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40 Questions: Illyus & Barrientos

40 Questions: Illyus & Barrientos

Glasgow is a city that has always been able to hold its own, especially when it comes to producing high quality club music. Names like Slam, Jackmaster and Hudson Mohawke have come out of the city to much international acclaim.

One other Glaswegian act that’s been making noise over the past few years is house duo Illyus & Barrientos, who having remixed the likes of Kylie Minogue and Above & Beyond and released on Defected, Toolroom and Exploited, are well on their way to becoming a stand out inclusion amongst Scotland’s dance music hall of fame.

We welcome the pair to this months edition of our 40 Questions series, where they mention everything from Bran Van 3000 and J Dilla, to George Clooney, and partying with Calvin Harris. Get the full 40 Questions with Illyus & Barrientos below.

01. Where are you right now and what are you doing?

In our studio in Glasgow, with a cup of coffee.

02. What year were you born?

1984 / 1989.

03. Do you have a nickname?

Illy & Barre.

04. What’s the coolest thing in your house?

A Deckard’s Dream Synthesiser.

05. How would you describe yourselves?

Easy-going, daft laugh lads.

06. Worst experience as a DJ?

Having the power cut by some eager tour managers.

07. Best experience as a DJ?

Playing in Medellin. Packed club for our debut, the energy was unbelievable.

08. Favourite record label?

Too Many Rules.

09. What’s your biggest weakness?

Caring about what people think.

10. First record you ever paid for?

Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In LA.

11. What’s your morning routine?

Coffee, read news on phone, listen to some music, write.

12. Your dream collaboration?

Armand van Helden.

13. Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

We hate taking on feedback about records.

14. Who’s your biggest inspiration?


15. And in the industry?

J Dilla.

16. Ever smoked?

Only candy sticks.

17. Ever done drugs?

Tried ibuprofen once.

18. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Someone telling me to get a haircut.

19. And the best gift you’ve ever given?

Illyus telling Ivan to get a haircut.

20. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever been to?


40 Questions: Illyus & Barrientos

21. And one place you want to visit?

Brazil. We were so close to going but Corona had other plans.

22. If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?

Own a cafe.

23. Worst job you’ve ever had?

Anything that was office-based.

24. Favourite record right now?

Cinthie – Calling.

25. And the best record ever made?

Kraftwerk – Tour De France.

26. One thing you couldn’t live without?


27. Your favourite food?


28. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Ox balls.

29. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

George Clooney & Ben Whishaw.

30. What’s something you’re passionate about besides music?


31. Favourite club you’ve played?

Salon Amador.

32. Favourite festival you’ve played?


33. Craziest story of being on the road?

Waking up in Jordan was a weird one.

34. Weirdest request as a DJ?

To play some salsa.

35. If you had one super power what would it be?

Stop people asking requests.

36. Late sleeper or early riser?

Late sleeper.

37. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

A mans youtube history is private.

38. The top thing on your bucket list?

Play a full, long-ass tour of USA.

39. Most memorable moment of your life so far?

Partying in Ushuaia with Calvin Harris and Idris Elba.

40. Will you ever be done with music?