Basement Jaxx producer Felix Buxton quickly realised the fame and adoration that accompanied success was hollow.
As one of the top electronic and house acts of the last 20 years Basement Jaxx racked up hit singles and sell-out world tours.
However for the 48-year-old fame was just an illusion that was an unexpected, and unwanted, by product of his love for house music.
In response to the juxtaposition of having a career which brings fame, Felix finds some balance with humanitarian work.
Felix, who will play a DJ Set with Basement Jaxx at Enjoy Music Festival on Saturday, helped out at the Calais refugee camp in the build-up to its closure in October 2016.
Talking exclusively to the Society he said: “As everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame they will maybe realise fame isn’t so amazing and they will maybe get some depth.
“There is no point just being a selfish money grabber all your life because it is not going to make you an enlightened being.
“That is my ambition–to find a higher sense of being human.
“I want to use my time to do something useful in the world.
“A few years ago I went to the Calais Refugee camp and also helped in a homeless shelter.
“I helped with volunteers in Calais and handed out stuff to people in the camp just before they took it down.
“Kids from a school in the North of England had produced about 300 pictures which said things such as ‘we love you’ and ‘you are humans’ which were then all blown up in size.
“We put them up all over the camp.
“That was because a psychologist had said if the police and people coming in to break up the camp can think of their children and relate these people to their children it stops them being violent.
“I was lucky enough to be asked to be involved in that.
“People spend too much time being upset about the state of the world and moaning about it. Yet they do nothing about it. It is important to be positive and you have to work at it.
“We can all do it and it can grow inside you. Where energy grows, energy flows.”
My dad was a vicar so I was brought up to think that a lot of things that shine and glitter are illusions
Inspired by the early house of Chicago-based Trax Records, Felix formed Basement Jaxx in 1994 with Simon Ratcliffe.
The duo emerged from London’s thriving underground house scene with debut album Remedy, which sold in excess of one million copies worldwide.
It also spawned hit singles Rendez-Vu and Bingo Bango which both topped the US dance chart.
“With music I was not going for fame – I was very much into the underground house scene,” said Felix.
“That was my initial love and the messages that came with it.
“House culture was all about unity and music from the fringes within America.
“That was my way into it but then we ended up doing Top of the Pops and it took a different direction to what we thought.
“I feel blessed and lucky to do what I love and get paid for it.
“With music we are in the service industry and it is overpaid compared to nurses and so many other things.
“But maybe in time that will come more into balance.
“I feel lucky to be able to say fame is meaningless.
“Once you get there you see things and understand the way fame is manipulated. My dad was a vicar so I was brought up to think that a lot of things that shine and glitter are illusions.”
Basement Jaxx will play the second day of the popular Enjoy Music Festival at Hazlehead Park.
Also performing on Saturday are Starsailor, Goldie Lookin’ Chain (DJ set), James Zabiela, Nigel Clark (Dodgy) and many others.
“We are looking forward to it,” said Felix.
“Someone was talking to me a few days ago and asked where the best crowds were, and I said Scotland.
“That is due to the sense of fun, the good times and people really letting go.
“It will be a DJ set in Aberdeen so there might be fireworks, but we are not bringing them.
“It will be us taking our vibe and trying to have a good time with everyone.”
Basement Jaxx will play Aberdeen just 24 hours after performing a set in Ibiza.
They only returned to performing this month after four months off.
Felix said: “We had both been away from DJ-ing since New Year’s eve when we played in Dubai.
“After that I managed to get three weeks in Sri Lanka where I started to write a musical.
“I have been looking to do that for a long time but haven’t had the space.
“I knew someone who lived out there but I didn’t realise how hot it is in the afternoon so I kept dozing off.
“It is good to now turn that DJ-ing engine back on.”