Disco-loving collaborative Du Tonc is made up of London DJ/producer Mighty Mouse and Sydney vocalist/musician Matt Van Schie. Surging Memories, their latest collaborative effort, is their second offering following debut single Darkness. Here they chat to The London Word about pubs, parks, Portobello and Buckingham Palace…
What is your favourite area of London?
MVS: ‘I like to hang at Elliott’s Café in Borough Market.’
MM: ‘Portobello Road. The street is alive, it’s hard to explain but it’s magical.’
Your most vivid London memory?
MVS: ‘Riding my friend’s chopper through the city streets on a balmy summer’s afternoon.’
MM: ‘A Portobello pub crawl. We never make it that far. Normally it’s a rule of one drink per pub; that never happens ‘cause we bump in to so many people.’
What would your perfect London day out involve?
MVS: ‘Get up late, ride to a café, have a doppio ristretto piccolo and a croissant, then meet some friends at a park for a BBQ and plenty of cider.’
MM: ‘Guinness, Portobello Road, BBQ.’
What would your perfect London night out involve?
MVS: ‘I’m still at the park!’
MM: ‘Dinner, a trip to the theatre then a gig at XOYO or The Nest.’
What makes London unique?
MVS: ‘The diversity of people and thriving music scene.’
MM: ‘The people and its history. It’s old and there are some incredible places to see. I could walk around for days.’
Which season do you most enjoy in London?
MVS: ‘I’m from Sydney and I’ve only ever been in summer, so I’d have to say summer. Londoners seem to appreciate the sun a lot more than folks back home. Everyone’s in such a good mood and it rubs off.’
MM: ‘Summer in London is pretty special, mainly because there isn’t much of a summer so everyone goes crazy and enjoys it.’
Where in London do you feel most creative?
MVS: ‘Wandering through Hampstead Heath because it refreshes my perspective. I feel like I’ve had a holiday to the countryside.’
MM: ‘Spending an afternoon in one of the parks. I love Hyde Park; it’s the countryside in the city. Superb people watching there; I always get ideas.’
Where in London have you never been, but have always wanted to go?
MVS: ‘Too many places to name. I’m from Sydney!’
MM: ‘I’ve always wanted to do a tour of Buckingham Palace.’
Who is your favourite Londoner, and why?
MVS: ‘Mighty Mouse is my favourite Londoner because he knows how to bring the devil out in me.’
MM: ‘David Bowie, for obvious reasons.’
What do you think is London’s best kept secret?
MVS: ‘Elliott’s Café. Although it probably isn’t a secret anymore.’
MM: ‘Its markets. London has the most incredible markets.’
Which song do you think best encapsulates London?
MVS: ‘Kingston Town, UB40.’
MM: ‘West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys.’
What do you miss most about London when you’re away?
MVS: ‘My friends.’
MM: ‘My friends.’
How does London drive you mad?
MVS: ‘It doesn’t yet. I haven’t been there long enough.’
MM: ‘Sometimes it’s hard to escape for peace and quiet, it can be a little intense and unkind.’
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
MVS: ‘Ride or walk instead of catching the bus or underground.’
MM: ‘You can never remember a lie.’
Where would you go in London to revisit your past?
MVS: ‘Baker Street, Konk Studios, Dalston, Angel, Hampstead, Camden, London Fields.’
MM: ‘Camden Market, Portobello Road, Notting Hill, Spitalfields, Hyde Park, Blackheath.’
Where do you go in London to relax?
MVS: ‘Hampstead Heath.’
MM: ‘Hyde Park or The Uxbridge Arms in Notting Hill.’
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
MVS: ‘A Du Tonc EP and some solo Matt Van Schie.’
MM: ‘A new DU Tonc EP and some Mighty Mouse remixes and a singles.’
What would you recommend everyone in London do at least once?
MVS: ‘Sky dive.’
Du Tonc’s single Surging Memories is out now. They play London’s XOYO on June 14, 2013.