How do you define your sense of belonging to the electronic scene and clubbing?
It became my life and everything I do is determined by music, gigs or work in the studio. I believe that being part of the electronic music scene should revolve around two main elements: firstly willingness to explore the genre and learn about new artists and their view on music, and secondly your own work on giving back what you can into it, no matter how big your projects are, no matter what stage you are in as artist, Dj or promoter.
I think that we can all make a difference and work in the niche of the scene that we truly support and believe in. So in sense of belonging we can work hard towards developing our own ideas and that may be beneficial to the whole scene.

How did the scene develop in your country and which events were the trigger?
I would not point any specific event or promoter because I truly believe that every project, no matter the size, brought something to the table. The whole scene was much smaller back in the day and we had worse and better years but it was growing slowly, till around 3 years ago where it really exploded. Now, you can attend really great parties all over the country.
The trigger that influenced the scene to grow in a faster pace, in my opinion, was young people that started to attend a lot of different electronic music events. The other part of it would be a huge dedication of people involved in the scene – they are promoting our culture no matter the circumstances.

Which sounds and influences represent you?
My main focus is laid on deep, hypnotic forms of Techno with a hint of intensity, especially when performed Live. I really enjoy moody tracks that have a potential of being energetic in the club environment. I also love ambient and experimental music, which gives me an additional source of inspiration in my studio work.

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Which are the national and international labels that deserve a mention from you?
This is always a very subjective topic as we all are usually involved in a specific sound. Our taste determines what we feel is important. I would point out the labels that were influential and had impact on me – Basic Channel, Tresor, Sandwell District, Semantica, Prologue, Ostgut, Avian and Raster Noton among others.

Among the artists, who do you think helped with the growth and the development of the scenes? Between past and present
There are a lot of artists who in my opinion are constantly pushing the scene forward. I could write down the names of many of them. The people that first comes to mind are Jeff Mills, Rrose, Dasha Rush, Kangding Ray, Donato Dozzy, Oscar Mulero. All of them have been involved in in the scene for a long time and can be diverse in their work, but still keep their own artist identity and that is what I really admire.

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Clubs and venues that have particularly affected you?
Personally I always like to go back to Vurt in South Korea mainly because of the cosy atmosphere, the crowd and the whole team behind the club. They became my friends after just one gig and I simply cannot wait to be back there. Bassiani and the people on the dance floor had a huge impact on me and I will never forget my first performance there. Emotionally, especially in terms of preparations, Berghain was a big thing for me since I had been dreaming to experience that for a very long time.

How is the present? What strengths and problems do scenes face up?
Last months were extremely weird. The biggest problem is the uncertainty and being unable of moving forward or figure out how to handle the current situation. Promoters, clubs and artists cannot really plan anything at the moment. We can try to work on our projects but last year showed that our hopes do not mean too much in terms of the pandemic circumstances and rules we face. I have big hopes that we will all survive this times and soon we will be able to enjoy together with the music that was made during last year, in clubs or festivals. Adapting to the situation is very important but also we as a scene need to be ready when things will go back to normal again and I hope it will happen soon.

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