Xpander - An Interview with Sasha


Original ‘Superstar DJ’ of the 1990s and prodigious hedonist, Sasha has become something of a pacified elder statesman of rave in recent years. Having played residencies at the Hacienda in Manchester, the Sound Factory in New York, and in countless Ibiza mega-clubs, there aren’t many DJ booths that haven’t seen his unique blend of pulsating progressive house, ambient interludes and euphoric trance.

Yet, his latest project, 2016’s Scene Delete LP, moved away from the club and into the neoclassical-cum-electronic space of the concert hall. A sprawling work taking reference from Steve Reich, Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins and others, it was recently reworked for performance with orchestral backing at the Barbican. The Barbican dates were the first live performances of Sasha’s lengthy career, and we caught up with him to speak about relearning the piano, avoiding ‘90s nostalgia, and timeless melodies.

Read the interview in Hero Magazine.

[This piece was published on 19/06/17]