He was one of the first UK DJs to have a residency in the United States and helped to popularize dance music in America.
Digweed played the Kanrocksas Music Festival this year. He recently wrote in to discuss how he started DJing, his favorite DJs and what he loves about dance music.
For more info on John Digweed, check out http://www.johndigweed.com/.
Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?
Not at all. My parents were not into music at all, I used to listen to the radio every week and pause the DJ talking so I had non-stop mixes.
What first got you interested in DJing?
One of the guys who worked at my parents business was flat mates with the local DJ where I lived. So he used to give me tapes of mixes that had been recorded in the club so I was hooked at a early age with club music.
What are some of your favorite memories from the early days of the rave scene?
Parties on Hastings pier were always great at the start, nobody thought it was going to last so everybody was just having fun while it lasted.
Who are some of your favorite DJs and why?
Josh Wink and Carl Cox are a couple of my favs as they always give 100 percent and love what they do.
What qualities do you look for in great tunes?
Something that does not grab you straight away but the more times you hear it the better it gets.
How did your label (Bedrock) come together?
It was started after so many people started giving me tracks to play out but they did not have a home for it. So it made sense for me to pick the best ones up for my own label.
What are the biggest differences between US crowds and crowds in other places around the world?
People always think that the crowds react differently around the world. If you play great music, people seem to react the same way.
How do you feel that the US scene has grown and changed since you first started DJing in America?
The club scene is fantastic. The USA, it`s such a big country. It was never going to happen overnight, so the fact that it is so big now is down to many DJ`s playing across the states week-in week-out, exposing electronic music to the masses.
What are some of your favorite places to play around the world and why?
Argentina and Japan are always top of my list as the crowds are always very passionate about the music.
What do you love about dance music?
The fact that it keeps changing all the time and new faces come into the scene.