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Interview | Questions & Answers With Galestian

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Sharing the stage across the globe with renowned stars such as Aly & Fila, Tritonal, Chris Lake, Frankie Bones, Grum, and Fehrplay, is just one of the many accomplishments achieved by Galestian, and we had the pleasure of chatting to him about how he reached the top!

1 — Hey! So let’s start simple, when did you start DJing and what attracted you to it?

I started DJing in 2001 at house parties, university parties, and playing for family and friends. My first real gig was DJing at my cousin’s birthday party. I literally bought my gear that same day and figured out how to use it an hour or two before. Sometimes the best way to learn is by immersion!

But, that was just one small step towards the grander scheme of things. I was massively blown away when I saw a video of Italian DJ/producer Mauro Picotto playing at a Dutch festival called “Trance Energy” sometime in the early 2000s. I’d been in love with electronic music for years and years by then, initially discovering it in the ‘90s, but I had no idea that there was so much power behind it to fill stadiums and festivals.

I remember when I’d have random conversations at parties. Surely, the subject of music would come up, and someone might ask, “Oh, so what kind of music do you listen to?” And I’d say something like “trance, house, techno” and back then in the US, it was super underground. Most average people had never heard of it before, and those that had would automatically follow that up with, “Nice! Ever been to a rave?”

I had no idea what raves even were back then. I just loved this music so much and already had for years. Finding out that DJs play this stuff in front of such large crowds – well, I was immediately attracted to it without even giving it a second thought.”

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2 — What is it you love most about DJing?

I think it’s natural to want to share things that bring you joy. Is it more fun to ride a rollercoaster ride by yourself, or with friends who can share the same experience with you? I feel the same about music. There is so much amazing music out there – it’s impossible to discover it all.

3 – And what’s the fun in holding it for yourself?

I see DJing as an opportunity to share great music with people. Music transcends all words and boundaries and connects us in a way that nothing else can. The sharing aspect of it, plus the massive connection it brings, how it unites us all together – gotta say that those two things are what I love most.

4 – You had two releases this year on Perfecto Black – “Rituals” and “The Gathering”. Can you tell us some more about that?

Sure, so I started “Rituals” when I was in Japan in late 2016/early 2017. I’ve always been intrigued by spiritual mysticism, and really felt like the coming together of that track put me in a state of flow that was special. The song has lots of tribal elements in it, plus around that time, I’d had a conversation with another traveler about how important our daily rituals are – how the little actions we do amount to massive results when you compound them with days upon days of your life. Those rituals, or maybe calling them “habits” is another way to look at it, could have both negative or positive results. Smoking cigarettes once or twice in a year probably won’t do much, but make that a daily ritual and watch how the negative effects on your body compound over time. It’s the same with positive rituals such as meditation, diet, exercise, practicing gratitude. So, “Rituals” was a very fitting title for that tune.

5 — And how about “The Gathering”?

“The Gathering” was inspired by my travels through Bali and India. Again, going back to the theme of mysticism, I definitely feel like the process of creation put me into that state of flow. The concepts for that tune came together while I was traveling, but it wasn’t until I got back to LA when I finished that one. “Rituals” was my debut release on Perfecto Black. When “The Gathering” happened, it was a clear follow-up.

6 — Do you have a number one gig you have played?

That’s hard to say! Too many good times, couldn’t single one out. Surely the best is yet to come.

7 — What is the most common genre you mix or do you enjoy switching them up?

At this moment, I’m really into the Melodic House and Techno that’s coming out of Germany. I’d say my sound is mostly along the Progressive House route, but all of my influences are sort of mixed in there – Deep House, Techno, Trance. There’s something to love about all of them. Nowadays, I’m mostly into lower-BPM stuff around 120-128BPM that’s deep, melodic, and progressive.

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8 — You launched a monthly radio show this year called “Global Entry Radio with Galestian.” Do you often showcase your new songs in your mixes?

Sure, I do. I try to feature at least one of my own songs on Global Entry Radio for each episode. It airs every first Tuesday of each month on di.fm‘s Progressive Channel. It’s also syndicating to almost 20 stations worldwide now, so that’s something to be really happy and grateful for. You can also search and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Music and Spotify.

9 — What is your favourite venue and why?

Depends where we’re talking about! In LA, I would say Exchange LA. It’s one of the best clubs in the world, great sound system, visuals are top-notch.

In Tokyo, I loved playing at Sankeys. Beautiful venue.

I celebrated my birthday in Singapore a few years ago at Zouk before they moved over to their new location. So many rooms in one venue, it’s like multiple stand-alone clubs in one.

I haven’t played in Ibiza yet, but I loved Privilege and Amnesia. The vibe, the people, massive venues that are like their own little town while the party’s on.

