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Tuff Questions is our series where we ask artists a selection of incredibly difficult questions.


Glasgow duo Illyus & Barrientos are in the Tuff Questions hot seat this week.

The guys have just released a huge collaboration with Karen Harding, "Let's Get Together". Released at the end of October, the collab features retro-tinged synths and disco-diva vocals and is sure to be a club favourite when we finally return to dancefloors next year.

Illyus & Barrientos have recently worked with certified house legends Marshall Jefferson and CeCe Rogers, but what's the funniest thing they've witnessed in a club?



MoS: Describe your press shot in 2 words or less.



House or Techno?



If House is a spiritual thing, who is its prophet?

The people


What does your music smell like?

Spicey as.....


What was the first song/album you bought with your own money?

Outkast - "Aquemini"



What was your first email address?


What would you say in your tinder bio?

No pish patter


Best way to cure a hangover?

More booze


What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?

"I Need A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler



Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?

Currently, the government haha.


You can only ever DJ B2B with one other person for the rest of your life, who is it?

Think we're cool as we are. B2B for life!!


How do you describe your job to your grandmother?

She knows the drill & would come to gigs if she didn’t love her chair so much.


You can only ever play one record again for the rest of your life - what is it?

Warren G – "Regulate"



Who is your celebrity crush?

....We'd have to kill you.


If you could live in any other place and time, when and where would you pick?

100% the 70s New York City. VIP Studio 54, let’s do it.


Is a hotdog a sandwich?



Teetotal or tearing it up?

No need to ask a couple of Scots ;)


Favourite production? (pick one) lazers, disco ball, strobe, Co2, LED screen, confetti, foam, nothing or other.

We have an absolute favourite Illyus couldn’t get enough of. In Mexico City there was a red fire button installed. Let's just say flames were on show all night.


You can only wear one colour for the rest of your life, black is not an option, what colour do you choose?



What’s the best moment you’ve had on a dancefloor?

Erol Alkan at rockness. Amazing memories that totally opened my mind.


What job would you do if you weren’t a musician?

Current life is telling us UNEMPLOYED haha.


Would you rather all your burps smell of eggs, or have a green cloud appear when you fart?

Think we'll take the burbs and egg. Just stay silent for a while.


What’s your biggest non-musical interest?

Golf for one, coffee for the other. Guess who?


You’re forming a cheesy pop group in the vein of 5ive, Steps, Spice Girls etc. You must all sing and do choreographed dance routines. Which other 3 DJs do you want in your band?

Sonny Fodera, Danny Howard & Sam Divine. All spicy characters


6 = 2(x+2) what is x?

No thank, do enough maths homework with my son. I’m out!


Strangest / funniest thing you’ve seen in a club?

Barrientos getting his USB pulled out haha.


What single thing would make your life better?

The world returning


If you had your own nightclub, what would you call it, and what’s the dress code?

So Serious. Wear whatever the f.... You want. No rules, no boundaries, be free.


What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?

Taps AFF.


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