My 5 Favorite Things: Quivver
John Graham has been crafting high quality dance tunes under his Quivver alias since the '90s. From his home base of LA, the British expat continues to decimate dance floors with his diverse selection of heady productions. Last month he unleashed "Arrest the DJ," a stellar collaboration with Lea Luna, and he has plenty more irons in the fire. We caught up with Graham to find out five of his favorite things.
1. Eric Cartman: The best TV character ever created. I've been a South Park fan since it started and for maybe the first six months after I moved to the U.S. I was too impatient too sit through the endless commercials to get into anything else on TV so I just recorded every episode — it was pretty much the only show I watched. Incidentally, five years on I've added only three more things to the recordings list: Bill Maher, Chris Mathews (I've developed a fascination with American politics) and UFC (I've also developed a fascination with big men hurting each other).
2. Thai Red Curry: If I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life this would be it. It has the best combination of ingredients ever. I'd like to shake the hand of whoever invented this dish and give them a gold medal the size of a dustbin lid. Maybe the recipe evolved over time, but I like to think it was invented in some random eureka moment by a little old man making dinner for his family in a bamboo hut — kind of like holy f*#k!! come and taste this sh*t kids!
3. Argentinian nightclubs/clubbers: I love DJing in Argentina; the people seem to enjoy music like nowhere else and of all the years I've been playing there I've never had an even slightly crap gig.
4. MDMA: The best combination of chemicals ever! Whoever invented this deserves an even bigger gold medal than the little old Thai fella!
5. Glastonbury festival: This has been the highlight of my year for the past few years. I've had the opportunity to play quite a few times (thanks, Biff) but whether I'm performing or not it's the best festival I've ever been to — even when it rains. It covers a huge area and is so musically diverse you can always find something cool to watch/listen to. These days you have to be quick to get tickets and it's virtually impossible to sneak in now but it means that the people who go have made an effort to be there and it makes the whole experience and the vibe that much better. You can bring your own food and alcohol, and they donate all the profits to charity which is something else that sets it apart from most (if not all) other festivals that I know of.