A techno DJ and producer from the UK
Interview: Ljubov Dzuzhynska
Photo: Tim Craig
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What is great about your life right now?
Aside from it being a very strange year for everyone, mentally I feel in a good place right now. I have just moved into a new house with my friend and feel settled and content. I also am really grateful to have played a couple of really memorable shows recently which have been amazing and I have had so much energy during them due to not being exhausted from the constant touring. This year has also made me realise a lot of things I would like to achieve in the future and I am also grateful for my friends, family, and health.
Do you think the world is just? How do you live with this perception?
I think that the world is inherently unjust, there is so much poverty and inequality across the globe especially with climate change which will affect the global south way more in developing countries. I also became vegan at the start of the year which made me realise the injustice there is with the way we treat other animals, I am really passionate about this and try to use my platform to educate people about it. I live with it because
I think you cannot change the world, you have to just do your bit that you can.
When did you first experience the power music carries within itself?
Music has always been a huge part of my life growing up, I don’t quite remember the moment I first experienced its ‘power’, it has just always been a staple part of my life. From driving in the car with my Mother, getting my chores done, when I used to be a dancer the emotions I will feel and going to my first rave. Music has surrounded me all the time, one powerful moment was the first gig I played, watching how you can control the dance floor and make people smile, realising this is all dependent on you and your next track.
Was there ever a moment when you were fed up with music?
Definitely. There have been times when my own creativity hasn’t been flowing which has made me really fed up with listening to other people’s music as I wasn’t getting inspired by anything or any other music. I believe this was around the time that I was playing a few larger more commercial techno gigs where I couldn’t truly play my own style and usually, I thrive off my gigs, that is where I find most of my inspiration being connected to the audience, feeling their energy and meeting new people.
What is the best or most memorable gig you’ve ever attended as part of an audience?
I saw Squarepusher for the first time at Glastonbury Festival last year playing an acid break-core set which was amazing, after growing up and listening to his music it was great to finally see him destroy it on stage and a great end to the weekend. Seeing Mala perform live with The Outlook Orchestra in The Southbank Centre was also an amazing experience – he had a full orchestral band playing dubstep. The wind instruments created such power with the bass and the energy from the room – it was mesmerising watching electronically produced classics performed by an orchestra.
What storyline goes on in your mind when you’re performing?
When I am performing I like to keep the audience as engaged as possible and imagine myself in the crowd. As much as I love hypnotic and trippy sets that is not quite my vibe. I like to move between styles and mix up the rhythm of the tracks, chopping things in and out of the mix, trying to captivate people on the dance floor for the whole night keeping them anticipated to see what is next.
What interests you outside of music?
Outside of music I enjoy spending time with my friends and cooking, that is one thing that I wouldn’t enjoy from touring is coming home on a Sunday night and not having time to come back and cook a nice hearty meal.
In the digital era of fake facades of perfection, how does one remain raw and sincere?
I think what coronavirus will hopefully achieve is getting rid of the plastic, superficial techno scene that it was becoming with over branding and clinical ways of how to build your career. Hopefully, this will strip out the fake artists and leave the raw talent who live for this world. I am super critical of myself and used to struggle with my confidence, however, I have realised now that
being supercritical is not a bad thing and it is only because I care for my work and I know my creativity is precious.
How I develop myself over the next five years as an artist and a person is way more important than the next gig I play or my next Instagram post which is all a lot of people seem to care about right now. It was becoming such a thing of how many people can I play to on stage and get a good video to post, I’m not saying I haven’t fallen into that trap a couple of times, but I just hope after this, people will realise that music and being an artist is more than Instagram algorithms.
What film, book, or anime would you like to be a part of?
The Little Mermaid.
What was the most beautiful thing you have ever seen, felt, or lived through in your life?
My recent gig in Kyiv at ∄ was very special. It felt like after this whole year of living through coronavirus, especially in London where restrictions have been very tough and we haven’t been able to go out and party at all, there was something so beautiful seeing all the ravers partying in the club. It was very safe – everyone had masks on, but it was just amazing to see everyone releasing so much energy and going wild. Not to mention how beautiful the space is inside, I can’t compare it to any other club I have played at and the architecture was out of this world. I have definitely left Kyiv feeling so inspired and happy.
How are you trying to be a better human being and how do you seek the best within yourself?
I am always trying to be true to myself and not perceive a fake image online and offline which I think is very easy in the days of social media. I am also educating myself about the world around me and how I can be more sustainable in the fragile environment that we are living in. When I am older I want to have a space in London that holds workshops on sustainability and how we can be more sustainable in the music scene and lead the way for the younger generation that is getting into it as I have been fortunate to start my career in music at a young age.
What was the wisest thing you’ve heard or realised?
To live in the moment and stop caring about tomorrow. I used to worry and dwell on the past but I have realised there is no point in doing that or your head can spin into dark places.
Life is all about the now.
What is your goal and purpose as an artist? What do you want to achieve with your work?
As an artist, I am not trying to sound like an artist that has already been because they have created something unique and their art is already theirs. I want to be as real as I can with my work and try to create something different, but I always like my tracks to carry a lot of energy. I have recently collaborated with a rapper on a track and I believe we have created something really unique and special, I love working with people that create different genres of music. I think it can create something so beautiful without either of you having to compromise.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would your answer be?
How can we all help the world become a better place? I think that people these days put too much emphasis on life-altering changes in order to improve our world, and I believe that it’s the small changes that count, trying to find ways to make new everyday habits that become something we don’t think twice about: from consuming less meat, to thinking about the way we power our homes. Just by educating ourselves more, we can become more aware of our own consumerism and how these choices can massively affect other people. These small decisions all add up to something greater and make big powerful changes.