Digging Deeper with Dragosh

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
October 17, 2017

Digging Deeper with Dragosh

Dutch label Memoria has long harbored a propensity for discerning house and techno, so the signing of Romanian producer should come as no real surprise. Having already lined out for labels such as Brouqade, Moon Harbour and Desolat, Dragosh is no stranger to big labels – and on this EP he emphatically reminds us just why he’s quickly become such a respected figure in underground circles. Featuring three originals, the Relov EP offers a tantalizing glimpse into the mind of a producer who’s very much at the top of his game.

Opening the release is the sounds of the title track. A catchy-as-hell track with a cracking baseline, it’s a refined, almost effortlessly simple deep house weapon of the sort that would win favor with DJs of Fred P’s calibre. Middle effort “Have No Glue” is no less effective. Full of curious bleeps and twists and turns aplenty, it’s further indication of the producer’s knack for trotting down unlikely paths. Although it kicks off at a frenetic pace, it soon simmers, developing into a more minimal effort as it progresses. Intense and unpredictable from the get go, it neatly paves the way for the B-side, “Yps Lion”. the most atmospheric track of the lot, this one is dark and dextrous and will make most sense when the night decides to take a triply turn. All in all, another cracking EP from the man they call Dragosh.

Read on for our chat with the producer, and find Relov for sale on vinyl via deejay.de

Can you remember the track or album that made you want to create music of you own?

Hello and thank you! I didn’t had an outside spark that made me want doing music, was more of an inside spark. I remember I needed to do it, I needed to express myself somehow so this is how it begun.

What can we expect from you in the new year?

Well this days I’m deciding the releases for the next year so the next year will be a productive one. I’m organizing with my agent the gigs from now to the next year so I’ll try to be around a bit more. I’d like to give real time emotions to the people also.

What’s your favorite piece of kit that you own and why?

I think is the korg minilogue. It’s such a powerful synth and really gives me the vehicle to transfer on “paper” what I have in mind and soul. But works better along the drumbrute that maintains the perfect rhythm!

What release of your own are you most proud of?

I’m proud of all of them! I don’t have a favorite one just because each of them described a period in my life and don’t want to have a preference of it. I like and enjoy anything I build and any failure I have without judging.

How has the industry and scene developed and changed since you began DJing/producing?

It changed a lot! From: “if you want to be a DJ than play” to “if you want to be a DJ than do music first” so we live in a dynamic process of what our desires are and I think we need to figure out where to be and when we want to be and work hard for it no matter what!

Where is your favorite place to perform? And why

Until now I think I’m in love with Berlin! That’s probably because I have many friends and people I really appreciate there and gives me every time the power to continue and to do this more and more!

What other DJs/artists are impressing you the most lately?

I like so many but if I have to choose than I pick of course Dana Ruh! I know her from very long time and every time we talk or play together or just listen to her sets I can feel her energy and passion for the music! We need a guide I think and we have to pick ours really well and be inspired by them!

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with in the near future?

Haven’t think about. With anyone who feel the same way I feel for the music, is the right answer . I never want to collaborate just for the name or because the industry wants it.

What is your first memory of music?

My very first memory is when I was like 6 years old and I was listening to my parents vinyls. At that time we were in Bucharest and the music they had was traditional romanian folklore and american blues and jazz stuff. After, following my brother, I got into hip-hop thing and I loved it and still love it!

Who or what has been the sole biggest influence on your career?

I think was when I saw big djs playing my music. And wasn’t because they played it but was because they had big crowd in front of them! I remember watching on youtube big crowds dancing with my music! I think that is the biggest influence for me: seeing people in front of me or in front of other djs having fun with the music I make!

What advice would you give to any young aspiring producers/DJs?

To focus and visualize where he/she wants to be the next years and work to reach that point!

Will you be making any new years resolutions?

I made them already: release more music and play more around the globe!

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