Music, technologies, and human experience from a Russian Psytrance music producer.
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Facebook is my main news hub where I share upcoming releases, gigs, photos, videos, and blogs. Typically, I post 3–5 times a week.

Telegram and Twitter duplicate what I post on Facebook, with occasional extra content.

On Vkontakte, I write in the Russian language for my fans out of from Russia and CIS.

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Rave Podcast 099

Recorded live from London

Wow, we’re getting close to a 100th episode, and to start celebrating this I’d like give you a sneak peek of what happens on my gigs. For the next two hours please enjoy my recorded live set from London.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 MVMB – Interstellar (Original Mix)
0:05:27 Hedustma – Existence (MVMB Remix)
0:09:25 John 00 Fleming – Tik Tok (Part 1)
0:14:07 Chris Oblivion, Robert Vadney – Lost Language (Stripped Mix)
0:16:30 John 00 Fleming – The 10th Life (Artifact303 Remix)
0:20:55 Relativ – Space Crash (Original Mix)
0:26:01 Avalon, Tristan, Vini Vici – Colors (Original Mix)
0:29:35 Sideform – The Ritual (Original Mix)
0:34:39 GMS – Monolith (Original Mix)
0:37:56 Daniel Lesden – Pangea Proxima (Original Mix)
0:43:26 Symbolic – Grim Sleeper (Original Mix)
0:48:28 Faders, Vertical Mode – Optical Illusion (Original Mix)
0:52:55 Relativ – Out Of My Mind (Original Mix)
0:57:54 Dual Resonance – We Are Universe (Original Mix)
1:02:00 Daniel Lesden – Ignition (Original Mix)
1:06:34 Manmachine – Synthesize (Original Mix)
1:11:48 Daniel Lesden – Enuma Elish (Original Mix)
1:18:10 Daniel Lesden – Structured Chaos (Original Mix)
1:23:09 Daniel Lesden – Technological Singularity (Original Mix)
1:29:45 Future Frequency – Freakuencies (Original Mix)
1:34:45 Sonic Species – The Force (Original Mix)
1:40:12 AudioFire – Fact Or Fiction (Original Mix)
1:44:44 Avalon, Burn In Noise – Galactic Groover (James West Remix)
1:49:26 Tristan – Enlightenment (Outsiders Remix)
1:53:27 Astral Projection – Mahadeva (Faders Remix)

Fractals: Geometry Of Sound

🇷🇺 Moscow, August 3, 2018

Catch me playing this Friday in Moscow at the “Fractals” rave. Full lineup on the flyer. Location info will be announced on the day X.

See you on the dancefloor!

Jul 31   Gigs   Russia   Tour dates

Upcoming gigs August 2018

I’ve almost missed this summer festivals season due to my relocation, but now I’m back on track. Next gig: August 3 in Moscow.

Booking info: get in touch.

Jul 24   Russia   Tour dates

Bye-bye, Israel!

It’s been an amazing five years. Now it’s time for a new chapter.

At Ben Gurion airport. Feeling optimistic

Read also: Back to Russia

Jul 21   I am   Israel   Photo

Interlude

Studio packed, stuff sold. Looking forward to the move to start working hard again. I miss the proper sound.

My “studio” in the last weeks before the move
Jul 14   I am   Photo   Studio

Rave Podcast 098

Special guest of the month: Datacult

July’s show is quite unusual: as you know I’m a Psytrance music producer, but I also have a love and passion for a deeper side of music which I would like to showcase for you today. I like how the Psytrance labels now embrace that deeper sound as well, as we see more of such music coming out from the names like Nano Records, Iono Music, JOOF, Iboga etcetera, they all seem to realise how fresh it now.

And for the second hour, we have a guest mix from Datacult, a very talented German producer and sound designer.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 R3cycle, Roy Lebens – Hello (Original Mix)
0:05:06 Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Rick Pier O’Neil – Obsession (Darin Epsilon Remix)
0:08:24 Eli Spiral – Planet 9 (Original Mix)
0:14:10 All In, MVMB – Sun Electric (Original Mix)
0:18:12 Spektre – Carnival Of Souls (Original Mix)
0:22:30 John 00 Fleming – Floating (Extended Mix)
0:27:17 ID – ID unreleased
0:30:18 Gary Delaney – Little Groovy Plucks (Original Mix)
0:34:05 ID – ID unreleased
0:38:02 Sideform – Web Of Life (Float Remix)
0:40:26 Ascent – Positive Vibes (Original Mix)
0:43:04 Freaked Frequency – Solar (Original Mix)
0:46:57 Whirloop – Salvation Slumberland (Original Mix)
0:52:18 Human Blue – Galactic Fire (Original Mix)
0:57:25 Man With No Name – Teleport (Sabretooth Remix)

Datacult guest mix

1:02:36 The Key – Tridimensional Abstractions (Datacult Remix)
1:09:12 Sabretooth – Driven (Datacult Remix)
1:14:32 Datacult – Aliyah (Original Mix)
1:20:07 Dark Nebula & Datacult – Beyond That Door (Datacult Remix)
1:25:40 Datacult & Takttrauma – Subspace (Original Mix)
1:31:16 Datacult – Maschine (Original Mix)
1:36:49 Datacult – Schizophrenia (Original Mix)
1:42:51 Datacult – Falcon (Original Mix)
1:48:11 Klopfgeister – Seven Days (Datacult Remix)
1:53:17 Datacult & GMO – Dragon (Original Mix)

Music library editorial standards

I have a quite large music library and I care about keeping it nice and clean. To do so, I use editorial standards — a set of few simple rules that helps to make all titles accurate and informative.

