On The Road: Mikael Weermets—Beer, Booze, Towels and A Few Talking Polar Bears

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It is impossible to look at Mikael Weermets and miss his tattoos, which truly are a work of art. “They are sort of a symbol for everything that has been going on in the last 10 years of my life,” he explains. “I think that if you took the step to get it inked on your body once upon a time, that time is worth remembering.” Weermets has worked hard to gain recognition in his native Sweden, home to some of the best DJs on the planet: Dada Life, Avicii, Adrian Lux, and Swedish House Mafia. Weermets had the honor of playing at none other than Tommorwland 2012, one of the biggest moments of his career to date. “To be honest I didn't even realize how crazy it was until I actually stopped and got escorted for some interviews afterwards,” Weermets noted.

He most recently released “Make Some Noise” on Garuda and has an upcoming remix for Skylar Grey and Eminem. His Toolroom Records debut is also due with upcoming releases of “Bounce” and “Panorama.” Despite spending so much time in the studio, mental roadblock isn't a problem for this DJ. “As soon as I feel I'm getting stuck I just jump to another project, another genre or start listening to some out of the box music to make something grab be emotionally. Always does the trick.”

The upcoming Generation Wild tour provides the perfect opportunity for Weermets to satisfy his American fans. “The Generation Wild Tour is going to be something that people have never seen before,” he notes.

Its called Generation WILD for a reason, and I will definitely do my part to make sure that name is lived up to.

We also did a Q&A on touring, life on the road, and the best and worst parts of extensive travelling. Which airlines does Weermets avoid? What's on his rider? And what exactly is a Weermbear? Read below to find out.

Travel probably takes up more of your time than it does the common man. Do you have any tales of extreme excitement or extreme boredom?

No matter how shitty the flight times are, how long and bulky they can be, when you walk in and up on the stage, those flights and airport hours are long gone. I'm probably the most excited guy there is. I'm so in love with what I do, and I'm always trying to do creative stuff during travel time.

Do you have a favorite airline?

I love all of them longtime for always flying me to beautiful places. The first one who sponsors me with seats with a no-crying-babies guarantee, you'll be in my heart forever.

I never play the same set twice, even if we are playing 30 shows in one month. People deserve to hear you being creative if they take the time to come see you play.

Are there any airlines you won’t fly?

I have a few, I don't like to point fingers but we can call two of them "R*anair" and "E*syjet".

Do you make a right or left when get on a plane (first class or coach)?

I'm a coach boy for now. Better start making better music so I can cozy it up with those rich bastards up there.

Do you read books on the road?

I'm extremely bad at reading books. I do read the occasional milk-cartons, but the comics on the back are not as good as they were when I was younger.

Do you remember the first time you had a live audience’s complete attention?

First of all I was like "why are they staring and waving their fists at me, are they mad at me?" Kidding aside, it was a real cool feeling and it made me understand that if I work real hard, this could happen more often and all my musical fantasies could be lived out.

Which do you prefer, a smoky, low-lit club or a big stage with bright lights and colored gels?

Both actually: I love playing venues with interested people, no matter if it's a 50 people underground room next to the bathroom or the mainstage of a festival.

How much of your set changes from gig to gig?

I never play the same set twice, even if we are playing 30 shows in one month. People deserve to hear you being creative if they take the time to come see you play. The creative process behind my set can be just as fun as performing it live. Sometimes you can be sitting in a hotel room and jumping and whistling to yourself cause you know that when you played that new mashup you did, people are going to lose their minds.

Me and my tour manager once decided to take our clothes off and join a folkdance at 5 am. Good fun. Bit cold, but very entertaining.

What’s on your Rider?

The regular stuff, some beer and booze, towels, my tour manager and a few talking polar bears…Nothing special.

I was once accused of having a false passport and got thrown in a cell at the airport of Azerbaijan. When he understood what was going on the promoter shut off his phone and ran for his life.

If you were the biggest musician in the world, what would be on your Rider?

A few more of those talking polar bears and a trademark to go with them. I would call them Weermbears. Cuddly and awesome at the same damn time.

What’s the most memorable time you’ve had on the road outside of the club?

Me and my tour manager once decided to take our clothes off and join a folk dance at 5 am. Good fun. Bit cold, but very entertaining.

How do you like to spend your free time and days off on the road? Tell us about your most memorable day off on the road.

Free time? I don't understand the question.

Talk about the most hectic conflict that you’ve been involved in. What position on the heap did you occupy in at the end?

I was once accused of having a false passport and got thrown in a cell at the airport of Azerbaijan. When he understood what was going on the promoter shut off his phone and ran for his life. And my ex-booker who was responsible for the show all of sudden had a "family-situation" and couldn't help out either. They finally let me go after 24 hours of abuse and I actually got robbed by airport security. So if you're from Azerbaijan and wonder why I didn't show up, or why I don't accept offers from there anymore, now you know. About the promoter and ex-manager, they better pray I don't get famous because I'm going to tweet my millions of followers to throw eggs at their houses.

Do you have any pets? What do they do while you’re on the road?

I have my tour manager Kenan, he's pettish enough. I’m thinking about getting a goldfish and calling him Silvercat. Just to spice things up a bit.

What the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

Watch some standup-comedy so I wake up with fresh jokes to steal and tell people so they actually think I’m funny in real life.

You probably shake a lot of hands on the road, if people were really to listen after you shook their hand for the first time, what would you say to them?

I'd ask for their names again, because I forget them 100% of the time.

What are the top 5 songs in your iTunes “most played” folder?

1. Roger SanchezAnother Chance
2. PRYDAWaves
3. Pretty Lights feat Ralph Stanley & LeAnn RimesWayfarin Stranger
4. Major Lazer feat AmberGet Free
5. Knife PartyFire Hive

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