Boris Werner is watching the rain from his home in Amsterdam, preparing to enliven a wet night at the nearby Magneet Festival with nothing but dry wit and his trusty trove of house music. It’s a combination that has made the busy DJ a firm favourite on dance floors across the world – including his residencies at Trouw, Amsterdam, and DC10, Ibiza.
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1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being able to do whatever you want to do, with people around you to enjoy the moment.
2. How do you treat yourself on a day off?
I like going to a spa and getting well-treated.
3. What is your current state of mind?
Cloudy. Literally and figuratively. It’s shitty weather here [in Amsterdam].
4. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
It sounds a little bit corny but music in general. It’s a good reason to get up in the morning.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Be more productive. Once I start things I tend to let them slide – both in music production and daily life.
6. What do you most value in your friends?
Humour and honesty. My friends are pretty good at both.
7. What is the worst thing that could happen?
A third world war. We don’t need another fucking war.
8. Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad. He’s a cool guy who’s always been very supportive of what I do. Musically, Jim Morrison. His nonchalance towards life. I was in Paris when I was ten years old, listening to The Doors, and went to his grave. That made quite a big impact to a little kid. I was happy to make it past 27.
9. What is your philosophy?
A lot of people are too focused on the next step instead of enjoying the moment itself. I say, stand still and appreciate life. Carpe diem.
10. What’s next?
Production-wise, I’m working on remixes for a London band called Son of Sun.
As far as gigs: I have my party at Trouw 20th September with Paranoid London (https://www.facebook.com/ParanoidLondon) – an acid live band – and an all-night party coming in November. I’m resident at DC10 Ibiza and have gigs there in September. In October I’ll be at the Amsterdam Dance Event, which is great. The ADE has a really nice vibe now with a lot of international people coming to party.