Tell us, how did it all start for you two?
Around 8 or 9 years ago we had lots of spare time in our lifes. During that phase we decided to focus on the thing we like the most: music! We founded Monkey Safari, also our first record label What! What! and opened the club Charles Bronson. After that things have gone its way and we're still on fire ;-)
Where did the name Monkey Safari come from?
We'd tell you, but then we'd have to kill you.
Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for?
Of course we have a lot of respect for all the artists doing what they do since many years and are still in the business. It's often not as easy as it seems, traveling around the world every weekend, spending most of your time on a plane, at the airport or in a dark and loud club. Our inspiration is definitely not stemming from a specific artist. It's our daily life and all the different impressions you get in the world when your heart and mind are open.
What is your favorite and worst thing about touring?
Like I said, one of the worst things is spending lots of time on a plane or waiting for it. But when you arrive at the club, have a cold drink in your hand and a hungry crowd in front of you, it very quickly becomes your favorite thing in the world again ;-)
How excited were you that Paco Osuna, Guy Gerber, Moby and more have done remixes for Monkey Safari?
Not gonna lie, it's amazing to listen to new interpretations of our own tracks, made by some of the best artists on this planet.
Is there an artist that you’d love to remix a track of yours and who would you like to remix? That's an easy one: Luciano, Laurent Garnier, Ricardo Villalobos.
Hommage has become such great success. How proud of yourself are you guys?
It's an insane mountain of work... and we try to climb it step by step. Of course we're really happy with the development of our label, at the same time it's still the beginning of what we have planned for the future.
You’ve traveled so much, what is your favorite place to visit and DJ at?
One of our favorite cities in the world is Melbourne. The city has its very own special vibe, really open minded, strong culture, awesome food and with Revolver Upstairs one of the best and untypical clubs in the world. That said, the perfect place on this world has a beach, an ocean, a fat sound system and cold drinks. That's what we like most and there are plenty of those places around the world.
You’re only in the US for a short period of time, but if you had more time what is something that you would like to do here?
Going to DC for a short trip to the oval office. Give DT a slap in his dumb face, receive the props from his crew, walk out and try to find the nearest Starbucks!
What is your favorite genre at produce? And Dj?
Electronic Dance Music.
What was the first record you bought?
Emmanuel Top - Orion
Do you have any new releases coming up soon that we should be looking forward to?
John Digweed just signed the track "Oxy" from us for his "Frequencies" compilation release coming out on July 14th. Really looking forward to that one! We're planning to release our album called "Odyssey" in fall this year. We just finished the Mix and the Mastering. Can't wait to present this to our fans worldwide!!
What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
Find your way and believe in yourself ;-)
Get all the details on their upcoming show in SF at www.theword.co.