Toronto-based / International DJ Jeff Kirkwood is currently gigging in Indonesia and Australia (and cleverly dodged some of our endless winter with a gigging trip to Mexico too – we sometimes travel vicariously through his facebook page). He’ll be back in North America in June. Jeff took time out from his busy schedule of spinning house (deep/ tech / bouncy/ vocal house) record shopping and soaking up a little sun here and there to answer our many nosey questions! You can hear Jeff’s stuff on Mixcloud and follow upcoming gigs here: Facebook page. Just announced: Jeff is playing May 29th at the Spice Cellar (in their brand new location- the basement of Erskineville’s Imperial Hotel) Sydney, Australia. This is sure to be a great party in one of Sydney’s most ace venues for Electronic music.
What are your current fixations?
St. Lucia, who I heard at my first visit to Coachella this year, which was INSAAANE.
What are you listening to (on ipod, record, cd, bandcamp)?
I’m listening to my latest mix, Oh You Bouncy, Huh?, to make sure it’s perfect before I post it to Mixcloud. (ed note: This is now available on Mixcloud)
Why do you live where you do?
I’m a raging gypsy. I have an apartment in Toronto because it’s the greatest city in the world (in the summer), and I divide the rest of my year in Bali, Australia, Europe and the U.S.
What is your “must” read online or mags/newspapers?
The Huffington Post and livesoccertv.com for all my soccer news.
Name something you consider a mind altering work of art.
Caribou’s live set at Coachella altered my idea of music and how it can be created and performed.
What record/tape/cd/ inspired you to take up music?
A live set on tape cassette by Lee Burridge that I heard in 2001, which was the first time I heard house music, and is singlehandedly responsible for me becoming a DJ.
What advice should you have taken but did not?
Learn from other people’s mistakes.
What should everyone shut up about?
Everyone should shut up about the fact that I don’t have a cell phone.
What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Laying in the sun, on the beach, reading my book and drinking a cocktail, and then when the sun goes down, cuddling in bed with a handsome man and watching 3 movies.
What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?
Baby Blue Sound Crew’s reggae mixtape.
What was your most memorable day job?
My first one! Cleaning hotel rooms when I was 15.
How do you spoil yourself?
Massages and new pairs of sunglasses.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Andy Warhol, and I would serve him my favorite Campbell’s soup: Beef Vegetable.
What is your favourite 90’s band?
Hmm. The Tragically Hip was the first one that came to mind so I’ll go with them.
What is your favourite current band?
What is your favourite journey?
The first time I came to Bali, four years ago. I found out what part of the Earth was on the exact opposite side from Toronto, because I wanted to go as far away as possible from everything I was familiar with and have the grandest adventure I could, and it was Jakarta. Jakarta’s not great, so I chose the closest amazing place, and it was Bali. It was the most incredible journey ever.
Who is your favourite hero(es) of fiction?
Kvothe, from Patrick Rothfuss’ series of fantasy novels.
What is your current mood?
Slightly maudlin. Being back in Bali is amazing but a very dear friend of mine who used to live here passed away earlier this year so it’s a bit sad to be back without her being around.
What person or thing do you most despise?
Flaky people. Time wasters.
What is your favourite occupation?
The one that I claim as my own! Djing.
What should people know about you?
Wow. What a question. There’s nothing people SHOULD know about me. I’m careful and picky about who I allow into my life, and they are the only ones who should know anything about me.
What does the next 6 months look like for you?
I have another month traveling around Indonesia and Australia, and then back to Toronto for the summer with a trip planned to Provincetown for Bear Week, and a trip to Sitges, Spain in September for my birthday 🙂
What are your 3 favourite films?
I just saw ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ which is a new all-time favorite. ‘Heaven’ with Cate Blanchet and Giovanni Ribisi. And I can’t believe I’m admitting this but ‘P.S. I love You’, lol. I’m a sucker for sad romantic flicks. And Gerard Butler.
Favourite TV shows/streaming shows?
Transparent, The Good Wife, House of Cards, the recently finished Parenthood (sigh), and the recently finished Justified (double sigh)
Who or what makes you laugh?
Smart people who tell brilliant jokes and my cat.
What is your dream vacation/trip if money was no object?
The Virgin Airlines space shuttle.
What has been the most significant achievement you’ve had with your music so far?
All the amazing places around the world I’ve been lucky enough to play in, and all the people who validate my path by loving what I share with them.
Thank you for letting us share your travels, musical inspirations, and favourite things with you via this interview, Jeff!