In our latest podcast, TSC Cast 002 we present Alexander Stoyanov. A part of our Clique, music lover, who is currently studying Digital Music in Southampton.
Alexander, you are a big fan of the progressive sound, especially of the masters Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren & Sasha. Can you tell us more about your feelings when we are speaking about some of the gods of the electronic music and is the progressive sound nowadays stronger than it used to be in the late 90`s and in the early 00`s.
It would be impossible to explain, how I feel about them and keep it short at the same time. I will just say that they are my biggest inspirations not just as artists but also as people. Hernan Cattaneo is so humble and down to earth and the same thing can be said for Nick, Sasha and John Digweed. Few are the artists who have stayed true to themselves and their sound through all these years and they are the perfect example for people who don’t follow any trends and do their own thing which I think is one of the main reasons why they are loved by so many people and are still at the top of their game. I can’t actually compare the progressive sound today and the one from the 90’s and 00’s just because I was a young boy back then and I wasn’t really into that kind of music.
What I can say is that the progressive sound has always been here and even today when I go back to a certain track or compilation you can tell that it has stood the test of time and still sounds fresh and oozes quality. The same could be said for so much music that comes out nowadays. Artists like Brian Cid, Dmitry Molosh, Stas Drive, Cid Inc, Chicola, Guy Mantzur, Guy J, Sahar Z, Khen, Kastis Torrau, Donatello, Arnas D and Dale Middleton bring so much quality into the dance scene and it’s a great time for the fans of this music.
We know you are based at the moment in the UK. Can you tell us a bit more about your situation there?
I’m studying Digital Music at Southampton Solent University. I decided to come here as the universities in the UK have some of the best degrees and equipment for the creative arts in general. It’s a good way to get into producing music because you learn everything from theory and composition to mixing and mastering.
For how long have you been DJing, and why did you start in the first place?
Think it started as a hobby back in 2010 when I bought my first mixer Behringer VMX 200 and I used to play at home to my best friends and to be honest I just wanted to share the music and have a great time with them. My first serious experience as a DJ was in 2013 when I took part in Yalta Club’s contest for new residents and reached the final stage of the competition where I played with 15 other guys at the club for 2 consecutive nights. I’m really grateful for that as I met so many great people and created a few friendships. Also, this was the moment when I said to myself that this is what I want from my life and I just continued to pursue my dream.
What kind of setup do you prefer when DJing?
Before I used to play with TRAKTOR, Kontrol X1, DJ mixer and my laptop, but now I can easily say that nothing beats a pair of Pioneer 2000 Nexus CDJs and a Pioneer/Allen&Heath DJ mixer. It’s a different feeling which definitely affects the way you play your music to the audience and the vibe that you are able to create.
What can we expect from Alexander Stoyanov in 2016?
This month I’m playing at the garden party at Sobar in Southampton on 18th of June with Mark Sherry. Also, I’m working on a remix for one of my favourite tracks by Guy Gerber called Steady, which should be ready soon and hopefully my first EP by the end of this year.
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