A Sit Down With DJ Joris Voorn

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Joris Voorn makes music and lets his life keep pace. The Dutch DJ gives new meaning to the word wanderlust, flying to different cities every week over festival season and playing to crowds of thousands. In June alone, the dance and techno maverick travelled to Manchester, Madrid, Barcelona, Sweden, Belgium, Amsterdam and Ibiza, updating his own Spectrum Radio show along the way too. Joris has seemingly mastered the art of hedonism with a clear head: he’s relax and affable – not sour and sleep deprived, as you would expect of such a die-hard professional who gives every set his absolute all. Joris remains grounded and focused: the 40-year old music producer sometimes takes his young son along to festivals (they wear matching headgear); he pretty much answers every tweet sent his way and he’s a stickler for sound perfection, often asking his fans for feedback as well as insights into new mixing equipment.

 “I make techno; I make ‘housey’ things. I’ve always done that because musically I find that interesting, I get bored if I just have to do the same thing all the time.”

How did you get into the type of music that you produce and DJ? 
 I just listened to guitar music all the time before I turned eighteen. I absolutely hated gabber, techno and house music. Bands like Chemical Brothers and Underworld were crossing over indie and electronic music. Those are the groups that really brought me into electronic music. In 1995, I started getting more into it, when I started catching onto techno music everything sounded new and fresh. I slowly began appreciating the music, and then I started collecting records which became part of the natural progression of getting into the lifestyle. Jeff Mills, Derrick May and all the techno pioneers were some of the influences for my passion that developed with electronic music. In 1996, I bought a Roland MC-303 Groove Box which allowed me to produce music. I made a lot of music with it but no one ever heard any of those tracks. I have a bunch of tapes sitting in a box. Believe it or not some of those productions are actually worth listening too.

How do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?

I am there for the people, and I will always try to make them dance. Part of me likes to be an educator and show people something new, something inspiring or something they already know in a new form. It’s that interaction with the crowd that keeps me inspired.

This ADE, at the Awakenings Presents Joris Voorn & Friends night, you’ve got people like Agoria, Hot Since 82, Green Velvet playing with you…

Yeah, I think that’s also one of the things that’s so amazing. Over the years we’ve gotten so close, and we like working together, and they’re such good nights. I’m super happy. I think it’s gonna be a great one.

Your tracks have a unique feel to them. Can you tell us how you achieve that level of polish?

One of the things that has been very very important to me: I always wanted to create music that sounds good in the studio, the club and in the car, and that`s a really hard combination. Finding that balance is a real challenge, so I can get lost in a track EQing a drum or a melody line so its just right.

What were some of the main challenges when starting out as a DJ and how have they changed over time?

The main challenge was finding good music. Learning how to beat match was easy, it’s like learning how to ride a bike. After that you focus on mixing, creating your own style. For me it’s always been a big part of a DJ’s sound, besides the music. DJs like Derrick May and Jeff Mills had a unique technique, and of course I tried mimicking that. But then the music; being at the right moment at the right record store to get the good records, that was a real challenge and something not as easy to control.

You say you’re an underground DJ, but you still have half a million followers on Facebook. That’s pretty massive…

I know, it’s a relative thing now. I’m probably somewhere on the most commercial side of underground. Then there’s the real underground with the real, super obscure DJs. But yes, once you step in Ibiza, you won’t find the real, obscure DJs here. 

Techno music is a worldwide phenomenon and it is appreciated all over the world. In your opinion what city takes the music in the best? What city do you like playing in the most?
I can’t pinpoint an exact city that goes crazy over techno, but I would have to say Holland is very open and most interested in techno music than the rest of the world. Last weekend was the Awakenings Festival in Holland, the event had over 35,000 attendees. The DJ list included Trentemoller, DJ Rush, Green Velvet, Kevin Saunderson and a whole bunch of other guys. There are a lot of things happening in Holland as far as Techno music is concerned and it has a very vibrant scene there. I love playing New York City just because the scene is so small here it creates a challenge to get the crowd moving.

Have you got any big ambitions left on your bucket list?

Well, I don’t think I’ll be doing this forever, and of course I’m sometimes wondering what I’m gonna do afterwards. I used to be an interior designer. I don’t think I can go back to that because I haven’t been practising. It’s a bit like skating, if you don’t do it for 20 years, then you can be a but rusty. I would have to start all the way at the bottom, being an intern again. Although, maybe if I’ve made a name as a DJ people are like ‘oh yes! A DJ making furniture’. 

Your notoriety has grown with age too?

