Last month we shared an excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, a collaboration between Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate, the Cosmo Hotel, and Linus Dessecker, a German photographer who posed the same seven travel-related questions to some of today’s top touring DJs and producers. Today’s excerpt features Rick Wade, a famously prolific producer and underrated staple of the Detroit scene who is also the force behind legendary imprint Harmonie Park, which has released classics from peers like Mike Huckaby, amongst others. His own discography is a gold mine for house heads, brimming with classic tracks tinged with funk and soul that have kept Wade touring the world for several decades.
Q: Approximately how many gigs do you play a year?
On average I do around 12 gigs a year.
Q: How many flights do you need to take for your annual bookings?
Around 10 flights a year.
Q: What equipment do you typically use? What do you pack?
I take one bag of vinyl records and my headphones with me.
Q: What does traveling mean to you? Are you still able to enjoy it?
I still enjoy traveling, but I had to cut down, so I don’t travel as much as I used to.
Q: What do you miss most when you’re on the road?
I miss my family, my bed, and my Saturday night anime.
Q: What’s the best, weirdest, or craziest situation you’ve experienced on your journeys so far?
One of the best experiences is when I first met Dai Sato and Shinichiro Watanabe on one of my Japan tours. They’re two of the biggest screenwriters and directors in the anime world. I’ve been a major fan of their work forever, and then I find out that they’re both big Rick Wade fans. They have a huge Rick Wade collection inside their studio with pretty much every record and CD going back to the early 1990s. Now we’re really good friends, and whenever I’m in Japan, we always make time to hang out and chill and they always come out to see me play and show support. Another notable moment that stands out is the time I was on tour in Australia with Kyle Hall and a werewolf was trying to break into the hotel front lobby to attack two ladies. That was crazy. LOL!
Q: How do you keep your life balanced?
I usually bring my cell phone with me so I can listen to music, watch tutorials on game programming, and watch clips from some of my favorite anime while traveling. Also, I always check in with the family whenever I arrive and get checked in at the hotel.