We caught up with Layo (of Layo & Bushwacka) at Musik's 5th Birthday @ The End, just 3 days before Homelands England.
You're doing practically every single festival this year...
country I'm doing three of four, and then some around Europe. Festivals
are a very nice thing; in clubs, it's 'just another Saturday night',
but with festivals, you have the whole coming together of different
strands of music... you have all different kinds of music, different kinds
of people. Everyone's a long way from home, and all their stresses and
baggage of life is left there. Festivals are very free, they create
a very good atmosphere, I think it's a rites of passage for a lot of
people. At the end of the day you just see loads and loads of really
Do you spend time at the festivals you're playing at?
usually. The only time I'm in and out, is if I play during the day and
have to be elsewhere. But usually I stay, because there's at least 2-3
other acts that I really want to catch. There's also loads of DJs there
that I'd never meet on the club circuit. It's a nice thing- I can lose
myself as if I was going there just to watch everyone and relax... as long
as the sun's shining!
Well it could be pretty wet at Homelands this weekend...
but at least the tents rock. Everything's in tents, rather than half
in half out, so there's always something.
What did you think of Homelands Ireland?
it was wicked! I thought it was a really really, REALLY good festival.
Considering it was freezing, it was pouring with rain, it was a mudbath,
the Irish crowd are so good, the whole place rocked, it was a great
atmosphere from the beginning right through to the end... I thought it
was really good.
(....and we thought YOU were wicked! Ed.)
Who do want to see this weekend? (at Homelands England)
to see Reprazent play - they're playing in our drum n bass tent-simply
because I've only heard a few snippets of material, but because they're
in with the club, The End and Roni Size is a good mix. I like them and
am very interested in what they do so I'm looking forward to that. In
some of the other tents, I want to see Moby live, very interested to
see how that works live. I always like to hear people like Sven Vath
and Carl Cox, some of the other drum n bass people... I'm not that into
trance so I won't go into that. I know Sasha, so I'll go and see what
Sasha does- I love watching the whole... hands in the air...
What do you think of the 'superstar DJs'?
I think it's
very hard in life - in music, film, literature, art, to be hugely
popular and not in some way compromised. Some people achieve it- I'm
not saying no one achieves it, but it's a very hard life. However,
I think that all forms of everything are relevant. When you're young
you try to be as revolutionary as possible. As long as they haven't
got the superstar attitude then it's cool. Carl Cox is a superstar
DJ -and he's got a great attitude, so the two don't have to be separate.
I think it's very hard in life - in music, film, literature, art, to be hugely popular and not in some way compromised. Some people achieve it- I'm not saying no one achieves it, but it's a very hard life. However, I think that all forms of everything are relevant. When you're young you try to be as revolutionary as possible. As long as they haven't got the superstar attitude then it's cool. Carl Cox is a superstar DJ -and he's got a great attitude, so the two don't have to be separate.
What's your crowd pleaser going to be?
B [Bushwacka] will be playing that. We've been in the studio over the
past few weeks making an album, and we've made a tune, which will be
a very big crowd pleaser. Apart from that I'll be playing a drum 'n'
bass track by a band call Kosheen - who are in the charts at the moment.
They'll be doing an impromptu, unannounced set at Homelands on Saturday.
What else is out there that's grabbing your attention?
some really good drum n bass: Peshay and Photek... The new Richard Dorfmeister
'Suzuki', album, and also some house tracks... a very good remix of Knights
Of The Jaguar: 'Revenge Of The Jaguar'.
Best festival moment?
Lowlands last year- the Dutch equivalent of Glastonbury. We played to
8000 people- that was fantastic.
What do you think to the difference between British festivals and those in the rest of Europe?
funny in this country. On the one hand they're very relaxed, and on
the other, very uptight. It's weird.
All time favourite moment?
was a clubber and I was 17, I used to go to Clink St. It really changed
my life. It was eye opening. I'll never have that feeling again, I know
that, but I've had loads of great moments. The first time- when I started
to DJ, when I first played well and I felt I'd actually achieved something
with the audience... Other things like Roni Size playing here [The End],
Norman Cook going to number one. Or sometimes, just going to parties.
The first Tribal Gathering was a great party. I'm very lucky in what
Thanks to Andy and Matt from Plug for their help.