This is also the reason why we’re still wait- ing on a full-length debut album. While his patience is admirable, he must have felt the pressure to create an LP.
“When I started making music, labels, management, all that, were all regarding me as an album artist. I suppose it’s because I’m quite prolific in the studio, I get a lot done. Their perspective was that I would make an album of all sorts of genres. But I’ve always said that I’d never write an album until I knew I was 100 per cent ready. Until there’s a defined idea behind what I want to do, musically. I don’t think I ever reached that point.
“I’ve seen so many artists, and maybe it’s down to poor management, or a little bit of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’, but they just release an album because they think, ‘Oh, I’ve done three EPs, now it’s time for an album’. I just don’t believe in that. I believe an album should be an extremely defined and personal exposé of the artist you are.”
The poster for Dec’s 30th birthday knees-up in the recently demolished District 8 read, ‘The 20’s are a memory, the 30’s are a revelry’, but it seems he’s revelling in his own maturity more than anything right now.
“My life experiences over the last two years have been so dense in comparison to anything else I’ve experienced in my life. It’s opened my mind to things and places I was ignorant to for the longest time. Those things definitely play a part in what I’m doing. But anyone who knows me knows I’m a silly bastard and I spend 90 per cent of the time taking the piss out of everything around me. But when it does come down to the things that I have a real passion for I’m quite a deep guy. It can become quite overwhelming, but it’s great to harness that maturity, as opposed to when you’re younger and your emotions get the better of you and you can’t really harness those emotions in the right way.”
Dec has found a way to counterbalance this newfound creative maturity with being a total piss-taker on social media. It’s quite clear that electronic music can be stuffy and serious, especially in an age when big room DJs are treated like rock stars. While Dec’s videos of fizzing Berocca and annoyed friends might seem like a subversion of how a DJ should act on social media, he admits it’s actually a little deeper than that.
“If I was to be brutally honest, it’s a bit more of an insecurity, really. I’m not secure enough to do ‘cool guy’ on Instagram. I tried it for a while, being one of these Gesaffelstein-type characters where you just post a black square and the internet is supposed to drop their underwear. I just don’t have that level of security. I have a personality, whether you like it or dislike it that’s obviously up to you, but you respect the people you meet if they get the most genuine version of yourself. I’m not lying to you, I’m not going to give you some dramatically altered version. And don’t get me wrong, I like posting a fucking moody picture more than anyone… I’m a single man in a world full of beautiful people! We all live in a dopamine-fuelled world! I’m not here acting the martyr. But at the same time if you pay attention to my social media I don’t give a shit, because once you start doing that, you’re fucked. You’re in the matrix of overthinking the whole thing.”