01:00:02,000 Hi, I'm A-Trak.
01:00:03,400 I'm a DJ, producer, record-label owner,
01:00:07,640 originally from Montreal,
01:00:07,640 now in New York.
01:00:10,640 What's the best thing
01:00:10,640 about living in Montreal?
01:00:13,240 What do I miss about Montreal?
01:00:13,240 I guess my family, my parents.
01:00:18,080 The food...
01:00:21,880 the spirit...
01:00:24,280 Not the cold!
01:00:25,720 How old were you when you first
01:00:25,720 discovered your passion for music?
01:00:29,120 I really discovered my passion
01:00:29,120 for music and DJing
01:00:33,040 when I was 13.
01:00:34,800 I started scratching, basically.
01:00:37,600 I'd put a record on a turntable
01:00:37,600 and try to scratch it a little bit.
01:00:41,680 I figured a few things out.
01:00:43,320 I picked it up pretty fast.
01:00:45,880 It became this constant challenge to
01:00:45,880 learn more, to figure out how to do it.
01:00:49,920 I would come home from school
01:00:49,920 and practice for hours.
01:00:53,400 I was fully engulfed in it
01:00:53,400 right from that moment.
01:00:57,040 What inspires you?
01:00:58,840 My inspiration varies a lot,
01:00:58,840 especially at this stage.
01:01:02,280 Now that I do more...
01:01:04,440 'Cause I DJ, I produce, I do remixes,
01:01:07,320 I run a record label, I keep blogs.
01:01:11,360 There's a lot of stuff that I do.
01:01:14,160 So in general, I'm just inspired by
01:01:14,160 any kind of music that I'm into.
01:01:19,040 Sometimes it's the spirit of a city
01:01:21,840 or sometimes it could be
01:01:21,840 just being in a certain mood,
01:01:25,680 or another piece of art
01:01:25,680 that gives me a certain perspective.
01:01:30,480 It really depends.
01:01:32,280 A lot of times, it comes down to
01:01:32,280 my music producing
01:01:37,280 or working on DJ sets,
01:01:38,920 and I just follow my ear.
01:01:40,920 So, whatever catches my ear,
01:01:44,080 whatever gives me a little direction,
01:01:46,640 I follow it.
01:01:47,960 What was your highest moment
01:01:47,960 in your musical career?
01:01:50,560 It's hard to pinpoint
01:01:50,560 the highest moment of my career,
01:01:53,720 'cause I feel like my career
01:01:53,720 has had many chapters,
01:01:57,080 many phases.
01:02:00,400 At the beginning, when I was 15,
01:02:04,160 entering these DJ competitions,
01:02:08,080 winning the world championship
01:02:08,080 at the age of 15
01:02:10,960 was one of the high points of my life.
01:02:15,200 Winning this championship
01:02:15,200 that no one's ever won as a teenager...
01:02:19,800 There had never even been
01:02:19,800 a Canadian in the finals.
01:02:23,560 I got there on my first try and won.
01:02:25,640 That was a big thing.
01:02:26,880 But then after that,
01:02:28,960 a lot of the work I did with Kanye West
01:02:28,960 was a really big deal for me.
01:02:33,040 But recently, founding
01:02:33,040 my record label, Fool's Gold,
01:02:36,440 and putting out our first
01:02:36,440 couple of releases three years ago
01:02:40,680 up till now, putting out
01:02:40,680 our first official compilation.
01:02:45,080 Doing sold-out tours
01:02:45,080 has been a big deal.
01:02:48,520 And then the last thing for me is,
01:02:52,520 I have this project called Duck Sauce.
01:02:54,800 It's me and Armand Van Helden,
01:02:56,480 and we have a track out now
01:02:56,480 called <i>Barbra Streisand.</i>
01:03:00,400 It reached high up in the charts,
01:03:00,400 number 3 in the UK.
01:03:03,320 Having a top-5 record
01:03:07,560 for the first time in my career
01:03:09,640 is a really big deal for me, too.
01:03:11,600 What was your lowest moment
01:03:11,600 in your musical career?
01:03:14,000 I'm not sure what my lowest point was.
01:03:16,400 I think I've been pretty fortunate
01:03:16,400 in the sense that I've never really...
01:03:20,960 hit rock bottom in my career.
01:03:23,040 I think there may have been
01:03:23,040 certain periods
01:03:25,400 where there was
01:03:25,400 a little bit less of a spark
01:03:27,760 or a little bit less momentum,
01:03:29,760 but I was still always getting booked
01:03:29,760 and working a lot.
01:03:33,440 I've never had a point in my career
01:03:35,520 where I was completely
01:03:35,520 blocked or stumped
01:03:38,520 or at some sort of dead end.