vinyl?

With vinyl, it’s the weight is­sue. Re­mov­ing the card­board outer sleeve is a trick to cut that down. It’s a gen­uine strug­gle to get through check-in with­out in­cur­ring ex­tra costs. Coat pock­ets come in handy for all sorts of mu­sic-tech smug­gling.

Have you ever lost vi­tal equip­ment?

Mur­mansk, Arc­tic Cir­cle, Rus­sia, one very snowy and dark De­cem­ber day. I ar­rived with­out my two record boxes, which had got lost in the crazy quick trans­fer at Frank­furt air­port. The pro­moter gen­uinely thought I was a fraud. They forced me to spend three hours work­ing out a set with their DJ’s vinyl col­lec­tion. I still man­aged to rock the place to the as­ton­ish­ment of those in the know.

Do you get searched of­ten at air­port se­cu­rity?

I’m a pro, now. Re­mov­ing ev­ery damn thing be­fore the X-ray can take some time. I carry on board a ver­i­ta­ble Ap­ple-Store­meets-mini-key­board, plus hard drives and the oc­ca­sional desk­top syn­the­sizer.

How could air­lines im­prove their in-flight ser­vice?

Al­low va­p­ing on board.

What about air­ports?

At my lo­cal air­port, Stock­holm Ar­landa, it’s more ex­pen­sive to park than to fly. Chi­nese air­ports have im­proved with the sig­nage now in both Chi­nese and English. In pre­vi­ous years I would find some­one at check-in who was go­ing to the same des­ti­na­tion and then fol­low them like a stalker to en­sure I got to the right gate.

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