5 things about DJ Peter Sabine

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 September, 2015, 11:05pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 September, 2015, 11:19pm

What I’m listening to: I tend to separate my home music from what I play at clubs. I’ve been enjoying Action Bronson’s smooth rhymes, quirky subjects and jazzy production recently. Outside, I like to see what works for the floor – the way a mix interacts with the lighting, atmosphere and how silly the crowd feels. I have been playing recently with talented DJs such as JayMe, Steve Mak, The Heman and Ping to my Pong.

What I’m reading: Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City, by Bradley Garrett, which is all about urban exploration. HK Urbex and others are doing amazing work uncovering the hidden history of a city. I also just finished a music video for local electronic producers TinyGun and Trillion, which we shot in wartime tunnels across Hong Kong. It was hard work scrambling over cliff faces searching for bunkers, but definitely worth it.

What I’m watching: I grew up with Top Gun and Arnie movies, and love films with implausible explosions, ridiculous plotlines, male bonding and terrible dialogue. Otherwise, I generally try to catch DJ-themed videos online. Mindtunes, which follows a group of severely disabled music fans creating a track with brainwave technology, is fascinating and touching.

What artists I’m following: I used to take my inspiration from physical art, but there are now so many mesmerising works in web design, multimedia and games. Monument Valley, for example, combines great graphics and music with Escher-inspired landscapes and gameplay.

Where I’m surfing: Attack Magazine, Cuepoint, DJ Techtools and Thump to learn more about debates surrounding technology and the future of DJing. To me, technology is a tool to enhance but not dominate your sets.

As told to Pavan Shamdasani