Publicado el 21.02.2017
Opan Sunn - Pluto [Planet Sundae]
Mark Strain - Oblivium (Garance Remix) [No Way Records]
Jos & Eli - Lolita (Bonaca Deep Dub) [Majestic Family Records]
Roger Martínez - Deep [Proton Music]
Stephan Bodzin - 107 Powers Of Ten (Gabriel Ananda Remix) [Soulful Techno]
Spuri & Andre Bastos - Alika (Circle Of Life Remix) [Sprout]
Summer (Brendon Collins) & Swyft - Mirage (Dusty Kid Remix) [Tulipa Recordings]
Jorgio Kioris - Rest In Heaven (Marcel Vasami Remix) [Asymmetric Recordings]
Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor - Kubrick [JEE Productions]
Mathame - Alkahest (Tiefschwarz Remix) [Souvenir Music]
Flowers And Sea Creatures, David Granha - Better Tomorrow (Jaap Ligthart Remix) [Strange Town Recordings]
Hello Petar, it has been four years since the last time we interviewed you. Since then you have released a new album, At The Turn Of Equilibrium. How was the process of creating that LP? Are you happy with the critics?
The last two years I was on the road intensively and I was aware it would be very difficult to have a couple of months off to sit down and doing an album in one take. I needed to take a different approach than usual and it took a while to find a new way how to get things done in the fragmented time that was available. On the other side, technology changed, computers are much more powerful these days, so I was still able to write music even when I was on the road. When I was back in studio, I had lots of sketches to pick from. In some sense this shift in producing helped me to bring fresh new ideas that came to me while traveling abroad. It all comes down to having a good inspiration and you cannot really know when you get them. At a certain point I realised that I have a couple of tracks that could represent the core for the album. At that point I locked myself into studio for two months and finished the whole album production. I am very happy how people and critics accepted the album.
You have also continued to publish music with Gregor Tresher. How do you manage to work together?
I see Gregor often as we are visiting similar places. Then we discuss about when to get together. I have decent studio in Zagreb and usually Gregor comes over to spend a week here working on new music. Sometimes we prepare things in front, sketches, samples or we just start from scratch, how ever we feel. We always come up with something interesting and thats why we are working together for so long.
With a few minor exceptions throughout your career you have remained very loyal to Music Man Records. How is the relationship with them? I am sure you have had offers to publish on other labels.
We have really good relationship! It all comes down to mutual understanding where to go with the sound and we are not afraid to invest long working hours in order to create good quality releases that have eternal value. For me as an artist it is so important to have creative freedom and to be surrounded with people who understand what I am doing. We are together for more then 15 years now. During the years, these guys really pushed me to edge of my own abilities. As result we have many great releases behind us.
Have you ever been tempted like many other dj’s and producers to create your own label, your own brand, with which to do showcases in Croatia and abroad?
I was always interested in music creation and I dedicated most of my life to it. This motivation did not change during the years. I believe that this is my purpose inside this scene. Running a label and pursuing a music career as an author would be like sitting on two chairs. It was apparent to me that I could not be successful in doing both. Regarding branding, I come from a time when branding was an unfamiliar word and nobody from any music scene thought this way. You always have your own name to be known for anyway. It is a similar story with showcasing. Of course it is an important thing to do. However, it is not something for me to put my mind around. I just want to focus on where I think most of my potential lies.
Today Croatia is a regular destination for clubbers in summer—thanks to the many festivals that are held on the coast. What do you think of this proliferation of events? Are the Croatian people aware of this? Are there many Croatian clubbers attending the festivals or are there mostly foreigners?
It is great how people from all over the world want to come and party over here in Croatia! Yes, you could say that so much is going on at the moment, but that is just how it is. We are a new destination on a clubbing or festival map and everybody wants to see what is happening here. We are aware of this and it is fine for us. We are good hosts and the reason why people come is a truly positive one: people want to party and share experiences. There is so much to gain from the cultural exchange in general. Many Croatian clubbers are visiting festivals and events, but as we have a small population, four million in the whole country, you can get the impression that there are mostly foreigners attending.
How is the situation in the rest of the country? How is the Croatian techno scene today? Which clubs do you highlight?
When summer season ends, parties shift to the continental part. Our techno scene is growing again and new clubs are opening. It is a really good period for the electronic music scene over here. With the amount of advertising that festivals are spending during summer, just a couple of years created so much buzz around parties that now everybody wants to be a part of this new culture. It is a lovely thing for many people involved in this scene specially promoters that were struggling for years before. Zagreb is getting pretty wild with the parties for example. I could highlight clubs like Boogaloo, Depo or Masters, really good places for weekend night out.
Any dj or Croatian producer that has caught your attention lately?
I recently did a remix for Bonaca and his production caught my eye. A really talented guy!
I get the impression everybody is saying they produce “techno”. However, I think it is just a trend, real techno is another thing. What do you think about this topic? What do you think about the current situation of the dance scene?
I remember a time where people were calling this music “Electronic Dance Music” and techno was just one of the sub genres. Now “EDM” means something completely different, so people in lack of a better word jumped to “techno”, as it was one of the more abstract form of dance music. Same thing happened to Trance or Hip Hop music in the nineties and lot of people blamed the press for it. I would not worry so much about it. In the end, it all comes down to how it sounds. The music scene is always about two basic forces which have their own aim: underground to invent and mainstream to sell. Maybe this means that we need to think harder because every trend is catching us.
What about the proliferation of modular synthesisers? It seems that more and more people are using them. Could it also become a trend?
Again, it is the same thing as stated above. Manufacturing companies do not know what to sell anymore so now the “new thing” are modular synthesisers. Do not get me wrong, I love modulars. I have one for twenty years now and it is still an essential instrument in my productions. However, to really get into it takes so much time that you really need to study the machine for years. I do not think they tell this to the people before they buy.
You are coming to Madrid on February 24 in order to play at Electronic Colors in Siroco. What do you expect from the party?
I love Madrid! For me it is the Spanish capital of techno. I am excited about coming back and play because it has been a while since last the time I visited the city. Really looking forward!
Tell us a little bit about what you wanted to transmit with the mix you have kindly done for us.
I just wanted to present some new music that I admire at the moment. Playful and atmospheric, hope your listeners will enjoy the mix!