 Yeah, well a little bit. I was always into music. I started playing violin when I was a kid;  I played the guitar as well but then I discovered electronic music and I realised that it’s actually quite easy being a DJ. I mean, you don’t have to be in a band to perform electronic music. It’s a very DIY kind of thing, which I really loved, which is why I became a DJ. I just loved music. Even in the beginning of my DJ career, I played everything from Hip Hop to Jungle and Drum and Base – anything I could get my hands on. The only thing I didn’t get really into was proper trends. But for the rest, I tried everything. Then I just narrowed it down to house music and techno.

What advice can you offer to someone trying to create Techno music?

What I did was bring in a melodical sound, when techno was just about beats no one was really playing melodies. I brought in a danceable rhythm with some melodies. It was either monotonous beats or Detroit style. I was trying to get best of both worlds and that helped me become a better producer and DJ. People can listen to my music and can actually feel something with the music I produce. Creating music is quite easy it is not that difficult to make this type of sound. If you have a good feeling of what you are doing then you will not have a problem doing it.

Is accessibility something you think about when you’re making your own music?

 I think so, yeah, absolutely. It’s something that I do believe in. I’m someone that makes music more from the heart, rather than with my brain. It’s a different approach to music.

How’s 2017 looking for you? Do you have any new releases or remixes lined up?

 With 2017, I’ve been focusing a lot on producing some new music because its just such an important part of the process. There’s a lot of more releases coming: tracks, EPs, maybe even an album at the end of the year, so there’s a lot of new stuff to look out for!

What’s your first memory of live music?

That must have been going to a classical concert with my parents. My father was a composer and he had his pieces performed a lot, so he brought his whole family along and we all had to sit somewhere quiet in the audience listening to an experimental saxophone player or something.

 

As a producer he makes dance music with emotion and class, timeless tunes that will no doubt stand the test of time and defy stereo types and the short lived fads of the EDM hype machine.  Miami still has the power to create legends and Joris Voorn is on his way to becoming one of those legends. He is a true DJ in every way, from the craft of mixing to reading the crowd he is flawless in his execution.

A Sit Down with DJ Tom Swoon

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Polish DJ and producer Swoon has not only performed at a wide variety of festivals throughout his career such as Ultra JapanSunrise Festival and the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) amongst so many others, but he has also released over 165 installments in his Lift Off mix series and has released countless globally successful productions ranging from EPs, albums, singles to remixes and collaborations.

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Who are your musical influences?

Lately I’ve been not really relying on any particular name, but rather curiosity around the musical tastes of other people – and that element of discovering something new all the time is something influencing me a lot now.

Let’s talk about your release “Atom”! What led you to re-working that track?

“Atom” was one of the biggest club hits ever produced. So when Nari & Milani asked me personally to remake their big club anthem – it was a huge honor. And I knew that I was not going to be easy to come up with something as strong as the original. The new version I did with Teamworx, however, scored really well! It was the #1 most played track at the moment in the club scene and also still number 1 on Beatport Big Room chart.

You released your single “Phoenix,” which reached 3,000,000+ streams on Spotify. How does this massive success feel for you and what can you share with us about the creation of the track?

Back then when it came out, “Phoenix” was a bit of an experiment, since I never tried making a future house song before – but it worked like a charm! Seeing it get so many streams and love from people made me real happy. I decided to work on ‘Phoenix’ right after Dank showed me a demo back at UMF Miami and the main reason I did that, was because of the amazing vocal, which I think delivers a really beautiful message. I love when music can be something more than just a good beat and gives the listener a bit of self-reflection time. I think the ‘message’ was the main reason behind the success of “Phoenix”.

What was the creativity behind your powerful and euphoric edit of ‘Let’s Escape‘?

I love to remix tracks – because I can give them my own twist, feel. With my remix for ‘Let’s Escape,’ I wanted to give it that melodic – progressive touch. I am currently playing it in all my sets.

Who do you listen to in your spare time?

I hardly listen to just one artist to be honest. Thanks to Spotify, I am always loading up my phone with totally different types of stuff, from jazz to drum n bass and depending on the mood, I click play on an appropriate playlist.

 What was your first official remix, and how it came into your hands?

My first official remix was a remix for Gareth Emery’s “Tokyo” on Garuda Records. I did an unofficial bootleg for his previous single “Mansion” which he liked very much and he reached out if I could remix his new track. I was very excited about this and this is how it all started. In the meantime NERVO had reached out to me to also ask for an official remix of their new track. I couldn’t believe what was happening!

 

“… I believe that if that’s achieved, we won’t have to worry about the output of our work, because it will be something good for sure.”

