20 Questions: Dave Clarke

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Everyone knows Dave Clarke is the baron of techno. Everyone also knows that his anarchic approach, searing passion and seminal Red series earned him the John Peel-bestowed title back in the 90s. You may also know that, since his famed breakthrough, Clarke has steadily developed a reputation for having one of the loosest tongues in dance music. So it seemed only natural to pose the ever outspoken baron pertinent questions about happy hardcore, seductive soundtracks, and where he does his big shop.

What was your favourite cartoon when you were a kid?

Probably Rhubarb and Custard.

Who’s your favourite Wu-Tang Clan member?

ODB, he took Biz Markie to the next level.

Do you support a sports team?

KNVB, a Dutch football team.

What’s the most overrated album of all time?

Hmm, something by Pink Floyd perhaps, Roger Waters thinks he’s Richard bloody Gere.

What’s the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed in?

Adelphi hotel in Liverpool in the 90s, had to put 50 pence in to operate the TV, which was chained down so it couldn’t be stolen – it was an old CRT that weighed a ton anyway – and when I got on the bed it collapsed.

Happy hardcore or jump-up drum ‘n’ bass?

Neither, holy crap.

What’s your signature recipe?

Wagyu and Summer Truffle.

Favourite root vegetable?

Wasabi, it gives you secret powers. It has to be Japanese though.

Where do you do your big shop?


"What would I play to try and seduce a potential lover? The Amazing Snakeheads"

What are you wearing?

Old Rick Owens jeans, bought before the C list of minimal techno found ‘fashion’.

If you were trying to seduce a potential lover, what music would you play?

The Amazing Snakeheads.

Who are you stalking on social media?

Absolutely no one, have no time for that.

If you could pick a surrogate grandparent, who would it be?

John Peel.

Is there a piece of advice you wish you’d given to yourself ten years ago?

Don’t get married (in the UK).

What’s your favourite sitcom?

The adventures of Richie Hawtin in Bangkok Hilton.

Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?

Omar Sharif.

At what age did you lose your virginity?

To a much, much older woman when I was 15.

Would you go for a pint with Kanye West?

Who is he? Sorry haven’t a clue.

Do you ever send post second class?

There is no class system in Holland, all post and people are treated the same.

What would you want written on your tombstone?

‘Thank fuck for that’

Dave Clarke Presents celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Melkweg venue on 17 October as part of the Amsterdam Dance Event.