Tyler Stadius The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Published Oct 01, 2002Tyler Stadius is a Vancouver DJ who has just released his mix CD, Fabric 06, on London's Fabric label.
Firstly and the most obvious, I'm obsessed with music. I'm constantly trying to keep my collection under control but it gets way too out of hand. After music my next two "fixations" are my desire to travel, then food. There's nothing like experiencing a new city and new tastes.
Mind-altering work of art:
Children of the Lost City.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
There's so many inspirational and memorable gigs. Parties I used to throw in an old Jamaican restaurant in 92 were fantastic. It was a really fun time - I played a mix of reggae, hip-hop, house and jazzy beats.
What has been your career high and low?
There's been many highs in my career. Playing in Europe for the first time, playing at Fabric, my CD for Fabric, making music, being flown around the world. Sometimes I can hardly believe it.
Career low. They almost always happen when there is some misguided promoter thinking they know better, and to change the music in an attempt to attract a certain clientele that will spend more at the bar or whatever.
What should everyone shut up about?
Not getting what they want.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
Just about anything if it was a "benefit." Not an individual or club's "benefit." I've played many. It makes you feel good and why not?
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
Like: Hard working / not lazy.
Dislike: possibly putting work first.
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
In the past - band members showing up drunk or not at all.
When I think of Canada I think:
Vancouver. There's so much to love about living here. I've been all over and few places are as desirable a place to live.
What is your vital daily ritual?
Waking early, glass of water, work out.
How do you spoil yourself?
Lots of drinking and good food.
What was your most memorable day job?
Working in a lumber yard on an incisor. Dangerous, horrible job! Or catching chickens to be slaughtered - another horrific job!
If I wasn't playing music I would be:
Running a bar on a beach. I love the sun but, rarely get to enjoy it.
What is your greatest fear?
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To read minds.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Honest, sincere, polite, happy people.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
In a sense they're quite alike. They're both made for sharing yet, both are so personal.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
There's been loads of close encounters (as it happens at night clubs). One funnier incident involved meeting Simon LeBon at a private club and watching him spill a drink on himself. Kate Moss just giggled.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
My entire extended family and I serve Gambas Grilliadas (huge grilled prawns).
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
Delivering her the helicopter I promised when I was 6.