1. Hello, Darin Epsilon! Thank you for accepting our invitation to this interview. How are you, how's the summer treating you so far?
Summer is going great so far! I had amazing shows in Argentina and Colombia. Up next are my appearances at Ministry of Sound London and CantaCuzino Frequencies in Romania.
2. Can you tell us how did you decide to get into the music business? Do you think it's important for a producer to have a strong musical background?
I think it certainly helps, but I’ve also heard many producers who create amazing music with no musical training at all! I think a lot of it comes down to how motivated and driven a person is. Music has always been an interest of mine since an early age. I worked at a record shop and later a radio station while attending university. My decision to become involved in the music business solidified after completing my studies. This was when I released my first tracks and worked as a night club promoter.
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?
My first ever release was a remix for ProgressiveHouse.com ’s label Red Circle Music back in 2007. They asked me after reading my posts on their message board where I would provide feedback to producers. I have always believed that getting started is the most difficult step for anything in life. In this case, it becomes waye asier to get signed once you’ve built up a solid discography and reputation.
4. How have your goals for performances changed over the years from when you first started to now selling out large venues?
I grew up learning how to mix with vinyl records. Anyone who has ever DJ’d with vinyl can tell you this is not an easy skill to learn. It took me about 8 years of practice before I felt comfortable playing in front of large crowds. Like most people, I started out from small and humble beginnings, with the goal of playing for bigger and bigger audiences each year.
5. Regarding your producer skills, what are the main influences? How do you get inspired when you produce a track?
Inspiration can come anytime, anywhere. I have had the best song ideas hit me while doing the most ordinary things like taking a walk or showering. Certainly listening to other producers is a big source of inspiration. While growing up I really enjoyed the Global Underground series and groups like The Prodigy, Leftfield, Orbital, Future Sound of London, and Underworld.
6. If you could choose one DJ, producer or an artist you'd like to collaborate with, who would it be?
Max Cooper or BT, because they think outside the box and their music stretches my imagination.
7. What's your definition of a great record?
A great record is one that delivers an emotional impact and can stand the test of time.
8. How important do you think it is for DJs to also be producers?
I think it’s extremely important in this day and age. The scene has become so oversaturated with DJ’s and producers. The amount of new content available on Beatport every week is just staggering! A great DJ/producer needs to have a signature sound and style in order to stand out from the rest.
9. How would you describe your sets? What are the styles you mix more often?
My sets tend to be extremely groovy and melodic. I mix a combination of Deep House, Progressive, Techno, and Tech House. Drawing inspiration and influences from different styles of music is the very definition of DJing, in my opinion. I like to be able to tell a story with my sets, something that I feel is extremely lacking in performances these days.
10. Your favorite producer at the moment?
I’d have to say Einmusik at the moment.
11. Who would you like to remix your music?
There are just way too many to name, but I’ll try! Guy J, Nick Warren, Quivver, King Unique, Einmusik, Chaim, Adana Twins, Solee, Marc Poppcke, etc.
12. What's your most treasured tool in the studio and what's so good about it?
I couldn’t live without my MacBook Pro! Native Instruments Guitar Rig is probably the most flexible VST out there. You can take ordinary sounds and shape them beyond recognition. It’s essential in nearly every project I work on.
13. Which was the best event that you have mixed for?
I’ve been fortunate to headline in over a dozen countries, so I can say that my favorite experiences so far have been in Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Kenya, and India.
14. What's the hardest lesson that you've learned in your career?
You can never please everybody and you shouldn’t strive to. Your music is always going to sound too mainstream for some and too underground for others. You have to find a comfortable balance and compromise between what you want and what the market wants.
15. What else are you working on at this moment? Any scoops?
I just finished a remix of Robert Babicz for Dave Seaman’s label Selador Recordings. John Graham (aka Quivver) is remixing my next single and we’ll be working in the studio together later this year. On top of that, I can promise some absolutely huge releases on my label Perspectives Digital.
16. Thank you very much for your time! Do you have a message for the readers?
Thank you so much for the interview! I’m looking forward to my first show in Romania at Cantacuzino Castle. Hope to see you all soon :).
Darin Epsilon, 29 August, 18:00-20:00, CantaCuzino Frequencies, Romania
8/14 - Ministry Of Sound - London, UK
8/19 - Perspectives on Frisky Radio
8/29 - Cantacuzino Castle - Bucharest, Romania
9/04 - Bloque Festival - Kavala, Greece
9/19 - Complejo Acceso Norte - Paraná, Argentina
9/16 - Perspectives on Frisky Radio
10/14 to 10/18 - Amsterdam Dance Event
10/14 - Recycle Lounge Gallery Club - Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/15 - Club NL - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Interview made by Adriana-Laura L. © 2015 DJs Arena. All rights reserved.