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Dave Clarke’s Meaning Of Life: Soldiers Get Their Awards Posthumously ::

Reported by Trackitdown TID on November 22, 2005

“You can only truly become an adult when you stop blaming your parents; you make your own waves and are in control of your own destiny; politicians generally are cunts; big business runs everything; capitalism is the new Christianity, nature can be sublime, and people can have incredible passion and heart in the hardest of circumstances.”


Coming 36th in DJ magazine’s latest Top 100 DJ poll, techno overlord Dave Clarke told the magazine in his accompanying interview that his specialist subject on TV quiz show Mastermind would be ‘the life and times of John Locke’ and speaking to Skrufff today, he’s more than happy to explain why.


“ ‘We must not trust Authority’ is one of Locke’s concepts that for some reason seems to stick out,” says Dave, “He challenged a very conservative society and came through and has inspired many people from Chomsky to probably (Stephen) Hawkins.”


“He had an ability to explain linguistically the very process of thought in a way that cuts through in an extremely logical way that’s very dry and emotional,” he continues, “and it’s precisely because he’s so dry and anatomical that his works read so well, despite him being from the 1700s.”


One of Locke’s concepts was to encourage the individual to use reason to search after truth rather than simply accept the opinion of authorities or be subject to superstition, prompting Dave’s proceeding outburst of what he’s learned so far, though he’s equally candid about his own lack of knowledge.


“I would love to say I had an incredible education where I had the time to sit, learn and discuss the pros and cons of Locke, I would love to say that I mused over Voltaire's respect for Monsieur Locke, however I wasn't privy to the cosy echelons or further education, so I have to come clean and say my attention was drawn to Locke and "An essay concerning Human Understanding" via a TV broadcast in the mid nineties,” he confesses.


“Occasionally a documentary can be so well done that you sit up with your ears pricked, eyes on fire and mind on dry sponge mode thirsting for knowledge, and that happened to me with this particular programme, it turned me on to him.


So I subsequently bought the book, and due to your interest in a humorous (well I thought it was funny) remark in DJ Mag I dug it out again and I am looking forward to making friends with it again in the dark evenings to come. However, Locke really did hit a note with me and despite my protestations and self-pity about a personal lack of further education, who can say that they talked about the Pro's and Cons' of Locke over a take away pizza with John Peel; me!”



Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): DJ's poll is very much a marker of success: how much are accolades and recognition necessary for success?


Dave Clarke: “Well if capitalism is the new Christianity, Van Dyk must be ‘God’ and Tiesto ‘Jesus’. The recognition that means the most to me is a room full of bouncing booty and happy faces whilst listening to music that is alternative to the scrote that trance DJs ‘play’. I am writing this two days after hosting my own room at I Love Techno; the place was rammed; May/Bone/Hood/Fixmer and McCarthy all had grins like a cheshire cat,  and that for me is exactly what it is all about; being bankable but keeping it true, following your belief and yet still being successful all over the world. Soldiers get their awards posthumously.”


Skrufff: Much of Locke's work is characterized by opposition to authoritarianism and he was a revolutionary- could revolution ever realistically happen in today's world in your view?


Dave Clarke: “I was in Paris in June and saw some shit that disgusted me (basically police being out of control and heavy-handed with under 16s) and I said to my girlfriend that there will be riots here. I also spoke to a taxi driver and he further underlined the vibe I had. The very fact politicians can't see this means that they are tending to their flower displays in the cosy Royal like Hotel de Ville's to much. In Holland, the police can eavesdrop into any phone conversation without a warrant; where is the trust there, why is that deemed necessary? As a society we need rules but they have to be fairer and more utopian than they are now. The French have to act first and not react and now say ‘we will invest in these areas’; now it’s too late to regain the trust of this generation.


The only revolution that I would love to see is education as a right for everyone, and not state sponsored idealistic education either. The history I learnt is how proud we should be to be British because we singed the king’s beard in Cadiz and because we won the 2nd World War (conveniently forgetting about the Russians, Americans, Indians, Canadians and Anzacs). The history we should have learnt and spent the most time on instead is why we went to war in the first place and why did we make the same mistakes again. Sure, we can learn about these matters when we are older, but most of us are too busy trying to live and to make ends meet by then. So education would be my ideal revolution.”


Skrufff: How optimistic are you about the world's future in the face of global warming and peak oil?


Dave Clarke: “Humans have an instinctive ability to survive, that is why we have so many on planet earth right now, I'm sure it will change though, the petrol industry had supported the food industry to such a degree that we probably have 3.5 billion people on earth that wouldn't be here without food distribution, fertilisers and drugs. The energy that we consume now is mostly biological, but it is also posthumously. Petrol and gas are all from old forests and dead animals, due to humans being resourceful we have managed to exploit that, but we are keeping the world alive with stored fuel, we are not restocking the cupboards, we do not have enough landspace to supply the same energy when we run out. I have to have faith then that there will be a new technology that will safely replace oil and gas but why aren't governments promoting this? Why are we hoping for oil fields in Russia and Alaska, we should be building more wind plants, solar plants, I am sure for example that Australia could do this. It seems that governments run everything into a state of crisis until there is a massive knee-jerk reaction.” (John Locke: Locke wants each of us to use reason to search after truth rather than simply accept the opinion of authorities or be subject to superstition . . .’)