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Back to Russia

Dear fans, friends, colleagues!

After living for the last five years in Israel, this July I’ll be moving back to Moscow, Russia, where I originally from.

I don’t usually share much of my personal life, but I thought to let you know since a music producer’s location is pretty important especially for the business side of things.

As you can imagine I have a hell of a lot of things to do with this move, hence why I wasn’t quite active on my blog and social media lately. Sorry. Please bear with me.

A selfie from the airport

But changes are a good thing, and I have a few special messages.

To the Russian party promoters:
Starting this August, I’ll be available for bookings in Moscow. No more flight costs, no agency fees. If you wanted to book me for your event but these things stopped you, now it’s a great time to make this happen. Get in touch by email or Telegram.

To the foreign party promoters:
This move won’t affect my international bookings in any way, expect that flight tickets from Moscow are typically cheaper than from Tel Aviv. As I said, changes are a good thing! Nishan from Digital Om still will be handling my bookings worldwide.

To anyone in Israel who by any chance wanted to meet me for a cup of coffee, to make a collaboration, or for whatever else reason, keep in mind I’ll be here until July just like I said in the beginning.

May 8   I am

Rave Podcast May 2018

Special guest of the month: Shadow Chronicles

This month’s show features one of my previously recorded mixes I played at Trance Psyberia show, and for the second hour we have a man who needs no introduction: Protoculture returns to the Psy scene under his new alias, Shadow Chronicles.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Daniel Lesden at Trance Psyberia

Shadow Chronicles guest mix

0:59:54 Shadow Chronicles – Singularity (Original Mix)
1:07:29 Shadow Chronicles – Love & Light (Original Mix)
1:12:35 Shadow Chronicles – Black Magic Woman (Original Mix)
1:17:28 Shadow Chronicles – The Matrix (Original Mix)
1:22:06 Shadow Chronicles – Supernature (Original Mix)
1:26:58 Astrix – Dharma (Off Limits Remix)
1:32:06 1200 Mics – Ecstasy (Makida Remix)
1:38:35 Shadow Chronicles – g.AI.a (Original Mix)
1:43:27 Astrix & Freedom Fighters – Burning Stones (Original Mix)
1:49:19 Shadow Chronicles – Another Earth (Original Mix)
1:53:57 Protoculture – Out of Reality (Shadow Chronicles Remix)

Interview for Shankra Festival

I spoke with Giulia from Shankra Festival organization about my first festival experience, my latest works, features of my tracks, and some aspects of Trance music I dislike.

Give us an overview of your latest works (releases, EP, other projects): is there something you’re particularly excited about?
My release schedule was quite busy lately: I have released a new single on Digital Om Productions a few months back, followed by a very unusual release on Iono Music, and just in a few weeks from now my collaboration with Mechanimal will be out too which I’m really excited about. Also, my radio show hit the 7th year anniversary last month, quite a milestone!

Could you describe to us your first festival experience?
If we are talking about the festivals specifically and not indoor raves, I think my first experience was in 2005 at a festival in Crimean Mountains. It was something totally different to me comparing to the club parties I used to attend to a lot these days, and I still love that almost a surreal feeling that you are in a parallel reality.

Which would be your advice for young people that would like to start your profession?
I would advise to lower down expectations and research the industry. I’ve seen a lot of young producers expecting to make a living on a debut album release, or start touring worldwide as soon as they get signed to a record label. Sorry, but this is not how things work, success won’t happen overnight. Also, it is your job, as an artist, to work with the audience and to grow your fan base, music alone is just not enough.

Lower down your expectations and research the industry

What are the most characteristic features of your tracks?
I’m a huge fan of cosmic exploration, science fiction, and technologies, and I’m trying to implement these features in my production. You won’t hear a yet another speech sample about LSD in my tracks, but rather a robotic vox, space-themed leads, and Trance atmosphere. I also like to build some storyline behind each track, some deeper meaning.

