Atapy and BOg Interview

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               Atapy - facebook.com/atapy                                                            BOg - facebook.com/bogmusic


1. Hello, Atapy and BOg! Thank you for accepting our invitation to this interview. What was your biggest challenge in 2014 and how did this year start for you?


Atapy 


Hello, It is a pleasure! :)  For me, 2014 was pretty much as a little break, not sure why but it was, especially talking of releases, although I was still DJing and, of course, I had a lot of studio time, so actually it was pretty much a little pause maybe from the outside world. But as I said, I was working hard in the studio for the whole summer last year so I can have those tracks/releases to push out now. The biggest challenge I got in 2014 was actually about my self-motivation, that it helps me keep it on track and for sure to work even harder.

BOg 

Well, 2014 started great as usual with a release from me on Akbal Music including a remix from Eric Volta on a 12” vinyl EP. The biggest challenge of 2014, for me, I must say it was doing a remix for John Digweed and Nick Muir on the legendary track called 'Gridlock'. 



2.  For those of not already familiar with you can you briefly introduce yourself and the style of music you are best known for?


BOg 

My name is Bogdan, but all my friends call me BOg. I was born in Romania but for the moment I am living in Paris, which is great!! Usually, I’m playing deep techno with some trippy space influences. I’m always trying to find those tracks that nobody knows, those tracks that have a mysterious influence - dark/sexy/moody.
Atapy 

My real name is Arpi, I was born in Targu-Mures, a small city in the heart of Transylvania, at the moment I live in Bucharest, started producing more actively from 2010, released on labels like Get Physical, Noir Music… Speaking of music genre / style… I’m between a deep, techno, electronic kinda vibe that hopefully sets me apart from other producers.



3. On what label was your first ever release and how did you manage to attract their attention for them to sign your track? Was it an easy or difficult goal to achieve?


BOg 

I’ve been producing music since 2004/2005, my first release was in 2005 as far as I remember, and was a collaboration with a friend – Mahony. Well, it was basically easy, we’d sent the tracks as a demo via email, the guys from the label liked it and they signed us - that was easy back in those days. Nowadays it’s a bit more complicated, most of the respected labels in the industry don’t sign anything that comes to their hands that easy, they’re looking only for mega extra quality, which I think is a very good thing.
Atapy 

My very first release… Oh, that was in 2008, around August I think, on a label based in the US (Nightrain Music) where I did this minimal track called “Pleasure Zone”. This was a pretty easy achievement as I signed it after the first email, but for me back then it was something really hard as it was my first track appearing on Beatport so I was pretty happy. :) 



4. If you had to choose one element of your music that defines your music as a whole, what would it be and why?


BOg 

That will be dark and mysterious - I think that makes people curious.
Atapy 

It is a 'Messillusion'! From here, it only depends on each point of view…


5. Between music production and DJing, which one is your priority?


BOg

For the moment, I think production is very important, that’s my priority. Imagine a world without producers, tell me now what the DJ’s will play?


Atapy

There is no doubt – production, of course!



6. What are your views on the current state of techno and how do you see the genre progressing?


BOg

I think that techno is getting interesting and has great influences nowadays, everybody is trying to put into their tracks that 'special' ingredient that make a track stand out. We’re on a good direction for sure!


Atapy

Hmm, let’s see… I love techno, but at first I hope it’s not gonna end up as a trendy 'shit' and not everyone want’s to jump on it just because of that. Of its progression, I think it goes in a pretty nice direction so far.



7. How would you describe your sets? What are the styles you mix more often?


BOg

The way constructers are building a house, I am building a set, starting low and progressing until reaching the top.


Atapy

The club sets I do, are definitely more filled with energy , I love playing at the end or after hours but I also do like playing at any other hour as far as I play my sound, dark deep, techno-ish vibe.



8. What kind of equipment did you start out with? How much has that changed to this date?


BOg 

I started playing with CDs back in the day, some DJs are still playing CDs now, as far as I know, but the technology makes everything easier now. Platforms like Traktor and Serato are really big and used by most of the DJs, that’s what makes you more creative. I used Traktor, but I think for me, USB and Rekord Box is the best option. 


Atapy

Just as BOg said, same here.



9. What’s your most treasured tool in the studio and what’s so good about it?


BOg

My EAR, I can’t do anything about it. I don’t use that much analogue equipment - mostly I’m using VSTS and Ableton. I do have a Novation Mininova and a Mikro Korg that I borrowed to my dear friend Lee Webster, because he was not using it.


Atapy

I have an old keyboard that I bought years ago, it was the very first and still, even nowadays works fantastic, but the main reason I’m keeping using it, because somehow it has a very special thing to me and anytime I create something, it always works and got pushed out.



10. Do you agree with this situation that the electronic music became so hyper productive?


BOg

Totally agree.


Atapy

Well it’s no bother to me. :)



11. How important do you think it is for DJs to be also producers?


BOg

I think is very important for DJs to be also Producers in order to grow as artists. Everyone can be a DJ using these digital tools that the market offers us. Making music is very important and is helping the scene to stay steady.


Atapy

Highly recommended, nowadays it’s not enough just to be a DJ, you have to bring up you’re creativity and show something to the world.



12. Who is your favourite producer at the moment?


BOg

My favorite producer at the moment will be Flowers & Sea Creatures, my favorite producer of all time is of course, Guy Gerber.


Atapy

My favourite of the moment is Agoria.



13. Who would you like to remix your music?


BOg

Definitely would like to have a remix from Guy Gerber, that guy is incredible!


Atapy

Rødhåd or Mano Le Tough.



14. There are lots of new producers and fans coming into techno now, to what tracks should they listen to educate themselves with a history of the genre?


BOg

I think they should listen to the back in the day sets from Sasha or John Digweed, these are the best DJs of the planet and when they were first DJing I was not even born! I’d start with Sasha and John Digweed, in my opinion they are and they will always be the best DJs of this industry.


Atapy

Well, if we say techno, within a history of that genre people they should listen to would be Dubfire, Richie Hawtin… but we mustn’t forget that every time a genre or style or a scene comes up again, it always changes.So, if we say Dubfire as an example, I would choose Dubfire - Grindhouse, but a new favourite presenting a nice new sound would be Sebastian Roya - Distancias De Noche which is not that new but fits in to it.



15. Which DJ would you like to swap places for one day if you could?


Bog

Of course, it will be John Digweed.


Atapy

None, because I would like to keep it as it comes and goes. 



16. Thank you very much for your time! Do you have a message for all the people out there who love electronic music?


BOg

Rave safely!! Ciao!!


Atapy

Thank you too and please show more love everyone!

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Interview made by Adriana-Laura L. © 2015 DJs Arena. All righs reserved.