Sasha: “Classics sets are one step away from being a karaoke DJ”

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So far, 2012 has proven to be a(nother) standout year for Sasha. Having done the New Year’s party marathon in Australia, he swiftly set to work on Involver 3, which he has hinted is “closer to the first one than the second one” in its sound and construction. This Northern summer, he’s brought his daytime pool party back to Ibiza’s Ushuaia Beach Hotel, recruiting guests like Steve Bug, Paul Kalkbrenner, Scuba, Tensnake, Booka Shade and Damian Lazarus. Then there’s the round-the-clock touring, from up-close clubs in Eastern Europe to hallowed institutions like Womb Tokyo and London’s Ministry Of Sound. Alongside all that, he’s taken on remixing David Lynch and kept his Last Night On Earth label bubbling.

It’s little wonder, then, that Sasha doesn’t want to dwell on the past. In a revealing interview with Mixmag, he spoke about his concerted efforts to avoid being a ‘heritage DJ’. Invited by Renaissance to play its 20th anniversary party, he agreed only on the condition that he wouldn’t do a throwback set (apparently he snuck in a couple of classics after all, though). “I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I was adamant that I would only do the gig if there was a relevant roster. Guy Gerber, Mathew Jonson and Jozif played. It was a night of cool music. The whole classics thing is one step away from becoming a karaoke DJ. That scares me to death, to be honest.”

Later, he reflected on how difficult it is to stay ahead of the game in 2012, which is why the exclusive re-edits he makes for his sets are essential. “You’re under a lot of pressure to deliver a new set every time,” he told Mixmag. “Especially because people post sets online. It’s shocking. I’ll play a set with loads of exclusive music and the next day someone’s posted the tracklisting online and they’ve got ninety per cent of it right. How the fuck do they know? Have they got my phone bugged?”