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Sundowner. Mix #09 by Hengstenberg + Interview

Our next guest for the Sundowner Mix series is Parisian selector and Dj Hengstenberg. Get to know more about him and his inspiration, and enjoy one hour of an emotional, fun and quirky selection that he prepared for us.

Ines: Hi Julien, how are you?

Julien: Hi there, thanks for the invite, right now things are pretty good. Just came back to Berlin after island hopping around the Cyclades for the past few weeks, enjoying quality time with family, friends and myself. I’m super grateful that I could finally unplug. It took some time to kick back and relax as the past months/year have been quite hectic to say the least, but hey, we’ve pretty much all been through rough tides lately. All in all, the most important things are there: love, health and music. 

Ines: That’s nice words to hear. So first of all, how would you describe your sound?

Julien: It’s constantly evolving since it stems from external inputs which I then process and translate through my own lense of interpretation. As the track “Formenverwandler” from Der Zyklus puts it: “shape shifting from place to place, bending time, curving space”.

My journey took me through a variety of musical phases, often related to the places where I lived and the people I encountered. For example in Paris with clubs like Concrete and parties in suburbs’ warehouses. Then Berlin and mainly CDV/Hoppetosse, Heideglühen and Panorama Bar. Then Frankfurt with Robert Johnson and parties I was organising with the Hansa crew in Silbergold. And finally back in Berlin after 3 years. 

My collection built up over time and the tracks that stuck with me usually tend to tell a story on their own.  Right now and through this podcast, I connected with what could be described as a more, quirky, groovy, acidy, round melodic bass lines, sometimes bizarre kind of sound while keeping it dance floor-oriented. 

Ines: Are there any particular online or physical stores you consider favorites?

Julien: Te Iubesc, in Paris. So many records rarely leaving my bag are coming from there. The 2nd hand selection was really on point, shop owner Dawidu was going the extra mile to fill up the shelves with hidden gems from every corner of the world.

Gosu, in Frankfurt. I have a special tie to this record shop as it’s the first place I hit when I came to live in the city. I came to live there for a year and at the time I didn’t know anybody. I was blessed to immediately be welcomed with open arms by the local crew and quickly had the chance to actively contribute to the scene. 

Libertine, in Berlin. Although today I usually find most of my stuff on Discogs, I always find something worth getting when I go to Yoshi’s place. A few other shops where I enjoy digging are Bikini Wax, Kimchi and Marla. 

Ines: Did you have a concept in mind for the creation of this podcast?

Julien: It was more about capturing the essence of my current perceptions. Process-wise I took a piece of paper and drew an horizontal line with an arrow to the right to represent the timeline. Then I started placing words and emotions around it, like downtempo around the beginning, bpm jump around 1/4th, quirky techno around 3/4th and melancholic melodies around the end. Then I started placing records fitting these buzzwords and fine-tuned the selection based on how well they transitioned together. 

Structurally, I would say that there are 3 distinct parts with “bridge” tracks making the connection, first block being slow, happened to be 115bpm, then escalated to 130bpm with more groovy sounds, to get to a more peak time techno-ish vibe. 

Ines: How do you think that this moment we are living in, is going to impact the music scene in the future?

Julien: Positively I’m hoping. Sure there are obvious challenges that will have to be overcome to preserve the culture. But I believe that the people making the scene will go past them as they always have. I believe that many are yearning for authenticity, closeness and inspiration and this is precisely what the scene’s values bring to the table. At least this is what it brought me throughout the years. Today more than ever, there is a need for spaces of inclusion where free spirits and creative minds gather to express themselves and celebrate diversity. It’s up to each individual to keep our collective minds open, and the music scene has, is and always will be a medium for that. 

Ines: Do you have any plans in the short term or plans for the future?

Julien: Hard to plan with the uncertainty today but one thing is for sure is that I’ll keep sharing as much positivity as I can around me, support my family, friends and people in general, trying to make my little corner of the world a bit better. Music-wise I’m taking it as it comes, we’ll see what happens next.

