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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.

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

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Do sports

After playing my recent Open To Close set, a few people asked how can I stay so energised playing such a long set, especially dancing hard in the DJ booth.

The answer is on the screenshot:

I don’t run much and certainly not a ‘pro’ in this field, but I’m sure that it is running that makes me so robust.

Do some sports guys, whatever fits you. And I believe, for DJs it’s a must.

 No comments    55   1 mon   I am   Running

Where I’m going to musically

Important message to promoters, labels, and fans

Playing a 5-hour set is easy when you play what you love. On my recent Open To Close set

After introducing Rave Podcast with a new format last week as a sort of re-launch, many people keep asking me where I’m going to musically, do I change the genre, and where is Psytrance after all? This is true that I’ve been making and playing Psytrance mostly for the last seven years, so these questions are totally understandable and make me no surprise.

Let me give you my honest answer.

The main driving force and the reason why I choose to pursue a music career is genuine excitement from music I make, play, or listen. A pure and simple joy.

The problem is that I didn’t felt it that way for the last year or so, in Psytrance in particular. Every month it was a pain for me to find even ten to fifteen tracks that I would really love to play, there was a few but the rest were just ‘fillers’ to fill the time gap in my 1-hour mixes. It made me really sad and it was certainly not the way I wanted it to be, so that’s when I decided to put Rave Podcast on pause and take a little break.

Stepping aside

Don’t take this the wrong way. The global Psy scene is flourishing at the moment. And there are certainly some amazing talents that keep making fresh music, and I still have my love for Psytrance. But I don’t like the majority of productions and the overall trends where it’s going musically, it’s just too generic and boring for me. It’s just not inspiring to me as a DJ to play same feeling tracks with pretty much all the same predicted sounds and cliché.


A typical distribution by genres in my Beatport carts. The numbers say it all

The Progressive scene, however, is fresh air to my ears. Every week my Beatport carts are full of amazing, high-quality and forward-thinking releases that truly excites me. Ironically, I played Progressive in the early sets in 2011, even some older Rave Podcast episodes had a lot of deeper music, so it all comes naturally to me. In some way, I’m going back to my roots.

So, what’s next?

Listen to the first half of my recent 5-hour Open To Close set. Listen to the new Rave Podcast episode aired on DI.FM last week. Listen to my Opening set for Astrix back from December if you missed it. This is where I am musically at the moment, and this is what you can expect to hear from me in the near future. My own productions will follow along, too.

I understand that this might upset some people who’ve been following me for years as a Psytrance producer. I also understand not everyone going to like my new transformation, sort of speak. But I’d rather be honest with you guys, and most importantly, be honest with myself.

 3 comments    85   2 mon   Behind the scenes   Career   I am

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 be 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
 No comments    11   8 mon   Behind the scenes   I am   Photo   Studio

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.

 3 comments    13   9 mon   Behind the scenes   I am

Bye-bye, Israel!

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

At Ben Gurion airport. Feeling optimistic

Read also: Back to Russia

 No comments    8   12 mon   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
 No comments    6   1 y   I am   Photo   Studio

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.

Read also: Bye-bye, Israel!

 No comments    7   2018   I am   Israel   Russia

End of the year thoughts

My achievements and failures of 2017

I have always been fascinated by how some cool guys write their end of the year list of achievements. It’s like, you read and think: “Wow!”, and it makes you want to work harder. This time I’ll try to make such list by myself but also be adding failures to it. Failures are no less interesting than success and give even more experience.

Grab yourself a cup of tea.

Music

This year I released my by far the most important release to this date — the second studio album, “2000 Years Ahead”. It’s not only cool thematically, but also production-wise: I feel that it sounds way better than my debut album, despite the fact I always criticise myself. It’s a good thing.

Frankly, I was slacking the first half of the year production-wise, but things get better when I gave a public promise to make more music. And in fact, I keep this promise: so far I released a new single on Digital Om Productions that spent a month in the Top-100 charts, just signed a new track on Iono Music that will be out in early 2018, and have some more in production.

Gigs

This year I played in Switzerland for the second time, and the geography of my gigs expanded to Greece and the UK. I also gave a talk in Moscow, a completely new format for me. I feel I have a bit more confidence in public speaking now.

I don’t have as many gigs as I would like to, but it’s okay. when I think about it that a regular bedroom producer gots recognition and invitation to perform in another part of the world, I feel lucky and grateful. Somehow I look positive on these things.

Education

This year my advice series reached 100 articles. A hundred (a counting) useful articles on music production, sound design, management, marketing, and music industry. I mean, how cool is that? It may sound like bragging, but I don’t know any acting music producer who would share so much useful information based on his own experience. If you know any — let me, I’d be glad to read it. Seriously.

Also, this year I started a video blog. No, it’s certainly a good thing, but making a video content quickly and regularly is a something I haven’t learned yet. The whole video production is a so new thing to do. Besides, speaking to the camera still is not easy for me, so there’s a lot of work to be done here as well.

Audience

Numbers-wise, my social media pages now have about 23.000 followers in total. It’s great to see that my audience grows, slowly but surely. I also launched Psytrance Guide, a project made purely out of enthusiasm which all of a sudden gave a huge audience boost. And the cool thing about that I’ve made it just three days and spent no money at all (well, just for the domain name) — the resources to the results ratio is just fantastic.

With all of that, I feel that I could do better promotion-wise: more Instagram stories, more mixes, more new interesting formats. Going to work on that.

Personal

This year I turned 30. Not quite something to brag about, but still. Achievement unlocked. I also started tracking my family budget and run more kilometres at a better pace than the previous year.

I may seem like a very organised person, but in fact, I’m quite a mess: one day I work on a schedule, complete my to-do’s and so on, and the other day I can spend an hour playing on some mobile game or watching YouTube. The balance between productivity and procrastination is something that I still searching for.

Typically I don’t write in public about my personal stuff and focus only on professional music-related topics, but let me know if you’d like me to write about personal productivity and all that things, among the rest.

What’re your thoughts?

Happy New Year!

 No comments    4   2017   I am

Back to Pioneer

For the last five years, I’ve been performing using Ableton with a MIDI-controller and even recently made a vlog explaining this setup.

Now I’m thinking to get back to the classic Pioneer’s CDJ gear. I spent last week in Moscow practising on CDJs to get myself back in shape with traditional DJing (yes, no more sync). It seem I have to make a new video telling more about this switch? Let me know in the comments if it sounds interesting to you.

Here are a few photos from my DJing sessions:

P.S. Follow me on Instagram to see more lifestyle photos like this.

 No comments    5   2017   DJing   I am   Photo

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.

 No comments    25   2017   I am
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