What aspects of the Trance scene you prefer/dislike?
To me, Psytrance is much more than just a music. It’s a culture that unites people despite their age, occupation, skin colour, and faith. I love it.
However, with the growing popularity of the genre, we now hear a lot of ‘copy-paste’ producers who make nothing but cliches, like triplets pattern is being an example. It’s now much harder to filter out that ‘noise’, otherwise you just end up listening to 200 new arrivals on Beatport which sound all the same, sometimes even DJ sets sound the same.
Talking about the scene in general, I like how the production of the events keeps getting better each year, thanks to the festivals like Shankra.

You got a totally free afternoon. What would you do?
I would probably dig some new music or work with my media library to add tags, organise them into playlists etc. I’m kind of a freak when it comes to that!

Organising some music on my way to the airport

Do you have something that you always bring with you during your travels?
As a DJ and producer, I can’t go without the laptop. Whether I have a spare hour on the plane, in the airport, hotel, car, or even at the backstage, I’m always trying to use this opportunity to get some work done: organise music library, listen to demos, reply to emails, write a blog or edit a vlog.

You won’t hear a yet another speech sample about LSD in my tracks, but rather a robotic vox, space-themed leads, and Trance atmosphere

What did you enjoy the most during your time at Shankra Festival?
I have two points of view on that. From the artist’s perspective, I absolutely enjoyed the professionalism of the Shankra team: it was a top-notch organisation which I appreciate and respect a lot. And from the dancefloor perspective, music is certainly what I enjoyed the most because this is my biggest passion and this why I do what I do in the first place.

What do you think about the festival’s location?
Shankra location is breathtaking! I think it contributes to the overall perception of the festival a lot. The music, the deco, the people and nature come together in a mesmerising experience.

The Alps and the landscape are breathtaking

A special message to the Shankra Family!
Thanks for keeping the spirit alive, you’re awesome!

Link to the original post
Text — Giulia Buonarrivo

Apr 27   Interview

Confront Reality is out now

A new collaboration · Digital Om Production

You won’t hear triplets, Indian motives or pitch rising effects in this track — It’s a straightforward 142 BPM melodic track that you can actually dance to. Here’s our collaboration with Mechanimal which is out now on Digital Om Productions.

Here’s what Christopher Lawrence said about it:

Great track! Good groove and heaps of complementary melodies.

Written and produced by Nick Sagar-House and Daniel Sokolovskiy
Mastering by Nick Sagar-House @ Mechanimal studio
Artwork by Point Zero Productions

Rave Podcast April 2018

Special guest of the month: Mindwave

Today we are going to have a journey through different sides of Psytrance, from its deeper and melodic form to the uptempo style with sharp acid leads, including a brand new collaboration of Mechanimal with myself, which I’m really proud of, and some of all-favourite classics.

And at the second half of the show, we have an amazing producer who I’ve been watching closely for the last five years or so, and I’m actually surprised that we haven’t had him before. Please welcome to Mindwave at the second hour, his production is absolutely brilliant.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Lost Shaman – Soul Divider (Original Mix)
0:06:36 Cosmithex – Omniscient (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:11:18 Zyce & Nerso – Unimation (Talpa Remix)
0:15:09 Audiotec & Zen Mechanics – Telemetry (2018 Album Edit)
0:18:53 Symbolic & Lifeforms – We Are Awakening (Original Mix)
0:23:13 Paul Oakenfold – Full Moon Party (Liquid Soul & Zyce Remix)
0:27:35 Ticon – Tripticon (Vertex Remix) Unreleased
0:31:17 GMO – Forty-Two (Metronome Remix)
0:34:46 Ectima – Symbiosis (Arhetip Remix)
0:38:49 Relativ & Yestermorrow – Galactic Riders (Original Mix)
0:44:20 AudioFire – This Complex World (Original Mix)
0:49:11 Bitkit – Blue Fields (Original Mix)
0:53:31 Mechanimal & Daniel Lesden – Confront Reality (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:57:10 Human Blue – Party Deluxe (Original Mix)

