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On the road with… Dimitri from Paris

Tempting sites: Tokyo (above) and Thessaloniki (below)

■ The DJ and producer tells us about vinyl shopping in Tokyo and a monumental party in Miami

What is your favourite on-the-road moment?

I love to travel with my family wherever possible and my favourite moments are when I find fantastic places for food that serve cuisine that’s specific to the country we’re in, be that street food or a more formal restaurant. Japanese food has always impressed me. Outside of traditional stuff like sukiyaki and tempura you can find some brilliant interpretations of international food, notably Italian — they make an amazing shirasu pizza with anchovies and wafu pasta with sea urchins or cod roe.

What’s your favourite city?

Tokyo. I went for the first time 25 years ago for a 24-hour trip but was so impressed that I vowed to go back twice a year and have now been over 50 times. It’s a huge city with lots of neighbourhoods, each very different. Shibuya is youthful and great for bars and record shopping — I love HMV (recordshop.hmv., which only sells vinyl and has lots of second-hand, collectible records from all over the world. Akihabara is techie and Ginza is really upmarket. Most restaurants in Tokyo are dedicated to a specific cuisine — I’d recommend that anyone try their twist on curry, which is a thick gravy with rice. It’s sweeter and less spicy than Indian curry.

What’s your best souvenir?

Wherever I am, I’ll go to the biggest supermarket I can find and buy anything that stands out for funny packaging or just for being unusual — I have some weird salt shakers from Brazil that are egg-shaped heads with silly faces and hats painted on them.

Rice and easy: Japanese curry

What has been your most life-changing experience while travelling?

The best party I’ve ever been to happened in Miami during the Winter Music Conference ( in the early 2000s. Everyone notable from the electronic music and clubbing industry was gathered and I played a four-hour set on the same bill as Masters At Work and Tony Humphries, who were the biggest DJs at the time. They were idols of mine and I was so nervous to be around so many industry experts but it’s still the best party I’ve ever had and people still talk about it now. I had dinner with New York DJ Spinna recently and he brought it up. I got a standing ovation and security eventually had to kick people out because no one wanted to leave.

Room with a view: The Duomo cathedral in Florence and the Sheraton Bangkok (below)

Where’s the best place you’ve spent the night?

The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand, exceeded all my expectations (from £139.60, I was there with my family and they gave us the presidential suite, which has a huge living room and panoramic views of Lake Rajada.

Have you ever come close to being arrested?

No. Funnily enough there was a story circulating on the internet some time ago that I was arrested in Bangkok but it was all untrue — I’m not even sure what I was supposed to have been arrested for. I’ve had a few issues with customs before but who hasn’t?

Where are you going next?

Florence — I’ve booked an extra day to explore because it’s such a beautiful city. My family and I have fallen in love with Thessaloniki in Greece too. I have family in Athens but I find the city a bit too rushed so we try and get to Thessaloniki every year — it’s less touristy than a lot of Greece.

Dimitri From Paris will be playing at 51st State Festival, London, August 4, tickets at