Lexlay

Blender Interview – Lexlay

Born in Barcelona, Lexlay has been showing the world his own way of understanding music for more than a decade. After years of work and driven by his resourceful character he´s been placed in a respectable position in the national electronic music scene. We caught up with him before his Belgrade premiere on May 18th in Barutana.

You started three projects: Happy Techno, Lexlay & Friends and the Happy Techno Music record label. Tell us more about them and how difficult it is to manage a successful brand; what is the road to success?

I started around 12 years ago, with my party brand Happy Techno and also my artist name Lexlay. Along the way I realized that it was also necessary to have a record label to explain to the world my particular vision of music.  About the second question…the road to success is unstable, unpredictable, today you can be up and tomorrow down. I think the most difficult part is not to become successful, but to be able to maintain success for a long period of time.

Techno music is constantly changing. How do you deal with all those changes on the scene and music market?

This question refers to what I have said before, to be up to date, to work hard and to adapt to the new currents … in short, to constantly update and renew oneself. We are in a new era where changes happen faster. In addition, in the music industry these changes are more accentuated by the great competition with great artists, record labels, artist agencies etc .

What is your favorite party destination and whose show would you never miss?

Without a doubt it would be Tomorrowland, for its positive energy, open air, the amount of people that come to this festival. I am a person who moves by positive energies and Tomorrowland gives me a very good vibes.

We heard that you eat eggs and kiwi for breakfast. Do you have any other interesting food combinations? How do you find balance between the nightlife and a healthy lifestyle?

One of the keys to managing the stress that this life entails, is undoubtedly eating healthily, playing sports. It is very important to have a balanced mental life, sport is my way of escape, to feeling relaxed after a hard day’s work.

This is your first show in Belgrade. What can our crowd expect from you on May 18th in Barutana?

What people can expect from my set, is a lot of energy, happiness and high doses of good proper dancefloor music. I’m going to mix tech-house and techno, I hope people go home with a big smile on their face.

Jan Blomqvist interview for Blender

How does it feel when your dream comes true and did you have doubts on way to the top?  

Actually, nothing really changed. I’m still doing my job. I am still believing in myself and the thing that I’m doing. In the first 8 years of my career, it didn’t work out so well. I needed to work as a bartender to earn a living. After that it got better step by step. At some point, I could afford to have my band play with me. Then I was able to move the studio from my living room to an actual studio place. In the end, it does not feel like a dream come true. Maybe because it was a gradual and long process and I needed to work hard to make this happen. It’s not like I won the lottery. What people don’t see is that I’m also just doing a job. It’s frustrating at times and it’s often hard to motivate myself because of the enormous pressure to keep producing and releasing. People consume a track in 5-7 minutes but don’t realise how much time and energy went into those 5-8 minutes. But this is me complaining on a high level. Being able to earn a living through music makes me happy in the bigger picture. A dream come true would be a house in the mountains though. 🙂  

Why did you decide to include band in your live performance and what is the most exciting thing about performing live with a band?  

It’s much more fun to play with the band. On my own, I’m pushing buttons, playing samples and mixing them live. With the band, there’s a totally different dynamic on stage. The guys and me have been friends for such a long time now, we even played in the same punk rock band back in the days. So obviously, it’s much more fun to travel and rock together. Maybe you can compare this to playing soccer. It’s fun to shoot a ball by yourself. But it’s a different and much more rewarding and fun experience in a team. There’s also more room for surprises. Not everything works out when we’re playing with the band. But sometimes things happen, that we could not have planned any better. Those moments are amazing. We are creating something new while 5000 people are there with us to witness this moment.  

Is there a finish in art career? Are there things which you achieve and after them you can say your heart is full and you are done?  

No! Thankfully there is no such thing as an end. I wouldn’t want to do a job that you can fully complete without any chance of development. I love the fact that it’s not only possible but almost mandatory to reinvent yourself in my line of work. It’s a challenge but also the biggest reward. I don’t see myself ever completing music. At least not in a lifetime. Maybe I won’t be on stage for all my life. But I definitely will make music one way or another.  

Your favourite artist and album of all times?  

The answer to this question is always a different one. It changes the way I change as a person. A couple of years ago and for some time, Trentemøller’s Last Resort was my favourite, after that I loved Stephan Bodzin’s Power’s of Ten. Back in the days, my favourite album of all times used to be Radiohead’s OK Computer. In general, I have to admit that I’m not a person who listens to an albums from start to finish. The reason: There’s always been a song or songs on every album, that I didn’t like as much. That’s even true for my own album. 🙂  

What’s on your bucket list?  

To stay satisfied and healthy, to reduce stress, drink less alcohol and work out more, to go hiking for 3 weeks in Patagonia, and Nepal, and to make the people in the audience happy with my music.  

 

 

Henry Saiz and the band interview for Blender

From your last performance in Belgrade it has been a year, what exciting happened in the meantime? 

We’re almost at the point of finally releasing our audiovisual album that my band and I have been working on for the past 1.5 years, so working on that project was one hell of an exciting journey. 

