Blender interview: Chicola

What artist/album/song marked 2018?

Hey , Thanks for having me , looking forward to play in Belgrade .  2018 was amazing year full of great music , one of the biggest for me was my track Mandragora & also Adam Port Remix to Rufus Du Sol – Underwater , I really loved Nils Frahm ‘ All Melody ‘ album and Olafur Arnalds ‘ Re:Member ‘ Beautiful Album .

Tell us one unique experience in 2018 that you will never forget?

One of the best moments I had in 2018 was playing in Tomorrowland with my good friends , it’s one the best festivals I have ever saw and the production side is impressive . 

What’s your favorite drink for New Year’s Eve toasts?

Martini On The Rocks

Which song would you like to hear on New Year’s Eve at midnight?

Haha thats a good one , i would love to play All You Need Is Love by The Beatles 🙂

What is your favorite party destination? Whose show wouldn’t you miss in 2019?

I really like to travel and meet new people and also explore new places  , i feel very lucky i am able to do it , its Hard to pick one as there are so many good places i love to play , I think Argentina is one of my favorites for sure

What DJ or producer is the most fun to party with ?

A Night with my good Friends Sahar Z , Guy Mantzur , Eli Nissan , Guy J , Yariv Etzion & Hen is always ends up super funny .

What are your plans for 2019?

I am currently working a lot on new music and also planning my next South America Tour and than more remixes so i am really excited

What would you like to wish your fans in 2019?

I would like to thank all the music lovers around the world who support my music , i wish each one of my fans a great year full of joy , happiness and great music 

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

I really enjoyed last time when i played in Belgrade the crowd is really amazing and i am looking forward to play again , i have prepared some new great tracks so stay tuned and see you all soon on the dancefloor!

Amir Javasoul EN

Blender Interview: Amir Javasoul

Tell us more about yourself, so our crowd can get to know you better since this is your first time in Serbia.

Born in Iran, raised in Canada, lived a long time in Paris France. This is the basics of it. I’ve been a DJ for 20 years. I love what I do and find it the best feeling in the world to share this passion with music minded people and crowd.

How did you enter the world of Electronic Music?

In the mid-90s in Canada, we had an incredible rave and club scene. The reason I got into it at first was from a Chicago DJ/Producer by the name of Derrick Carter. His perfection in the art of mixing was/is unmatched and It sparked a lifelong interest in me

How has working with Ricardo affected your career? How have you started collaborating and what does it look like playing with him on tours?

Ricardo and I are great friends. This is the most important thing. He’s also one of my main inspirations from a musical perspective and as how he is with is fans and surroundings. His genius in the studio is undisputable. As DJs we have a very similar approach which is essentially to play to have fun. Not to overthink it. We also have the same obsession for old, obscure Chicago or New York records. This always creates fun conversations on the road. For all these reasons we enjoy playing together. We always have fun and this creates a lovely and relaxed atmosphere during our sets which gives a super nice result for the party. I’m very happy and humbled to be able to share my time on the road with such a great person. It has affected me positively in a lot of ways. You know, in this industry we have a lot of people that take themselves very seriously and change their attitude and approach towards people. What I’ve learned the most from our dear Ricci is that it’s important to always stay grounded and approachable to your crowd. This is a quality that is so beautiful to see.

What unique experience from your career won’t you ever forget?

If I had to pick one today, it would be when I played nearly 14 hours, with some of it being a surprise back to back set with Ricardo, at Sunwaves 2017.

What is your favorite party destination? Whose show wouldn’t you ever miss?

There has been so many amazing places I was privileged to play these past year. Again, Sunwaves is one destination I hope to be a part of for years to come. Caprice festival. Piknic Electronik in Santiago, Chile. Aside from that, if I have an off night and ZIP is DJing somewhere, I wouldn’t miss it.

Your favorite artist and album of all time?

This is always tough to answer. Prince will forever be in my top artists of all time. Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” is an album that has stayed close to me since it was released.

Your top 3 tracks of any genre?

Tone Theory (Derrick Carter) – Limbo of vanished possibilities

Prince – Uptown

Arthur Russell – That’s us/wild combination

What are your plans for the future?

I don’t plan much in advance. My goal is to keep doing what I’m doing and make sure I enjoy it as much as I do today, every day. The day it’s not fun anymore is the day I stop.

Do you have something special in store for our crowd, what can we expect?

I’m really excited to be in Belgrade because it’s my first time there. I’m very much into reviewing a city’s history before I travel there for the first time. I look forward to being there and to play for a new crowd. I usually pack more records when I go somewhere new, so you can bet I will be ready. Expect to dance on June 15th

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!

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.

 

 

Anja Schneider: ”Can’t wait to be back”

Hello Anja 🙂

It is great to hear that you made another step in your career, opening a brand new label. Tell us why is SoUs different and special for you?

SoUs is very personal and gives me all the freedom which I missed the last year. I don’t have pressure or plans and can really concentrate on my music and myself as a dj. It was a big step for me and not easy to left everything behind but I feel a bit more light and will see where this goes. The good hingis that I don’t have the plan that’s very refreshing 🙂

 

Electronic music scene is constantly changing and whit it the popularity of music directions, for example in present time techno is the word. To your opinion who is dictating this, is it crowd or are the artists those who can make, or change the course?

I think we achived everything already in electronic music. We repeat a lot of sounds and music and it’s a constantly new interpretation of old sounds which keep always my interest and keep me going. Its of course the crowd the time and enviroment in that we living as well as the DJ’s. It’s a game of all together. I would love to know ther receipt of it.

