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Tuff Questions is our series where we ask artists a selection of incredibly difficult questions.
This week Swedish producer, Tobtok, faces the toughest interview in dance music.
28-year-old Tobias Karlsson is probably best known for his double-platinum record, "Fast Car". Tobtok is also a regular star of the global DJ circuit, with appearances for Toolroom, Ushuaia, Kitsuné, The Warehouse Project, and of course, Ministry of Sound London.
Back in 2016, he released the massive "Aber" on our own Ministry of Sound Recordings and in 2020 he dropped one of his biggest singles yet in "New Levels"
He's remixed everyone from Ke$ha to Karen Harding, but what's the best moment he's had on a dancefloor?
Describe your press shot in five words or less.
I'm dorkier in real life.
House or Techno?
If House is a spiritual thing, who is its prophet?
Calvin Harris. If he was a cult leader, I would be a brainwashed follower.
What does your music smell like?
Like an espresso martini - fresh and with a rich roasty smell.
What was the first song/album you bought with your own money?
Metallica - "Ride The Lightning"
What was your first email address?
[email protected]. Steve comes from Steve Urkel from Family Matters. Apparently, the character connected with me as a kid which kinda says a lot about how I was back then haha.
What would you say in your tinder bio?
No guestlist requests please!
Best way to cure a hangover?
This is my little secret hangover cure: Miso soup!
What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?
I see myself in a total 80's wrestling outfit with a slick mullet and Foreigner - "Feels Like The First Time" would be the theme for sure. One of my all-time favourite tracks.
Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?
Me five years ago.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Dua Lipa. She has a pleasant voice.
If you could live in any other place and time, when and where would you pick?
Can I say Middle-earth during the 3rd age?
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
Well, technically I guess it is? Never really reflected about it.
Teetotal or tearing it up?
Well, with corona and being indoors all the time, I have to go with teetotal.
You can only ever play one record again for the rest of your life - what is it?
My manager is gonna kill me for saying this but, Alex Metric & Oliver - "Galaxy"
Favourite production? (pick one) lazers, disco ball, strobe, Co2, LED screen, confetti, foam, nothing or other.
As a big disco fan, I have to go with the disco ball!
You can only wear one colour for the rest of your life, black is not an option, what colour do you choose?
This must be the toughest question you can ask a DJ as all of us wear black. Looking at my wardrobe it would probably have to be khaki or green.
What’s the best moment you’ve had on a dancefloor?
Probably in Sligo, Ireland where I had a sold-out headline-show and everyone was singing along to my tunes! Good times.
What job would you do if you weren’t a musician?
Graphic Designer. I actually do some of my artwork myself.
Would you rather all your burps smell of eggs, or have a green cloud appear when you fart?
That's kind of already the case for me, but because I fart so much these days, I guess I'd have to go with egg burps haha.
What’s your biggest non-musical interest?
Right now, it's probably dog-related things as I recently got a miniature poodle puppy named Harry.
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?
Joel Corry for protection, MistaJam for wicked dance moves and Oliver Nelson just because he would absolutely dread it.
6 = 2(x+2) what is x?
X is a letter hehe. Dodged that one, didn't I?
What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?
To go down to the dancefloor myself and dance between the songs to lift the spirits!
Strangest / funniest thing you’ve seen in a club?
One time a guy with just underwear and a horse mask was raving like crazy at a festival where I had the 1PM slot. I don't think he ever went to bed.
What single thing would make your life better?
That they started selling Quavers in Sweden.
If you had your own nightclub, what would you call it, and what’s the dress code?
Toby's Dance and Drinks. Dress code would be 90's Seinfeld clothes.
Why do lots of DJs wear masks? What’s the deal with that?
Because they don't want to get COVID? Quite clever and responsible if you ask me.
Most regrettable track you’ve dropped in a set?
I remember playing an Abba track once since I was Swedish, but the crowd just looked confused.
What’s the most expensive thing you own?
Probably my desktop computer I recently built myself.
Where is the strangest place you’ve DJed?
Probably in Jakarta on a runway stage for a clothing brand. Being 194cm tall (6ft.3) I was way too tall for the decks and it must have looked very awkward. Wild times!
One piece of advice you would give your younger self?
Don't worry, you'll find a girlfriend one day!
Where’s the afters?
At Mickie D's with three triple cheeseburgers.