Lausanne, Switzerland
Ed, 28
Music Producer & DJ
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What do you do and why do you do it?

What makes me happy is producing music, mainly techno and house and I sometimes DJ at parties. Music can make people relaxed, pumped up, energetic and reflective all in the same night. I love that. I've not been doing it long but buying the gear and giving it a try is one of the best decisions I've made! I work during the day and travel also, but take my laptop with me everywhere so I can always be in the studio. I've got great friends here and I'm an extrovert. I love meeting new people and discovering what makes them tick. Other than that, I'm a football guy, an ale drinker (miss English ale) and always up for spontaneous plans.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Anything with a beat to get my mind off it! I'm not big into finding songs with meaningful words, but if it's got a build up and a drop, I'm hooked.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I've lived abroad for the last three years, but you can't beat British comedies. Mighty Boosh, Monty Python, the Office; love 'em all.

Name some spots in Lausanne that are good for a Tinder date.

You asking for you or a friend? Well there are a lot of restos that have a 'couples area' - the ones with loads of two-person tables crammed together. Don't go there. I like Cafe St Pierre but the Great Escape is always good for atmosphere.

Who’s your hero and where in Lausanne would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero is Eric Prydz, the producer and DJ. He's Swedish and I have a sauna so that's gotta feature in any serious hang with a Swede. I guess I'd want to show him my studio, chat to him and understand how he makes music. Then afterward head to La Mise en Bière for some quality drinks.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'm a fake skater. I love the look but can't skate. I usually get my clothes whenever I travel to a cheaper country, but in Lausanne I shop at Doodah, Pull & Bear, MANIAK and good old H&M.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Lausanne is pretty small so there aren't many areas that have a bad vibe, but you won't find me listening to trap music in a park somewhere.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

There's a restaurant in the centre called Noir d'ivoire where you eat completely in the dark. No mobile phones and you can't see your hand in front of you - or your date...I've never been but it sounds fun.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Lausanne and where did you get it?

I'm not really a posh guy so I don't do fancy restaurants, but a friend of mine is a top chef who used to live in America and now puts on private 7 course dinners for a group of people every two months or so. Best food I've ever tasted.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Lausanne that you particularly like?

I'm surprised at how many people haven't heard of La Datcha. It's a small place in Flon with a relaxed vibe. They serve local beer and sometimes host artistic events or gigs.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Lausanne? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I've only ever been to the bar here, so I'm cheating. But the Beau-Rivage Palace has got to be up there. They host major political talks here every few months and the hotel and spa is apparently amazing. The service and drinks were top class and if you want to feel like a billionaire for a night, that's the place to go.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Lausanne? Which one do you like?

I'm not a big fan of cocktails, or at least my stomach isn't. At the top of Lausanne though, Le Comptoir is known for having top bartenders and a big selection of spirits.

Where would you take your partner in Lausanne if you wanted to really pamper them?

Some place I haven't been in before to make it extra special - maybe one of the fancy hotels!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Lausanne?

It's my opinion but I don't know how some of the DJs get away with having regular spots at the most popular clubs. I've been disappointed at how boring it was and how the guy mixing didn't feel the mood of the crowd. Honestly even though I'll rate it, NONAME club isn't the best music.

What are the Lausanne spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

I'd say the art gallery l'Art Brut is unique - a collection of art done by people living in psychiatric hospitals. Sounds strange but everyone I've taken there raves about it. Head on down to Ouchy to experience the Swiss riviera and at night, the Great Escape, to feel like a real Lausannois.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Lausanne. How do you spend it?

Text everyone I know and make a giant barbecue in my garden! Some cider, sausages, good friends, a bit of ping-pong and at the end of the night, head to the sauna.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Actually I had a lot of fun in Tel Aviv (shout out), but Galle in Sri Lanka is one of the few places I liked enough that I'd love to live there one day. The people I met were the best, it's right beside the ocean and the architecture of the place looks amazing.

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