 

 You are inspired by well known artist like Kubrick, Lynch, Bergman, Dali… Are there some contemporary artist which you would like to point out? 

I follow too many different ways of artistic movements that I can’t choose just a few artists to be honest 🙂 

 

Top 3 tracks of all times from various genres? 

Oh, guys, this is a very tough question haha. There would be a lot more than just three. 

 

 Your new album or better to say project will be finally released in April. Tell us how was the whole experience during that journey? 

Crazy, challenging, a bit exhausting at times, but overall amazing. This might be one of the biggest projects of my career, so I’m very proud and happy we’ve managed to turn into reality. 

 

 You already met our crowd, what do you expect from them this time and what can they expect from you? 

We loved the crowd last time we played in Belgrade, it was very open-minded and the vibes were just great. We had a good time and we are really looking forward to coming back on the 13th. Pretty sure it will be just as great! 

See you soon!

Denis Sulta inside the walls of mighty Barutana on May 11

Barutana and Blender announce with great excitement the appearance of the unique Denis Sulta at the most beautiful open summer location in Belgrade. 

Denis Sulta distinguished himself as one of the most exciting young names of the fruitful musical underground scene in a short period of time. His unique sound is carefully crafted, and he owes most of his music education to working in an internationally renowned Rubadube record store. 

Holding his craft under the leadership of some of the most respected local music selectors, DJs and producers, Denis Sulta was given the opportunity to present his vocal performances for Dixon Avenue Bassement Jams in 2014. Even then, the electronic music industry acknowledged his rich and dominant abilities along piercing releases for the Numbers label, and more recently for its own label Sulta Selects. 

 

Sulta has a very precise and diverse approach to dance music. He immediately distinguished himself with the visible ability to reach incredible heights for someone who is still at the beginning of his journey. Constant praise and support from colleague DJs and producers, some of whom, Jackmaster, Skream, Four Tet and Optimo, greatly helped the hard work of Sulta’s work, which eventually led to collaborating on projects for Annie Mac together on Radio 1 and the legendary club Space on Ibiza. 

This extravagant producer has successfully graduated from the Red Bull Academy in Montreal, currently playing radio stations and clubs around the world. In 2016 he reached the 26th place of the Resident Advisor list, becoming the best-listed new artist, arguably of all time. It is undoubtedly clear that there’s no slowing down the rhythm for the already famous Mr. Sulta. 

 

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Blender interview: Jan Blomqvist

How does it feel when your dream comes true and did you have doubts on way to the top?

Actually, nothing really changed. I’m still doing my job. I am still believing in myself and the thing that I’m doing. In the first 8 years of my career, it didn’t work out so well. I needed to work as a bartender to earn a living. After that it got better step by step. At some point, I could afford to have my band play with me. Then I was able to move the studio from my living room to an actual studio place. In the end, it does not feel like a dream come true. Maybe because it was a gradual and long process and I needed to work hard to make this happen. It’s not like I won the lottery. What people don’t see is that I’m also just doing a job. It’s frustrating at times and it’s often hard to motivate myself because of the enormous pressure to keep producing and releasing. People consume a track in 5-7 minutes but don’t realise how much time and energy went into those 5-8 minutes. But this is me complaining on a high level. Being able to earn a living through music makes me happy in the bigger picture. A dream come true would be a house in the mountains though. 🙂

Why did you decide to include band in your live performance and what is the most exciting thing about performing live with a band?

It’s much more fun to play with the band. On my own, I’m pushing buttons, playing samples and mixing them live. With the band, there’s a totally different dynamic on stage. The guys and me have been friends for such a long time now, we even played in the same punk rock band back in the days. So obviously, it’s much more fun to travel and rock together. Maybe you can compare this to playing soccer. It’s fun to shoot a ball by yourself. But it’s a different and much more rewarding and fun experience in a team. There’s also more room for surprises. Not everything works out when we’re playing with the band. But sometimes things happen, that we could not have planned any better. Those moments are amazing. We are creating something new while 5000 people are there with us to witness this moment.

Is there a finish in art career? Are there things which you achieve and after them you can say your heart is full and you are done?

No! Thankfully there is no such thing as an end. I wouldn’t wanna do a job that you can fully complete without any chance of development. I love the fact that it’s not only possible but almost mandatory to reinvent yourself in my line of work. It’s a challenge but also the biggest reward. I don’t see myself ever completing music. At least not in a lifetime. Maybe I won’t be on stage for all my life. But I definitely will make music one way or another.

Your favourite artist and album of all times?

The answer to this question is always a different one. It changes the way I change as a person. A couple of years ago and for some time, Trentemøller’s Last Resort was my favourite, after that I loved Stephan Bodzin’s Power’s of Ten. Back in the days, my favourite album of all times used to be Radiohead’s OK Computer. In general, I have to admit that I’m not a person who listens to an albums from start to finish. The reason: There’s always been a song or songs on every album, that I didn’t like as much. That’s even true for my own album. 🙂

What’s on your bucket list?

