Edinburgh-born Theo Kottis honed his DJ skills at renowned venues, including a residency at Glasgow’s Sub Club. More recently he’s has had releases on Anjunadeep, Moda Black and Sasha’s Last Night On Earth while DJing alongside Jamie Jones, Tale Of Us and Seth Troxler. On Friday, March 9th he returns to fabric for Forms. We spoke to Theo about his music and playing at the seminal London club.
I’m really excited for 2018! I have my own album coming out, a mix CD and a remix for Sasha too.
How did you learn to DJ? Any famous teachers?
I used to throw parties for a brand I ran in my younger years, so whenever I put nights on, I’d go down to the club early and practice there. We booked DJs that no doubt inspired me to head in this direction, but really I’m self taught. Still, to this day I’ve never owned CDJs, I did get myself a set of 1210s last year though.
How did your debut DJ set in a club go? Can you remember when and where you played?
Yes, I remember this really well - it was a Wednesday night, Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh. I could barely beat match, but so many of my friends showed up to show support, it was a class night! I play there every so often and the buzz I get is quite special.
Is there a tune that’s ever saved you from a bad situation during a set?
If in doubt… can’t ever go wrong with a bit of Kerri: The System - ‘You’re In My System’ (Kerri Chandler Remix).
Which track sends tingles down your spine every time you listen to it?
Soul Capsule - ‘Lady Science (NYC Sunrise)’.
When was the first time you went to Fabric? What was the experience?
My first time partying in fabric was seeing Move D, The Mole & Baby Ford play in room one. It was a memorable night! The sound system in that room is perfect and Move D had us dancing until the early hours.
How did you find fabric the first time you played there? What does it feel like in the DJ booths?
The first time I played fabric was in 2015 in the old room three. It was an honour playing at such an institution. Since then I’ve played a few sets in room one including a 4-hour set - and I’ve also played room two, proud to say I’ve done the rounds! Fabric is one of the few clubs that really care about the sound and condition of the DJ booths, it really does make a difference when the night is ran so smoothly, with great attention to detail.
What was your response to temporary closure of Fabric in 2016?
I was so disappointed and honestly saddened with the temporary closure. Fabric is essential to clubbing culture and I am so pleased I get to party and DJ at it once again.
You’re playing at Fabric as part of the new event series Forms. What does Forms mean to you and how did you get involved?
I played for Forms in December last year, it was my debut in room two and another awesome night. Andrew - who helps book the acts - seems like a great guy and his line-ups so far have been spot on!
You’re one of the talented DJs breaking through that Fabric are committed to supporting with Forms. How important is it for major clubs to put their backing behind burgeoning star DJs?
I think it’s very important, especially if they get the chance to warm up for bigger acts on the line-up. I really learned my craft by warming up for a lot of artists at the Sub Club and Cabaret Voltaire and to me, being able to warm up is essential for a DJ! You learn how to read a room and build an atmosphere and you also get to meet the artists after the show.
You’ll be warming up for a Kölsch B2B Michael Mayer set. What’s it like to share a line up with them?
I’ve played with Kölsch a few times and it’s always been a great experience. I haven’t met Michael yet, he remixed me back in 2015 so will be nice to get the party going in fabric.
What can we expect from your set?
Hopefully, I’ll warm the dance floor up nicely with some atmospheric and deep grooves. I like playing everything from house, disco to techno so expect a bit of a mix.
Finally, how is the rest of 2018 shaping up for you?
I’m really excited for 2018! I have my own album coming out, a mix CD and a remix for Sasha too. Can’t give away too much info just yet though!
*Listen to Theo Kottis on SoundCloud below and see him in action at fabric’s Forms on Friday, March 9th. For tickets and details go to fabriclondon.com