DJ S.K.T: Touring Can Be Ruthless

DJ S.K.T talks about ruthless touring schedules, his recent illness and his collaboration with Todd Terry.

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This is a name you are bound to have heard. DJ S.K.T rose to fame with his hit single ‘Take Me Away’ and since then, it has been non-stop for the producer and DJ. However the last few months have been particularly hard for the artist, with a serious case of pneumonia leaving him on the side lines. But he has bounced back and is set to release a number of tracks, and also a lot of tour dates coming up. Keep an eye out for this artist – extremely talented and sure to make an impact in the coming months.

A talented producer, DJ and label manager that is rising through the scene with support from some of the biggest stars in dance music. For DJ S.K.T to hear this, it surely must spur you on to continue what you are doing?

Yeah absolutely, the last three years have been crazy! I’ve had the opportunity to play at some of the best clubs and festivals across the world and to also DJ alongside so many legends that I’ve looked up to growing up.

Would you say there was a specific moment where you knew you wanted to be involved within dance music, that this was the dream job?

I’ve always been into music from a very young age. When I was really young I would always be listening to mix tapes and as I got a bit older, I saved up to get my first set of decks at 13. At the age of 16/17 I entered the Technics UK under 18s DJ championships and came fourth in the country. This gave me my first experience of playing out to a crowd and from that moment I knew this is what I wanted to do for life.

I wanted to touch though on your time in hospital at the start of the year, you were brought down with a serious case of pneumonia. For you, to see so many fans send their messages of support, it must put things into a little bit of perspective?

It was humbling and I was really overwhelmed. It made me realise that in the last three years I’ve never taken a break, I’ve never stopped, I’ve just been constantly working and that’s something I definitely needed to look at: finding a balance and having some time to myself.

Do you think that the pressure placed on DJs now is too high, a point at which their health is at risk, due to constant touring, and high work loads?

DJs are definitely looked up to and seen in a different light now compared to when I was growing up. The popularity of DJ’s being considered “artists” is pretty new to me too. Touring can be ruthless and for me, I never want to let people down that want to come out to see me so I always feel obliged to commit, especially since these are the same people supporting my music. You definitely have to be mindful of your health while touring. It’s easy to end up at an afterparty and end up having no sleep for three nights if you don’t take care of yourself!

On to the musical front and you have been releasing some quality hits on Armada Subjekt, one of which was a collaboration with Todd Terry. What was it like to work with the House legend?

I really like Todd and have a huge amount of respect for him! I first met him out in Amsterdam for ADE and he had been playing a few of my tracks. We got on really well and I said I had a few ideas that I’d love to get his opinion on. We ended up almost like working on each other’s tracks and ideas, and came up with two really cool tracks!

With this, working with another artist in the studio, would you say you enjoy working alone or with someone else, drawing on what they have to say?

To be honest, I always prefer working alone. There’s definitely a lot more pressure working alone but you have more control and I’m always someone who likes to things my way.

Can we expect more new music in the coming months from DJ S.K.T? Any collaborations that we can also maybe look forward too?

I’ve just finished remixing Shy FX new single which I’m really excited about getting out there! Single wise, I’ve been working with so many amazing artists, some really well known and some up and coming. I’ve got some really interesting sessions coming up with artists too, but I never really like to say who until tracks are completed and good to go!

You also host a weekly radio show on KissFM which you showcase a lot of upcoming tracks from some of the UK’s best. Do you enjoy the radio show more than some other aspects of your career?

I’m really loving my radio show, it’s good fun to record and put together. It keeps me on top of new music having to constantly search for new music every week for the show. Also there aren’t many house DJs on a commercial FM radio station that can say they are able to play unsigned underground music with complete free range without any interference from the stations producers or bosses which is a huge privilege for me.

On an overall note, what can fans of DJ S.K.T expect over the Summer months, music, touring etc?

The summers definitely looking crazy! I’m playing at a lot of the big festivals such as WEARE, Creamfields and a lot of the clubbing islands like Amnesia in Ibiza for the third year running which I’m really excited about. My management and agent have kinda grabbed the reigns a little so I won’t be doing 5 or 6 gigs a week like last summer but I’ll definitely be about a lot! You can check my socials for full details and dates.

