Sonny’s best travel moments include a cable car ride in Rio and chilling in Malibu (Picture: Ollie Adegboye/Alamy/Metro.co.uk)
Being one of the hottest new artists out there right now means you get to stay in some pretty swanky hotels.
Australian DJ and producer Sonny Fodera has stayed everywhere from London’s own Shangri-La Hotel to Venice Beach.
He shares his favourite travels moments including New York city art, secrets of the Shard and the best views in Rio.
What is your favourite on-the-road moment?
Five years ago, I was in Rio de Janeiro and took the cable car up to Sugarloaf mountain (open ticket £21.50).
The journey takes you up to Morro da Urca first, which is a second, less tall mountain that stands at 722ft and has amazing views of Sugarloaf, which is about 1,300ft.
The views from the top are insane – you can see Tijuca National Park, the Christ the Redeemer statue and Copacabana beach.
And your favourite city?
It has to be Los Angeles. It’s a massive music hub and I spend a lot of time in the studio there with other producers.
I love going to basketball games at the Staples Centre as I’m a massive Lakers fan.
After the game, I’ll get an In-N-Out Burger on Venice Boulevard. If you want to get out of the city for the day, I recommend Malibu, an hour’s drive away.
The coastal scenery is unreal and the food at Nobu Malibu is great, especially their take on fish and chips (mains about £32.50).
What’s the best souvenir you’ve come home with?
When I was last in New York, I went to Smalls Jazz Club on 10th Street and watched a band.
At the back, there was a guy painting the bands and selling the art. I ended up buying one for my mother-in-law.
I’ve no idea what the band was called, which makes it even more intriguing.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve spent the night?
The Meydan Hotel, Dubai (rooms from £78.85). I didn’t realise until I woke up, opened the curtains and saw horses flying past my bedroom balcony window that the hotel was situated on a racetrack.
And the best place you’ve spent the night?
The Shangri-La Hotel at the top of The Shard, which starts on level 34 (rooms from £422).
Everything there – the service, the staff, the food, the view – is just incredible. The infinity sky pool on level 52 is the highest in Western Europe and I love the full Chinese in-room dining and Japanese heated toilet seats.
There are six restaurants in The Shard but my favourite is Ting, which is casual but really elegant. It serves Asian food and the cocktails are unbelievable.
Try the Summer Blow, a mix of campari, elderflower syrup, Havana Club rum, lime juice, orange juice and yuzu (cocktails £18).
Sonny Fodera & Diplo’s single, Turn Back Time, is out now on FFRR/Higher Ground.