As he prepares to headline Ultra's Resistance stage with Sasha in Shanghai, we caught up with electronic music sage John Digweed to talk about their massive residency in Ibiza this summer and his experiences in China
You’re no stranger to playing in China; what are your perceptions of the country and the club scene here and how have your experiences here changed over the years?
I have always had a great time when I have played in China. It keeps evolving and changing and there are always loads of new clubs opening. It's great that a massive festival lIke Ultra and the Resistance brand is putting on an a event in Shanghai as they have a lot of experience creating some incredible parties around the world.
What led to you and Sasha reviving your partnership recently?
We have a long history dating back to the '90s with legendary residencies in New York and the UK, as well as ground-breaking tours and albums. After a few years of working on our solo projects and so many people asking us to play again together, it just seemed like the right time.
You’re going to be coming to Shanghai off the back of a massive residency in Ibiza. What made you two sign up to doing a club residency again?
We both have a long history with the island but have never really had our own night on it so when Resistance came to us with the idea, we jumped at the opportunity. They always deliver the best in sound, lighting and production as well as making sure the lineups feature the cream of underground talent.
Having played eight consecutive weeks in Ibiza just before coming here, will it be a challenge for you to adjust to doing a festival set or do you tend to approach these things in much the same way?
The beauty of what I do is that every weekend is different for me. Sometimes it's a huge festival or it might be a 500 capacity club or a venue that holds 3,000. It's never the same so I am constantly on my toes each week on how to play.