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40 Questions: John Monkman

40 Questions: John Monkman

When it comes to music producers worth their weight in gold, John Monkman is about as valuable as they come, even in a market as saturated as the UK club scene he’s managed to stay above the noise, releasing his music with record labels like Anjunadeep, Ellum, and Kompakt.

He also heads up an imprint of his own in Beesemyer Music, where since 2012 he’s hosted productions from names like Anaphase, and seminal radio maestro Pete Tong.

Even in 2023, when Instagram “DJs” are taking over music charts and festival line ups, John has stayed front and centre alongside our industry’s best, and he doesn’t seem interested in slowing down any time soon.

This week he takes on our 40 Questions, where we find out about his worst experience in the DJ booth, the weirdest food he’s eaten, and who inspires him the most as a creator. Read the full interview with John Monkman below.

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

On a plane leaving Ibiza, heading to the US for a show.

2. What year were you born?

1982.

3. Do you have a nickname?

People tried a few, Monkers, Monkfish, but they never stuck.

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

Ramen bowls.

5. How would you describe yourself?

Intense.

6. Worst experience as a DJ?

Booked at a cheesy club but prepped for a deep, cutting edge set. I don’t mind playing fun, non electronic music, but when you’re booked for the wrong spot it’s painful.

7. Best experience as a DJ?

Boom festival, final day, sunset slot. Oh and being served a curry during a set in India.

8. Favourite record label?

Warp.

9. What’s your biggest weakness?

Titanic, the movie.

10. First record you ever paid for?

Hallucinogen – LSD.

11. What’s your morning routine?

I have a 4 year old son so it can fluctuate from hero to zero, in an ideal world I’m up at 6:30, exercise or swim, a relaxed coffee, then the studio, but then you never know how it’s going to go, it can easily be the opposite, where I haven’t slept properly and I’m up all night, so the morning routine can get obliterated.

12. Your dream collaboration?

Aphex Twin.

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

I’m allergic to dust, mold, and cats.

14. Who’s your biggest inspiration outside of music?

Tim Ferris would be up there.

15. And in the industry?

Aphex Twin.

16. Ever smoked?

From age 15 to 20.

17. Ever done drugs?

Is the pope catholic?

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

My son, Huxley.

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

My dad jokes.

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

Loved watching big wave surfers in Uluwatu, Bali.

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21. And one place you want to visit?

Oaxaca in Mexico.

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

Something food related.

23. Worst job you’ve ever had?

Looking back, all the jobs I’ve had have been things I’ve wanted to do or have enjoyed. On the flip side I was making stems of a song yesterday and the computer kept crashing, what should have taken 10 minutes took 2 hours, in that moment my current ‘job’ felt like the worst.

24. Favourite record right now?

I’m biased, it’s got to be what I made in the studio yesterday.

25. And the best record ever made?

Impossible to answer.

26. One thing you couldn’t live without?

Chilis.

27. Your favourite food?

Pesto, pasta, Mexican, sushi, Lebanese.

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

Gelatinous chicken feet are up there.

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

Trey Parker (one of the creators of South Park).

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

Cooking.

31. Favourite club you’ve played?

Katerblau.

32. Favourite festival you’ve played?

Boom.

33. Craziest story of being on the road?

Toads in Brasil.

34. Weirdest request as a DJ?

To play someone else’s music whilst doing a live set of my music.

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

Something that enables me to sort out the bullshit conflicts that are happening around the world.

36. Late sleeper or early riser?

The older I get, the earlier I wake up.

37. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

I watched a 20 minute video on the correct way to wash a car the other day.

38. The top thing on your bucket list?

Go to the arctic / Antarctica.

39. Most memorable moment of your life so far?

The birth of my son Huxley with my wife Jessica.

40. Will you ever be done with music?

I doubt it.

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