|5. Not only are you a big name in the UK, you regularly play abroad heading to destinations such as Australia and Japan. What is the scene like outside the UK? Which countries do you enjoy visiting and who’s having it large!!!!?
Having it large? Hmm, all countries have it large in terms of dance Floor reactions but right now I would say that Australia is really strong, North America is showcasing some great events and Japan still has a small but strong underground following. I am currently negotiating a gig in Germany, which is exciting, a return to Holland and also a debut trip to Moscow, Russia.
6. Yourself and Trixxy are responsible for what some would say the number one hardcore track ‘Eye Opener’ did you ever envisage it was going to be as successful as it is today?
In brief, NO! Sometimes you'll write a track and think 'this is great, can't wait to play it, I think it could be a big tune" and then the results don’t quite live up to expectations. With 'Eyeopener' this was in fact the opposite. We put the track together relatively quickly, played it out a few times with reasonable reactions then all of a sudden everyone seemed to jump on it and the rest, they say, is history!
7. How did you and Ham join up to create Next Generation, did you think it was ever going to be successful?
We didn't set up Next Generation with a view to be successful. We set it up with a view to simply releasing music we believed in without any restrictions that can sometimes be placed on an artist from the label. We achieved our goal and then plenty more too.
8. With the success of the ‘The Collection’ series showcasing Next Generation alongside Blatant Beats. Where do you see Next Generation going in the up and coming years?
A difficult question however, expect more albums, plenty more releases, Live shows, tours, gigs and err.. Wait and see!
9. What is your view on the whole Internet downloading and MP3 thing??
I feel it's a double-edged sword. Whilst it can be used to promote a track or style of music there are many people who treat the Internet as a free music resource and use it to obtain music without paying. If the statistics continue to accelerate at the current pace I do fear for the future of niche genres such as Hardcore as the sales just aren't there to sustain it – I sincerely hope this isn't the case and I am proved wrong though.