Mindwave guest mix

1:01:43 Mindwave – Systematic Numbers (Original Mix)
1:09:22 Mindwave & Static Movement – Sources (Original Mix)
1:15:39 Mindwave – Ancient Code (Original Mix)
1:20:41 Mindwave – Akasha (Original Mix)
1:29:03 Liquid Soul – Synthetic Vibes (Mindwave Remix)
1:33:29 Mindwave – One (Original Mix) Unreleased
1:40:51 Mindwave – 3 6 9 (Original Mix)
1:47:19 Mindwave – Voyager (Original Mix)
1:52:07 Protonica – Floating Point (Mindwave Remix)

Mechanimal & Daniel Lesden upcoming collaboration

Mechanimal (on the left) and I in our studios

Stoked to announce my upcoming collaboration with no other than Mechanimal, a producer I’ve been a fan of for years. It’s a 142 BPM track with a positive vibe and a blend of our signature sounds.

Keep an eye on updates as we’ll share a cover artwork, label, date, and of course a preview soon.

In the meantime, make sure to check out Nick’s recent releases (this guy is on fire!) and his guest mix on Rave Podcast in case you missed it.

Rave Podcast March 2018

Special guest of the month: Altered State

The show starts off with some nice deep Trance and even Techno which surprisingly sound really fresh to me despite the fact some of these tracks are pretty old actually, I hope you’ll like it too.

On top of that, we have some of the best Psytrance around, including new music Lyktum (a track taken from his new album which is absolutely gorgeous), a collaboration of Mechanical and Sabretooth, Vini Vici, Perfect Stranger, Volcano, X-Noize, Sonic Species and more.

And for the second hour, we have a great guest mix from an uprising star of the Irish Psy scene, a Dublin based DJ and producer and A&R at Critical Overload, Altered State.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 John 00 Fleming & Roby M Rage – The Devil’s Gates Of Heaven (Original Mix)
0:05:36 Don Ruijgrok – Awake (Original Mix)
0:08:31 Psychosonic – Beta (Original Mix)
0:14:49 Subliminal Codes – The Chase (Original Mix)
0:17:43 Perfect Stranger – W (Klipsun Remix)
0:23:03 Vini Vici & Pixel – Flashback (Original Mix)
0:27:15 Lyktum & Solar Kid – Dreamer (Original Mix)
0:32:12 Neutro & Doppler – Shankra (Original Mix)
0:36:45 Norma Project – Velediction (Original Mix)
0:41:23 Maitika – Cross The Border (Original Mix)
0:46:03 Mechanimal & Sabretooth – Quantum Fluctuation (Original Mix)
0:50:38 Volcano, Sonic Species & X-NoiZe – Future DMT (Original Mix)

Altered State guest mix

0:56:22 Captain Hook & Dj Gula K – Consciousness (Original Mix)
1:00:22 Gaudium & MVMB – Natural Mechanics (Original Mix)
1:05:00 Ritmo & Gaudium – Keep It Minimal (Original Mix)
1:08:28 Liquid Soul – Out Of The Blue (Multiphase Remix)
1:13:56 Divination & Liftshift – Inside You (Original Mix)
1:17:09 Cabal – Whatever (Altered State Remix)
1:20:42 Mindbernderz – Another Galaxy (Original Mix)
1:26:06 Inner State – New World Order (Altered State Remix)
1:30:39 Sonic Species & Symbolic – Horizon (Original Mix)
1:36:36 Indra – Flashback (Original Mix)
1:43:45 Ace Ventura & Rocky Tilbor – Dr Lupo (Rising Dust Remix)
1:48:25 Imaginarium – 100 Billion Neutrons (Original Mix)
1:53:52 Captain Hook – Vertebra L2 (Pitchbend Mix)

The Guest Mix @ Artelized Visions

Last night my guest mix has been aired on Digitally Imported on Artelized Visions radio show hosted by Cj Art, and today I’d like to share it with everyone who wasn’t able to join in. Artur aka Cj Art is awesome, I’ve been listening to his music for years so it was a pleasure to make a mix for his show.

