Blender interview: Alan Fitzpatrick

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

I just focus on my own vision and try not to worry too much about other people. It’s so easy to get worked up but other people’s plans and what’s going on in their career. I find it’s best to be unphased by all of this and focus on myself and my music.

  • You had one period when you were playing music for your fans and working for “House Gigging”. Where did you get this idea? Is it homage for past times or is it something different?

It was a combination of both really. I really admire the dedication of some of my fans and thought it was time to give something back to them. It seemed right to do this in a more intimate setting – and where better than their front room! It also felt like we were going back to where it all started out, authentic parties where people just turned up and danced. The house parties were really fun – we didn’t know if the police were going to turn up and shut the whole thing down, to be honest I wouldn’t have blamed them. The void soundsystem had every window on the street shaking!

  • Describe your music in three words.

Pretty Fucking Awesome

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

There are quite a few actually but if I had to pick one I’d probably say my b2b with Sasha last year. I’ve always been a massive fan so that was a real buzz for me.

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

Definitely Ibiza. And I’d love to see BICEP Live or maybe Ross from Friends – his music really interests me.

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

I don’t really party much anymore but I always have a laugh with Scream.

  • Your favorite artist and album of all time?

Prince – Purple Rain. I’m a huge Prince fan – isn’t everyone?

  • Your top 3 tracks of any genre?

Jeff Mills – The Bells

Prince – I wanna be your love

Stone Roses – I want to be adored

  • Young artists to watch in 2019?

I’d keep an eye on some of the fresh talent on my label; We Are The Brave. “A.S.H” is definitely one to watch at the moment. His music is wicked and his DJ sets are even better – he really knows how to work the crowd. His debut release on the label last year was huge and we’ve got some more planned for this year.

  • Tell us more about your new EP “11:11 The Awakening”

It’s a 7 track EP out last month. I was touring quite a lot last year and didn’t release a massive amount of music so I was keen to get a chunky EP out in January and just start the year off with a bang. Some of the tracks have been on my laptop for years and some of them are new – I just thought they worked well together. I asked Polymod to remix the lead track ‘Eleven Eleven’ and it was wicked – these two tracks were the basis of the EP.

  • What are your plans for 2019?

I’ve got a lot planned for this year, especially with ‘We Are The Brave’. Expect more music, more events, 2019 is definitely going to be the year for us.

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

The Serbian crowd are great fun – always up for it! I can’t wait to be back, I always take January off touring so it’s good to get back behind the decks. Expect bombs from me, I’ve got lots of new music to share with everyone.

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!

Female Villalobos this September in Barutana


Minimal and Techno legend and one of the most sought out women DJs – Sonja Moonear – will perform in Belgrade’s Barutana on September 22nd. After her debut before Serbian crowd at last year’s Let’s Mix It! Festival, Sonja returns to Belgrade.

She is the leading name of world’s underground electronic scene rightfully nicknamed “The Female Villalobos”. After studying classical music in her youth, Sonja Moonear set aside the piano in favour of the turntables and bought a Roland R8.


Surrounded by the Swiss mountains, Sonja immersed herself in the Geneva underground before finally
infiltrating the ranks of the Weetamix residents in 2002. From that point on, participating in ever more
ambitious projects, she was tapped by an international agency and started the road trip.


Moonear slowly began collaborating with artists – friends and crews – like Luciano or Cosmic Chile Z
ürich, along with Dandy Jack as Junction SM. She has acquired an impressive international reputation, playing in clubs and festivals worldwide.


In the last couple of years she’s been releasing her own tracks and remixes on renowned international labels
such as Karat and Perlon. She runs the label Ruta5 and organises various events in Switzerland aswell as the
ever growing Kiss Me festival. On top of that, she is a sound designer for the swiss-french TV.

This artist from Geneva evades easy categorization however: her sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and
creativity and lead
her to perpetually redefine her style. Her musical background, eclectic tastes and enviable
record collection have made miss Moonear a much sought-after DJ.

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!

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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