10 – Finally, do you have a favourite mix online we can listen to?

Right now, I’d definitely say my guest mix for Paul Oakenfold’s Planet Perfecto radio show. It was an honor and a pleasure to be Paul’s guest for episode #383. The man is an absolute legend in every sense of the word. I showcase a lot of my own productions plus some of my favourites from earlier this year. It’s up on my SoundCloud page.


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More To Discover: Additional Insights Into Rubayne’s EP ‘Connections’

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Don’t miss out on rising artist Rubayne’s new EP ‘Connections,’ a blend of genres he calls Bass Pop exploring the ups and downs of love. With a special live performance airing on February 24th and music videos planned, it’s an EP not to be missed. Read the interview to learn more.

1 — What is the main theme you explore in your new EP ‘Connections’?

The EP is a set of eclectic love stories that are connected to each other. Throughout the EP, you will discover the feeling of falling in love, being in love, and holding on to love in the toughest time.

2 — Is there any special meaning behind its title?

There are multiple. Firstly, the titles of the songs relate to each other. In addition, I made a stronger connection with my music by involving myself in the songwriting as well.

3 — Did you collaborate with other artists or producers on this project?

Yes. There are a couple of great singers involved with ‘Connections’! Some new, some I do know from the start. I must give credit and big ups to Romy Dya, Yunnee, EthanUno, and Ansaly for their amazing work.

4 — How did you go about crafting the overall sound and style?

The approach for creating ‘Connections’ was different in comparison to my regular creative approach. With each project, I first focused on selecting a main instrument that would characterize the song. Unattainable has the guitar, “Connections” has the bass, and “In Love Tonight” has the piano. After the main instrument and its melody, I would carve out the full production.

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5 — Did you have any specific genre in mind while producing this material?

I had not, but I focused on having a blend of genres that I and the love theme associate with. I would say this blend of genres can be best described as Bass Pop.

6 — Is there a particular track on the EP that you have a special connection with?

Nope! They are equally special to me and as they complement each other, I feel that I have a special connection with the project as a whole.

7 — Are there any things you wish you had done differently?

When it comes to the EP, there’s nothing I wish I had done differently.

8 — In what ways do you think your songs will resonate with listeners?

I think this project, as well as other songs I have made, encourages its listeners to open up and acknowledge their feelings. I hope my music provides the listeners with a better understanding of themselves.

9 — Have you ever considered creating a music video for any of these news tracks?

I did! I feel like each of the songs has a visual story to tell. However, I have prepared something special for this EP which is visually pleasing as well.

10 — Is there anything else you would like to share about the EP that we haven’t covered in this interview?

To celebrate the release of  ‘Connections,’ I recorded a live performance of the EP with all the vocalists and an amazing guitarist (Rob). It will air on February 24th and you can get notified here.


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Discovering Lucii’s Musical Journey And Her New Song “Narcissist”

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In this exclusive interview, Lucii shares more about her journey as a musician, the meaning and inspiration behind her new single “Narcissist, and her plans for the future, including incorporating a live band into her performances and releasing a new album.

1 — How did you first become interested in music and what led you to pursue it as a career?

So I always sang and made songs on guitar as I was growing up but never thought I was good enough. I went to a rave at 17 and really loved it so I started DJing and producing and started to use my vocals on my tracks and it turned into a career!

2 — As a member of the LGBTQ community, how do you feel your identity influences your songs?

I feel like Idk I just write songs about girls, but I think cause I’m female writing about a female gives this extra sparkle of divine femininity.

3 — How do you aim to use your artistic platform to uplift and inspire others in the community?

I just want to make people feel something, music is a form of expression sometimes easier than talking. Mac Miller helped so much with my mental health and I just wanna be that to someone. Make people not feel alone, especially the LGBTQ community.

4 — Please tell us more about the meaning and inspiration behind your new single “Narcissist.”

I was in therapy and was describing this person to my therapist and she said (her name is Andrea and I shout her out in the song) “well that person sounds like a Narcissist” I NEVER heard of that word in my life so I started writing that night “you’re a Narcissist says my therapist” and that’s how it came about. I just wanted an angry song about a Narcissist so I made it.

5 — What’s your favorite lyric line?

Probably “thank god for Andrea I should send the bill to ya for all the times I’m in the chair wondering how I got here” Andrea is my therapist and I just think that’s a BA.

6 — How has your experience been as an electronic music producer and how has that influenced your shift into the Pop genre?

I feel like it influenced my Pop music a lot because I want my songs to have energy even if they’re sad, I want that emotional wave rollercoaster to feel like dance music gives.

