We capture a mental fingerprint of some of our musical and cultural heroes and preserve it in cyber-amber for the wonderment of future generations. This is the Insomniac Questionnaire.
What was your favorite toy as a child, and when and why did you stop playing with it?
A drum kit. Members of my family have a musical background, and this was my intro into what I do now, I guess. This and any kind of computer game, so I guess mix the two together, and you have sequencing breaks for D&B!
What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Did you take it?
Lots of great advice that I’ve lived by over the years… Treat people how you’d like to be treated. Always be courteous, no matter what. Gain knowledge whilst having fun.
What part of your day do you look forward to most?
Seeing my two daughters.
What’s the best time you’ve ever had without spending money?
Playing music to people.
What is your most treasured possession?
Not really a possession, as it’s my family. If we’re getting material, I guess it would be my record collection, my car.
What is your favorite word?
Do you owe an apology to anyone?
I hope not.
When is the last time you were really scared?
Helicopter trip to Leeds festival last year. Only the second time I’d been on one, and the first time wasn’t the best, so being a bit apprehensive is an understatement.
What is the last thing you googled?
God knows… probably something to do with West Ham United football club.
What’s the last sound you would want to hear before you die?
“Valley of the Shadows”?
Do you have any recurring dreams or nightmares?
Laptop crashing as I’m about to start the biggest set I’ve ever played.
How do you measure success?
It depends; success is such a personal thing. I love entertaining, so if I see people having a good time off of what I do, then I’ve succeeded in what I set out to do.
If you could have one magical/super power, what would you want, and why?
Teleportation. I spend so much time flying and traveling, it’d be great to be able to just blink and be where I needed to be.
Have you ever had a brush with the paranormal or supernatural?
No, not really. Although “Valley of the Shadows” (Long Dark Tunnel) samples someone who had a near-death experience and is based around that.
What do you remember about your first kiss?
A gentleman never tells!
What four words best describe you?
Depends who you ask!
What’s the last impulsive thing you did?
I’m quite impulsive when it comes to holidays/vacations. I’ll come in from a gig, and if I have a spare few days, I’ll book something for the family on a whim.
Do you have a pet? Tell us a story about it/him/her.
I have two cats at the moment; but growing up, I had a dog called Penny who would dance for a doggy treat!
What is your strongest (or best) personality trait?
I like to help people whenever I can. I just really want everyone to be happy, and so I take on other people’s problems and help where I can.
Do you believe in any conspiracy theories or urban legends?
Yes, but I can’t tell you what—in case they find out!