This guest mix has a quite unusual selection of tracks with a reminiscent of old-school vibe and even includes a couple of all-time favourite classics which I like a lot. Let me know what do you about it?

Tracklistings

00:00 ON3 – Step One (Original Mix)
04:13 Modus – Strange Modulation (Original Mix)
08:26 Ticon – Chicken Shaker (Sub6 & ON3 Remix)
10:31 Freedom Fighters & Rocky – Stranger Things (Original Mix)
14:49 Off Limits – Artattack (Original Mix)
19:54 Ticon – Bird Of Paradise (Original Mix)
23:17 Astral Projection – One (Original Mix)
28:48 Astrix & Avalon – Moonshine (Original Mix)
32:55 GeneTrick – Being Human (Original Mix)
35:46 Asteria & Harmonic Rush – Joanne In Wonderland (Original Mix)
38:17 Static Movement & Mindwave – Sources (Original Mix)
43:39 Modus – Inner Experience (Original Mix)
47:36 Union Jack – Two Full Moons and a Trout (Domestic & Pixel & Freedom Fighters Remix)
52:48 Daniel Lesden – The Last Of Our Kind (Original Mix)
Feb 22   Guest mixes   Psytrance

Rave Podcast February 2018

Special guest of the month: Jakaan

This month’s show is full of the finest Progressive and Psytrance music from the artists like Symbolic, Carina, Zyce, Astrix & Freedom Fighters, Audiofire, and more.

And for the second hour to have an up-and-coming producer from the Netherlands, Jakaan. He is a new artist at Digital Om Production, and I’m sure we’ll hear from him in the coming future.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Symbolic – Evolution (Original Mix)
0:07:43 Cosmic Tone – Spirit Technology (Original Mix)
0:12:50 Carina – Time Light (Original Mix)
0:17:57 Zyce – Messier 83 (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:21:53 Astrix & Freedom Fighters – Burning Stones (Original Mix)
0:26:47 Outlaw – Noise Control (Original Mix)
0:29:54 Sonic Species – Zero (AudioFire Remix)
0:34:03 Tresde – Theia (Original Mix)
0:35:53 Pro-Gram – Angel In The Desert (Original Mix)
0:40:15 Space Cat, X-NoiZe, Vertical Mode – The Sorcery (Original Mix)
0:45:04 Nerso – Spectral Waves (Original Mix)
0:48:50 Daniel Lesden – The Last Of Our Kind (Original Mix)

Jakaan guest mix

0:56:05 Egorythmia & Yestermorrow – Midnight Ritual (Original Mix)
1:04:31 Faders – Altered Minds (Original Mix)
1:10:21 Faders – Optical Illusion (Original Mix)
1:16:10 Jakaan – Inspiration (Original Mix)
1:21:40 One Function & Yestermorrow – Microdose (Original Mix)
1:29:22 Outsiders – Floating Point (Redrosid Remix)
1:35:09 StarLab – The Sage (Original Mix)
1:41:05 Symbolic & Sonic Species – Horizon (Original Mix)
1:48:38 Sideform – Advanced Civilization (Original Mix)
1:54:07 Maitika – Cross the Border (Original Mix) Unreleased

The Last Of Our Kind is out now

A new single · Iono Music

“Iono Music is proud to present a new Space-themed single by Daniel Lesden. With a slow build-up and atmospheric breakdown, this track tells a story of human terraforming the planets so we will never be the last of our kind.”

Written and producers by Daniel Sokolovskiy
Mastering by Michael Gkekas @ Plus Six Mastering
Artwork by Kamila Dj Sati

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