For more information on DJ S.K.T:
https://www.facebook.com/djskt
https://twitter.com/DJSKT
https://soundcloud.com/djskt
https://www.instagram.com/DJSKT

DJ S.K.T

This is a name you are bound to have heard. DJ S.K.T rose to fame with his hit single ‘Take Me Away’ and since then, it has been non-stop for the producer and DJ. However the last few months have been particularly hard for the artist, with a serious case of pneumonia leaving him on the side lines. But he has bounced back and is set to release a number of tracks, and also a lot of tour dates coming up. Keep an eye out for this artist – extremely talented and sure to make an impact in the coming months.

A talented producer, DJ and label manager that is rising through the scene with support from some of the biggest stars in dance music. For DJ S.K.T to hear this, it surely must spur you on to continue what you are doing?

Yeah absolutely, the last three years have been crazy! I’ve had the opportunity to play at some of the best clubs and festivals across the world and to also DJ alongside so many legends that I’ve looked up to growing up.

Would you say there was a specific moment where you knew you wanted to be involved within dance music, that this was the dream job?

DJ S.K.T

I’ve always been into music from a very young age. When I was really young I would always be listening to mix tapes and as I got a bit older, I saved up to get my first set of decks at 13. At the age of 16/17 I entered the Technics UK under 18s DJ championships and came fourth in the country. This gave me my first experience of playing out to a crowd and from that moment I knew this is what I wanted to do for life.

I wanted to touch though on your time in hospital at the start of the year, you were brought down with a serious case of pneumonia. For you, to see so many fans send their messages of support, it must put things into a little bit of perspective?

It was humbling and I was really overwhelmed. It made me realise that in the last three years I’ve never taken a break, I’ve never stopped, I’ve just been constantly working and that’s something I definitely needed to look at: finding a balance and having some time to myself.

Do you think that the pressure placed on DJs now is too high, a point at which their health is at risk, due to constant touring, and high work loads?

DJ S.K.T

DJs are definitely looked up to and seen in a different light now compared to when I was growing up. The popularity of DJ’s being considered “artists” is pretty new to me too. Touring can be ruthless and for me, I never want to let people down that want to come out to see me so I always feel obliged to commit, especially since these are the same people supporting my music. You definitely have to be mindful of your health while touring. It’s easy to end up at an afterparty and end up having no sleep for three nights if you don’t take care of yourself!

On to the musical front and you have been releasing some quality hits on Armada Subjekt, one of which was a collaboration with Todd Terry. What was it like to work with the House legend?

I really like Todd and have a huge amount of respect for him! I first met him out in Amsterdam for ADE and he had been playing a few of my tracks. We got on really well and I said I had a few ideas that I’d love to get his opinion on. We ended up almost like working on each other’s tracks and ideas, and came up with two really cool tracks!

With this, working with another artist in the studio, would you say you enjoy working alone or with someone else, drawing on what they have to say?

To be honest, I always prefer working alone. There’s definitely a lot more pressure working alone but you have more control and I’m always someone who likes to things my way.

Can we expect more new music in the coming months from DJ S.K.T? Any collaborations that we can also maybe look forward too?

DJ S.K.T

I’ve just finished remixing Shy FX new single which I’m really excited about getting out there! Single wise, I’ve been working with so many amazing artists, some really well known and some up and coming. I’ve got some really interesting sessions coming up with artists too, but I never really like to say who until tracks are completed and good to go!

You also host a weekly radio show on KissFM which you showcase a lot of upcoming tracks from some of the UK’s best. Do you enjoy the radio show more than some other aspects of your career?

I’m really loving my radio show, it’s good fun to record and put together. It keeps me on top of new music having to constantly search for new music every week for the show. Also there aren’t many house DJs on a commercial FM radio station that can say they are able to play unsigned underground music with complete free range without any interference from the stations producers or bosses which is a huge privilege for me.

DJ S.K.T

On an overall note, what can fans of DJ S.K.T expect over the Summer months, music, touring etc?

The summers definitely looking crazy! I’m playing at a lot of the big festivals such as WEARE, Creamfields and a lot of the clubbing islands like Amnesia in Ibiza for the third year running which I’m really excited about. My management and agent have kinda grabbed the reigns a little so I won’t be doing 5 or 6 gigs a week like last summer but I’ll definitely be about a lot! You can check my socials for full details and dates.

For more information on DJ S.K.T:
https://www.facebook.com/djskt
https://twitter.com/DJSKT
https://soundcloud.com/djskt
https://www.instagram.com/DJSKT

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