Will your new live set be ready for Ultra?
Don’t fucking know. Ultra’s weird. I mean every time I say something about fucking Ultra, that fucking dude calls us up, fucking bitches us out—“Argh, I’m going to sue you.” Whatever man. I’m tired of talking about Ultra, even if I had something good to say—Ultra is the same thing every fucking year. And so is Lollapalooza. I haven’t really noticed a change, and if they have changed then maybe I have my head too far up my own ass. When is it going to be played out?
What are you going to do in order to not play yourself out?
For me, it has something to do with the new tour and the kind of elements we’re going to introduce that aren’t traditional by any fucking means. And maybe start something or kick off, not like a fucking revolution or movement. Traditionally, I don’t think you’re ever going to escape the fact that you’re going to have X amount of people in a fucking building watching you.
Do you ever need advice? Who do you call on?
If I’m having problems with my label, I can always talk to Tommy Lee, who’s been sued more times than anyone I know. It makes my life not feel so fucking bad. He’s been through the whole spectrum of bullshit, so he’s always got a good ear for my daily dramas.
You’ve got photos all over the Web with people like Skrillex. Are you friends with any producers or DJs?
More than everyone would think. I’m perceived to be this massive fucking loner in the world of electronic music, but I have a lot of guys to just hang and do shit with. The problem with the genre is that for the longest time it couldn’t survive without people fucking being friends, and collaborating because it was the only way to keep the thing sustained. But now it’s more commercial than fuck. We can all do our own thing now, but there’s still a lot of hangers-on to the whole fucking EDM community. Oh God, I hate that fucking word.
Any chance you’ll get over hating the term “EDM”?
Yeah, I just renamed it. I called it “Event Driven Marketing.”
How do you feel about all the new emerging DJs that are having a moment right now?