10 Questions with ... CamelPhat
August 18, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
1) Who are CamelPhat and where did the name come from?
CamelPhat are David & Michael. We have a passion for Camels; we love Camels.
2) Where are you from and how did you meet?
We're from Liverpool, England. We met about 15 years ago. Michael was a security guard in a record shop back in the day when you bought vinyl; we obviously met there and played the same kind of music. He's an amazing producer. David was a DJ playing in the local clubs.
3) What made you team up together?
We basically played similar styles of music at the time and obviously we still play the same style now. We were both into the same producers. We both were running ideas together. We knew what was hot and what wasn't, so it was a case of that's hot, that sucks, so why don't we team up together.
4) Do you miss the days of going into a record shop and searching for vinyl?
Yes, Friday afternoon was our day, it was the good meeting day, it was the day that all the good vinyl came in, sometimes just two or three copies and you'd have to fight for the copy.
5) Your current single, "Paradigm," is on Axtone overseas and on Robbins Entertainment here in the States. What can you tell us about it?
We got a day in the studio in the U.K. with a vocalist named Alex Mills; she's from London and is an amazing writer and vocalist. She sent us out of the room for a couple hours and the next minute you know we had a plot and a track and then it got sent to Axwell. He loved it straight away and wanted to sign it and he had some ideas about who he wanted on vocals. They decided that A*M*E should be the vocalist on it. Then she put her own little twist on it.
6) There is an interesting video with the song, what was the concept behind the video?
Don't ask us; it wasn't our idea, we just said yes. The vocalist and the manager came up with the idea, the focus was on A*M*E and not us.
7) Are you currently working on anything else?
We have another track coming on Axtone with a vocalist named Eden; he's based in Liverpool. It's very mellow, it's still a house record but is more melodic. The song is called "Siren Song"
8) You currently do a number of guest mix shows on stations around the world. What are your shows like?
We do them all the time. KIIS FM is the latest one, which is good thing since it's such a big station in the U.K.; and we did a podcast for Axwell's label Axtone, which has gotten a great response. It's basically music that we love and it's all over the place.
9) Is there a big difference from what you play in your mix shows versus what you play in the clubs?
It's very similar. We try and play across-the-board House vs. Deep House. We play House, Tech House, Deep House, Techno ... we never really plan our sets so it's a case of what's in front of you and then we'll play to the crowd.
10) Do you have a favorite city in the world to DJ in as well as one in the States?
Worldwide it's Ibiza. It's magic there; we've been going there for about 15 years. So far in the States it's New York.
If you weren't in the studio or out spinning tonight and could see one DJ spin who would it be?
We recently got to see the Martinez Brothers and Jamie Jones in Ibiza do a five-hour set and it was incredible. We'd love to see Jamie do a five-hour set on his own.
We're visiting your hometown of Liverpool, where do we go to get something good to eat?
You should go to Piccolino; it's a great Italian restaurant.
One must-have travel item?
Travel adaptor, which we keep losing. We probably have gone through 15 of them.