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Questions Top100 DJs 2010 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:07

Tech house
Best known for: 
Toolroom Records and Toolroom Knights
Tune of the year: 
Gig of 2010: 
Toolroom Knights, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. Playing on four CDJs and two mixers with Martijn ten Velden
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2010: 
Michael Woods coming from nowhere, this year he's owned Beatport. It's also been a great year for Mendo, Uner & Coyu, Gabriel Rocha and Filthy Rich
Best new club visited this year: 
One of the best nights I've had was playing Eden for the first time for Pete Tong's night. The crowd was amazing, no bullshit, people knew their music and were just there to party. It was a really refreshing experience
Favourite non-dance album of 2010: 
I have become a real fan of The Foals this year, and would love to have the opportunity to work with them
Essential three suitcase tour items: 
My MacBook so I can continually work, Commes des Garcons because it makes you smell nice, and Twitter - the online version of crack
Which actor would play you in a film of your life: 
Maybe Barry from East Enders or Mickey Rourke. It would be a tough call to make
Best thing about being a DJ: 
Everything, it's without doubt the best job in the world
Best end-of-the-night tune: 
U2's 'With Or Without You', a piece of Balearic magic and undoubtedly one of the best songs ever written
When Mark Knight describes 2010 as a "year of two halves", he's not being disingenuous or just stating the obvious. The Toolroom boss says that he spent the first six months ensconced in the studio and the second half touring heavily. "I managed to stockpile tracks that would afford me the opportunity to go all out with shows and touring throughout the summer and still maintain a consistent level of musical output. The back-end of the year will see me focus very much on my first artist album and continue with the hectic tour schedule," he explains. From his adventures on the road, Knight feels that the next step for many DJs is their encroachment into the 'live' arena. "DJs have really upped the game, developing their shows into more of a live concept complete with big lighting, effects, decor. They have moved out of the realm of just doing night clubs and are now selling out live venues." Mark's labels have had good years - "our biggest and best to date" - and even enjoyed modest chart success with their 200th release, 'Bright Lights' by DJ Die. This release wasn't Knight's only brush with pop music this year: the UK DJ picked up a Grammy nomination for his production work on the Black Eyed Peas album 'The E.N.D', produced a track for Faithless' new album and, in collaboration with D.Ramirez, produced tracks for Underworld's 'Barking'. But Knight remains rooted in DJ culture and has big plans for Toolroom over the coming months, including a collaboration between himself and Tiësto. "We hooked up to write a monster, which I've been road testing throughout the summer," he says. "Also, look out for releases from Toolroom Knights heavy hitters Michael Woods, D.Ramirez and EDX. There's also loads of underground gems on the horizon from Gabriella Rocha, Uner and Loko."