It was just a 25 minutes before Simon Patterson was due to take stage Saturday night at Nocturnal Wonderland in San Bernardino, CA, when our interview began. He seemed calm and collected, but as the interview progressed, I wondered if what I was seeing was the calm before the storm. During the length of the interview it was brought up multiple times what an intense, all or nothing type of guy Simon is. After seeing his incredible set that night, I have to assume that the Nocturnal Wonderland crowd definitely had the pleasure of seeing all-in Simon on stage. He proved once again why he is such a favorite among Southern California trance fans.
You’re currently ranked 28thin the 2010 DJ Mag poll and the 2011 poll just closed today, how do you think you did? Do you have any predictions?
SP: No idea. Just got to wait and see, fingers crossed I do well. . Ego wise it’s important to make sure I’m doing ok, but I guess it’s a popularity contest. I don’t think it has anything to do with tunes, I don’t think it has anything to do with DJing, it’s all got to do with marketing and who’s popular at the time. Doesn’t mean if someone is ahead of me or I’m ahead of them, they’re any better than me or I’m any better than them at all, it’s just who’s popular at the time. For example, Skrillex, has had a massive year, he could be top 15, but who’s to say in 2 years where he’ll be. Music changes so much, you got to keep doing the tunes that you do, keep believing in what you do. And if you go up, you go up, if you go down, you go down. As long as you’re part of the poll, that’s enough for me.
You’re going on stage soon, what do you have planned?
SP: I plan on changing it up a little bit from Sean (Tyas). I’m going to drop it down a little bit, play vocally stuff and then take off again.
How is your performance going to be different tonight than your back 2 back sets with Sean Tyas?
SP: Its way different because it’s normally full on 140 (bpm) trance, that’s the sort of sound I’ve moved away from a little bit. I don’t play as relentless as that these days, I’m getting old. It’s different but hopefully people will enjoy it.
You have changed your sound.
SP: Not massively, slowed it down a bit, have other genres in there, vocals, like bit of psych trance in there too. I just try to change it up a bit. At festival you haven’t got the room to experiment, because you only have an hour or an hour and half to play key tunes to get everyone going, so you can’t do too much experimenting. I’m just going to play key tracks that have been big for me over the last few month, and hopefully they like it.
Any specific tracks in mind for tonight?
SP: I know exactly what I’m going to play. Hopefully it’ll work
You tweeted that Nocturnal Wonderland is one of your favorite events?
SP: I say it’s my favorite event. You know what, I didn’t want to tweet and offend any other promoters that book me around the world by saying it’s my favorite event, because otherwise they’d think I’m being a bit obnoxious, but Insomniac’s event are overall my favorite events.
What else do you have going on right now?
SP: Just non-stop touring. I’m toying with the idea of doing an album next year, although I said that last year. I say it every year. But I think it’s time to do it. I just need to find a niche, I need to find where I’m going musically, I’ve done the 140 bangin’ stuff for so long and I still love that, but I need to hone in on what I’m about right now musically.
I’ve heard you’re kind of a gym rat, how do you have time with the non-stop touring?
SP: I go through relentless stages of going to the gym like twice a day for 3 months and then I just go off the subject. I get to this sort of physique that I want, then I get there and I’m like you know what I’m done. I’m one of these people that it’s all or nothing. So, the gyms hard to keep up knowing the currently touring schedule.
Maybe pushups at the airport?
SP: I can’t. I’m tired. I haven’t got anyone to impress these days; I’m like, I just don’t need this shit anymore.
With massive tracks like ‘Thump,’ ‘Taxi,’’ Bulldozer,’ and recently ‘Keep Quiet’ with Lucy Pullin, I have to know what is your favorite track of yours?
SP: I recon it going to be ‘Us,’ yeah it’s my favorite track.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
SP: I find sticking to a routine the hardest part actually; focusing on something I say I’m going to do. For example, 3 months of training twice a day or eating 500 calories. I find that focusing on something like that the hardest part. I set myself little goals to do these things. I can’t keep it up the whole year but I just go through phases, where I do stupid things for a while, then stop it. I have bit of a crazy mind but I find sticking to things, regimen, a little hard.
If a bartender named a drink after you, what would it be called and what would be in it?
SP: The Problem. It’d be vodka. No, it’d be every alcohol, no mixer no ice.
If you had any super hero ability what would it be?
SP: To see through shit. X-ray eyes.
Same answer as Sean Tyas, interesting. I guess it’d make the crowd much more interesting from the DJ’s point of view.
What do people like most and least about you?
SP: I have no idea actually; I think maybe that Alex would say that I’m a bit moody.
Alex: Most, is that he is down to earth and funny. Least, is that he’s a little intense, it’s all or nothing. If he’s not happy,he’s not happy. And if he’s happy, he’s the happiest person in the world.
And a round of ‘This or That’ with Simon Patterson
Armin or Tiesto
Deadmau5 or Mickey mouse
SP: Mickey mouse
Blondes or brunettes
Clubs or festivals
Coming or Going
Noise or Silence
LA or Vegas
Trance or House
Sandstorm or Zombie Nation
SP: Zero! Neither!
With or without cheese
SP: Without cheese
On time or fashionably late
SP: On time
Electric Daisy or Electric Zoo
SP: Electric Zoo…no…no..no!!! I meant to say Electric Daisy. EDC.
Let’s try this again…
Electric Daisy or Electric Zoo.
Electric Daisy! Like I said, Insomniac’s events are the best in the world