Graham Douglas Bertie should be in Glasgow but is instead stuck in an airport in Berlin.
"I missed my flight this morning, so this is a €400 fuck-up on my part," the Toronto DJ/producer says with embarrassment.
Gigs in Berlin and Glasgow were once routine when he was known as Grahm Zilla, half of booty bass duo Thunderheist. But their overnight success led to premature burnout, and Bertie has spent the past couple of years getting back into the game.
Now, with buzz growing around his releases as Nautiluss, groggy mornings in foreign airports are part of his life again. He even randomly ran into his former Thunderheist musical partner, Isis Salam, the night before in Berlin, where she currently lives.
"It's a totally different experience this time. Now I'm the one missing flights," Bertie says, laughing. He was the "responsible one" in Thunderheist.
"The rate at which things happened for Thunderheist was totally out of whack. We hadn't even really developed our sound when we got all this hype at the beginning. I didn't want to repeat that shit again.
"It was eye-opening and a reality check when it all just stopped. I needed to re-evaluate whether I wanted to start over again in the music business. There are other things I could be doing that might be satisfying in other ways, but I felt like I owed it to myself to do it on my own this time around, and on my terms."
Part of his new strategy is to take his time, and to change up his sound with each release to avoid being pigeonholed. His first official Nautiluss release last September on Hemlock was a lush, atmospheric 12-inch single featuring the vocals of Lord Skywave.
His new Alpha EP (Turbo), however, is stripped-down raw techno built for dirty, dark warehouses and giant towers of bass bins. It's dark and creepy but oddly sexy. No wonder he's getting a second shot at the limelight.
"That's why I'm really glad about the rate things have been going. It's slow, so the pressure isn't there, especially if I don't repeat myself. You have to work to gain people's trust, and that only happens over time."