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?
Jim: LEGO. I didn’t—I’m still playing with it, but the blocks are music and visuals.
Nils: LEGO. Traded them for turntables when I turned 16.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Did you take it?
Jim: My dad told me to question everybody and everything in this life.
Nils: Enjoy your time in school for as long it lasts; working sucks. And no, like everybody, I didn’t believe my parents. Hahaha.
What part of your day do you look forward to most?
Jim: I like the mornings. I’m home when I’m with my kids. They get up so early that everybody is still sleeping, and there is no distortion in the air.
What’s the best time you’ve ever had without spending money?
Jim: Nusa Lembongan Bali, hanging around at the beach, eating local food. Two to three bucks will get you one of the best meals you’ve ever had in your life.
Nils: Spending Jim’s money.
What is your most treasured possession?
Jim: I don’t treasure possessions. If I lose my laptop, that would set me back on a creative level; all other things are replaceable.
Nils: Friends, family, and everybody’s health.
What is your favorite word?
Do you owe an apology to anyone?
When is the last time you were really scared?
Jim: Holiday, cockroach the size of a rat on my bathroom floor. I just hate all insects, really.
Nils: Can’t remember.
What is the last thing you googled?
Jim: “Chasing flies tinie tempah.” I wanted to check out the beat TroyBoi did on Tinie’s album.
Nils: “What’s the best spot for a cut and shave in Bali.”
What’s the last sound you would want to hear before you die?
Jim: I’d like to hear some Satie before I die. In that case, I’d probably die in some sort of peace.
Nils: What a depressing question. I have no clue.
Do you have any recurring dreams or nightmares? If not, what’s the last dream you remember having?
Jim: Not really.
Nils: I always run and don’t move. Frustrating.
How do you measure success?
Jim: The number of unknown relatives who claim to be relatives.
Nils: SIZE OF DA RIMS.
If you could have one magical/superpower, what would you want, and why?
Jim: Control time. There is simply not enough time, love to give, places to go.
Nils: Being Spiderman for a day would be super awesome.
Have you ever had a brush with the paranormal or supernatural?
What do you remember about your first kiss?
Jim: The entire time I was thinking, “OMG, THIS IS TOTALLY HAPPINNING.” That’s why I probably forgot to actually kiss her, and she never kissed me again.
Nils: It was wet; I didn’t like it.
What four words best describe you?
Jim: DAD. HUSBAND. FILMMAKER. DJ.
Nils: WISE. GENEROUS. ALL KNOWING… OBNOXIOUS. Haha.
What’s the last impulsive thing you did?
Nils: Internet shopping. Every other day. Ha.
Do you have a pet? Tell us a story about it/him/her. If not, what is your ideal pet, and what would you want it to do in an ideal world?
Nils: Nah, not right now. The poor animal would be too lonely. But if I would have one, a dog. They are so loyal and sweet. Every dog. Not like cats—they can be jerks.
What is your strongest or best personality trait?
Jim: I never give up. It’s also one of my flaws, I guess.
Nils: I like to share.
Do you believe in any conspiracy theories or urban legends?
Jim: All of ‘em.
Nils: Sometimes, yeah.