Seth Troxler may be known as one of the most experimental and influential DJ-producers of the young dance music generation, but to us he's just a young humble kid from Detroit, with great track selection and a psychadelic style of production. Recently relocated to London, we caught up with Troxler during Miami music week before his Visionquest party at the Shelborne pool. We talked about his charity program during the week for Japan, what he's been working on in the studio, and what venue he could play at for the rest of his life.
Clubplanet: How’s the year been treating you so far?
Seth Troxler: The year’s been really good. It kicked off, actually, with me getting engaged. Then I went down to South America for a little bit, trying to focus on the group and kind of planning for the summer. One thing that’s really nice, I mean right now we’re only twelve months in, but I just started this charity for Japan. That was like a week ago, but we’re doing that for the rest of the year. We’re also doing a lot of stuff with the label; we’re kind of just taking it easy.
Clubplanet: I haven’t actually seen anybody else put forth a charity like that. Seeing as Japan is going through such hard times.
Seth Troxler: Yeah, I mean as soon as I saw that I couldn’t believe it. My fiancé is from there and I’ve been there like three times already this year and it’s just so easy to make a couple of emails and some phone calls. I’m amazed at how much we could do in a week. Since Tuesday of last week we started and a lot of people want to get involved and I’m beginning to see how many people actually care. So many times people go through life and say 'I can’t make a change' and you really can make a difference as long as you can be creative and set out to do something worthwhile.
Clubplanet: What have you been working on in the studio?
Seth Troxler: Studio-wise, just remixes. I have a Visionquest mix coming out. I’m doing a mix CD for NRK and that’s almost done. I just moved to London so I’m in a bit of a transition period. Just trying to focus on the upcoming summer and the label and the group. We have some really interesting music coming up.
Clubplanet: Now you have an outsider’s perspective a little bit. What are your thoughts on the state electronic dance music in the US now?
Seth Troxler: I think right now things are really starting to pick up a lot. With the introduction of electronic music and kind of urban music, I think it has generally as a whole, made America more aware and open to beat structure. And with that I think more and more people are becoming interested in other genres that fit that structure. Instead of just sticking to rock there’s this really cool underground dance music as well. It’s like a pop culture; once people explore the pop culture then they explore the underground of what is pop culture. It’s a progression of how things work out. It’s kind of cool.
Clubplanet: You’ve been rated #3 DJ in the world by Resident Advisor. What do rankings mean to you personally?
Seth Troxler: Nothing, if anything I think it’s more of a burden than a blessing. I don’t really like it so much. It’s cool and everything. It’s amazing that so many people really like what I’m doing; that to me is heart touching. As far as the number…I’m a guy from the Midwest so I don’t really think about ego so much. It’s kind of like an ego stroke at the end of the day. People start to see you differently and I don’t like that. I have a really close group of friends for like ten years around me, which is important because I don’t like certain people thinking, 'Ok I’m into you because you’re this person,' and not because they like me as a person who has the same interests as they do and stuff like that.
Clubplanet: If you had to play one club for the rest of your life what club would it be?
Seth Troxler: Wow, that’s a hard one. But there’s this club I play in Berlin called the Divisionnaire. I only chose this club, not because it’s the best party, but it’s really not even a club. It’s like a room on a river, there’s a willow tree, they have amazing pizza and they play whatever music you want. I went there a couple years ago and they just played jazz and stuff all day, a nice summer day on a dock, willow tree. A little dance floor if you want. If you want to go to that place you can. If not, you can just chill and eat pizza. I haven’t been to many clubs like that.
Clubplanet: If there was a song that describes you as a person and as an artist, what would it be?
Seth Troxler: There’s this band, Beat Happening and there’s this song 'Fourteen' and it’s amazing. He’s a horrible singer, all the band sucks but all the words are so profound and so nostalgic of your adolescence. In the song he sings, 'We were wearing our pajamas/We were eating some bananas/I wanted to tell you how I want to be your pal/All the things I wanted to say/Staring at your face and looking away/Now it’s too late.' He’s basically describing love at 14. To me it means that it’s easy to lose that nostalgia you had when you were younger, because as you get older those lines start to open to what the world is really like.
Clubplanet: What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
Seth Troxler: A big summer in Ibiza with DC-10. But then it’s just all about hanging out with my fiancée and with my friends and making music. We’ll see where life takes me.