Stefan Popov is a Bulgarian based DJ and radio host. He first encountered electronic music when he was 10 years old.Fatboy Slim, Prodigy, Sonique, Freestylers, Bomfunk MC`s and Music Instructor were his musical guide for several years. In 2008, his brother played him a set of the notorious but totally unknown to Stefan, Robbie Rivera. He is so captivated by what he hears that he starts to take interest in the music he listens to. This is the moment that Stefan Popov falls in love with House music. Since then, artists like Deep Dish, Sultan & Ned Shepperd, 16 Bit Lolitas, Robbie Rivera have become his favorites and their work makes him want to take the next step.
Hello Stefan and thank you for being our first guest DJ in our Podcasts series. Let’s talk a bit about you first. Tell us, has music changed you or made you the person you are today?
That`s a bit of cliché, but for me music is everything and I will explain why. It`s like going to a new, special place every single time. You have some thoughts in your head, how it may look like, but in the end of the day, you are always amazed and fascinated, by how unique music is.
Do you belong, where you want to belong?
Living with music is something quite special. So yes, I definitely belong, where I want to belong.
What do you think is the difference between the Bulgarian (and Eastern European) Club Music scene, to the one in Western Europe?
The main difference is the size of it. Our scene in Bulgaria is very small, however there are plenty of interesting events happening here every month. Quality wise, I don’t think we are that far behind the Club Music scene in Western Europe. We have very talented artists, and only time will tell us what is coming.
You describe your style as ‘Intelligent House Music’. What does that mean and represent?
It represents something full of emotions, yet organic, which makes you dance 24/7. I can`t categorize myself as a “Deep, Progressive, Tech or Techno” DJ. I prefer the term “Intelligent House Music, because this is how I see the music I like and play.
What was your idea and approach to this podcast?
For me it is an honor to be agent 001, so I have tried to blend different music genres here. From Ambient to Soulful, Jazz, Classic and Tech House. It`s all about the groove and the good vibes!
You + Music = ?
Something quite spiritual and a way of life.
When are we going to hear any releases from you?
Hopefully in the coming months. Some projects are already in the pipeline, for which I am really excited! Stay tuned.