Ines: Ok and last question Julien, tell me a track that reminds you of your childhood.

New order – Crystal

Ines: Thank you so much for your lovely words and positive vibes Julien, and hope to see you on the dance floor soon!

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Sundowner. Mix #08 by Inner + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Romanian producer and DJ Cristian aka Inner & DJ Wibe. We had the chance to talk with him during the summer about the music scene and his personal evolution as musician. Check out the interview we had with him.

Ines: Hi Cristian, how are you?

Cristian: Hello, I’m fine, thank you for asking me to do this mix for you.

Ines: Thank you, so first of all, how has been your evolution since you started producing for the first time?

Cristian: In a way I tend to think that my latest tracks are the best tracks I have done, but that is misleading because it’s probably normal to get excited about the last project the most, because it’s so fresh and new. In another way I feel like when I started making music I wasn’t really trying to achieve anything, I just made tracks in a very pueril manner, quite naive and I went with whatever was happening. As I grew, my expectations of myself grew as well so that led to disappointment and dissatisfaction with my own work when I would not achieve a certain level I was striving for. I learned later that it’s ok to fail and to try and try and try and there will be shit tracks and good tracks along the way. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I went from not carrying that much to carrying too much and then to relaxing again, I’m in a relaxed state now.

Ines: Do you have any ritual or special thing you do before playing a gig?

Cristian: Not really, in the days before the gig preparation is key, right before the gig I try to wash my hands if possible so I can start with fresh clean hands. 

Ines: haha that’s a good thing to do for sure.  Can you tell us a little bit about some of the music you’ve included in the podcast, perhaps about some of the labels or artists featured?

Cristian: My idea for the podcast was to start slow, like I would start playing at a party in the daytime and I would play through the night, but condensed in a bit more than 1h. If you think about the club without music and people it’s really not such a nice place, its dark, there is no proper sitting and it’s kinda smelly, that’s why my ideal situation for a opening set would be that the music at the begging of the night is welcoming, and it’s not necessary the main thing, it’s part of the ambiance of the place and gradually it becomes louder and occupies more and more of the energy of the room and all of a sudden you start dancing without realising it. 

Ines: What’s the differences you see in the music scene from when you started to now?

Cristian: It feels to me that we are slowly getting back to the times where DJs are appreciated for being a DJ and not necessary for being a producer/ DJ. When DJs came around, that is what they were, only DJs, selectors, not producers of music, at some point it became the norm that the DJ is also a producer and it has to have some eps/hits to be booked as a DJ. I started in a time where this was still the case, but lately DJs that do not produce are taking DJing to another level and it’s very interesting and rewarding to experience this as a DJ/producer and as a dancer. 

Another big and very welcomed change is the number of female DJs and the fact that there are way more than lets say 10, 20 years ago. They just bring a different energy to the DJ booth and to the dancefloor and I welcome that with all my heart.

Ines: Do you have any plans in the short term considering the current situation or plans for the future?

Cristian: In the short term I will release another EP on bandcamp under my new DJ Wibe alias, and by the end of the year an EP under my good old name Inner. 

https://djwibe.bandcamp.com/releases

Ines: Ok and last question, if you could travel in time, to which era or time of history would you go and why?

Cristian: Uhh, hard one, I think I would like to travel for a day in the future and see if we completely fuck it up or not, cause at the moment it feels like we are. But maybe also back in time when there was no technology like the fourteen hundreds and then at a rave in ‘92. Ciao.

Ines: Thank you so much Cristian, we hope to hear more from you very soon!

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Sundowner. Mix #07 by Niff + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Italian DJ Niff. A creative mind who characterised for his tasteful selection and eclectic DJ sets inspired from all types of electronic music genres. Check out the interview we had with him.

Sundowner.: Hi Nicola, how are you? 