 

What has been your proudest moment that you’ve had in your career so far?

Probably playing at one of the biggest festivals in Poland (Sunrise Festival) on MainStage while my parents were watching me from the backstage. It was a real great moment to show them finally what I am doing and why I am doing this. It was very emotional!

If you could play with any DJ who would you choose?

Not wanna sound selfish, but the only DJ I could trust behind the decks and know exactly his work is… myself! Therefore, I’d definitely wanna clone myself and put out a show twice as bigger and twice as better.

Where are you most excited to be playing? Any new venues or cities for you?

Perhaps the event that will be most exciting for me, is funny enough the event in my hometown. The local council is organizing a huge event on the main square of my city and they wanted to book me. It will be a special moment for sure – because most of the time I’m performing elsewhere in the world.

What’s your biggest interest outside of making music?

Gaming! Without a doubt. 

   Songs

  • 2017: All I Ever Wanted (with Blasterjaxx)
  • 2017: Shingaling
  • 2017: Helter Skelter (with Maximals)
  • 2017: Atom (with Teamworx)
  • 2016: All The Way Down (with Kill The Buzz)
  • 2016: Phoenix (with Belle Humble and Dank)
  • 2016: Never Giving Up
  • 2016: I’m Leaving (with Quentin Mosimann feat. Ilang)
  • 2015: Stay Together (with Nari & Milani)
  • 2015: Alive (with Ale Q and Sonny Noto)

A Sit Down with DJ Jon Gaiser

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 “Music is like food, you wouldn’t want to eat the same thing everyday”

 Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gaiser began his musical education studying percussion with the symphony and playing drums in punk rock bands. It quickly transitioned to techno when at the age of fifteen he discovered the endless possibilities of new sounds that only synths and drum machines could provide. Weekend forays into Detroit’s nightlife ultimately led him to move to the city and brought him in touch with the Minus crew. It was only a matter of time until some of Gaiser’s work fell into Richie Hawtin’s hands. He’s a musician who lives off his instincts, channelling his moods and emotions directly into his computer, translating new experiences and sensations into sound. There simply is no other way. Music has always been in his blood, his early punk rock exploits counter-balanced by the more considered approach needed to learn piano and symphonic percussion and by drawing on these earlier experiences, he has avoided the genre’s more self-referential clichés.

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How was created your album “False light”?                                                                                                                My main idea while working on this album was to go into the studio and have as much fun as possible, I wanted to create something where each track complemented each other, where all of the tracks relate to each other in a way so that the whole album tells a story. But ultimately, I wanted it to be a fun story.

What’s your ratio of production to release?                                                                                                              The past two years, I was really light on the releases. A lot of people were making jokes like, “Oh, I thought you were dead.” I just wanted to play everything I wrote. I wanted to just keep my live set fresh and see the response to it instead of putting out another release.

 Would you ever produce a classical music or even a punk album? Do you think you’d ever get tired of techno?                                                                                                                                                                               Yes! To the first question that is… I would love to find the time to record a classical album and a full-on hardcore punk album, for sure. It will definitely be a seriously ambitious studio adventure for each, but I’m pretty sure that both will happen sometime before I die. I still listen to a lot of symphonic and punk, and I always have tons of ideas bouncing around in my head. I’m also quite sure that I will never get tired of electronic music, because for me the main point is creating new sounds that have never been heard before. Electronic music is constantly changing and thanks to technology it will keep on doing so. There are so many new pieces of gear and sound tools being developed every day, and I get so much inspiration by testing and experimenting with them to create something new and unique. It’s a constant process and you’re learning something new every day. I love it. 

Would you ever work with another imprint or even launch your own label?                                                   I don’t really have any reason to start my own label at the moment. If I did, it would only be the outlet for any crazy ideas that I come up with. When you’re working with people who care about it, there is more attention to detail… from the conceptual stage, all the way to the finalised product. Everything is thought out, and results in something everybody is proud of. It all comes down to an amazing group of like-minded people who work hard to create something that we all believe in.

Do you feel like you’ve gotten better as an artist?
I feel like I have progressed in some ways and changed quite a bit. I wouldn’t say “gotten better,” but developed. You have to know your tools. They are an extension of your hands, and once you feel comfortable—where you know what your hands are doing without your mind thinking about it too much—that’s where the creativity comes from.

