Tonka and Ryan Elliott January 29, 2016 00:06


Tomorrow night sees Scuba joined at XOYO by Kenny Larkin, Ryan Elliott and Love Glove in Room 2. Name me a better line-up in London tomorrow night (tickets available here).

You can't.

I literally jumped at the chance to interview Ryan Elliott when I was given it. I jumped so high that I almost broke the copper effect Habitat lampshade in the kitchen. I quickly drafted up the best questions I'd ever written in my life and submitted them to Ryan's eager inbox. He was kind enough to respond within 24 hours.

Here's the transcript:

Q. For anyone unfamiliar with the name Ryan Elliott, could you tell them who you are, what you do and why you do it?
A. I am a DJ / Producer / Remixer from Detroit, now living in Berlin since 2009. I am a resident at Berghain and Panorama Bar, and mixed Panorama Bar 06.

Q. Why did you choose the moniker, Ryan Elliott, as a DJ name? Did you ever toy with the idea of prefixing it with DJ, like a proper DJ (DJ Ryan Elliott), or suffixing it with something more exciting like Yeah Detroit (DJ Yeah Detroit) or Mix Master (DJ Mix Master)?
A. I never thought "DJ" before my name, or a totally different DJ name ever really fit for me. It was just more natural to use my real name. It's funny - I get asked quite often if Ryan Elliott is my real name, or my DJ name.

Q. Have you decided on what clothes and eau de toilette you'll be wearing for your gig at the 12 Weeks of Techno thing with Scuba at XOYO (tickets available here) tomorrow night yet?
A. Haven't decided yet. I usually just throw some cloths in my bag 5 minutes before I leave for the airport.


Q. What track are you most looking forward to playing on Saturday night?
A. The new Shred LP by Skee Mask on Ilian Tape is great. I'll play a few from that for sure.

Q. Open or closed hi-hat?
A. Closed. Nice and tight!

Q. Is there any way on earth you can explain this Wikipedia embed when I Google you?


A. WOW. I have no explanation for this. But it seems Maxi Priest has a lot of explaining to do to me!

Q. Having been a resident at Berghain for so long, does it annoy you when you play in places like XOYO now and there aren't people sat on the floor asking you to piss in their mouths when you go to the toilet?
A. Well for the record, no one has ever asked me that in Berghain. I honestly like playing to all different crowds. I love seeing how the same song can get very different reactions in different cities or environments.

Q. What's your favourite Scuba song?
A. Flash Addict.


What a lovely young man! Please join me in wishing Ryan all the very best of luck for tomorrow night and think kind thoughts for all of his future endeavours. It looks like he's flying straight to Berghain after XOYO, so I hope he gets a bit of kip on the plane.

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

Tx