To stay satisfied and healthy, to reduce stress, drink less alcohol and work out more, to go hiking for 3 weeks in Patagonia, and Nepal, and to make the people in the audience happy with my music.

 

 

Jan Blomqvist and Henry Saiz live in Belgrade

Jan Blomqvist, an avant-garde German electro-pop artist and one of the most sought-after live actors in the world, will perform for the first time in Belgrade, accompanied by a band, on Friday, April 13, in Hangar near Luka Belgrade (Knežopoljska 3). Spanish DJ, producer and live act artist Henry Saiz with the band will be the supporting act for the night. 

 

Jan Blomqvist invented the concept of a concert featuring techno sound with dreamy vocals and simple minimal notes. Growing up, he played in grunge and punk rock bands, until the age of nineteen, when he moved to Berlin and soon became fascinated by electronic music. James Holden and Stephan Bodzin were his heroes. He absorbed a lot of musical knowledge through Radiohead concerts, clubs like Bar25 and after parties. He wanted to bring a concert feeling to the dance floor through a combination of simple vocals and minimal beats; to introduce R’n’R into clubs; to keep everything simple using fine details. Jan Blomqvist’s performance at the Fusion Festival in 2011 was singled out by all of this, at the same time making a turning point in his career. That same year, he published releases for Dantze and Stil vor Talent. A year later, his legendary concert on the terrace of the Berlin club Weekend made him stand out from the rest. In the next three years he had 350 performances in the world’s major metropolises. Jan’s first album, Remote Control, was released in 2016, and has been a great success with its modern portraits of Portishead and Radiohead, along with r’n’b, soul vocals, perfectly packed with an unavoidable minimum beat throughout. 

 

As one of the most talented on the electronic music scene, Henry Saiz has made a unique journey in his musical career for over ten years, distinguishing himself with a specific sound combining the influences of club music and a wide range of musical styles such as the pop 80s and progressive rock. The music he composed was always ahead of his time. Wanting to get closer to the audience, he returned to his first love, live performances with the band. One of the pinnacles of the live band concept of this electronic trio is their Boiler Room debut in 2015, an absolutely brilliant performance full of soul, powerful grudge, seductive vocals and exciting emotions, featuring their special approach to house music. Last year he started an audio-visual project in which he recorded 10 songs in 10 different and unusual locations around the world. The concept of this album, which will be released on April 13th, is to materialize the essence of every place and convert it into a song. On some of the adventures on this trip they recorded the sound of a synthesizer inside the pyramids of Egypt, composed the theme during a walk in the national park where the unusual Joshua tree grows, made a song in Tokyo with the help of virtual singers, played drums in volcanic caves on Lanzarote Island and had a techno jam session with members of the Massai tribe. Henry Saiz performed all over the planet and was part of the festivals, such as Sonar, Glastonbury, Ultra, EXIT, Creamfields and Global Gathering and popular Circoloco parties in the DC10 Ibiza. 

Tickets for this event are available at Gigstix and Eventim ticket stores.

HERNAN CATTANEO AND NICK WARREN IN BELGRADE ON JUNE 8

After a series of incredible bookings, Blender platform again decided to launch the event that will announce and set on fire to the summer season on Kalemegdan fortress. Under the open sky of the most picturesque clubbing location in Belgrade, two great names of world Progressive scene, Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren will give their performances on June 8.

In the recent explosion of talents and deejays produced by the music industry in the last couple of years, rare are those who can boast of their long-lived careers set in stone three years ago like the artist Hernan Cattaneo. He is one of the leading underground artists that Argentinian House scene can offer to the international one. His sound sets in the borders of Progressive, House and Techno, and he is also the founder of “Sudbeat” record label and the host of a show which goal was to introduce new talents to the scene, apart those well-known like Guy J, Nick Warren and Henry Saiz.

Put simply, DJ Nick Warren is the ambassador of Electronic Music. He has eight albums released on “Global Underground” label, tracks on “Renaissance” and “Balance Series” labels and the new and popular “The Soundgarden” mixes which all make him one of the first superstar deejays in the world, that decades later holds on to that very same title. Warren has a sort of musical depth and variety that make his every performance a unique listening experience, while his specific approach enabled him to connect with clubbers all over the world. Despite all his achievements, Nick Warren does not rest on his laurels, but always keeps focused on future projects.

Matador returns to Belgrade

A favorite of Belgrade’s crowd will shake the walls of Hangar doing what he does best on March 3. The excitement is mutual, and Belgrade has become one of Matador’s favorite party destinations. The crowd took great interest in his previous appearance and the sold-out show was remembered as one of his best. Impatiently, we await this event and Matador who will leave us breathless as always!

 

Gavin Lynch, known as Matador, was born in Dublin where he started his career as a sound engineer and DJ in smaller clubs, carefully planning his next big step. In just three years, he climbed to the top of the global DJ scene, vastly helped by Richie Hawtin’s record label “Minus”. Soon enough, Matador was on every major clubbing event line-up around the most famous worldwide clubs, alongside other DJs on the “Minus” label. In 2014 he was declared as the best LIVE act in Ibiza, and year by year he confirms it.

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