Who is your Idol?                                                                                                                                                                               This is Richie Hawtin. Ever since I heard his play ‘Withdrawal’ at Sonar back in June, I’ve been dying to first, know what it was, and second, get my grubby little paws on it when it finally came out. Here is a man who can take things to the next level, and if you thought his sound had been firmly pigeonholed in the bleepy shrill whistle effects from ‘Neural Block, ‘Withdrawal’ is not one to stand still. It’s one of the most refreshing, warm, melodic songs I’ve heard in a long time.

How important are loyalty, trust and friendship in the dance music industry?                                              Not just in the music industry, but in life in general… loyalty, trust and friendship are extremely important and create strong relationships that you can rely on and build upon.  It’s also these relationships that inspire you creatively, brainstorming ideas back and forth with those close to you, which allows ideas to develop to their full potential. When you are surrounded by people who support you, and also help you see things a different way, it can help you significantly on your path to wherever it is you want to go. 

What else do you have in the pipeline for 2017?
What is always next for me, is more experimenting and recording. And also, the album tour will be starting around the release of the album, so most of this year will be spent on tour. While I’m on tour, I’m always brainstorming new ideas of how to make the live show more of a complete experience, bringing both the audio and visual together to create a unified and immersive atmosphere. The objective is to create a living, breathing visual experience that will flow together with the audio in a way that represents to your eyes what your ears are hearing. It’s really important to have a proper visual representation that fits well, and has the same feeling of the music to create an atmosphere that is greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve been looking to develop a live visual aspect of the show for a long time and I’m happy that with Ahmet we are able to achieve this. A properly executed visual representation of the audio can take the entire experience to the next level of the senses. At least we have two of the senses covered, and for a live show it’s not really possible to attempt taste, touch, and smell.

Nearly a decade has passed since the electronic music community first heard Gaiser’s name. Needless to say, his talent is continually a force to be reckoned with. Unafraid to experiment with pushing boundaries, Gaiser has kept his eager listeners only guessing at what will come next.

A Sit Down with DJ Vibe Tribe

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Vibe Tribe  –  is the Psy-Trance project of Russian-born Israeli producer Stas Marnyanski and, formerly, Elmar Ivatarov.  These two guys from Russia started the Vibe Tribe project in their early twenties. Their first album Melodrama was a huge success in the psy-trance scene, thanks to their remix of the Infected Mushroom track Shawkawkaw which was released just a few months before, august 2004. They released tracks on numerous compilations on different labels and gained somewhat of a star status, viewed as geniuses by many. After their second album Wise Cracks in 2006, they split up, with Stas continuing to produce under the name Vibe Tribe, whereas Elmar went by the alias Spade. No apparent reason has been given for the breakup.
They have released an album each since then, with Stas having the favor of a well-known artist name.

Vibe Tribe’s tracks have been featured on compilations released under labels such as: Utopia Records, Neurobiotic Records, Shiva Space Technology, Turbo Trance Records, B.N.E Records, Crystal Matrix, Spun Records, Noga Records, and others. In 2012 Vibe Tribe teamed with Spade to create new project with name DaVinci Code. What is it? Return to the origins or a new beginning?

“We are making melodic music, inspired by the old school goa stuff, and we love morning sunrise”

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 What do you prefer, playing live or dj set? 
  We think its fun both ways live or Dj set when u play live it has it own goods and bads as well as dj set so we’ll prefer Live and Dj set ! 

Your genre of music is that of Psychedelic trance, what would you say are the main influences for your kind of music?                                                                                                       Influence could come out of no where from anywhere. It could be from – music, views, something I see or hear or eat – that’s the beauty in this for me.

 And next weekend you’ll be in South Africa for the first time. What have you heard about our scene?                                                                                                                                           It will be my debut gig in South Africa, and I am very excited to come down there for the first time, especially after how many times promoters have tried to book me but I have already been booked elsewhere. I have heard so many great things from friends of mine that have played there and everybody says one thing – the South African crowd rocks the dance floor like no other! 

 What kind of music do you think is the most popular today worldwide and why?                                           

 Pop is the most popular because it sells and its played day and night on music channels though its not my cup of tea.

Have you heard Indian music? What do you think of Indian music?

Indian music is very different and has got a eastern feel to it and I actually enjoy listening to oriental sounds sometimes.

What do you think about the mp3 trade by internet? 
We think is killer!  Now seriously, we hate it, but its nothing you can do against it , we guess the people who want original cd quality is still going to buy cds, the same as people going to movies for example.

 What are your thoughts on the internet? Has it made it easier to get your name out there?                    Well, it most definitely gave more options for beginners and more competition for old timers. The exposure you can receive today is endless via social networking and whatnot. But then again, a coin has two sides, and yes there are more available routes to push yourself, but you also have to deal with the increase in competition and wanna-be artists who do their best to have success and fame.

