Which musicians/DJs inspire you?
Kraftwerk, Jean Michelle Jarre, Freestylers, Afrika Bambaataa, Aux88, Sasha & Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Stephan Bodzin, Sebastian Mullaert, Guy J, Guy Mantzur, Henry Saiz, Chistian Tassos Papagiannoulis, also know by his DJ/Producer alias Tash is born & raised in Greece. Music & arts played a big role in his life and him being the musician and person he is today. Being involved with graffiti & hip-hop and having his first interaction with a pair of MK2 Turntables & Mixer, makes Tash fall in love with music and DJing. In the late 90’s he starts experimenting and recording on analog his first mixtapes. Where is he today, and how have things progressed almost 20 years later you can find out from our exclusive interview with him.
Best mix/compilation of all times for you?
GU Nubreed Danny Howells (Day & Night Discs)
What were your first attempts in music? Did you start with, DJ-ing or producing music?
I think my first ever time touching a mixer was in my 15, when I fell in love with Miami Bass & Breaks and 100% Analog Raw sounds from even before I was born! Back then I was practicing myself in my best friend’s house on a pair of turntables, recording my very first mixtapes! First attempts in producing came in early ’00s releasing my first record with Stage Van H on Sog Records in mid ’00s followed by releases on Vapour, Presslab, ao.
What kind of setup do you use when performing on stage and why?
I am a loyal fan of DJing, and yet didn’t have the time to accomplish a live concept equal to the development or targets I might have as a producer.. So I really enjoy to perform DJ sets using Pioneer NXS setps.
What equipment do you use when producing music? Do you rely only on software or you also use hardware in your productions?
It all started from a home computer and a couple of cracked softwares, being a tech freak. This kinda remains the same nowadays (with original softwares ) and every once in a while, additions from analog goodies that pass from my lab or happens to jam when i’m visiting friends’ studios
Spinning or producing?
Well, each option has its own attraction, beauty and wisdom.. A good DJ needs good producers to produce bombs, and a good producer needs good DJs to play his tracks.. I can’t imagine one without the other to be honest.
You play and produce music, but also run the label Movement Recordings. When did the idea for a label come about? How hard is to run a label and to achieve its distinct sound in today’s market?
Well it all started when my brother-in-crime and guru, Stage Van H and I had the suggestion from some important DJ friends back then, in order to release our music on the time we want, as well as music from friends we believed should be heard and played. So in November 2008 the very first CD Release of Movement Recordings entitled ‘Movement’ (Tash & Stage Van H debut album) came out and our baby was finally born! Running a label is hard. It needs a lot of passionate people, all sharing common ideas and vision, in order to build and grow a unique community.
If you could describe yourself and the sound of the label with one song, which song would that be?
Stas Drive – Intergalactic Summer
How do you decide which tracks are good enough to be released on Movement Recordings? Do you look for something specific every time or it’s all about the overall feeling of the track?
Well, to be honest this is the hardest part.. There can be times that me or my A&R crew will fall in love in first sight, and without second thought to say ‘this is it!’ But there are other times that it needs numerous plays on repeat, testing on dj sets on dancefloor, or even one single sound that will make the difference.. We seek warm sounds for Movement, and this is why we give such big importance in the sound of our releases from the producer to the mastering engineer. But warm in any genre that could be groovy, serious and touch us the way we cannot keep our ears off the music
What’s your favourite party at which you played and why?
Without any doubts Fusion Festival 2012 in Larz, DE .. The biggest festival i’ve ever performed, being picked thanx to a good set I played and the stage managers that invited me were really excited with.. Without announcing line up before the official start of the festival in June, 60,000 tickets already sold out in 2-3 weeks in December.. Same as the population of my hometown, and with major acts and artists visiting just to attend without any clue of lineups in more than 20 stages (back then)
Which globally known DJ with whom you played alongside, has made a good impression on you and why?
Sebastian Mullaert & Minilogue, Dousk, Guy J, Guy Mantzur, D-Nox & Beckers. Each and every of these artists is a master of sound wisdom with extraordinary flows in their performances/acts.
What would be your advice to the new and aspiring producers? Any production tips or favourite techniques that you would like to share?
Don’t be afraid to search for new things.. Loops and edited sounds and rhythms won’t give u the pleasure of achieving creating your own, develop and establish your sound.. And the most important things: PATIENCE as we will always be incomplete, which will give us the priviledge to develop ourselves and our music.
What can we expect from you and Movement Recordings in 2016?
One project with Stas Drive is already in process and some other collabs will follow with some artists that have always been into my charts or sets, so this is really exciting, plus a couple of remix projects.. Right after I really need to focus on some new solo projects and hopefully my solo album may start getting formed! Regarding Movement Recordings, it seems that the fans become more and more so we need to be even more strict and provide the highest quality of sound we can reach.. Some great works are coming from artists like Roy Rosenfeld, Ran Salman, Stas Drive, Natural Flow, Kosmas, Lonya, Dmitry Molosh, Danito & Athina, SEQU3l, Praveen Achary, ao.