Burn Outs, Cats, Echo Friendly Gardening – can’t work out the connection? Read on.
This is usually the part where I’d write a blurb about the interview, pick out a few unusual subject topics, but really it’s hard to know where to being with this one (for obvious reasons should you choose to read on).
So should I call you Acid Jacks, Antonio…
Just call me Anto. My mother doesn’t even call me Acid Jacks, though sometimes I’ll be walking down the street and these dudes will be doing burn outs and then someone will yell out ‘Oh it’s F***n’ Acid Jacks”. I tend to provoke that kind of response, though it’s a bit embarrassing in front of the wife and kids.
Have we started?
Just switched on my recorder then.
That’s ok you can just make up a beginning.
I noticed you seem to have a bit of an affinity to cats? You called your first EP Apocalypse Meow.
I definitely in the last year or two have become really obsessed with cats. I’m actually allergic to cats. But I was playing at this club in Melbourne, Superdisco, who are also obsessed with cats, all their marketing revolves around cats, and I thought this is my thing. And cats are cute!
So are you a fan of LolCats (http://lolcats.com/)?
That’s the weird thing, I haven’t quite caught up with cats on the internet yet. Amazingly.
I kind of think that cats are really vile animals, like they kind of only come to you when they feel like it. The opposite of dogs. Dogs are great. Dogs are like your best friend. Cats are like your lazy flat mate. They’re all “oh yer, what’s going on, maybe I’ll rub past your leg”.
Cats are all “what have you done for me lately”.
But they’re cute! Like cute with a big K. Have we started?
Yep, all legitimate questions. I’ll do a music one. How was your show (for Sonic Boom Box Roadshow) in Sydney with Andy (Murphy)?
It was ok.
Was he being a bit of a superstar about his Inthemix top 50 poll ranking?
No I think I freaked Andy out a bit. We don’t often play together and it was one of those things where he knew I was playing after him, so he got like “oh, I want to impress, maybe I’ll play techno or something”. I think that freaked him out a bit and then I came on and was like, “hey man this place is full of girls, just play like some Afrojack and shit that they know, for a bit”. I like to sort of rope them in with the hope that I’ll play some songs that they might know the words to and then I f***ing rape them. That’s my thing. From that point of few it was a good show. And the last half an hour I just went in to dub step.
Never seems to fail at the moment.
Where are we going to go from here. I know from there I went to drum step. And then I went to hip hop. That’s my thing. I know, it sounds horrible. It’s kind of like the stranger with the candy.
Is Dubstep what DJs play if all else fails at the moment, the new Top 40?
Yer, it’s a bit like that isn’t it. I think it’s one of those things, and I’m pretty open to genres. When I started DJing 15 years ago I was a drum and bass DJ. So my journey has been everything from house to tech house, hip hop, rock, you know whatever it is, Acid. My evolving was sort of like, don’t be afraid of the genres.
There’s good music in whatever the genre is. The minute we start bottling down and go ‘oh no, this is dubstep so there for its that crowd’. It’s really strange when people start to peg what they like based on pre conceived ideas of who likes that music. Like when people go.
I think that’s more so, where I come from, like “you didn’t come to think, you came to rave.” It’s all good on the tour of cool. My buddy Generik, he’s a Melbourne DJ, he came up with the tour of cool, because he’s on a constant tour of cool. Everything is good on the tour of cool.
Acid Jacks is a pretty apt name for you then, because to me, Acid kinds of moulds everything together.
That’s an interesting way of thinking bout it. Over the years I’ve coped a lot of crap from purists, because if you have a name which sounds like a genre then you’re gonna just open yourself up to “oh, play acid music”. “Dude you tell me what is Acid music, it’s 2011, this is acid music.” It’s all house music in 2011.
To me acid is like a philosophy, its not about a specific sound, I can do that and I do do that, my whole new album is based around 303, but it’s kind of like I don’t make a point to say ‘this is an acid track’.
How come you’re not coming to play the Roadshow gig in Melbourne?
I am playing the one with Calvin Harris. I think the press releases have been a little bit Andy biast. Cause I’m with Modular, a lot of my shows haven’t been listed I think for the PR. I’m playing the awesome shows ok.
Hey I’m not judging.
I’m playing the ones where they wanted awesomeness and Andy is playing the one’s were they needed the little be of extra sell, like he’s got all these Facebook friends. I love Andy though, he’s great.
I have a few quick Yes no Acid questions for you. Do you own a pair of Acid wash jeans?
Do you prefer drinks that have lemon and lime in them because they’re more acidic?
When you play gigs at clubs and there’s a lot of condensation on the roof from the heat, is that actually Acid rain?
Ooh. Yes. Do you want the short answer?
No, you can give a longer answer if you want.
I’m like a real eco warrior, so start about the acid rain ‘cause I could on about it for days.
What’s that all about, one minute you’re a dance terrorist and then you’re an eco warrior.
I’m actually into sustainable gardening. I grow everything.
What are you most proud of that you’ve grown?
My cherry tomatoes and egglplant. I’m just a wog. You wanna a cherry tomato on that? I kind of approach the whole wog thing with a bit of tongue in cheek. As woggy as I get is dropping wogstomper. It’s this very specific type of electro house, which will appeal to this lowest common denominator dance floor. If you need to drop a track which is going to devastate the crowd, then you can’t go wrong with a wogstomper.
Michelle Sawyer, February 2011.