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Tuff Questions is our series where we ask artists a selection of incredibly difficult questions.
No stranger to Ministry of Sound club, or report label, Brighton producer Kideko is the next to take on the toughest interview in dance music.
After rising to prominence in 2015 with "The Jam" and George Kwali collab, "Crank It (Woah!)" the following year, Kideko amassed a staggering 20 Millon streams on Spotify.
Along the way, Kideko has worked with some enviable collaborators including Friend Withing, Tinie Tempah and Becky G, but for his latest release, he's secured possibly the best cosign of all - none other than Armand Van Helden.
Their track "The Fire" dropped in August and it's exactly the sort of unbridled positivity we need for summer 2020. You can listen to that above and find out how he does in the Tuff Questions hot seat below.
MoS: Describe your press shot in five words or less
Kideko: Very, Serious, Moody, DJ, Pic.
House or Techno?
House but I do love Techno at the right time and place.
If House is a spiritual thing, who is its prophet?
MK. I remember hearing his music before I knew about House music, also when I started getting into it and he's still smashing it now. Legend.
What does your music smell like?
A Passionfruit Mojito with a touch of chilli.
What was the first song/album you bought with your own money?
I think the first album I owned was Five - Keep On Movin but I don't remember if it was a gift or not. Maybe Red Hot Chilli Peppers or Nirvana, I remember looking for Rock albums in Woolworths.
What was your first email address?
sexy_boy3, I might start using it again for promos.
What would you say in your tinder bio?
My mate actually wrote mine as I was reluctant to go on it, he wrote something about Hummus on there and now I'm with my girlfriend. So, apparently it worked!
Best way to cure a hangover?
Can't beat diving into a pool and then a sauna to sweat it all out, maybe even another drink depending on how fragile you're feeling.
What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?
Salvatore Ganucci - "Horse"
Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?
I've had a lot of fun nights with George Kwali.
You can only ever DJ B2B with one other person for the rest of your life, who is it?
How do you describe your job to your grandmother?
I've tried a few times, I think she thinks I'm a wedding DJ!
You can only ever play one record again for the rest of your life - what is it?
Stardust - "Music Sounds Better With You"
Who is your celebrity crush?
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
Teetotal or tearing it up?
It honestly can go either way, if the vibe is right then defo tearing it up.
Favourite production? (pick one) lazers, disco ball, strobe, Co2, LED screen, confetti, foam, nothing or other.
I love a giant confetti cannon. Always have to have them when I put parties on in Brighton.
You can only wear one colour for the rest of your life, black is not an option, what colour do you choose?
Can I choose some sort of summery print? Hawaiian or Floral.
Would you rather all your burps smell of eggs, or have a green cloud appear when you fart?
Probably egg burps because burps are easier to hold in but I'd make sure I always had a multipack of Airwaves available. Also, smells are easier to blame on other people whereas the cloud would be pretty obvious.
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?
Parx (Undeniable moves), Barrientos (Front Man) and Saffron Stone (Vocals on point).
6 = 2(x+2) what is x?
My guess answer is 4... I tried to Google it after just to see and I still don't have a clue (p.s I've read some of the other DJ's answers and I’m still confused)
What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?
I usually draw for an old classic, Paul Johnson - "Get Get Down" or Shakedown - "At Night"
If you had your own nightclub, what would you call it, and what’s the dress code?
My House and the dress code is no shoes upstairs. Only rule is don't throw up in the bath.
Why do lots of DJs wear masks? What’s the deal with that?
I'm convinced all of the masked DJs are one person cloned to be in different places at the same time.
If a pregnant woman swims underwater, is she a submarine?
Does the baby steer?
What’s the most expensive thing you own?
Probably my $500m platinum chain with a personalized pendant of my face on it, it's pretty heavy which makes it hard to wear so you'll probably never, ever see me wear it but it does exist... 👀
Where is the strangest place you’ve DJed?
I wouldn't say anywhere particularly strange to be honest, I played in an old fort in Croatia which was sick. Maybe I need to work on my strangest place.
Where’s the afters?
My house. Depending on how the night goes it'll either be with a bunch of mates to carry on the party or just drunken me and a pizza in bed.