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.