What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I started DJing first, but just playing out records from other people was not enough for me. I think every person has heard a record in their life where they felt like “it’s a good track, but it would be so much better with this and that element/sound”. That happened to me as well! So I just told myself, why not starting to make music myself? I absolutely had no knowledge when I started, I didn’t even know a single key on the keyboard. But now three years later, I taught myself all I need to know to make my own music. When I started out, I made different music in the first place. More commercial and mainstream electronic music, also pretty aggressive genres. But when I got older, I more and more listened to Techno, so in early 2019 I decided to make a complete switch and just produce Techno from now on. I never looked back and it was a really good decision after all. Now I am trying to establish my own sound and make a name in the Techno scene.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
My latest release “Acid Rain” is the main track of my latest EP, which features four Acid Techno tracks. Most of the tracks where made in spring 2019. Acid Techno is one of the sub-grenes in Techno I really like, because it combines the traditional Techno sounds with the aggressive acid basslines. It has a very raw and dirty touch. I tried to feature several types of acid sounds in the EP, ranging from classic 303 sounding basslines to really raw and distorted sounds. I hope everyone finds a track they like in this EP!
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I try to learn from everyone, even from people making completely different genres. In Techno, I really like the tracks from T78. He has that massive sound while keeping the oldschool vibe. I also like the tracks from people like A*S*Y*S, Jay Lumen, UMEK, Spektre etc. Non-music-wise it’s hard to say, I like people who think differently and not follow the mainstream. Like Nikola Tesla, who came from a small town and had nothing, but invented so much things in his live which was beyond the imagination of most people at that time.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
My overall sound is pretty heavy and dense. A lot of Techno, especially the older tracks, are more sparse and simple. My sound is more in-your-face, festival/peak-time orientated. This probably comes from my background in other genres, which influenced the way I mix and design my tracks. I try to make tracks for the dance floors where people really can freak out, but also I do make melodic stuff which tries to touch the emotions of people. So generally speaking, I try to add my personal flavor to make it different from the rest.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
I love the music from Hans Zimmer, so I would take some of his best-of albums.
A movie I really like is Batman – The Dark Knight, especially the performance of the Joker.
A book which a lot of people probably don’t even know anymore, is “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” from Friedrich Nietzsche. It’s great!
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Actually I think both are important. I love it to be in the studio and create music, but just being in the studio all the time is not enough, because you can’t feel the music in the same way you do when you’re on stage, connected with a crowd of ravers who really enjoy and feel your music. Also it’s really important to get the feedback from the crowd, how they react to your tracks. Often the tracks I didn’t like the most myself where those who had the most success. So I would say I am maybe more a producer, but I still want to connect with my audience and play shows.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Not sure if that’s a funny story, but when I started making Techno people always told me my music is too hard and that I will no make it with this kind of music. Now it turns out that people actually really like especially the harder tracks and you can see a general movement to harder Techno sub-genres. So the bottom line is, make the music you love, be authentic and people will respect you.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I think the most unique tracks are the ones which are still unreleased. I have some pretty hard bangers and also some nice Cosmic Techno tracks coming up, which hopefully will be released in the next months. So far I really like my “Liquid Dreams” track, it still has some hard sounds in it, but also the emotional melody. I like the combination of both and it’s a track where you can just close your eyes and feel it on the dance floor.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I have a lot of new music coming up in the next months, I maybe already have more tracks than I can release in 2020, so there is a lot to come. I have some hard and rave-y stuff, but also several melodic and cosmic tracks. So hopefully there will be something for everyone! Also I have a new Acid Techno EP coming up in May, which will be released on a label which most of you probably know. So watch out, I have prepared a lot for you!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
I just want to say thanks to everyone who listens and supports my music, because you are the reason I do it. I also want to tell all fellow producers that they should never give up. Producing is hard, you’ll receive a lot of negativity first before people start to like what you do. Just do what you do and believe in yourself, then you will make it sooner or later!
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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