Niff: Ciao, all good in Berlin, thank you!

Sundowner.: First of all, what was it that triggered your interest in music?

Niff: It comes from my home environment when i was very little, my father always listening to classical music, my brother playing the piano and my mother singing songs of Lucio Battisti, Franco Battiato, Francesco De Gregori. After that, 2 things had a big impact on me, first the italian rap-hip hop scene in the very late 90’s, and later when i got into Titilla Cocoricó for the first time in 2003 as a Clubber.

Sundowner.: What’s your creative process when recording a podcast?

Niff: Recording a podcast is something you do for the people so it has to be prepared with care from the first record to the last one, every track should get along with the others and in the end the story reflects your mood. I like it to be the most perfect it can be but imperfections are part of the thing.

Sundowner.: What has been the most fun b2b you’ve ever played?

Niff: Well…you know it’s kinda hard to say, but i think the one with Dj Tree last summer for the birthday of my friend Andrea in Rome.

Sundowner.: What’s the differences you see in the music scene from when you started to now?

Niff: It could seem ages have passed by, since I started until now…the internet changed everything. The progress of technology helped us digging deeper in every genre of music ever known, everybody now has different sources for discovering new music which can be old or new, analog or digital. It means that nowadays the music standard is higher and higher (or it should be). 

Sundowner.: Any projects or releases we should look out for?

Niff: My new project FUORIORARIO coming very soon, a multidisciplinary platform, record label, podcast series and more. The first release has been ready for more than one year but then the pandemic happened so you know… 

Sundowner.: Last question Niff, what’s your 3 favorite clubs/ parties?

Niff: That’s a very hard question…the Magick Bar in Rome, Closer in Kiev and Breakfast Club Party in Paris.

Sundowner.: Thank you so much for your time and we hope to see you very soon on the dance floor! 

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Sundowner. Mix #06 by Tonchius + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Norwegian based DJ and producer Tonchius. Co-pilot of Continually Records, which second release came out this summer, check out the interview we had with her.

Ines: Hi Tonje, how are you? 

Tonje: Hi Ines, thanks for asking. A question I find challenging to answer these days, but I’m alive! I’m based (and sort of stuck) in Oslo at the moment, but it is a super nice place to be during the sunny summer. It never really gets dark up north this time of the year, which I really enjoy. There is walking distance whenever I fancy going for a swim in the ocean or to a lake in the woods, in addition to the city center. After a long lockdown, finally the city is starting to open again, although still with some limitations especially for nightlife, like a strictly no dancing policy and short opening hours. But it is starting to loosen up at least for open-air events, so that gives a feel of “normal”.

Ines: Could you tell me about your musical background? What kind of sounds did you grow up with and how do they inspire your sound now?

Tonje: I come from classical and jazz – as I played both the piano and the trombone until serious digging for records took all my dedication from 2015/2016. I was particularly interested in improvisation in jazz, and this is still a huge inspiration in the way I select and play records.

Ines: When playing a gig do you find it challenging to engage with the crowd? 

Tonje: Normally no, as I very much feed on the energy from the crowd. Now the problem is rather how to keep the crowd seated, as there is strictly no dancing allowed, at least here in Oslo at the moment.

Ines: Which was the last podcast you enjoyed and can recommend to our readers? 

Tonje: I really enjoyed and recommend the mix from Bowyer on BinarySound, such summery vibes!

Ines: Is there anything you would like to change or promote in the music industry? 

Tonje: I wouldn’t change as such, but I hope that the self-centredness and constant chase for gigs that has very much been a big part of the industry, continues to fade away and create room for the music to evolve. There is so much new and top-notch music being released these days, setting the modern sound of house and techno. That is for me very exciting times to be part off!

Ines: Any projects or releases we should look out for?

Tonje: Me and Rub800 started a record label last year: ‘Continually  Records’. The second release is coming out this summer. 

