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Tuff Questions is our series where we ask artists a selection of incredibly difficult questions.
The mighty Route 94 is in the Tuff Questions hot seat this week.
Originally starting out in the 2010 dubstep scene, London-born producer Rowan Tyler Jones, found early support from Skream, Benga, Chase & Status and Skrillex. In 2014 however, he changed things up bursting onto the UK airwaves as Route 94 with "My Love" Featuring Jess Glynne, which hit No.1 on the UK Singles Chart and went platinum.
In the years since that initial release, Route 94 has released a host of more club-orientated, underground productions for some of the most respected names in dance music including Defected, Hot Creations and Crosstown Rebels.
At the tail end of 2020, he released his latest single "Sad Songs" featuring singer-songwriter L. Devine, which you can check out above. He's created official remixes for Katy B, Storm Queen and MK, but what does his music smell like?
MoS: Describe your press shot in five words or less
Route 94: Employee of the month.
House or Techno?
If House is a spiritual thing, who is its prophet?
What does your music smell like?
Love. All the love.
What was the first song/album you bought with your own money?
Sticky - "Triplets" and Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner.
What was your first email address?
I don’t even remember but probably something like email@example.com when MSN was a thing.
What would you say in your tinder bio?
Nothing. I have a real-life girlfriend.
Best way to cure a hangover?
Spending £200 on Deliveroo always seems like a good idea at the time.
What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?
Blake Baxter - "Fuck You Up"
Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?
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?
Not one of my own ones. Usually sick of them by the time they come out. Would like to hear a 20-minute edit of Roy Davis Jr – "Gabriel". If anyone would like to send me the stems, I’ll try and make a version.
If you could live in any other place and time, when and where would you pick?
Anytime apart from right now. Absolute fuck the government. Hopefully better times and our freedoms back again soon though
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
All I know is I won’t be putting utter processed food like hotdogs in my belly.
Teetotal or tearing it up?
Tear it 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?
Probably the first time I saw Ricardo Villalobos at one of his 10-hour fabric sessions. After that experience, I turned my back on a lot of commercial opportunities musically in order to develop my own production techniques and education. So, although not a moment, it was more of a profound experience. As lovely as that was it did cost me quite a lot of money career-wise lol.
What job would you do if you weren’t a musician?
Probably a chef as cooking is my second passion to music.
Would you rather all your burps smell of eggs, or have a green cloud appear when you fart?
What sort of question is this?
What’s your biggest non-musical interest?
Cooking & Fishing.
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?
Normski, Ricardo Villalobos and Alan Partridge.
6 = 2(x+2) what is x?
2. Thanks, Google.
What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?
Most classic Armand Van Helden tracks.
Strangest / funniest thing you’ve seen in a club?
A guy doing pull-ups on a water pipe, snapped the pipe and flooded the whole rave and sent 3 thousand people home. The best one had to be a guy standing at the front through my whole set licking the railings whilst rushing on e's.
If you had your own nightclub, what would you call it, and what’s the dress code?
It would be called Routine and it would be super stylish. Would take a lot of inspiration from the Soul Train in terms of look and people expressing themselves how they want.
Why do lots of DJs wear masks? What’s the deal with that?
No one should be wearing a mask in a club unless they are called Kenny Dixon Junior who can do whatever he wants. I wore a mask for my first two sets, and it was so uncomfortable and difficult to drink. I just fucked it off who wants to poke a straw through a tiny hole for a sip of vodka. Not me.
What’s the most expensive thing you own?
My first dog Chapo. Cost so much I stud him out and now he pays for himself. Happy days. Anyone up for buying a Pomski? £4k a pop. Good price.
Where is the strangest place you’ve DJed?
One piece of advice you would give your younger self?
Don’t take anything for granted.
Where’s the afters?
Nowhere at the moment sadly :(