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A questions to you guys

Why Israeli pick such stage names?

I love Israeli trance scene since early Goa trance in the 90s to Psy-Prog of nowadays. This small country contributed to the PsyTrance more than any other. But I can’t understand only one thing: why do they choose such stage names?

I’m talking about popular characters or common things like: Coming Soon, Captain Hook, Rocky, DaVinci Code, Ace Ventura, Born Sleepy, Easy Riders, Roger Rabbit, Fire Starter, Freedom Fighters, Ghost Rider, Royal Flush... and there are more I guess.

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Why? What the point of naming yourself by the name of worldwide-known characters? Can someone explain me, please?

2015   Psy scene   Question   WTF

Bad stage name?

I had a conversation once with an Israeli party promoter, and he said that lack of my gigs here is caused by a “bad artist name for the local market”. I always though that the music is what everybody should care, not a name on posters. Is my stage name “Daniel Lesden” really that bad? To me, most Psytrance artist aliases look like just generic pairs of ‘some random adjective and noun’ :-) Should I consider rebranding?

2014   Music industry   Question

“EDM” — a bad word?

I used to call all electronic music as “EDM” (electronic dance music). Trance, Techno, House, Drum’n’Bass, Hardcore, whatever — it’s all was EDM to me, like an opposite to Pop and Rock music.

Seems time has changed as some certain genres of electronic dance music are now actually Pop music — like Big Room and all such commercial “Trause” which sounds on biggest festivals.

If so, how we should call a real electronic dance music then, I mean underground one — “UDM”? What do you think about it?

2014   Music industry   Question

Music lifetime becomes shorter?


We’re all know the music of Elton John or The Beatles. You don’t have to like it, but at least you know them. They are some kind of “classic” of the second half of 20th century. Not to mention such greatest minds as Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and so on, timeless classic.

And what do we see with electronic dance music, even underground one? Ears literally over flooded with music, wave after wave, thousands of releases roll-out every week on stores. I’m a DJ, so I have to remember all artists, tracks and even they BPM and key to easily construct DJ-sets on the fly. But what about people who’re out of a professional side of music? I never said something like “music of the 90s was better than today, that warm analog sound”. Actually, opposite, I think these days we have a lot of fantastic releases, just harder to find them. Yet still, even greatest tracks has become forgotten so quickly.

Guys, how long do tracks stays in your mind, or in your playlists, or on your phones? I bet, successful tracks could live for a few weeks, and very popular ones — a half year?

I’m wondering, could I left something after me after I’ll go out, some kind of trail, a footprint in the heart of listeners? But thinking about it makes me sad.

Is there any chance for a modern music producer to become a “classic” for the future generations, at least for a few decades?

2014   Music industry   Question

Ads on SoundCloud are coming?

This morning SoundCloud introduced a brand new account type called “Premier”:

“At the Premier partner level, creators will have the opportunity to make money from their tracks through advertising. It also includes Pro features and more benefits. At launch, entry to the Premier tier is by invitation. Monetization occurs only on content when it’s played in the US. We’ll open up the program to more creators and more countries as fast as we can.

The introduction of advertising is an important step for creators. Every time you see or hear an ad, an artist gets paid. If you’re in the US, you’ll start to experience occasional ads from our brand partners. We’re bringing ads on gradually. In addition to supporting creators, ads will keep the service free and open for people to listen to SoundCloud.”

We’re all know how annoying video ads on YouTube are, so I bet something similar will happen with SoundCloud as from now we will be forced to listen to ads.

What do you think about that changes?

2014   Question   SoundCloud

Music and money questions

Let’s make an experiment. Imagine that money have no more value in this world. It not exist anymore. Just wondering, will all that popular EDM producers do the same as they doing — to keep producing music? In same style? Do they really love what they do, assuming that there is no more money payment for that?

And one more question regardless our imaginary experiment, but also about music and money: do you think music should be free? For example, a musician has worked on his album for half year, then it finally mastered, signed on a label, distributed to all digital stores, then so long-awaited release date... and 2 hours after, that album is available as free download on torrents across all web. Obviously, most people downloading it’s from torrents, not from stores — it’s here, it’s free, same quality, so why not. Perhaps, music producers should skip that labels- and distributors part, and make all their new tracks available as for free download directly? What do you think about it guys?

2014   Music industry   Question

Drum’n bass recommendation, please?

I found that Drum’n Bass is pretty cool for dynamic workouts. The problem is I know nothing of this genre: artists, labels, subgenres; I have no idea about it.

Could you guys recommend to listen to something similar to this?

Could you guys recommend to listen something similar to this?

Would be much appreciated.

Update: in case someone wondered, I’ve got a couple of nice recommendations to listen: Black Sun Empires, John B, Noisia, Friction, Enie to name a few.

2014   Question

Podcasts on iTunes to subscribe

I really love to to the podcasts on iTunes. I think it’s the easiest way to stay up to dates with your favorite shows.

Currently I subscribed to:

There was another few nice podcasts, but they are no longer updated unfortunately.

And yeah, of course I subscribed to Rave Podcast too.

What shows you are subscribed guys? Which one you could recommend?
Post your favorite ones in comments below, while I gonna update my list above.

2013   iTunes   Question   Rave Podcast

Side projects

I was wondering how many Psy producers has changed their main style and created side projects?

To name a few:

Ananda Shake Osher
Beyondecliptica E-Clip
BLT Perfect Stranger
Broken Toy Sad Paradise
Freaked Frequency Molok
Hipnotix Darma
Illumination Born Sleepy
Magneto Ghost Rider / Class A
Prospect Lyctum
Psysex Ace Ventura
Sundose Aquaspace
SynSUN Jackie White
Switch & Cycle Sphere Coming Soon
Timelock Weekend Heroes
Ticon & Emok Critical Choice
Ultravoice & Dj Bog Double Click
X-Noize Major7
Xerox Vertical Mode

Who else do you know?

2013   Psy scene   Question