In small, sweaty basements of his hometown in Southport, England Bontan developed his skills on the decks, while earning a name for himself. Over the past few years, the young tastemaker has won many awards, holding the titles from Biggest Selling Record on Beatport to Future Star as announced by dance music gatekeeper Pete Tong. Most recently, Bontan had the honours of being invited to produce an Essential Mix for BBC’s Radio 1. On Saturday, April 7, Bontan will wrap up his debut North American tour at our beloved CODA. We had a moment to catch up with him and find out what life was like on this side of the Atlantic.
Congrats on your debut North American tour! We hope it’s been a success so far. If there is one ‘lesson’ you’ve learned during your travels through Canada & the US, what would it be?
I was a bit sceptical before I came that the crowds may not be as accepting of brand new, unheard music as other places around the world. How wrong I was! Every time I’ve played I’ve really pushed the boundaries of my DJ sets and every time the crowds have been accepting!
If you had to choose 1 track that represented this tour, which would it be?
Probably my new remix for Booka Shade. I literally finished it the day before I left the UK to come here and it’s worked so well in all my DJ sets out here.
Every time I’ve played I’ve really pushed the boundaries of my DJ sets and every time the crowds have been accepting!
You played 2 awesome gigs this MMW; Paradise at Space and Damian Lazarus’ iconic Get Lost party. What was the highlight of your MMW? What was the low point of your MMW?
As you mentioned I’d say both of those shows were absolutely incredible, both highlights in their own right. Space was amazing, as I got to see all the Paradise family and party for 24 hours with them. Get Lost was so special and unique, I’ve never experienced anything like that before.
The low point was the daily hangovers I had to endure and overcome!
Where and what was the best meal that you had on your North American tour?
I actually had a meal out in LA at a place called Gracias Madre, one of the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten! Potato cakes, black bean, mango, chipotle & avocado. Doesn’t sound much but the way it was prepared was incredible.
Before you visit us at CODA on April 7, is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to about your stay in Toronto?
I’m looking forward to a bit of cold weather on truth! Ha. I’ve done nothing but burn out here, so I’m excited to get hit with some similar weather to the UK!
Tickets to catch Bontan at CODA on Saturday, April 7 may be purchased here.