Organizing music library

Today, I’d like to share some of these standards.

Words capitalising

I write all words with a capital letter. This way all titles look cleaner and it makes them easier to read on CDJs small screen:

No Yes
A night in botanic gardens A Night In Botanic Gardens
The Last of our Kind The Last Of Our Kind
We come in peace We Come In Peace

Artists with a comma

When the track has several artists, I used to split them with an ampersand. Then I realised that if there are three artists (and sometimes even more), then things started to get messy. So now I simply use commas instead and put artists in alphabetical order regardless of how “big” his name is:

No Yes
Relativ & Yestermorrow Relativ, Yestermorrow
Vini Vici & Avalon & Tristan Avalon, Tristan, Vini Vici
John 00 Fleming ft. Sascha Cooper John 00 Fleming, Sascha Cooper
Liquid Soul & Zyce feat. Solar Kid Liquid Soul, Solar Kid, Zyce
Xerox & Illumination & Sandman Sandman, Xerox & Illumination

Look how the right column is easier to read. The bottom row on the right in an exception because Xerox & Illumination is a project name as a whole.

Version is mandatory

After the track title, I always add its version whether it’s an original mix, remix, bootleg, mashup, radio edit, extended mix, dub, vocal, etc. When I see another DJ playing before or after me has some track with the title “Rmx”, I can’t stand it:

No Yes
Model Reality (Rmx) Model Reality (Nerso Remix)
Scorchio (Bootleg) Scorchio (Activa Bootleg)
Existence Existence (Original Mix)
Indigo Indigo (Dub Mix)
Freakuencies Freakuencies (DL Edit)

Note the last row: DL Edit is my edit. It means that I cut the breakdown off, adjusted the structure to make it more DJ-friendly, or somehow edited the track to make better fit the mix.

Jun 24   iTunes

Cubixx on marketing

Matthias Sperlich, also known as Dj Cubixx and the head of Iono Music, gave an interview to Mushroom Magazine talking about his love of the Psychedelic trance and about the music industry.

I’d like to highlight one particular part:

“Reality is that people who work in the music industry need to be paid the work they do. Whether it’s as artists, promoters, label owners. Nobody can survive on fresh air. Marketing is a necessary tool to spread the word in this global scene – to keep people engaged and attract a new generation.

Of course we do it for the love and the passion, and sacrifice a regular salary with the benefits of holiday, sick pays and unions – we do it for the love and because we believe in the power of music so much. But if everyone rips our music for free, and people don’t pay for tickets to parties, then the reality is we can’t afford to eat and pay bills, let alone maintain our studios, so we’d eventually be forced to quit.”

Marketing is a necessary tool to spread the word in this global scene – to keep people engaged and attract a new generation.

This is essential to understand for all nowadays producers. I know many think that music speaks for itself and marketing is a bullshit for commercial music only, but the reality is you as a producer have to do some efforts — quite a lot actually — if you want to be heard and pay bills for the work you do.

Dark iTunes

Finally, soon we’ll get what I’ve been waiting for so long — a darker user interface on iTunes. I think many DJs and producers who get used to a dark environment will appreciate the new system-wide dark mode, which affects Mail, Notes, Calendar, and most importantly, iTunes:

iTunes dark UI in macOS Mojave. Photo credit: 9to5mac.com

In the meantime, I’d like to remind that iTunes is the best tool for organising music library. If you don’t agree or just not know what iTunes is capable of, make sure to read my advice.

Jun 17   iTunes

Audience location

Do you remember Apple Music for artists that I’ve written about a few days ago? Turns out, there is something useful, and I’d like to share my observations.

Just out of curiosity I looked at the top countries where the most plays come from, and then I looked at the same stats on SoundCloud. Here are the numbers:

Top countries where people listen to my music from. A coincidence? I don’t think so

Just look how similar the data is between two different services. Top three rows are exactly identical, even the ratio is very close. How cool is that! I mean, it’s one thing when you see top countries at some particular platform, but when countries match across few sources it’s a whole another thing.

So, I’ve got a pretty accurate geographical picture. The numbers are basically telling me: “your audience is concentrated here”. The fact that I already played in four of these countries indirectly confirms this.

From now I think to use this data to target my promo campaigns more accurately. Clearly, I had to check that before any media planning, but I haven’t done it before (and thus potentially miss some of the key markets) is a mystery to me.

Fellow producers, where are your listeners from? Would be curious to compare the stats taking a music genre into account.

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