French-born DJ Michael Calfan has been making waves in the EDM scene since being signed to Bob Sinclar’s ‘Yellow Productions’ label. On tour to support ‘Nobody Does It Better‘, Calfan has been playing in front of thousands of fans across the US and Canada, AMBY caught up with him while he was in California to discuss pool parties, skateboarding, interacting with fans on social media, and his plans for the future.
AMBY: Hey, how are you?
Michael Calfan: I’m really great, thanks for having me!
AMBY: You’re on the ‘Nobody Does It Better’ US tour right now, How is the tour treating you?
Michael Calfan: This tour is actually going really great, I’ve already been to like Sacramento and Vancouver, the shows have been amazing and there’s still a lot more shows left!
AMBY: Do you have a tour highlight for the US leg of the tour?
Michael Calfan: There’s a pool party in Miami, it’s next week, I’m really looking forward to that because it’s just that, it’s a party, and it’s really cool to get to see all your friends DJing and having fun and it’s just a really chilled atmosphere, like a festival!
AMBY: So far, there are only US dates announced for the tour – are there any European dates for the tour planned?
Michael Calfan: I will announce the European dates when I am done with these American dates, just to break it up and give me a small break in-between, but for sure when I’m done in America, I will focus on Europe.
AMBY: You were ‘discovered’ by Bob Sinclar back in 2008, what did that feel like, having a legend put his faith in you?
Michael Calfan: It was really amazing, just being an eighteen year old kid and getting to learn from a ‘master’ – back then I wasn’t quite as efficient as I am now, but it was really nice to learn all the tricks from the man himself.
AMBY: This is maybe difficult to answer as you’re still pretty young, but is there any advice that you would give to your younger self?
Michael Calfan: Not really, I think like you said, I’m still too young to maybe know everything that I can know? but maybe in ten or twenty years it will be nice to really look back and say ‘I did that well’ or ‘that was bad’
AMBY: You’ve had an amazing start to 2016 with the single being really well recieved, what’s your plans after the tour?
Michael Calfan: I’ll start work on new music, that’s always the plan, I don’t think I’ll ever stop making music or being involved with it.
AMBY: How much longer do you see yourself being in the industry for?
Michael Calfan: In my head, I will be in the industry for the rest of my life, I don’t know if I will be a DJ in front of the crowds when I’m 220 years older, but hopefully I’ll still be involved.
AMBY: So you’ll stop with originals and become a producer or manager?
Michael Calfan: I’ll be a producer, for sure, when I’m older, I could never be a manager, I’d be a really really bad manager, but I’d really like to be a producer, there is much less pressure on you as a producer, it’s much easier to produce, as there is something to start with, you know? – it’s actually quite hard being in your studio all by yourself trying to work on a new track, but when you’re a producer, it’ll already all there for you, and it doesn’t really feel like work, it’s very fun.
AMBY: Is there anyone you’d particularly like to collaborate with?
Michael Calfan: Yea, there are so so many, probably too many to name, but probably the people I’d most like to collaborate with is one of the artists I grew up listening too, someone like Fatboy Slim or someone
AMBY: Do you have anyone you’d call your main inspiration?
Michael Calfan: I don’t really have like, artists who I’d credit as my inspirations, I would say more that I took inspiration from like, individual tracks from certain arts? my tastes are very diverse, in that sense but I would have certain tracks that I really really liked, but I don’t think there is a single artist or group of artists that I would credit as inspiration.
AMBY: You’re very active on social media, you’re always keeping fans in the know and you’re always replying to comments, what is it that you like about this fan interaction that makes you so active with them?
Michael Calfan: Interacting with the fans is always nice, having a close relationship with your fans, they are your friends after all, like if someone comments on Facebook that they’d love to get to a show, I usually try to put them on the guest list or something, because you know they’re a true fan and it’s really nice to help out the true fans.
AMBY: Do you have any hobbies that you really like doing outside of your music?
Michael Calfan: I really like skateboarding and hanging out with my friends, I’d say that they are the two main things that I like to do, but I don’t do too much else aside from my music, it’s pretty much my life, even when I’m not working on a track directly it’s always there, ticking away in the back of my mind, you know?
AMBY: How do you think the internet has affected the music industry?
Michael Calfan: I think it’s only made it batter, it’s made everything much more accessible, it means that an yone can do it, but on the other hand, it can become harder for producers and labels and there is so much to sort through, so there is jsut as much extra bad stuff as extra new stuff.
AMBY: Lastly, is there anything that you’d like to say to your fans?
Michael Calfan: I just want to say thank you to all of my fans, they are so nice and without the fans the music cannot happen.
Thank you Michael Calfan, for giving us your answers!