Ines: Oh that’s great to hear! So, last question. If your record bag would have a personality, how would it be?

Good question. I don’t think I can describe it with a personality, but rather one with several moods and feelings. It’s happy, angry, raw, trippy, dark, optimistic and positive, melancholic and sad.

Ines: Thank you so much for your time and thoughts Tonje, we wish you all the best and looking forward to hear more of Continually Records.

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Sundowner. Mix #05 by Garo + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Berlin based Bulgarian DJ Garo. We ask him some questions about inspiration and his future plans, get to know him better in this interview we had with him.

Ines: Hello Garo, how are you?

Garo: Hello Ines, first I would like to thank you for the invitation to prepare the mix. I am right now at home in Berlin feeling very good actually! I am just a couple of days away from my trip to Bulgaria where I will spend a well-deserved holiday in the sun with friends and family. Lots of exciting things are happening in my life right now and I am very excited about new opportunities. Life is good!

Ines: That’s nice to hear! Where did you grow up and how did it influence your sound?

Garo: Until the age of 10 I grew up in Bulgaria after which my family moved to Germany to a small town in Hessen. That was where I first discovered my interest in music through friends. One of them was a DJ. We used to meet during weekends to listen to him playing records. He recorded his mixes on tapes with artists like FSOL, U96, DJ Hooligan and that music was my first inspiration. I still have the tapes. ☺

Ines: What was your inspiration for the Sundowner podcast?

Garo: Since the beginning of the pandemic finding inspiration has become quite difficult because there is very little to do. So, I took a trip down memory lane to picture the perfect experience of people hanging out outdoors and dancing as the sun goes down and up. That feeling I tried to recreate in the mix.

Ines: We definitely felt the vibe! ☀️
So, what are your preferred methods of browsing music?

Garo: I find online and physical digging to be equally exciting. But I must admit, there is another level of excitement whenever I discover a new record store. In fact, it is something of a ritual for me to visit at least one vinyl shop every time I travel to a new city. Last year before the pandemic I had the chance to visit Cuba and I found rare gems at a flea market in Havana. 

Ines: How do you think the current moment will impact the musical scene in the future?

Garo: A lot of artists have moved out from Berlin in the past year which will definitely impact the city’s musical scene. Now new artists have a bigger chance to showcase their music to a wider audience, so I suppose we can expect a restart of the scene with a brand new musical landscape. I think when clubs re-open, people will fall in love with clubbing again and will value artists and clubs even more. I have good feelings about the future. 

Ines: What has been one of the most memorable dance floor moments for you and why?

Garo: This is really hard to pick just one. There have been so many. Perhaps, the most memorable ones are from the old Studio EW in Sofia. It had a backyard garden where parties often lasted for 24 hrs. Those times will always remain the ultimate party experiences in my life.

Ines: That sounds really amazing! I can totally imagine it. To finish, I would like to ask you if you have any plans for the future considering the current situation?

Garo: During the never-ending lockdown I used the time to focus on myself. I started studying again. I am also preparing the launch of my own label – DigBig records. The concept behind the label is to present artists from different musical backgrounds, obscure dance-oriented, broken beats, experimental and electro sounds.

A specific event I look forward to this summer is Wake Up Stran-Jah, a really cool boutique festival, taking place on the Bulgarian seaside that I recommend to anyone who is in for an intimate musical experiences off-the-grid. And of course, I hope that nightlife comes back soon in all its glory so we can listen and dance to music together again, also here in Germany.

Ines: Thank you so much for your time Garo and we wish you all the best with your new label and lots of fun in your trip to Bulgaria!

Don’t miss Garo this weekend at Wake Up Stran-Jah:
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Sundowner. Mix #04 by Kamyar Keramati + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is our dear and close friend Kamyar Keramati, the friendly face behind our favourite record store KIMCHI Records. We ask him some questions about his future plans, so get to know him better in this interview.

Sundowner.: What was it that triggered your interest in music and DJing?

