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.

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

Live In Moscow

You’ve probably seen pictures and listened to my recorded live sets from my gig in Moscow by now, and here comes the video as promised. Special thanks to A.B. for filming this.

Dec 20   Astrix In Moscow   Gigs   Russia   Video
Dec 19   Gigs   Russia

Live sets from Moscow

My two recorded live sets from the last weekend are up online on SoundCloud.

I rarely upload live sets as home listening never feels the same as when you experience this on the dancefloor, but this time I’ve decided to make an exception. The event production was so huge, so I wanted to share at least a piece of the vibe with the people that weren’t there.

And yes, as I played not one, but two sets on the same event, something that practically never happens.

Here’s a quick backstory.

Initially, I was booked as a closing DJ. Two days before the event I contacted the organisers saying that I would like to arrive at the venue in advance, before the doors open – I always do this when I can, to listen to the sound system, get familiar with the DJ booth and the crew. Everything was fine and agreed, and then the promoter said: “If you have enough strength and have a desire, you can also open it.” I didn’t think long and agreed.

On the one hand, playing two sets at the beginning and at the end of the event is difficult, but it was interesting to accept such a challenge to evaluate my own strength (especially considering that the opening set turned out to be an impromptu as I found out about it just two days before the event).

On the other hand, I wanted to show how to open a Trance event: not from the “140 BPM progressive,” as many Psytrance DJs think is right, but in a proper way — nice and deep, with music that greets guests and sets the mood for the rest of the night. I have already spoken about the role of the opening DJs and I will speak more for sure, I believe this is such an important topic.

Anyway, here’re my sets, I hope you enjoy. Feel free to drop a comment, what do you think?

Opening set

11 PM Progressive:

Closing set

5 AM Psytrance:

Live In Moscow Photos

Wow, what a night was last Saturday at Izvestiya Hall! Absolutely packed dancefloor, stunning visuals, and fantastic energy! Thanks to GLOBALCLUBBING and Space Music for making it happen.

It was also a very special night because I played two sets, both opening and closing — something that practically never happens in the DJs world! It allowed me to express myself with a broader musical palette, and in return, the crowd’s response to every track I played was phenomenal. Thank you for dancing with me for 4 hours and until the very end (it’s 5–7 AM on the photos!)

Photo credit: © Pavel Tzimisce and SpaceMusic.

Dec 10   Astrix In Moscow   Gigs   Photo   Russia

Prog Doc Comoscow Photos

Here are a few photos from my set last Friday at Prog Doc, a dark packed underground venue with heads-down Psytrance, just the way we like it! Thanks everyone for the vibe.

Photo credit: © Pavel Tzimisce

Dec 4   Gigs   Photo   Prog Doc Cosmoscow   Russia

Astrix In Moscow

🇷🇺 Moscow, December 8, 2018

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be playing a 2-hour set alongside with the one and only Astrix in Moscow on December, 8. The event is also supported by some of the best DJs around, Fonarev, Michael Demos & Miss YoYo.

Tickets and event info on Facebook and Vkontakte.

Nov 21   Astrix In Moscow   Gigs   Russia

DL Edit

I edit pretty much all the tracks in my DJ collection, making breakdowns shorter, or making a DJ-friendly arrangement, or changing some parts here and there, or even adding some bits from other tracks. The way I always have something unique in my sets.

Sometimes I can instantly tell what will work on the dancefloors and what won’t, sometimes I see the crowd’s reaction and only then add a respective note to this track to tweak it later when I back in the studio.

Eventually, all these tracks end up being labelled as “DL Edit”, so I know it’s my edit and not the original version when I play.

Working on a proper music collection is where all the DJ’s hard work is, when you see a DJ is playing is just a tip of the iceberg.

No stress

It’s been almost two months since I’ve put Rave Podcast on hold and said that I won’t be as active in social media as I usually am. And you know what, it actually feels great.

It’s great to not being worried about the deadlines and all those public activities that music producers are kind of have to have nowadays.

In return, it allows me to win some time to do what I love to do as a DJ and music producer — to actually make music and work on my music library. Things will get even better, bear with me.

Working on my music library
Nov 17   Behind the scenes   Photo   Studio

Prog.Doc: Cosmoscow

🇷🇺 Moscow, November 30, 2018

Super excited to be playing in Moscow at the legendary Gorod Club along with the fellow DJs. November 30, save the date!

Event page on Facebook and Vkontakte.

Oct 29   Gigs   Prog Doc Cosmoscow   Russia

Stepping aside

For the last few years, I’ve been living on inertia. Write a track, share something on Facebook, record a podcast, all as per usual. Always in hurry, always in rush. Why? I thought I know the answer — because that’s how it supposed to be, isn’t it? But recently I asked myself: “Do I want to see myself there in 5 or 10 years?”, and surprisingly, the answer was no. A part to that answer was the music which no longer excites me that much.

Psytrance is stale. Even if the most successful artists say so (Astrix posted this a few days back on his Instagram story), then the scene is really in a bad place. I never said this before, but in reality, it’s not that easy to find even 10 to 15 fresh and original tracks a month to fill the monthly podcast. Same kick and bass, same copy-pasted leads, Terence Mckenna phrases, or Hindu vocals, or bloody stupid triplet drops that makes absolutely no sense. Don’t get me wrong, there are quite some awesome and talented producers and labels around and I still love Psytrance, but not that kind of “Psytrance” that you typically hear at a festival or in Beatport top chart.

It’s time to make a change.

I have decided to give myself a little break, time off to make something fresh. You’ll probably won’t see me very active in social media and even think to put Rave Podcast on hold for a while, but I want you to know that is only because something new will be forging in the meantime.

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