Music, technologies, and human experience from a Russian Psytrance music producer.
What I do · Get in touch

Follow me on social media

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.

I also upload vlogs and gigs videos on YouTube and share travel photos, selfies, and studio routine on Instagram.

2 hours ago   Russia   Talks   Video

Upcoming event: a talk on music career at Audio School

🇷🇺 Moscow, December 5, 2017

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be giving a talk on a music career at Audio School.

Audio School is a leading Moscow-based school of electronic music production and the art of DJing. Six years ago I graduated Audio School as a student, and now I’m delighted to come back, this time with a new role.

I’ll be talking about career decisions, marketing strategies, and mindset of a music producer in today’s world — all based on my experience, no theorycrafting.

Watch also a video invitation.

Timetable:

20:00—21:00 Talk
21:00—21:30 Q&A session

The event is free for anyone to join. You must register in advance as there is a limited number of seats.

P.S. This event is a first of its kind for me, but potentially, I’m open for giving a talk on a conference, music production school, or any other music-related educational meetup. Get in touch if it sounds interesting to you.

Nov 19   Russia   Talks   Tour dates

Track of the week: Equilibrium Sense

Relaunch is one of a few artists who has no bad tracks. And I mean it. Pretty much just like Jerome Isma-Ae or Cid Inc, two other heroes of the genre. All originals and remixes he has done are pure gold, I think I have about fifty in my home collection.

Artist Relaunch
Title Equilibrium Sense (Original Mix)
Release Maybe
Label Bonzai Progressive
Year 2017
BPM 126
Key Cm

Brand resources

Promoters, bloggers, designers! Sometimes you use Daniel Lesden artist logo and pictures for flyers, posters, cover artworks, social media banners, and other promotional and press needs.

To make sure you have everything you need, I’ve made a small but handy website with all brand resources.

There you’ll find high-resolution lifestyle and press pictures, official logo in various formats, videos, and more assets for your graphic design and press needs. And I’m going to keep this site up to date, so you will always have all necessary files, at one place.

Welcome: daniellesden.com/brand

Nov 14   I am   Marketing

Existence preview

I kept my promise to make more music, and today I’m happy to introduce you a preview of my new single that is coming out on Digital Om Productions later this month.

I took some time to experiment and try a lot of production techniques which I haven’t used before: bass, leads, glitchy textures, vocal processing, and pretty much everything else here made fresh rather than being carried-over from some older projects.

Nov 13   Existence   Preview

Playlist or tracklist

What’s the difference, or why you probably use the wrong word

Rekordbox 5. Example of a software that lets you create playlists.

Quite often I see DJs posting their mixes with a list of played tracks, and they call those lists a “playlist”. Well, that’s wrong. A proper word for this is a “tracklist”, or “tracklisting” if you will.

Here is what the difference between these two.

playlist is a list of audio or video content that can be organised and played back in any order. The point is you as a user have a control over the playback of individual items. You can playback it sequential or you can shuffle it, or you can add more items — like adding songs to a playlist on iTunes or adding videos to a playlist on YouTube.

tracklisting, on a contrast, is a list of tracks appearing in a particular given order. In case of DJ mixes, it’s set in stone, you cannot change it.

So, when a DJ plays a set he may have tracks organised in playlists, but once he recorded his set, the list of the tracks he played become a tracklist.

Perhaps, I sound like a nerd (and I probably am, indeed) but I hope it’ll help to make things clear.

Nov 12   Music industry

Track of the week: Being Human

I love this track’s vibe and its square-wave bassline with a reminiscent of Union Jack. Although it’s considered old-fashioned, it sounds surprisingly fresh today.

Artist GeneTrick
Title Being Human (Original Mix)
Label TesseracTstudio
Year 2017
BPM 142 BPM
Key Am

How to get in touch

Sometimes people send me messages but I accidentally find them half a year later simply because I don’t use messaging on all social platforms. I want you to know that I don’t read direct messages on Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud. I also don’t use Skype or WhatsApp neither.

I do reply on Facebook, though, but it takes some time to get through tons of spam there and sometimes messages end up hidden in some folders without notifying me about it.

However, I would love to hear from you, so here I’ve written the best ways how you can get in touch to make sure that I will actually read your message:

General contact
Remixes, collaborations, press requests, promos, and all kind of general subjects please address to mail@daniellesden.com or @dsokolovskiy in Telegram. Telegram is the only one fast and reliable instant messenger, I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven’t tried it yet.

