A few weeks ago, someone said to me in a bar, ‘hey Pete, you need more world famous DJs on your blog, why don’t you sort it’… so I thought, what if I could find a DJ who was both big in game and an Arsenal fan. So then I called up Otto Knows and asked him to answer a few questions for me.
Here’s how it went.
Hi Otto, where in the world are you today?
Right now I’m in a taxi on my way to the airport for a tour in Asia.
You’re a pretty big deal in the dance music world… but more importantly you’re a Swedish Gooner. What was it that first attracted you to Arsenal?
Well I grew up under their heyday, sort of, so they were the team to watch. I also love the way they play football, the mentality of the team and the club culture.
Do you get to go to a lot of football matches? What was your first ever game?
I can’t remember the first game I was at but I went to Liverpool when I played Creamfields in Daresbury this August, to see Everton-Arsenal. The game ended 2-2 but it was cool.
What is the best part about being a DJ?
Best part for me is traveling and meeting lots of happy people, who come to the shows to have a great time. Plus sometimes you’re lucky enough to go to places where there’s opportunity to go to a football game.
Did you ever want to be a footballer, or has music always been the dream?
Yeah, but I was never close to becoming one… I have enough self-awareness to realize I’m not good enough for that. I still play with friends in my spare time though. I’m very happy for my friends who’ve come a long way.
Tell me about what your plans are over the next few months, are you touring? Do you have any new releases coming up?
I’ve been spending the last months touring in Europe, Mexico and South America. The rest of the time I’ve been in the studio making music. That’s the plan for the coming months as well. I’m going to Brazil for New Years and next year I’ll be releasing new music, which I’m looking forward for everyone to hear.
Which DJ’s would you have in your 5 aside football team?
As defense I’d have Sebastian Ingrosso so there’s someone I trust. Alesso I’d have on the midfield because we’re connected and work well together. Someone who always delivers is Axwell so he’d definitely be part of the team. As a young and promising star I’d recruit Martin Garrix. Finally, Avicii cause you need a superstar and it would probably help with merch sales…
Any musical tips for us, which artists should we be looking out for over the next few months?
My tip is up-and-coming producer/ DJ from Finland, called Jesse Kiis. I really believe in him and like his music a lot. He was also just signed to my management Refune Music. Releases coming soon!