I didn’t know until late Thursday night of Shambhala 2014 that I enjoyed any form of house music. Unknowingly I enjoyed the fuck out of a house set earlier in the day and when I said later in the night to my DJ pal “This sounds like that SkiiTour set I was telling you about from earlier.” “Oh, that’s house music.” And with that, because of the SkiiTour (Known in real life as Tim Livingstone and Dave Rollie), I discovered I like funky house music. And let me say, as of this writing, I don’t think I’ve found house DJs I enjoy more. As they dropped the most surprisingly wicked set I saw last year I’m stoked they into taking some time from creating more funky goodness in the ol’ studio to talk some shit about movies and kidnapping Graham Hancock to preserve the knowledge of humankind. They’ll be back on Shambhala this year (Back at the AMPhitheatre) and I’m pumped for them starting my road this year with the first of what’s hopefully a string of Shambs-related 5 Questions!
Fun fact: I accosted Dave Rollie at Shambhala after yelling simply “SkiiTour” and gave him a hug, then ran off into the night. I may have been influenced by intoxicants of some kind.
Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money?
Rollie: My first record was Naughty By Nature (1991). My mom had to come by it for me. Record stores pushing Black music onto young white kids. I play music from it still quite a lot.
Tim: I can’t remember what mine was.
What was the last great album you bought then?
All of us: <We were laughing!>
Okay, the last great album you got ahold of?
Tim: What was the last album I listened to cover to cover…Man, it’s so hard these days. Who has the attention span for a whole album? That’s a good question, I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. We can come back to that. <We never did.>
Can you think of a movie that you saw that had a genuine effect on the way you saw the world?
Tim: Waking Life. There was lots of talk about how everyone is connected. There was one part talking about giving today’s New York Times crossword to a group of people they would complete it in a certain time but if they gave yesterday’s puzzle to people, people completed it a lot faster, like the answers were just out there. There’s also a part about a whole bunch of people meditating in Washington, DC and seeing a drop in crime rate.
Rollie: That’s deep.
Yeah, that’s cool. I dig the idea of the collective knowledge. How about you Rollie?
Rollie: Uuuuuummmm. <Long pause> I’m just thinking about what Tim was saying. That’s really cool. <Long pause>
You can just not be a movie guy too, that’s entirely possible.
Rollie: No, no, I like watching movies. Something that’s impacted me. Interstellar made me think about some shit. It didn’t have an effect my life. I thought it was really good movie and was really interesting.
Tim: I remember that movie was awesome for its sound design too. (This is a fact. The fact that there was no sound in the parts that took place in actual space is perfect.)
This is always funny to ask DJs, but I have had some varying answers…If you had to choose between keeping your vision and your hearing, which would you go with?
Tim: I just feel like you’d be stuck, like you wouldn’t be able to be very independent if you suddenly lost your vision.
Rollie: But life would really suck without sound…Wellllll, if you (Tim) go blind, I’ll go deaf. We can still write music. One can do the seeing and the other can do the hearing.
Good answer! I’ve never had people team up like that. Impressive.
Rollie: Dodged a bullet there.
Does technology contain within it the ability to set us free to a techno-utopia?
Tim: Maybe it does but maybe it’s going the opposite way at the same time. I notice more and more, I’m guilty of it myself too, but you look around and people are always looking at their phones. Ten years ago you’d go to a park and people were hanging out and now everyone’s on the phone. Maybe they’re connecting on the phones, but it’s still really weird to see.
Rollie: It definitely makes you feel pretty special though.
Tim: We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without technology. 20 years ago doing what we’re doing wouldn’t have been possible.
Rollie: Sitting there with one keyboard and a mic. Maybe a drum machine. I really want to get new drum machines.
If the world was ending and you got to escape to safety and save one piece of culture to preserve for future generations, what would you grab?
Tim: It has to be pretty simple. All the great things that have survived from culture were made out of stone – The Pyramids for example.
Rollie: Makes me think of Graham…what’s his name?
Tim: Oh, Graham Hancock!
Rollie: We’d take Graham Hancock with us because he knows pretty much everything, apparently.
Tim: He’s an archeologist. He has a special title, but he seems like he knows a whole lot of the history of the world.
Rollie: He’d be good to bring along. We could take him with us and get him to write down everything he knows, that way we’d save the History of the World. We could do some DMT with him. No, ayahuasca. That’s his thing.
The guest question belongs to Jon from Fort Knox Five…If you weren’t doing music would you take up another artistic discipline and do you think you’d follow it with the same sort of passion?
Tim: I think if I wasn’t doing music I’d be doing maybe graphic design…or teaching elementary school. That’s what I’d be doing, hopefully with the same passion. But that’s really hard to say. We’re always doing music, even when we’re not performing or in the studio. We’re looking for music, listening to music, music’s such a huge part of our lives that I couldn’t see myself doing anything the same way. Can’t do graphic design or teach kids while you’re driving. Music is so great. It’s really versatile. I don’t think I could follow anything else this passionately.
Rollie: I’d probably be snowboarding a lot more. When I wasn’t DJing here, when I first moved to Whistler, I was snowboarding six times a week. But I didn’t have any turntables or a computer at that stage. I was always listening to music but I couldn’t make music or DJ. But then I got money to buy all that shit and I still snowboarded five or six times a week. More and more things got serious and snowboarding went way down. I did 30 or 40 days last year instead of 80. So that’s probably what I’d be doing, snowboarding everywhere.
They’ll be around party-rocking all summer and you can find them at these places on these days.