Toronto-based DJ/producer Nathan Barato has over 15 years experience in the industry, holding residencies in some of the biggest clubs around the world. With an extensive list of releases behind his name and having found himself signed to Marco Carola’s agency, Barato is a powerful house music force and is ready to take on the UK.

We caught up with him ahead of his Portal presents Do Not Sleep appearance at The Rainbow Venues on May 1st to find out more about Canada’s popular house music export.

You’re debuting in Birmingham on May 1st for Do Not Sleep at The Rainbow Venues – what do you think of the UK scene and how does it compare to other places? 

Yesss Birmingham – I can’t wait! For me, I’m relatively new to the UK scene. I’m now starting to play in some different places and it’s really interesting. Seems like no matter where I go in the UK, the parties are massive – such an insane scene out there.

Do Not Sleep is pretty notorious in the house scene but you’ve had releases on a fair amount of labels. What’s your favourite release so far? 

I can’t pick a favourite ! That’s like asking me which of my babies do I love more.

You’re known to dabble in many genres but where do you get your influences? 

A pretty typical answer I guess, but I get my influences from anything and anywhere. A lot of times, it’s a random song on the radio or an idea that just happens to pop in my head.

Did you have any musical training when you were younger?

I did classical guitar for about four years but hated it. A lot. I mentally blocked out all that guitar knowledge, which is actually a shame.

Are there any artists you’d like to collaborate with (new or working with someone you’ve worked with before)?

I’d love to just sit in the studio and watch Kenny Dope work drum patterns for hours and hours.

You have many recognisable residencies under your belt and in Ibiza quite often. What’s your favourite memory?

I’ve been asked this before, and I can never come up with just one memory. It’s like a melange of good times. Jamming memories of the way we were.

What’s an average day for you when you’re in Ibiza compared to when you’re at home in Toronto?

Well, in Ibiza, typically we are out nearly every night because there are great parties always happening. The day time is often chilling or at some day party. Maybe lunch somewhere – who knows? Toronto is more consumed by day to day life, like studio, emails/general admin stuff, seeing family and friends and latching myself at the waist to my girl, G baby.

Are there any plans to re-launch your Roots & Wings label? What else can we expect from you in 2016?

Yes! I keep telling people I’m going to bring it back and I really want too but it just hasn’t worked out yet. It’s definitely something I think about everyday and is just a matter of when the timing is right and all the elements are in place to do it well. I dont wanna half-ass it.

We’re looking forward to your performance at Portal presents Do Not Sleep in Birmingham. Is there anything you want to share with your fans and our readers beforehand? 

I just want to say that I’m a Birmingham rookie so please don’t go easy on me. Show me how the pro’s do it!

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