Eliphino will be our guest at Hard Life Party for our second edition in one of the best underground spots of the Wick – Mick’s Garage. Behind the scenes !

What is the biggest moment of pride of your life?

Any time someone resonates with some music I’ve made, that’s the best feeling.

What is the most difficult part in your artist life?

Maintaining a structured and productive routine and feeling like I’ve achieved enough/anything by the end of the day.

Have you got a bedside book?

I’ve got quite a few but I’m half way through one called ‘Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow’ which is about different ways our brains interpret information. If I give up on that I’ll finally start ‘Sapiens’.

One track you listen to in secret?

At the moment, Mura Masa & Charli XCX – “1 Night”, I never feel too guilty about checking for good pop tracks but you probably won’t hear it played at Hard Life though (laughs).

Which public artist / person, would you want to have around for dinner ?

Maybe Grayson Perry because he’d be funny and have a few stories but he might get a bit overbearing after a while.

What are your worst “Random memories” from a party?

I’m stumped on this one, can’t think of any random bad memories! I must have pushed deep into my subconscious to be dealt with later in life.

Have you got a bad joke (not funny) that you can share?

My DJ name is a bad joke!! What do you get if you cross an elephant and a rhino? Eliphino/Hell if I know. (laughs)

Would you rather go to a concert or clubbing?

It totally depends on my mood, I like clubbing for the dissociative nature of getting lost in a big dark room but sometimes I need to nourishment of seeing a live performer create music in that moment at a concert. I can’t choose one over the other, sorry!

What do you do well, apart from music?

I am an okay designer and I can run quite fast.

Can you share 3 tracks which will never leave your DJ Bag?

At the moment, I’ll go for:

Roger S presents the Deep

Davina – “Don’t You Want It”

Powder – “Afrorgan”

What would you have done if you were not a musician ?

Probably a rapping’ or trappin’.

Have you benefited from your artist position at a party ?

I’m an egalitarian so I refuse to benefit in any way apart from free alcohol, drugs and sex.

If you had to be reincarnated as an animal, which animal ?

Probably an Elephant as they’re one of my faves but it would suck to get shot by poacher.

Do you have a « Hard Life » story that you can share with us ?

My first job was selling burgers to football fans at Leeds United stadium during half time, that was hard as fuck, I quit after 3 games.

What is your most expensive vinyl ?

I don’t have too many expensive records but I do have a green coloured Jay Dee Remixes one from 1996 with a killer remix of “Abandon Ship” by Busta Rhymes that cost me about £70, I’ve never gone over the £100 mark yet.

Can you share the biggest succession of after-parties ?

After-parties are overrated, most times it’s just people sulking about cocaine or arguing about Jeremy Corbyn. The other week I tried to stay in on Friday night but accidentally stayed up all night, then rolled through to DJ at my friends birthday on Saturday night and by Sunday evening I thought I had worked out that we are living in a computer simulation and I could see the circuits in the wooden floor! Oops.

Finally, what was your first vinyl purchase?

First record I can remember cherishing was “Inner City Life” by Goldie/Metalheadz but my cat pissed on it!!! RIP Homer the cat.

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