■ 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. co.jp), 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.
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 (wmcinfo.com) 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.
Where’s the best place you’ve spent the night?
The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand, exceeded all my expectations (from £139.60, sheratongrandesukhumvit.com). 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 skiddle.com