Sound: Dirty, melodic, uplifting house with a progressive touch.
Favorite gear: Without a doubt, my Avalon VT-747 [stereo tube compressor/EQ]. Also I like to play with my Access Virus TI and Nord Lead Rack.
Favorite songs: New Order’s “Blue Monday.” For me, electronic dance music started with this song. Sasha’s “Xpander,” a classic progressive house tune. Alice D in Wonderland’s “Time Problem” — this classic dance tune by Dimitri and Eric Nouhan sounds almost like a live performance — amazing! Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” — just great music. Sour Grapes’ “Stay For Now” is my favorite track at this moment.
Influences: I’m influenced by many EDM artists, such as Eric Prydz, Joris Voorn, Junkie XL, Daft Punk, and Chemical Brothers. I’m also quite influenced by musicians like Hiromi Uehara, Ronny Jordan, and even Chopin.
Play by ear or play as written: Ear, because in dance music, it’s not so much about harmonies and beautiful chord changes, but more about energy and drive. In the more poppy projects I do, I like to stay more true to the “rules.”
Favorite artist you’ve probably never heard of: My favorite upcoming artists are two Russian guys, Nikitin and Semikashev. All their productions seem to hit the right spot with me, and I play a lot of their stuff at my gigs all over the world.
Practice regimen: I like to be in the studio as much as I can, but due to a very full DJ schedule, I can do about three full days in the studio a week.
Words of wisdom: Success starts with good music, not the other way around.