We capped off last week with a killer set of Selections from Dragosh and now we're kicking off the new week again with Dragosh who spoke to us about his musical background, his studio setup and production process.
A prolific producer, his music has featured on some of the scene’s most renowned labels, with Desolat, Viva Music, Moon Harbour and Brouqade among those who’ve played host to the Romanian’s unique sound. On the 20th of October, Dragosh will release his Relov EP on Dutch imprint Memoria Recordings.
Tell me about your latest release, where did the idea for the music come from?
When I start producing I don’t always have an exact idea, I just like to let the creativity flow. For this release I did exactly that. The only thing I can say is that I was getting tired of the usual sound you have nowadays from a lot of artists so I wanted to do something a little different.
What about the name of the EP – what’s the inspiration behind that?
Relov is basically relove, so falling in love with someone or something again. That could be music for example, or really anything else you want it to be. For me, it was about re loving the melodies, the house groove and the way I was producing music when I first started with just a pair of cheap headphones.
I’ve read that you have a musical background based in classical/jazz music. What made you transition into electronic music all those years ago?
Yes my background comes mainly from my family who are big lovers of classical music. From an early age I started to listen to classical music and go to operas and concerts. The transition was because I needed to express myself somehow and the only way was music. But the problem was the fact I couldn’t really play a piano or a guitar, so I started with electronic music. It was a big change and it still is for my parents but now they support me more and they are happy when I give them a new vinyl with my name on it.
Did that background influence your production style in any way?
Of course! The classical music made me focus more on the metric of a track and on the melodies. Jazz for me is a big influence for the drums and bass line. It’s not easy to combine electronic music with other genres but when you do it you realise how to build the dialog between the instruments to create a good relationship between them.
How do you think you’ve changed as a producer since you first began?
My setup now is a bit different, I remember when I was beginning I just had a laptop and a pair of cheap headphones and I was producing in a library, instead of studying, because it was perfectly silent. I always had problems with my CPU and RAM so I couldn’t build the tracks how I wanted, but in the end it worked out well.
Of all your various releases over the years, do you have a favourite track or release?
All of them are my favorites. Of course some I like more and some less but they are my productions and for each one I remember how I worked to create them and the reaction of various people when I was playing them out. My music is like myself and so I like some parts more and some parts less.
Tell me about your studio setup?
It is really simple and I keep it simple because I don’t like to lose time on patching too many cables for example. In terms of hardware I use a korg minilogue, an arturia drum brute, roland tr 505 and a small modular system. In terms of speakers, I don’t use big monitors, just some Yamaha ones and a pair of Beyer Dynamic open headphones. I still produce in headphones.
Do you have any unusual pieces of equipment in your setup?
I have some maracas but I never use them because I don’t have a mic. If I record something I just use my phone.
Is there any particular piece of kit that you would love to add to your current setup?
Yes I’d like to add a roland tr909 and roland tb303. I could use the drum machine a lot and the classic tr 909 is so good but also so expensive. The bass master tb 303 again is perfect for my music but very expensive. I’ll add these as soon as possible, and by the way my birthday is on the 15th of February so this could be a perfect gift!
Where does the inspiration for your music come from?
That’s a really good question. Sometimes I ask myself the same thing. I think that comes from every moment I enjoy in life. From the things that makes me relax and feel the good vibes. I like long walks through nature, although we don’t have much of that in Milan but I get out when I can. I like to visualize myself playing music so I think that actually gives me inspiration.
Do you have any unusual traditions when producing music?
Not really. I like to sit down put on my headphones and press play. I make sure I’m not too tired because it kills my creativity.
What’s on the cards for you in terms of releases in the next year or so?
I’ve planned some releases on labels I really like so instance: Fake Rec, OGE. I’ll be making a remix for an artist I really like. I’m also planning my next releases, but I never want to do too much. I think it’s better just to release the things I feel have to go out.
Who are your favourite up and coming artists?
There are too many but if I need to pick up I’d say Andi my Disuasiv project mate. He’s so precise in creating sounds that it makes me appreciate every tune he sends to me.