Emm: Im sure its the same here, yes.
Gilles: The money side is good, but the real the truth is I love DJing. I still love going out and meeting people, and its when Im in clubs that I hear the other DJs playing and that keeps me in the scene. Part of what I do is upfront and Ive got to be upfront. Youve got to be on it. Maybe there will be a time when Ill just stop and find a new role. I mean, I want to do a jazz show, really, thats what Id like.
Emm: Yes, Im sure you do.
Gilles: I get into trouble if I play too much jazz on Radio 1.
Gilles: Well I dont really get into trouble; they dont dare say anything to me. Theyre very cool with me actually. But I hear if you play too much of that jazz, you dont get a better show, (laughs) and I want a better show so its a fine line. So I think, again, the whole thing about what I do, you know, if I can play Impressions by John Coltrane next to new tunes. Thats what its about for me. The show I loved recently was-- I dont know if you heard the Roy Ayres show? That was a great show.
Emm: Yes, definitely. That was one of the best shows Ive heard, honestly.
Gilles: If you can just spend time with people and let them talk. I mean the thing is with these legends youve just got to set it up right. You cant just go up to them at the end of the gig and say can we do an interview. Thats really one of the most fantastic things about this job, the fact that you can listen to these people talking. Theyve got so much to say. I want to get more with them because theres not that many of them left and theyre going to fade.
Gilles: I wish I had interviewed Miles Davis, and big people like that. I interviewed Q-Tip last week though, and that was good. It was over the phone. I really want to meet him.
Emm: Youve never met him?
Gilles: No, no. I mean, I know a lot of those people but Ive never met him. I dont think Q-Tip likes Europe. Hes a New Yorker. Hes very New York. Whereas people like Madlib or Jazzy Jeff, those guys, they see what the UK has and what it can do for them.
Gilles: Q-Tips just a home boy from Brooklyn or whatever, but yes, hes my hero actually.
Gilles: Yes, I think hes my hero. Because when he put out that first album, that freaked me out.
Emm: The one that got shelved?
Gilles: No, the very first, the first
Emm: The first Tribe album?
Gilles: Yeah, you know with Push It Along and all that stuff, that was just amazing. It blew De la Soul apart, which, I mean I like De la Soul, so that was just like spot on. That was spot on because it was hip-hop and it was a bit dark. I like it that way. You need that record in every record collection. And then he went off and did Low End Theory, and he got Ron Carter to play bass and I was like youve got it going more than anyone. And now he's just done this film, hes acting and hes good. The thing is, I didnt realize that his house burnt down, you know?
Emm: I heard that, yes.
Gilles: With all his records.
Emm: Yeah, thats crazy, very unfortunate. Actually, speaking of record collections, tell me about yours.
Gilles: Well my record collection took my life over and I had to leave my house. I truly had to leave my house.
Emm: (laughs) I believe you.
Gilles: So I had a house in Finsbury Park, which is near Arsenal in north London, a flat, a four bed roomed flat actually. And I had my wife and we had the kids there. And then by the time the baby was one, the records had--there wasnt any room for any adults or children. So either we had to move out and buy a big house for everything orthen,I thought actually no. What Ill do is Ill buy a house down the road. So I live down the road now and my records are in the house. Ive got like, Ive got six bedrooms worth of records. Big rooms, big rooms. Ive got a lot of records. Ive got some good records though. And thats very important as long as youve got quality, thats very key.
Emm: Right. Quality is number one, right. Theres a lot of music out there and a lot of crap.
Gilles: Yes. Ive spent a lot of money on records, a lot. I mean Im really bad. I mean Ill spend all my fee. Ill do a gig and it will go that way. Ive done that all my life. If Id have saved all that money
Emm: What does your wife say about that? I mean clearly she deals with it but
Gilles: There are no records in our new house, so its fine. We dont have a record player in our house. Weve got a CD and thats it. And I think its important also to have my other space. We have a really lovely house, a lovely family and Im very much in love, and my wife kind of accepts my job. Not really in January, February or March though.
Gilles: Because I go to Australia in January, it really fucks her up. Because its cold shes got to take the kids to school.