Interview

In Conversation: DJ Tang of AOS Collective

 

Dj Tang Of Aos Collective

Why did you choose the name Tang?

I used to keep these fish – the Tang fish – when I was younger, and coincidentally, The Wu Tang Clan was a big influence on me getting into hip-hop, so the combination of both just sounds right. It’s an unusual name back in London, but I realise here it’s pretty common.

Who were some of your influences when you started DJ-ing? 

I’ve always been influenced by DJs with a strong technical presence, back in the day those were DJ Hype, Cash Money, Jazzy Jeff, Mr Thing and Shortee Blitz. Nowadays I also check out some of the guys that compete in the Redbull Threestyle and the stronger hip-hop/open format club DJs from around the world.

Was there a pivotal moment in your life that set you down the path you’re on today?

The day I quit my day job was pretty significant. I used to deal with various types of insurance claims, which I hated. It was a great feeling when I realised I didn’t need to do that anymore and I could focus all my time on something that I love doing.

Where do you find inspiration?

It’s great that there is always new music from all over the world. I’m constantly checking out new music and working out ways to incorporate it into my sets.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

Being able to make a crowd of people react positively together as a result of something I have chosen to do is a good feeling.

Any formula for hyping up the crowd at a party?

You need to be able to read a crowd and make a good assessment of what they are gonna get down to. Some crowds only want to hear established anthems and at other times, it will be the opposite. So selection is really important combined with putting it together in a way that is entertaining and makes sense.

Any lessons learnt from being part of the AOS Collective?

A couple of AOS gigs I have done using equipment that I’m not totally familiar with. I’m a turntable guy and whilst all big clubs have them, I have had a few external events when they weren’t available. I had to learn to adapt pretty quickly.

From the UK to Singapore, what’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed when it comes to musical taste between Asian and Western audiences?

I think that the UK has a bigger appreciation for underground music. It’s not considered cool to just like mainstream stuff there.

Where do you see yourself professionally in the next five years?

I love doing what I do, and want to continue with this. The edits that I have done over the past few years have been supported by some of my influences and most respected DJs in the scene. I want to see my original music reach out to that level and beyond.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to share with our readers?

In addition to continuing with AOS and Butter Factory, I’m working on a production based project with another former Ministry of Sound resident.