The EP's lead track has a really euphoric vibe that's different from what you've done in the past. What was the inspiration behind this track? And what is the ideal environment to listen to this track?
If anything, I had in mind the house music I grew up listening and raving to—that mixture of American club sounds, London bass, and fuzzy atmosphere that formulated my record collection over the years. The ideal environment is in the ear of the beholder!
Have you been touring a lot lately?
I've been taking some time off DJing recently. I wanted to give myself the space to make some new music and enjoy it, rather than grabbing the odd hour here or there, as was the case when constantly travelling!
Over the course of your career what have been some of the most vital lessons you've learned as an artist?
I'll try and leave out the harsher truths! Those are shared over a drink not in an interview. But, look after your ears. Party, but don't become that dick who's defined by it more than his music. The music is the key, always. Just keep hungry and stay curious, I guess. Keep trying to learn, and keep it moving!
You came up as more of a hip-hop DJ and was part of the group The Wiseguys. Can you tell me briefly how you made the transition from that type of performing and producing to the artist that you are today?
There wasn't a specific moment. The Wiseguys was a particular project that I did, that expressed a side of me, but I was always into house and techno as well, and would incorporate it into DJ sets. I felt I'd taken that project as far as I could, so I stopped it; and then it felt natural to do something different afterwards. I always like to set myself new challenges, rather than just repeat things I find easy. I can't understand when people make the same thing for 10 or 20 years.
What kind of stuff do you love to do when you're not DJing or producing?
Apart from the usual stuff—books, movies, staring into the void—the one thing I love to do, and that is a huge release for me, is paint graffiti. Anyone who follows me on Instagram can see it.
Do you have plans in the future for an album? Do you think in today's industry landscape that this is something that is necessary for an electronic music artist?
I did an album a while ago, Cells, and it was enjoyable to make, but I don't have plans for another right now. I prefer releasing my music in twos and threes as I make it. An album is something that is really interesting to create as an artist—an expression of various ideas rather than just club tracks—but doesn't always mesh with the way dance music is consumed and enjoyed.
Who are some other artists of the moment that you are currently really digging?
Whoever comes with those tracks that hit the spot. That can vary from day to day. I don't support a football team.
Fake Blood's Waiting EP is out now on on Blood Music. Buy it now on Beatport.