You’ve actually got a new EP out together entitled Blast From the Past.                                                          That’s correct. We’ve actually made a few EP’s together as Vibe Tribe and Spade. It’s just natural for us due to our history that goes back so far. We have that magic click when we sit together in the studio. Blast from the Past is our latest release, featuring 2 brand new original tracks, plus 2 remixes from Painkiller and Micky Noise. I guess it would be best to let the music speak for itself, so for anyone who hasn’t heard it yet, grab your copy on Beatport, iTunes, or any other large online shop.

 How often do you travel to different countries to perform? Which is your favourite party destination?                                                                                                                                       I travel pretty much every weekend. Just before coming here I played at Portugal and next week I will be at Moscow then Belgium, Brazil, Japan and so on. I love it all especially India, Brazil, Japan, Australia and Mexico.

 Your sense of life? 
Party’s, music, sunrise, girls & fast cars.

A Sit Down with DJ Edward Maya

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Already at the age of 19 Romanian DJ and musician Edward Maya composed a song of European size with E.Carcota for Eurovision , which took the 4th place. This breakthrough was accompanied by a difficult period for Edward, who worked on various contracts with Romanian composers abroad (Akcent, Costi Ionita, Vika Jigulina, Cassa Loco, Studio One, DjRynno, Dj Sava, Marius Nedelcu, BlaxyGirls, Imba).

  The year 2009 brought surprise to the Romanian music market, the first song “Stereo Love”, written by Edward, in the chorus of which the composition of the Azerbaijani composer Eldar Mansurov ” Bayatilar ” was used, quickly becomes a hit.

 The success of “Stereo Love” was accompanied by concerts all over the world. The song became popular in Greece, Albania, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Portugal, Russia, Poland, the Netherlands, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Turkey and many other countries.

“I am a normal person, that dreams everyday to make music for each and every person in the world”.

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How did you become a DJ?
Since the time I performed at the symphony orchestra in my university I have been fascinated by electronic music and its infinite possibilities. Then slowly I went from piano compositions to computer compositions before becoming a DJ.

Why did you change your name from Eduard Marian to Edward Maya?
“Maya” is a name with multiple profound meanings that fascinate me. In Nepali, “maya” means love, in old Persian, it means ‘generous’, in Hindu philosophy, it means illusion and in Hindu mythology it is also an alternate name of goddess Durga.

At what age did you start music ?

I guess 6 years old, my grandfather is a musician too, I loved music since childhood.

What genre of music is close to you?
I have my inspiration from different genres of music like Indian cultural and music, I will make a combination and this gives me a taste for the new song that we will make.

Who or what inspires you to make music?
All my inspiration comes from God and then takes shape in my heart. In some states of inspiration “I just hear” ideas of singles and I feel exactly how to compose and what emotions the single should give to people.

How do you spend your free days from concerts and studio recordings?

We are touring everywhere. We have a team of five person and we are touring everywhere. We don’t have time for staying in Bucharest because we are always together in the studio, touring, DJ’ing, make shows. This is our life.

Which is your favorite place to perform?
Wherever is a stage, a microphone and people to sing and dance with me until the morning light.

 

How many hours per week do you work on your music?

Maybe is better if you ask me how many hours per week I do not work?:) I am always in the studio.

For someone who has never heard your music before. How would you
describe it? Which song of yours represents the type of sound you want
release out there?
I cannot describe my music; you have to feel it, that’s the catch. I make music for the guy/girl with a broken heart, falling in? Love, fighting for love etc. If you listen the lyrics and the music, close enough you will find yourself in there somewhere.

How many languages ​​do you speak? 

 English, French and some Spanish:)

Does fame itself makes you happy?
Of course it does, but I think the greatest thinga of all is that I have so
many friends all around the world, it’s actually crazy…

Your Career highlights.
Billboard Award Song of the Year 2011, Platinum in over 30 countries, and
a lot of music awards all around the world.

Who is your musical icon?
Sting, Coldplay.

Who surprised you most by being your fan?
A girl from Ecuador, she brought me a cake with my face on at the airport,
I still am in touch with her, she is a great friend…

What interests you apart from music?
I am doing what I love — I don’t think I can clearly separate my work moments from my “free time” moments. All that I do brings me joy. I also work towards keeping myself physically fit through yoga and sports activities. Also, I read a lot and spend as much time I can in the company of nature.

Biggest piece of advice you have been given?
I still remember…when I was working at Stereo Love, somebody told me I
will win the Billboard Award for this song, I thought she was really crazy
back then..