Ash got to spend sometime interviewing Jean-Michel Wickli, also known as Half ‘n Half, ahead of his Halloween 2013 performance at !Arcade Empire. In his spare time he is the manager and independent booking agent of Shortstraw, Goodnight Wembley, Beatenberg, Al Bairre, Anchors Up and Julian Redpath

DYD: Hey Jean! I love your choice in music so much that when you DJ I clear the front of the dance floor with my ‘dance-like-no-one-is-watching-but-actually-everyone-is’ moves (every single time, espcially that one time at Puma Social Club). What song tends to drive the crowd to a new level of ‘dance crazy’?
Jean-Michel (Half ‘n Half):
Hey guys. Thanks that’s very kind. I like making people dance, so I try and go out of my way to find songs and remixes that do just that. Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines were the smash singles of this year and I have really great remixes of those songs that I enjoy playing. I also have a few sneaky tracks that I play that make my sets unique, so that’s a secret you’ll have to come check out at the show.

DYD: You have a firm footing in indie music, as you also look after the guys at Shortstraw, if you could manage an international indie band, whom would they be?
Jean-Michel (Half ‘n Half): I have a real passion for unique indie music and have loved Incubus for years, so to do anything with them would be amazing. As they are hiatus though, I’d probably say Foo Fighters or Queens of the Stone Age, just because they seem like they can party and are pretty bad ass.

DYD: What kind of set can we expect from you at Halloween 2013?
Jean-Michel (Half ‘n Half): For Grietfest, I went a little more electro, so for this Halloween show I want to keep it spooky but funky at the same time.

DYD: Do you have any costume ideas for the party?
Jean-Michel (Half ‘n Half): Last weekend I had two dress up parties. So I think I might have an idea for this one, just need to go get some stuff to make it stand out. Unique is what it’s all about on Halloween

DYD: What are your favourite records of 2013?
Jean-Michel (Half ‘n Half): There have been a bunch of great albums this year. I was going to launch my top 15 for the year in December on a new platform idea I’m starting, but I can give you some insight into what I have been enjoying thus far:

– Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
– Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience Part 1.
– Shortstraw – Good Morning, Sunshine
– Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork
– Arctic Monkeys – AM
– Kanye West – Yezus

DYD: Do you have a favourite performance? Where was it and why does it go down as a favourite? 
Jean-Michel (Half ‘n Half): This year has been good to me. I’ve been fortunate enough to play some of the coolest and biggest shows of my life. Oppikoppi, the 5Gum Party and the Puma Social Club shows definitely stand out because of the nature of their size and production. But I do have to say opening for The Kooks under a bridge in JHB on a stormy night, has to be my most memorable show. There was just something about the people, the vibe and seeing one of my favourite bands that made the whole thing amazing and slightly surreal.

If you want more Half ‘n Half information:
– Like the Half ‘n Half Facebook page
– Check out the Half ‘n Half Soundcloud page
– Follow Half ‘n Half on Twitter

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