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The international DJ talks beats and booze!

Moto Blanco are one of London’s biggest and best DJ duos! They’ve got a real ear for music that makes you want to PARTY. And not just boring old wine-swilling parties, no no. This music facilitates falling-off-the-back-of-the-sofa kind of partying. They’ve done  a major remix of Fergie’s LA Love, check it out on Spotify.

Their stuff is high-energy, and IMPOSSIBLE not to dance to. We chatted to one half of Moto Blanco, Danny, about his thoughts on modern music, the story behind Moto Blanco and more.

For those who don’t know…tell us a bit about the history behind Moto Blanco.

In 2002, a crack studio unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the London underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as producers of Music. If you have a track, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… Moto Blanco. As you can see, we don’t take life too seriously.

What do you think of modern music?

I love it… there’s a lot of great stuff out there. And even if it’s not your cup of tea there is a wealth of rare and classic tracks being re issued on a weekly basis… open your ears and dig people.

Who’s your favourite artist right now?

This can change on an hourly basis… right now, this minute it’s still Aretha Franklin. Sad it takes someone to pass for me to really sit down and let an entire album play through.

We had Danny Tenaglia on the cover last week and he said the craft of DJing is dying. Do you agree with him?

Yeah, to an extent. Danny comes from the era of the great selectors – those versatile DJs who could play many styles for an extended set. I kinda miss those sets, those musical journeys…don’t get me wrong, there are loads out there still doing it, but that was a golden, groundbreaking time for DJs.

Who do you think is the greatest person alive today?

Gemma Collins obvs. 

And finally, what do you do to wind down after your sets? 

There’s no retreating to the Green room at XXL (I think it’s used for something else?!) so normally a quick rub down with a wet wipe, a cold beer and I sneak up behind Alex Logan and enjoy his set. Then the long journey home to my country retreat. I always insist on listening to Glen Cambell’s “Witchita Lineman” to my driver, but most Uber drivers don’t seem to have it on their iPhones.

Moto Blanco are at XXL on Saturday 29th September. More info at xxl-london.com

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