Interview: Elena Savlokhova
Photo: Paul Krause
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What excites you the most in what you do?
When performing, if I can look over the dance floor and feel a connection with the people I see, bringing some kind of synergy – that is what excites me the most about the performance aspect of music. It’s a very unique feeling, and something I really love.
Aside from the performance side of things, I’m very lucky to be able to travel the globe and get to meet different people from a variety of cultures. We all have our preconceptions about different parts of the world. Getting to learn about these things directly from the people who live it is a privilege in itself, especially when it challenges your existing ideas/stereotypes.
What’s the best thing about getting older?
Having experience and confidence in what I do has really come with age. As time goes on, caring less what other people think is so invaluable – I think I’m slowly turning into Larry David (my personal hero). Also valuing time with family more and more has been particularly important and rewarding.
What path did you consider taking before devoting yourself to music? What have you learned from it?
I studied finance at university, and have a degree in accountancy. Although it’s not strictly part of my day to day life, I still use it sometimes. It’s certainly handy having some base knowledge for filing my tax returns.
How do you want your music to affect people?
I see music as a great form of escapism, so I hope other people can feel the same too and have a chance to temporarily remove themselves from the day to day troubles in life, and totally zone out. I also want it to evoke some kind of positive emotion.
What is your idea of God in the modern world?
I’m not particularly religious, but will always stand by: “treat others as you want to be treated yourself” which comes in various different wordings within religious texts. It’s something that should resonate with everyone regardless of religious/non-religious beliefs.
What’s the most appealing thing about the nightlife for you?
I love the community aspect of it. Something in common that brings us together and having the opportunity to share experiences collectively. Music is such a connecting point – so many of my long-time friends are from meeting in clubs, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
You’re a runner, so did you partly choose it because of a correlation with music and the dancefloor experience, where repetition is made obsolete, and where the body is forced into motion and the mind into a release?
Running for me is a chance to clear my mind and focus on the present – my brain is in overdrive when I’m running and it’s a really good time I have alone to think things over. Aside from the obvious health benefits, It’s also the best way to have a clear head and be in the best possible mood for the day ahead.
Do you have a moment in your life that you would recall to your death?
My wedding day. It was all the people I love together at the same place and time.
How do you deal with insecurities? Do you take advantages of your weaknesses?
Insecurities are often very valid, and a good motivator to work harder, differently, or to change something entirely. As long as you can recognise that, and turn it around, then that’s the way to really take advantage of it. For instance, before I started this project, I was in a bit of a rut and not really happy with my musical output. That feeling of being insecure was the biggest drive to start afresh on a totally new page.
What is the best party you’ve attended as part of the crowd?
Turnmills London, closing weekend 2008. For so many reasons. Highs, lows, emotions, and lots of fun.
How do you reinfuse your art when it is stale?
I find the best solution in this situation is to take a step back and move away temporarily. If it’s studio productivity that’s getting stale, then I like to actively spend more time in clubs to seek inspiration. There’s no point pushing something when it’s not there – it’s better to let it come back naturally.
Can we still admire work after discovering the truth about its maker’s bad personality?
Personally, I can’t. It will always influence the way I look at things from that particular person, and the work would be tarnished in my eyes.
What’s coming up for you? Do you have certain ambitions?
I’m working on a new live setup at the moment, and that’s my biggest ambition right-right now. It’s a big step for me because I’ve been DJing for a long time, and this is a whole new world for me. It’s a been a really positive learning experience and hopefully will be a chance to better myself as a producer/performer.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would your answer be?
Your questions are some of the most interesting I’ve come across as they’re very thought-provoking, so nothing springs to mind. Hats off!