Kamyar: In the very beginning it started with the sense of going in the opposite direction of the wave in the society I lived in, and now it’s more like I know nothing else than making music. DJing is the medium of communication. It could change into a live set or fully live music as it’s happened before to me. I love DJing and I find it one of the most complete and direct ways to communicate with your crowd.

Sundowner.: Are there any particular online or physical stores you consider favorites?

Kamyar: Of course, particularly in Berlin every shop I go to adds new taste to my collection, I have been going to OYE records since 2013 and it gave me so much inspiration to my Disco, Nu Disco side, Bikiniwaxx was the time I got super interested into Frankfurt’s sound and KIMCHI Records is where I find lots of trance and techno as well as experimental records. I get most of my records from KIMCHI since I work there.
I once went to Fat Fenders in Dresden and it gave me a great deal of new sounds yet very modest in terms of trend.

Sundowner.: What was your best moment at the Sundowner party?

Kamyar: When Moses comes to me or I go to Moses and quality ask each other: are you on fire bro? That’s always the best moment 🙂

Sundowner.: How do you think that this moment we are living in, is going to impact the music scene in the future?

Kamyar: I am in no place to know the bigger impact on society but I know it triggered lots of things in me that resulted in initiating my Label and producing a lot of music. So let’s say it gave me a sense of appreciation when things are fully open.

Sundowner.: What do you think is your spirit animal?

Kamyar: I would really like to say lion, tiger, shark, panther, but I think I am a mosquito, no wait actually… I’m a chameleon because I adapt to every situation.

Sundowner.: Do you have any plans in the short term considering the current situation or plans for the future?

Kamyar: Slowly I am learning to plan a bit longer than just the next day. I am very focused on the label and production while I am digging everyday and that’s the only plan I would say will be long term.

Sundowner.: Thank you so much Kamyar and good luck with the new label, we are sure it will be fire!

Kamyar: Thank you!

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Sundowner. Mix #03 by Two Phase U + Interview

We are really happy to introduce our next guest Hernán Gonzalez for our Sundowner. mix series. Born and based in Uruguay, Hernán aka Two Phase U has been producing music since the 90’s, get to know him a little bit better in this short interview we had with him.

Sundowner.: How would you identify yourself (now) and how does it influence your sound?

Two Phase U: An electronic musician. I guess because I try to include concepts and ideas that come from music other than only techno or house subgenres. I don’t know if electronic music composers like to be called „producers“ because we disregard traditional music or because, on the contrary, we see ourselves as lesser artists than instrumental musicians.

Sundowner.: What’s the most difficult challenge you have faced during your trajectory as a musician?

Two Phase U: From the general artistic life stance, my biggest challenge has been to acknowledge some years ago that much of the musical convictions I had carried with me for many years had aged too much and had to be renewed. A big internal reconfiguration was overdue. Once I could break my own molds and structures, a new world of possibilities opened before me, which I am still milking. But the transition was intense and very demanding spiritually.

Sundowner.: What’s your favorite track of the moment and why?

Two Phase U: Cabaret Voltaire „The power (of their knowledge)“ for last year’s album „Shadow of fear“. The beat, the mood, the vocal samples, the lo-fi demo-esque old school undefined techno/electro/ebm/synthpop eclectic sound, I love all aspects of that track. The whole album is amazing.

Sundowner.: Is there anything you would like to change or promote in the music industry?

Two Phase U: I feel that in electronic music there is an exaggerated devotion for gear. Few people are talking about the music itself. I’d love to read more about the concepts, the feelings, the politics, the life experiences of the music creators. I love my instruments, and I like that sometimes the musical results are an indirect collaboration between the artist and the designer, but I see too much explanation on the „how’s“ and too little on the „why’s“. I also come across a lot of new music that is more a technical display than a true expression of a feeling or an idea. I guess this happens in all musical genres too.

Sundowner.: How’s the future looking for you?