7 — Are you planning to incorporate a live band into your performances?

YES!! I cannot wait to start playing with my band. I can’t wait to be closer to my audience and just play my songs, that is my dream and I can’t wait to do that soon hehe.

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8 — Can you share a bit about the creative process of your upcoming album?

Details on the upcoming album will be announced soon.

9 — What message would you like to send to aspiring LGBTQ musicians looking to break into the industry?

I would say just fucking go for it we NEED you. Look at fletcher she is breaking boundaries right now she is a full-on amazing Pop star and watching her grow has just been so inspiring and made me realize I can do this, I can make the move from being a DJ to being a live performance act.

10 — How do you see your music evolving in the future?

I see myself going through eras, I really love how Taylor Swift each of her albums feel like a chapter to read from ‘1989’ to ‘REPUTATION’ and OMG ‘Folklore.’ All of them are AMAZING but I just want to give that feeling with every one of my albums, as you listen to it and you’re transported back in time to a feeling.


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Exploring An Experimental Album With XENOBYT — Interview

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Are you a fan of electronic music with a hint of nostalgia and horror? Look no further, as XENOBYT‘s new album ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’ is exactly what you’ve been searching for. In this exclusive interview, the up-and-coming artist gives you an inside look at the inspiration and creative process behind his original work.

1 — How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?

I try to make music that people can vibe to. Something you can put on and get lost in while driving or doing something mundane. There is something fascinating about using a synthesizer, which for a long time was considered the sound of the future, but using it to make music that reminds us of the past. I like to think that if you like Horror and synth music and enjoy the groove of the song over the technicality of what’s played, you would enjoy what I am trying to do here.

2 — Which artists are you most influenced by?

When I was younger, I was a huge Metalhead, but my dad was a big tech geek and loved messing around with a synthesizer and listened to a lot of Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder. So I had an early appreciation for it. I was big into Horror movies and really dug the soundtracks that John Carpenter was doing, and Brad Fiedel’s Terminator 2 soundtrack was another of my favorites. But I didn’t decide to start making this kind of music until I heard Carpenter Brut and Perturbator for the first time.

3 — What drew you to the experimental genre and what sets it apart from other electronic music styles?

I went to college for sound design, so I love taking a sound that people are familiar with and messing with it to make something completely new. And I try to incorporate that into my music in ways that aren’t done very often. Classifying yourself as experimental kind of takes the chains off and resets expectations of what your fans expect to hear when they listen to your music.

4 — What inspired the title of your new album ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’?

Usually, I come up with a simple horror theme for an album before I even start writing the songs for it. The last album, New Retro Witch, was about witchcraft and this album was about malevolent spirits. The concept of getting hired for a certain time to caretake a haunted mansion resonated with me and the things I had going on in my life at the time. I was facing a lot of old trauma I had buried and this concept paralleled with what I was dealing with in my own head, so I based the title of the album around that idea.

5 — How does this material differ from your previous works?

I wanted this album to be heavier than my last album from the start. I wanted to incorporate more Rock and Metal vibes into it but keep some of the same beauty and melancholy that I really liked about New Retro Witch.

Because of the more personal nature of this album, I didn’t really do any big collaborations on it, which is something I normally try to do.

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6 — How long did it take you to complete this project?

I started working on this album in the Spring of 2021 and had 9 songs written for this album by the end of summer, but I wasn’t happy with it and scrapped all but 3 songs. I kind of fell into an artistic rut after that and sat on it until February of 2022 and wrote, mixed, and mastered the remainder of the album over the spring and summer.

7 — Could you tell us where ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’ was recorded?

I have my own recording studio here in Austin and I did all of the writing, mixing, and mastering for this album there.

8 — How did you approach the design of the artwork?

During that artistic rut I had mentioned earlier, I got really enthralled in AI Art Generation and went as far as learning how to and coding my own AI Art Generator. I made a bunch of stuff with it that actually helped inspire me to finish the album. While I am a big fan of collaborating with other artists, I was really proud of the fact I made this art-making machine and how it helped me get back on my grind. I wanted to showcase what it was capable of with this release.


9 — Is there a particular song on this album that stands out to you?

“Deluge,” because there is a sad and dark story behind it. I suffer from depression and PTSD and had a bit of a mental breakdown last summer. That song was created live while I was in the midst of that breakdown. I felt like I was drowning, and I wanted the song to sound like I felt. But I also wrote the song I wanted to hear to feel better, and it worked. I still put it on when I am feeling depressed, and it still makes me feel better.

10 — Are you open to collaborations? If so, what are the requirements?

Absolutely! I am always open to collaborating with other artists. My only requirement is ensuring proper credit is given to everyone involved.


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