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Highsnobiety Q&A April, 26 2011

Talking Style With… A-Trak

As the debut feature in our new “Talking __ With…” series we catch up with Fool’s Good Records co-founder and world renowned DJ Alain Macklovitch aka A-Trak to talk style.

How would you describe your personal style?

It’s like a uniform, I always wear the same thing. Either I’m wearing my hat or sunglasses (but rarely both). Either I’m wearing a leather jacket or a denim jacket. Usually every season there’s one pair of shoes that I wear every day for that season. One pair of jeans, maybe two. I don’t know how to describe it, it’s the A-Trak uniform.

Top 3 pairs of shoes you own – where do you wear them and why?

I don’t even wear more than 3 pairs of shoes. I have my white Common Projects, the classic Achilles lows. I wear those every day. I have the black Jordan 3’s, I wear those if the white Common Projects don’t match an outfit, hahah. Let’s see um… I mean I have a bunch of pairs of Jordans but I don’t even rock all of them anymore. Maybe the black 5’s? Or the white and blue 4’s? Then there’s also dress shoes that go with my suits but that’s a whole other thing.

Read more from our chat, and check out A-Trak’s Coachella recap video, after the click.

Favorite sneakers of all time?

Black Jordan 3.

What bags do you use on a regular basis? Why?

I’m really into man-bags, the murse has been a big discovery for me in the last 2 years. My favorite bags are by Surface To Air and Master-piece. When I use a bag it serves multiple purposes. It has to serve as a DJ bag, which nowadays only means fitting a laptop, Serato records, headphones and a charger. But it also serves as my carry-on when I travel, so I have to fit a 2nd laptop and a few other things. But it can’t look like it’s bloated.

Favorite article of clothing in your closet?

YSL tuxedo with velour bowtie.

What are the five most useful items on your desk?

I’m going to answer for my music desk because I don’t use a workdesk much. I’d say the Innofader in my mixer, my Aiaiai headphones, the iLok for my plugins, my Persian rug mousepad (keeps me in good spirits) and of course the computers.

What should every guy have in his closet?

Multiple pairs of their favorite jeans. Wear them every day and when they’re worn out switch to a new pair.

What’s one thing you’re saving up for?

A country house.

Any trends you’ve had enough of?

Heritage.

What’s something you never leave the house without?

My mojo.

Most stylish city in the world?

Paris.

Be sure to catch A-Trak on the Magic 8 Ball Tour with Kid Sister and The Gaslamp Killer at one of the following dates:

Apr 26 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
Apr 27 Philadelphia, PA Voyeur
Apr 30 New York, NY Terminal 5
May 2 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
May 3 Montreal, QC Telus Theater
May 5 Chicago, IL The Mid
May 6 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
May 7 Eugene, OR Willamette Valley Music Festival
May 9 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
May 10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
May 12 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
May 13 Portland, OR Branx
May 14 Seattle, WA WaMu Theatre
May 16 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine

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