Two Phase U: The future to me has always been a better place than the past. I believe in constant evolution. Even as we sometimes seem to go backwards, it’s all part of a bigger forward motion. I welcome all the changes, much more than stability. No changes, no learning. To me life is only about learning. At the same time, it’s fair to say that some things seem to never change and repeat themselves. Another end-of-the-world, another crisis, another war, another sway between left and right. At some point you just stop caring and just focus on enlightening yourself and loving the beings around you. 

Sundowner.: And the last question, what do you think is your spirit animal and why?

Two Phase U: The owl. Since I was little I liked them and their attitude and I love the night! Also from an observer point of view and it is an animal that has very penetrating eyesight. And it represents knowledge and wisdom and I love to know stuff.

Sundowner.: I love that, thank you so much for taking the time.

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SUNDOWNER. returns to Club der Visonäre on Monday 28th of June 2021

We are happy to announce the first edition of Sundowner. in 2021!

Finally we can make our returns on the open air dancefloors of Berlin and elsewhere as the Nightlife slowly opens up again under the current easing of restrictions due to the pandemic.

We are really looking forward to being united with all of you on the dancefloor!

So come over to Club der Visionäre on Monday the 28th of June!

Music will be provided by Velasco, Sibil & Kamyar Keremati

Velasco is well known as one of the regular faces playing for Partys like Anthea’s Partisan Label or LowMoneyMusicLove. Recently during Lockdown we got some musical treats from him during apperances in this Springs Edition of The Mudd Show where he layed down a proper dance music set for the dancers at home and a very nice eclectic blend of different genres during his set for the recently launched Motif TV which gave us a glimpse into his music collection and taste beyond the dancefloor!

Sibil is making her cdv debut this Monday and we are excited to have her share her musical selection with all of you! After living a few years in Budapest where she was a resident in Aether Club, she recently played in Katttarzis Festival alongside well known selectors like Dorian Paic and Lee Burton, slow and steadily putting her name on the map. Well known among close friends already we are more then delighted to have her on the Team for Monday.

Kamyar Keramati is no new face for Sundowner but we can’t wait to have him on again. As one of the Partners of Kimichi Records Kamyar is a dedicated digger and dj in the truest of sences. We’re curious about his lockdown digging findst that he will hopefully share with us on Monday. Get ready for a long night and for him to take us on a long journey till the early morning hours!

We can’t wait to see you there!

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30th August // SUNDOWNER. @Club der Visonäre

For the second edition of SUNDOWNER. at Club der Visionäre in Berlin this year on Monday the 30th of August we decided to go International and invite some promising talents from abroad and outside of Berlin to make their debuts at cdv.

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Aliana is steadliy making a name for herself in the Ukrainian scene, hailing originally form the the city of Lviv in western Ukraine, you can find her regularly playing in Kyiv, Lviv and elsewhere.

Loa Szala has been on a strong upwards trajectory lately with her gig debut at Fabric London’s room 2 just a few weeks back for She Made and being added as a resident DJ for London’s Alien Communications imprint and being featured on female only/empowering label & collective Ra+Re’s mix series. She also hosts her monthly Radioshow Hachō on Netil Radio.

International Mac has been making waves as part of the infamous french collective 192 GmbH based in Berlin. He recently played at Nostromo Festival in good company alongside the big names in our scene. Expect to be taken on a joyful journey.

Drama Source Artifacts was first introduced to us as regular on the Sundowner. dancefloors over the past years and recently convinced us that we need to have him swap roles for the next edition and rather command the dancefloor then start it.

We are excited for all these new fresh talents and the energy and music they will bring to us on Monday! See you on the dancefloor!

Sundowner. Mix #02 by Pasha + Interview

We had short chat with Pasha in mid November and you can finally read the complete Interview now.

Moses: To get started maybe you can tell us a bit more about your background and how you got exposed to music as a child and when you were younger.

