Interviewed by GBS , November.03.2022
Q: How would you describe yourself in one word?
Q: What was the driving force that got you into Music Production and when?
The desire to compose and play music was always present in my high school years. When I first picked up the guitar, I knew right away that I wanted to write songs. It would be fair to say that my music degree from Conservatory really helped getting into music production as soon as I learned how to use a DAW (Ableton)
Q: Analog or Digital? And why?
It really depends. I come from the Analog generation but at the same time I produced most of my music with VST plug ins. Digital is very easy to use and comes in handy.You can write music anywhere you want on your laptop using digital instruments and can make your life much easier. But as I get older I find myself appreciating things that can be physically touched and felt. The soul of Analog will always be there. I tend to try using more Analog gear or instruments these days but of course finding the balance is key
Q: What's your favorite venue and why does it stand out from the rest?
There are definitely a few out there on my list but if I was to choose one it would be "The Bow" in Buenos Aires. Something about the people from Argentina in general. After performing 12+ years around the globe, I have to say Argentinian people stand out the most when it comes to electronic music and how they perceive it. There is another level of appreciation and respect that I have never experienced anywhere else. "The Bow" definitely delivers every single time. I can proudly say this as I have played there over 5-6 times, and each time it's better than the previous one. I take that gig very seriously because it's my biggest fan base in the world and I enjoy every single minute of it. I think most djs that have played there would agree with this statement.
Q: What makes a DJ set standout from the rest?
This is a bit of a complicated question because the scene keeps changing every few years. What would make a DJ stand out 10 years ago is probably not so relevant now. I strongly believe in humbleness no matter how successful you are but still staying true to yourself and your taste in music. These days being someone that is very active on social media and knowing how to engage and promote your brand or music is somewhat vital but I am personally not so much interested in this path anymore and for me, doing the same thing that everyone else is focusing on doesn't get me excited at all. I think everyone would agree that the industry is extremely overcrowded with djs and it is very hard to stand out by just being good. In my ideal world, the ones that stand out the most are the ones that do their own thing and stay authentic. Majority of djs will play what is trendy or hot just to keep the dancefloor happy. I think this is a safe approach but it will never make you stand out. Taking risks and being different will always make you special.
Q: If you were to have a superpower, what would it be and why?
To be able to teleport! Can you imagine how amazing it would be to avoid flying long hours as a dj? ha!
Q: 1 person you'd dream to have a coffee with?
Q: If you would have been given the chance to do a film score from the past, what movie would you choose and why?
I'm not sure to be honest. There was a time in my music production career where I had interest in getting involved in that field. I think it's an extremely difficult job for someone with no experience as most film producers know exactly what they want and you have to do your ultimate best in satisfying them. You don't really have the freedom of being creative the way that you write music for yourself. I even had an interest in writing music for video games. I think I would do better in that industry. I have a feeling BBC Planet Earth type of documentaries would be a fun project for me. Or maybe something very dramatic or mystic.
Q: Recommend a hidden gem in your home country that would fit a perfect rave?
Stonehenge in Armenia "Carahunge"
Q: What are 3 tracks that got you into electronic music?
1. Sasha - Belong
2. Albion - Air
3. Anarcrusen - In My Mind
Q:Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most of your listeners don’t know
I am an extreme introvert and can be shy at times. I hate big crowds in public. It took me really long to adjust and adapt to the DJ lifestyle (as far as traveling and being away from home). All of this is the opposite of what a traveling DJ should be.
Q: Tell us about your upcoming releases and plans for this year.
Well , I am super stoked for my "Nosferatu EP" on Crosstown in November. I have been releasing with Crosstown since 2012 and I pretty much released with them every year since then. I have few remixes coming out before the year ends. One of them is for Diplo which took some time to get a release date as I made the remix almost 2 years ago. But it's finally coming out in December. As usual every winter I go into my cave where I do my best work because in my opinion it's the best time to focus on music production since the scene slows down a bit and there is less noise and distractions. I have an amazing project in the works which I can't talk about much right now as it will kill my excitement but once it's ready, I think it will be the best thing I have worked on in my entire career.