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



East Staffordshire-based producer, Nathan Dawe, is in the Tuff Questions hot seat this week. Best known for his 2020 hit "Lighter" with reached No.3 on the UK Singles Chart, Nathan has made a name for himself as both a gifted producer and DJ.

He last played Ministry of Sound back in 2019 in support of Example and The Manor at their sold-out Pandemonium show. Most recently he teamed up with renowned girl group Little Mix on "No Time for Tears" which has just received an official remix from Tech House don, Mark Knight.

Nathan raised over £5,000 for the NHS with his 'Stay Indoors with Nathan Dawe,' live stream, but what's the funniest thing he's seen in a club?


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

Nathan Dawe: I look way too serious.


House or Techno?



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

Too many to mention.


What does your music smell like?

Good vibes.


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

Daniel Powter – "Bad Day"



What was your first email address?

I still use it...


What would you say in your tinder bio?

I don’t agree with dating apps.


Best way to cure a hangover?

Paracetamol and sleep.


What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?

Queen – "We Will Rock You"



Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?

Not me.


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



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

Gabrielle - "Dreams"



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

The Midlands in the 80s so I could have experienced the mighty Villa winning the Champions League.


Is a hotdog a sandwich?

Definitely not.


Teetotal or tearing it up?

Tear the place up.


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



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?

I don’t usually dance. But after my O2 show in 2019, I let my hair down and danced for the time ever!


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

Goalkeeper for Aston Villa.


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

Burps smell of eggs.


What’s your biggest non-musical interest?

Aston Villa football club.


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?

Diplo, MK, Calvin Harris.


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

I was awful at school.


What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?

Chatting some nonsense on the mic.


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

Someone fell asleep standing up during one of my sets. I must have bored them.


What single thing would make your life better?

Collaborating with Drake


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

0121 Club. Adidas tracksuits only.


Why do lots of DJs wear masks? What’s the deal with that?

It’s a legal requirement now.


Most regrettable track you’ve dropped in a set?

Never any regrets!


What’s the most expensive thing you own?

My house.


One piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Anything is possible. I come from a tiny town called Burton, and my younger self would never have believed that any of this would be possible. Ignore what people think of you and just go with your gut. And keep working hard.


Where’s the afters?

Nowhere at the minute!



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