Mylo's debut CD "Destroy Rock and Roll" spawned the massive club anthems "Drop the Pressure" and "In My Arms." Critical praise and commercial success assured an eventual US release, led by the mashup "Doctor Pressure" which layered Miami Sound Machine's "Doctor Beat" over "Drop the Pressure." Taking a break between albums, Mylo (born Myles MacInnes) is touring the world as a DJ and recently made a stop in New York to play a party for internet record label Recall Records. Always at the cutting edge, Mylo is definitely one to watch.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: How are you doing today?
Mylo: Fine. A little hung over; it was my twenty-eighth birthday last night and I was DJing in the Hero Ballroom here in New York, so, yes, a little hung-over.
RS: I heard your set last night was insane.
Mylo: Well, it was certainly insane, but not necessarily in a good way because I had a real difficulty getting my head around the technical stuff. It was a normal thing, the decks were feeding back and the people dancing on the stage were making all the records jump, so I was stressing about all that. People seemed to have a good time, which is good. I made a few messups which I felt pretty bad about, but people maybe didn't really notice. As a DJ, when you start making mistakes, a lot of the time people don't seem to mind. So I've learned not to worry too much about it.
RS: A lot of people that I spoke to liked that you're playing
lots of new music rather than doing the 80s stuff that seems played
Mylo: Yes, I love keeping up with new stuff. I love Trent Molar, Sebastian and I'm particularly into Digitalism from Germany. I'm much more interested in DJing and playing brand new stuff that people maybe haven't heard that much. It's a nice contrast; a lot of the stuff on my album is a lot more pop than what I play as a DJ, so we like to hear that in clubs as well.
RS: The last time I saw you was in New York for the Ultra Fest
when you were doing the live gig, and you ran into some technical
problems. Do you find it easier just to do a DJ set rather than
bringing the live band out, or which would you rather do?
Mylo: If you have a setup like the Ultra Fest, which was like chaos - their production manager had been fired that morning, nobody knew what the heck was going on, they hadn't read our technical riders... and when you have a situation like that, it's a nightmare as far as doing a live set. Thankfully, that was the worst experience I've had in the eighteen months of doing live shows. Most people who promoted us were a heck of a lot more professional than that, so we didn't have that kind of problem. But I must admit, being a DJ feels really comfortable and easy-going. You could quite easily be in a restaurant sipping coffee, and five minutes later you're behind the deck - as long as things have been set up, then normally you shouldn't have many problems. It's an easy life and I can see why people get into that. I mean, it's funny for me, because when I started off I had no intention of being a DJ, it just didn't cross my mind. But now it's something I'm doing more and more since we stopped touring with the live show. It's something I've been getting into in my own right. So this summer, I'm traveling as a DJ all over Europe to all kinds of mad places and beach parties in Croatia and then Greece and all over the Mediterranean, some of the most beautiful parts of the world. It's a great life, and I'm looking forward to it.