Doc Sleep and iona for il Telefono

Ahead of their b2b set at il Telefono this Friday we wanted to do a little feature about Doc Sleep and iona. HOWEVER, they decided they wanted to ask each other the questions…. Have a peep below!

doc sleep       iona

Iona:  Where’s the place you’ve most enjoyed DJing?

Doc Sleep: I just got back from playing Ankali in Prague and that whole experience was so special. Highly recommend to check out the wonderful scene and have a dance if you can! Also, playing anywhere with R4R residents is so fun and I always learn a lot. A few recent experiences that come to mind – the beach stage at Whole Festival this Summer and Chouftohanna Festival in Tunis last year.


Doc Sleep: What was the first record you bought?

Iona: I bought a few at once from a charity shop. Among them were: Fontella Bass – Rescue Me, America – A Horse with no Name, and a little 45 of cocktail bar music.


I: What is your favourite RnB tune?

DS: Oh Lord! I am going to have to send a few: Me & U – Cassie, 1 Thing – Amerie, Heart it All Before – Sunshine Anderson, I’m Goin Down – Mary J, Wish I Didn’t Miss You – Angie Stone, Tell Me – Groove Theory, Lil Mo – Superwoman, Rock Wit U – Ashanti


DS: When we play B2B, should we do 1s, 2s, 3s? 30 min?

I: I like doing one each, I feel like it ends up being really engaging for everyone in the room. I think the set can sometimes exist as something nicely different to the sum of its parts. I like being made to think in different ways.


I: Samosa or onion bhaji?

DS: Samosa!


DS: If you could take a visitor to a few London landmarks, venues, shops, etc, where would you take them?

I: The Barbican Centre, Springfield Park and the marshes, Gordon’s wine bar, the cable cars near the Millennium Dome, Hampstead Heath swimming ponds. Maybe up the Shard if I could afford it, I’ve never been.


I: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

DS: I’ve never been to Mexico City even though I lived in California for a long time – I must go!


DS: Do you have a tried and true track you play to save a dancefloor? 

I: Ye Ye So by Jimi Bazzouka is pretty irresistible. 


I: What would be your podcast recommendation, musical or otherwise?

DS: Radiolab for science/philosophy/strange stories, Beyond/Below for beautifully-curated moods.


DS: What’s your most favourite gig you’ve ever played?

I: Field Maneuvers is an annual highlight. I also really enjoyed warming up for LTJ Bukem at this year’s Kala in Albania.


I: What superpower would you choose?

DS: Telekinesis seems pretty siq.


DS: If you could go back in time to a specific point in electronic music history, which year/city?

I: This is too difficult I’ve been agonising for way too long. I’m not well-informed enough to make the perfect decision. A massive rave outdoors somewhere in the ‘90s I reckon.


I: What cocktail are you?

DS: I will go with – a Greyhound, with a sprig of rosemary in a double old-fashioned heavy crystal glass.


DS: Which cocktail are YOU?

I: Vodka martini with an olive.

Catch them bum to bumming at il telefono this Friday <3

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