 

You are a strong woman, you brought Mobilee to the top, you build your career as producer and DJ, and you are a mother. What was the hardest thing for you during all this time?

To leave all this and starting from scratch … but honestly I never thought that somethingis hard for me. Of course its hard to leave every weekend your famly and friends but on this same I made so much new friends and came home with full of new inspirations and good energy. Travel is the worse but still loving it to go around the world.

 

From all the parties, festivals, club life, why do you still love it and what does keep you going on?

The constant love to the music. I m still curious and excited and that’s the best.

 

Who would you like to recommend to us from young artists?

Be yourself and do what you love .

 

One sentence for Belgrade’s crowed?

Can’t wait to be back. Had always a great time here.

 

Ilario Alicante promises to deliver pure energy recharge at Hangar

Hello Ilario, we can’t wait to see you in Belgrade ☺

 

Tell us what were your impressions of electronic music scene when you were 15 years old teenager and what are they now? What were your thoughts back than when today you know how it really works?

I feel that our kind of electronic music has the widest range of listeners and followers than before. It’s normal that when products become kind of ‘mainstream’, things change. I have to say that the digital world became very very influent and for some people it’s a cool thing but others not. I always try to save the pure thoughts that I had when I was a teenager – my passion for the music, the parties, the smiles that people have on their faces when they’re listening to you play, for the dancing and the emotions that the music gives to you without asking for anything back. I think if you can take care of this, everything can change around you but it wil affect you or make you lose the passion.

In your biography it says that you are always going to be a clubber. Now when you are in rising career with lot of gigs, how do you find free time to fulfill that need and what is your favorite detail about being a clubber?

I absolutely need to find time for it. For example, during the winter seasons here in Berlin, when I come back after my gigs (normally on Sundays) I always try to find the energy to go to Berghain and let my body and mind get lost in the music and dance like nobody is watching me. I need those moments. I need to feel the music inside myself, enjoying the process from the dance floor. I love to ‘read’ the stories that DJs are writing through the music they are playing. That’s what made me fall in love with DJing. A good writer needs to still read other authors books.

Tell us one unique experience in your career that you will never forget?

The first time I closed the Amnesia terrace. That club is one of the most important places for me. I remember the moment I played one of my favourite tracks during the set and I turned around to see all my real friends supporting me, with the biggest smiles and then when I turned back to the crowd, every one was happy and the sun was starting to come through the terrace. The atmosphere was simply perfect and I felt that was like a connection of everything. I felt pure happiness and I will dedicate my life to music for moments like this. Unique.

 

What DJ or producer is the most fun to party with and why?

Of course it would have to be Sven Väth. He’s a mentor and a real DJ. I love the way he manipulates the music and releases his emotions through it. I’m always amazed to see how he always does it right and to see how people react to the those emotions.

What kind of party can Blender’s fans expect on 1st of January?

A proper recharge of energy to set you up for an amazing 2018!

Zenker Brothers Interview: ”Being popular became more important than music”

The fact that you are brothers, beside the incredible talent, makes you even more interesting to the crowd. Was music something that brought you together and what pushed you to this beautiful partnership and how this developed over the years?

After growing up together and a short break of regular communication when Dario moved out of our Mum’s house, dance music actually brought us back together. We always had the same idea and vision of what music should transport and from this point on everything just went it’s natural ways until today and will probably develop as long as we do this.

 

What is the difference, judging by your own personal experience, when you are playing together as brothers and when you are playing separate sets? 

Playing together is mostly more challenging and improvised as you never know what the other will play next. Playing alone is a different thing as you mostly build bridges in your head already while playing and you can plan ahead. This of course always changes and variates with the crowd.

 

When it comes to your label ILIAN Tape – how does the process of deciding on what to release?

The stuff we release has to transport a feeling that we both get and can connect with, it’s less about functionality but more about the vibe of a track. Most of the times the tracks we release are laying around for a while and grow on us.

 

How do you manage to craft such a pure and authentic sound?

We are both music heads and quite into the hardware space. We are always changing things in the studio, getting new machines or selling gear, it is really a never ending field of experimentation. Making and releasing music is a constant process too, with ups and downs but it’s important to try to keep things moving and to stay honest at the same time. For the label we are always open for music that touches us in any way.

 

Do you implement a particular life philosophy when producing music? 

Not really, but everything that happens in life goes into the studio in our case. Spending time in the studio is essential to our happiness. It’s a never ending challenge trying to make a slammer.

 

When signing new artist, what is the special thing they have to have to make it on the label?

An own sound for sure. We always look for personality within music and positive vibes.

 

You have recognized music integrity in one of our finest DJ and producer Miloš Pavlović. What is that something special that drown you to his work?

 We are friends with Milos for many years, and he did not release much on the label yet actually. But we always loved the stuff he did and included him as much as possible.

 

Your website biography claims that you do not believe in the hype. But how do you feel about the situation on the global scene where hype seems to be everything?

Hype always comes and goes, but we always wanted to something that lasts.

Trends in music are always a tricky thing, as it brings up artists way to fast to handle everything and to build a good fundament for a career. Thats why you see so many artists disappearing after a while when they got to big to fast.

Some hypes are justified and some are based on an image, that seems very calculated and backed with money. Popularity becomes more important than the music. It becomes very predictable and therefore boring.

 

We heard you couldn’t handle a portion of 10 ćevap when you visited Serbia last time, are you ready to give it another try?

Who did tell you that? I think we even had 25 Cevap each..