Gilles Peterson is the man with the golden ears. Over a decades-long career, the British-based DJ has mined gems and selected tunes for the airwaves, dancefloors and for a string of record labels, including Acid Jazz in the late ‘80s, Talkin Loud in the ‘90s through to his current venture, Brownswood Recordings, a playground for music light years from the mainstream.

A prolific compilation creator (he’s put together and released more than 100), he shares a selection of his finest stuff each Saturday afternoon with listeners of his BBC 6Music show and each year he stages the Worldwide Awards in London and the Worldwide Festival, which has expanded with legs in France, the country of his birth, and Switzerland, the homeland of his father.

Peterson also founded the new global music radio platform Worldwide FM, based in London. In recent months, Gilles has interviewed some of his favourite DJs in his WeTransfer presented series “The Psychology of DJing,” which explores life behind the turntables.

Peterson is currently in Australia, where he’s lined-up for speaking engagements at the Electronic Music Conference in Sydney this week and a special Melbourne Music Week performance along with Swooping Duck and Mandarin Dreams. And be sure, he’s on a mission to find some special new tunes to share with the world. TIO caught up for a chat.

Giles, how are you?

I’m alright. But I’m not very happy with your prime minister.