Booking
If you would like to book me with a Live or a DJ set to your festival or a club event, please send a booking request to my manager at Digital Om Productions, Nishan: digitalombombay@hotmail.com. He’ll provide you with all necessary information and guide you through the process.

Advice
If you would like to send a question for the advice series, please submit the form at daniellesden.com/advice/ask. Sorry for bureaucracy, but this way I won’t miss it for sure.

Demo
If you would like to submit a demo for JOOF Recordings, please send it over to daniel@joof.co.uk.

Nov 9   I am

Rave Podcast November 2017

Special guests of the month: Tristate

Rave Podcast November edition is up online on SoundCloud and iTunes. We’ve got amazing tracks lined-up for today’s show, including Beat Bizarre, Waveform, Flegma, Avalon, an exclusive sneak peek of a brand new track from myself, and many more.

And for the second hour we have a producer’s guest mix from Tristate who just released their debut album. Tristate productions have a top-notch quality, so no surprise their album is rock the charts.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Beat Bizarre – Dip Switch (Original Mix)
0:04:28 Visua – The Time Has Come (Original Mix)
0:09:23 One Function – Breaking The Silence (Original Mix)
0:13:35 Trance Psyberia – Psyberiada (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:18:04 Antinomy – Cosmic Machines (Original Mix)
0:23:38 Waveform & Aquafeel – Moment To Moment (Original Mix)
0:28:09 Talpa – The Moon (Flegma Remix)
0:31:59 GeneTrick – Being Human (Original Mix)
0:36:15 Astrix – Type 1 (Drukverdeler & Dj Bim Remix)
0:40:51 Shyisma – Cosmic Top Secret (Original Mix)
0:44:32 Atacama & Aho – Shadow (Original Mix)
0:49:41 Vertical Mode – Virtual Object (Genesia Remix)
0:55:10 Daniel Lesden – Existence (Original Mix) Unreleased
1:00:11 Circuit Breakers – Commies (Avalon & Laughing Buddha Remix)

Tristate guest mix

1:05:21 Tristate & Aioaska – Lost In Modulation (Original Mix)
1:13:48 Tristate – End Transmission (Original Mix)
1:20:56 Tristate – Everything You Are (Original Mix)
1:28:15 Zyce & Talpa – Rip & Sweet (Tristate Remix)
1:34:48 Yestermorrow – Quantum Hologram (Tristate Remix)
1:40:32 Tristate – Blackness (Original Mix)
1:47:01 Tristate – Believe It Or Not (Original Mix)
1:53:56 Laserkraft 3D – Nein Mann (Tristate & Aioaska Remix)

Why I no longer upload my live sets

Playing at Shankra Festival, Switzerland, 2017

I used to upload my recorded live sets and some people ask a pretty fair question: why I no longer do this? Well, there are two reasons behind this decision: unreleased music and experiencing the moment.

Unreleased music

Being a music producer and a DJ, I always have quite many unreleased tracks in stock both from myself and the fellow producers that send me their promos. And despite the fact it’s much safer to play favourites and well-tested tracks, I love to play unreleases as it gives a unique musical experience for the people on the dance floor.

But these perks come with a cost and responsibility.

Since I get these tracks before the actual release date, I feel the importance of keeping them safe. This is especially true for the albums which take much longer to produce and release. For example, the tracks that have been released as a part of my second album “2000 Years Ahead” in January 2017 was actually made in early 2016, almost a year before the official date. If I’d upload a set full of such tracks a year before the release, it would be no point to actually releasing it.

Experiencing the moment

Every time I play on a gig, I’m trying to create a special musical journey for that particular event, a special moment that works right here, right now. For example, last time in London I kicked things off with a Techno groove and finished the set with a 145 BPM Psychedelic, both are quite beyond what you’d normally call a ‘Daniel Lesden style’ but it worked magically on that event.

The problem is when you listen to such sets at home, instead of getting goosebumps you basically just sit confused and ask why the hell it’s a Techno track now playing? Or why there were no breakdowns for the last ten minutes? Or why he’s made a mashup of this track? From the home listening perspective, it’s just a yet another set, not much different from a monthly radio show episode.

So, this is why I don’t upload my sets anymore. I keep recording them, though, so I could listen back and analyse it: see where the mixing wasn’t perfect, where the effects probably weren’t necessary, etcetera. And it’s a great way to improve your skills, by the way, I’d suggest to give it a try even if you consider yourself an experienced DJ.

Let me know what do you think about it?

Nov 7   I am   Live sets
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