Pasha: Yeah, it started for me years ago, I was always buying and listening to music but I never thought about DJing. But my friends started to push me and tell me do it and I have been getting a lot of support from my friends and other people. And that’s how it started and still continues.

Moses: And were you exposed to a lot of music in your childhood, like through your parents? Did they listen to a lot of music and showed you?

Pasha: Since I’m 14 years old I started to listen to electronic music and searching for records all the time. But I never played the music. The first time playing it was 2015 on the 2nd floor of Cafe Gallery in Tbilisi and then the 2nd Gig at Mtkvarze, playing before Bero and Cobert. They really liked what I played and it was a great moment for me to get this positive feedback and it continued like this since and I’m just so happy about it all.

Moses: That’s nice.

Moses: How did you like to play in Berlin compared to Tbilisi? Was it different? Whatever comes to your mind.

Pasha: Yeah, it was a big experience for me because I never played outside of Georgia before, it was my first time in Berlin and in very good company. The Party was so good and I enjoyed a lot playing with Nuji. What else… Thank you for the event! haha

Moses: Haha, it was my pleasure having you! 🙂

Moses: Can you name any artists or specific albums, records or favorite artists that had a big influence on you, that you would like to share with us.

Pasha: Yes, especially Nicolas Lutz and Evan Baggs have been a big inspiration to me and earlier it was Arpiar when I listened to them at Kazantip in Georgia. After that experience a lot of things in my mind changed in regards to music. But not just in regards to one genre, it keeps changing and influencing me with all the different kinds of music I listen to.

Moses: Can you tell us a bit more about the scene in Tbilisi and what makes it special compared to other electronic music scenes like in Berlin or around the world, from your perspective?

Pasha: Here in Georgia we have so many very interesting and very talented people and they also run a lot of their own projects and nights now. You also know about Cobert’s and Luka Nakashidze’s new label “Tesseract”, it’s a very impressive project. And I’m happy because years ago there were not that many local artists but now its getting massive. And they are all doing a really good job and producing good music and playing as well.

Moses: Yes, everybody has evolved and gained more experience over the years.

Pasha: Yes exactly.

Moses: And since the protests in Georgia that went viral around the world the electronic music scene in Tbilisi has been seen as very political. Is it still the same? Are people still very engaged in the political discourse and take action. And how are things changing? What has changed since? Are things changing?

Pasha: I don’t think things have changed very much since, just a little bit and yes people are always engaged in the political discourse. The drug policy is still the same and very hard. On the day of the protest I was playing at Cafe Gallery and I was looking around and there was like 50 Gunman and so on. But it has to happen sooner or later, they have to make some changes. Fuck, haha.

Moses: Yes, I hope things will turn to the better over the coming years. Besides DJing what are you up to in Tbilisi?

Pasha: I was playing Basketball for a long time. I play since I’m 5 years old and the last 2-3 years I was playing Basketball professionally and DJing which was very hard for me to do but I think you must do what you like and what gives you pleasure. And that’s it!

Moses: I totally agree and can imagine that it was not easy to balance DJing on the weekends and playing Basketball professionally.

Moses: And to come to your Mix, can you maybe tell us a bit about the mix you recorded for us. If you had a certain mood in mind or what mood were you in when you recorded the mix? Anything you would like to share?

Pasha: I was trying to play music mainly for listening at home, not dance music in particular.

Moses: And another more personal question, anything you are worried about these days?

Pasha: I used to live in Batumi, I’m originally from there and love it very much, but it can get a bit boring from time to time, so I now moved to Tbilisi now and I’m looking forward to doing more here. So I basically left my recent worries behind.

Moses: And the last question, anything you are excited about in the near future that you would like to share?

Pasha: Not yet, I’m not waiting for anything in particular but it will come. I hope it will come! haha

Moses: I’m sure it will! Thanks a lot for taking the time and hopefully see you soon again either in Berlin or Tbilisi.