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Find out more about the man behind our campaign soundtrack with our Julio Bashmore interview.
Q. Knockin’ Boots is here and it’s already being touted as the electronic music record of the year. Are you relieved to have that first LP milestone under your belt?
A. Yes, it’s a huge relief. It feels like the end of a chapter and a new beginning in my career, and to have it so well received makes that all the sweeter!
Q. It’s been said that the album brings a welcome retro edge to an often future-facing age of dance music. Do you think old school house still has a lot to offer into the 2010s?
A. Yes, I think so. It carries a strong positive message of unity and open-mindedness that is needed in today’s world just as much as it was in the 80s.
Q. Any top tips for men’s AW fashion? And what do you like to wear generally?
A. AW 2015 will mark the first time that I experiment with the turtleneck; I'll hopefully be looking like a ginger Sean Connery in his glory years.
Q. Do you think there’s anything special about Bristol that inspires such a wealth of producers?
A. What’s special about Bristol, and what makes it such a fertile ground for creativity, is the fact that it has a strong supportive community of artists who are open-minded and happy to help and work with each other. It’s something unique that doesn't exist in many other places.
Q. Bristol or elsewhere, what’s the best place you’ve ever played?
A. Many people have asked me this question – I always say Glasgow. There’s something in the water there that just makes people go absolutely crazy in clubs, and the Buckfast no doubt helps too.
Q. Having seen British producers such as Jamie xx and Disclosure take house/electronic music right to the top of the charts, is this something you can see yourself emulating?
A. In many ways the album is about me accepting and celebrating the fact that my music has always crossed over in an organic way without being forced. It went into the Top 40 which was a very pleasant surprise.
Q. We loved your work with Jessie Ware. Any similarly huge collaborations lined up?
A. Hopefully some more work with Jessie as I probably enjoy collaborating with her more than anyone. I'm keeping my options open and just figuring out what to do next, but I would love to work with more singers.
Q. In a perfect world with no limitations, who would you most like to work with?
A. Black Sabbath – It’s my childhood dream!
Q. And finally, we’ve got to ask about Gryff, who’s surely the coolest dog on Instagram. What breed is he?
A. He's a black Chow Chow with a white bum. I’m glad you've said that because he is incredibly difficult to photograph as all his features are so dark – he even has a black tongue.
Q. Has he ever starred in any of your tracks? Would he like to model for us? And can we send some F&F clothes for him to rock on your Insta account?
A.He has been in a music video and he basically stole the show! I can put you in touch with his agent.