Your excellent new EP: Metanoia is for Tenampa Recordings. It has taken quite a long time for the title track to be released. Can you tell us about the history of the track?
I wrote it during the same time as Two Suns In The sky. But because it was not part of the EP I never tried signing it as a single. That’s why it took so long to get it released.
It has a very cosmopolitan feel. Can you talk us through how you produced it, and where the inspiration came from?
I was experimenting with middle eastern sounds a lot two years ago. I made a ton of records but not all of them were that interesting. I think Metanoia is special because I mixed Armenian and Middle Eastern instruments and harmonies together;
Are Festivals still ‘underground’ – what does the word mean to you in 2015?
Yes I believe they are. I personally have had very fun and inspiring experiences at festivals. But of course depends which festival. For example BPM is as underground as it can get. I believe the word Underground still remains the same as it always did for me. For me it always meant the opposite of pop music. And I think it still does.
You recently played at Do Not Sit On The Furniture on Miami beach. Sounds like a special night. Please tell us some more about it?
I played there last month and it is my 3rd time there. It is Behrouz’s club that he has built with a specific vision. It is a small and intimate spot that has a very nice vibe. He has established a special sound there by inviting djs that like to play more mellow and take their time building their sets within 4-5 hours. Not your usual banging club which I respect.
What are your thoughts on music being ‘free’? You made some interesting comments on a recent article by Roger Waters and I wondered what you thought the solution could be (if any?)
I had an idea two years ago to start my own label and release everything for free download. It was a good idea at the time but I am glad that I didn’t go forward with it because now it really makes no sense. Music producers spend 10 hours a day in the studio to reach their goals. If we are to give away our creation for free, not only we will not be able to survive in this world by being a musician but also we will not have motivation nor the music will have any value.
Can you tell us about some of your influences both from Dance music and outside of it?
I have been very busy with dance music that I am afraid I do not have any influences outside of it at the moment. But one of my dreams is to have an Apparat type of a band. Just need to find the right musicians that have the same taste as I do.
What are your forthcoming plans for Production and Dj’ing?
The plan is always the same, Keep making as much music as possible and experiment with new sounds and of course be able to play lot of gigs which is not that easy. Last year i managed to release only 2 EPs because of being away from the studio while traveling. This year i am trying to balance it out and so far so good.