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.

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.

Rave Podcast 100

A special episode

The 100th episode of the monthly radio show. Do I need to say anything else? I was on tour without the Internet, I was sick, I worked, and celebrated my honeymoon, but I didn’t miss a single episode. Feeling proud and thankful.

For such a special occasion, I recorded a two-hour mix with a smooth build-up. Definitely check that out.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Chris Sterio – Zen (Matter Remix)
0:05:11 Cid Inc – Arcane Thoughts (Original Mix)
0:09:20 Paul Hamilton – Time (Subandrio Remix)
0:14:13 Max Graham – Redemption (Tim Penner Remix)
0:18:51 Rick Pier O’Neil – Throaty (Original Mix)
0:24:02 Pryda – Stay With Me (Original Mix)
0:26:08 Enrico Sangiuliano – Hidden T (Original Mix)
0:30:43 Basil O’Glue – The Mars Project (Original Mix)
0:35:32 John 00 Fleming – We Close Doors (Eeemus’s Black Lodge Remix)
0:40:11 Atmos – Instant Cargo (Original Mix)
0:43:13 Subliminal Codes – Backmasking (Original Mix)
0:46:12 Rnx – Atoms (Extended Mix)
0:49:55 Julio Navas – Organic (Alex Stein Remix)
0:52:56 Christopher Lawrence, John 00 Fleming – Dark On Fire (Insert Name Remix)
0:56:00 Ectima – Human Race (Original Mix)
0:59:20 Ticon – Less Is More (Robert Elster Remix)
1:05:06 Ticon – Stimulant (Original Mix)
1:08:55 Yahel – Deep Feelings (Original Mix)
1:12:00 Arhetip, Zyce – Sons Of The Future (Original Mix)
1:14:49 Daniel Lesden – The Last Of Our Kind (Original Mix)
1:21:14 Future Frequency, Vertical Mode – The Real Reality (Original Mix)
1:25:11 Sonic Entity – Orbital Spin (Original Mix)
1:28:52 Divination – Caper Town (Original Mix)
1:31:52 Yestermorrow – Visions Of The Future (Original Mix)
1:35:07 Daniel Lesden – Structured Chaos (Original Mix)
1:40:11 Flegma – Become One With The Drum (Original Mix)
1:42:30 Arhetip, Nerso – Nada Brahma (Original Mix)
1:46:10 Daniel Lesden – Technological Singularity (Original Mix)
1:51:54 Daniel Lesden, Mechanimal – Confront Reality (Original Mix)
1:56:01 Orkidea – Nana (Waio Remix)

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

2018   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
2018   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.

2018   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.

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