INTERVJU | Mihalis Safras: U muzici tražim magiju [SRB/ENG]

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Mihalis Safras je DJ, producent i vlasnik lejbla “Material“, a nazivaju ga i “herojem vinyla”. Navučen je na house, a mu izdanja možete pronaći u katalozima lejblova kao što su “Relief”, “Saved”, “Repopulate Mars”, “Cajual”, “8bit” i naravno njegovom “Material”. Resident Advisor i Beatport su ga proglasili za artista koji je najviše chartovan.

Njegov Marco Carola – Play it Loud remiks je za samo nekoliko dana leta 2016. postao broj 1, a izdanja za “Repopulate Mars” i “Cajual” su vrtele sve house glave na sceni.

Sve ovo je vodilo do toga da ga nominuju za “Best Break Thought DJ” na Miami TDMA Awardsu i osvajanje DJAwards Ibiza “Newcomer” nagrade.

Uspeli smo da ga uhvatimo iako provodi mnogo vremena u studiju, na nastupima, a vodi i nekoliko lejblova.

01. Zdravo Mihalis, drago nam je što možemo da porazgovaramo sa tobom. Reci nam kada si prvi put došao u kontakt sa klupskom scenom?

Ne mogu vam otkriti svoje godište i tačnu godinu, ali sa 15 godina sam otišao na prvu žurku. Sećam se da me je otac odvezao, a od tada se ništa nije promenilo, jer me on i dan danas ponekad vozi na žurke!

02. Sarađivao si i izdavao muziku sa mnogo proslavljenih kolega kao npr. sa Green Velvetom. Kako je došlo do te saradnje?

To je tačno, Green Velvet je živa legenda, ali pre svega smo prijatelji. Do sada smo izdali šest singlova, a sedmi je na putu.

Obojica smo dugo na sceni i malo po malo, nakon nekoliko susreta, počeli smo da sarađujemo. Rekao bih da su se zvevzde poklopile.

03. Vodiš nekoliko lejblova. Šta je to što tražiš da čuješ u nekoj traci?

Pored lejbla “Material”, koji je glavni, moj tim i ja radimo na još nekoliko projekata. Iskreno ne tražim ništa posebno osim neke magije u muzici. Ako ste otvoreni za nove ideje, onda je samo to važno.

04. Najbolji software i hardwareza tebe je?

Ovo je tajna, ali hajde da vam odam bar jednu. Omiljeni VST mi je Sub BoomBass. Njega kombinujem sa Bassstation2 i tako pravim svoje baslinije. Kada pričamo o hardware-u morate koristiti AKAI MPC2000XL.

Mihalis Safras

05. Već si nastupao u Srbiji. Kako ti se čini naš klabing?

Volim Srbiju i mislim da je jedna od najbrže rastućih zemalja u smislu muzičke edukacije u elektronskoj muzici. I to zaista mislim: odlični festivali, odlična publika i nasmejani klaberi. Ovo je sve što nam treba na sceni koja ponekad zna da bude puna negativnosti. Jedva čekam da vas uskoro ponovo posetim.

06. Šta se krčka u tvom studiju i kakvi su planovi za ovu godinu?

Nakon numere “Microwave” koju sam uradio sa Green Velvetom, radim na remiksu za Claptone-a koji će izaći u maju i dva “Afrodisko” izdanja za “Sola” lejbl. Ovog leta ću imati mnogo posla, a za septembar vam spremam nešto veliko.

07. I za sam kraj nam reci koju klasičnu numeru bi voleo da remiksuješ.

George Michael – Freedom! ’90

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MIHALIS SAFRAS INTERVIEW (ENGLISH VERSION)

01. Hello Mihalis! We are glad that we have you here on board. Can you tell us how did you first get involved with club scene?

I can’t reveal my age and say a year, but I was 15 years when I had my first event. I recall my dad drove me to the venue. Since then nothing has changed, my dad still sometimes take me to the parties!

02. You’ve worked and released with many great artists including Green Velvet. How did that cooperation first come about?

That is true, Green Velvet is a living legend but mostly is a great friend of mine. So far we have released six singles together and we are working on the seventh as we speak. We are both long time in scene and one thing lead to another, after meeting a few times we started working together. I guess it’s a galaxy conspiracy.

03. You also run several labels. Can you tell us what are you looking for in a track?

Besides Material which is the main label, me and my team work on seven more labels. Honestly I do not look for anything in particular as this is the magic in music. Have your ears open to new ideas, that’s all that matters.

04. What’s the best software and hardware tool for you?

These are secrets but you know what, let’s share one. My favourite VST is Sub BoomBass. I work a lot with this and together with my Bassstation2 this is where I create my basslines. In terms of hardware you can’t go with anything else than the AKAI MPC2000XL

05. You’ve been to Serbia before. How do you see clubbing here?

I love Serbia and I think is the fastest growing country in terms on electronic education. I really mean it: great festivals, great crowd and smiling clubbers. This is all we need in our scene that is sometimes full of negativity. I look forward to seeing you all there really soon!

06. What’s cooking in your studio for 2019 and what are your plans for this year?

After ‘Microwave’ which was the latest single with Green Velvet, I have a remix for Claptone in May and then 2 releases on Solardo’s Sola label entitled ‘Afrodisko’. This will be a big summer for me but I can give you a tip that something huge is coming in September.

07. For the end tell us what classic tune would you love to rework?

George Michael – Freedom! ’90

Photos: Anastasia Amastasopoulou