Decoded Magazine has teamed up with Maximus Club, Montenegro Saturday April 24th to bring you Guy J with support form AudioStorm.
From his early childhood in Podgorica, Montenegro, Audiostorm was fascinated by music. He enjoyed its energy and beauty and it was those elements that made him decide to follow a career in electronic music. He quickly realised that he had to absorb as many different genres of music as possible and soon became obsessed with bands like Pink Floyd, David Bovie, Joy Division, and Depeche Mode.
By the beginning of the 90s, as grunge rock took over as the popular contemporary sound, AudioStorm turned his attention towards the pioneering electronic bands of the burgeoning underground dance scene, and in particular the music that was coming from Goa, India. Psy Trance as it became known was for AudioStorm a diverse, forward thinking, adventurous mix of eastern and western cultures and new and older sounds. A melting pot of possibilities. It was listening to this music which inspired him to begin to explore more progressive sounds of DJs Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Circulation, Deep Dish, John Digweed, Sasha, Anthony Pappa, and many many more.
As his interest in electronic music grew, AudioStorm began to write his own tracks which are supported by many of his childhood heroes and contemporaries. He now has releases on multiple labels from mighty Particles and now legendary System and Baroque through to Balkan Connection, Mystique Music and Polytechnic among many others. He also has a diverse range of releases from Progressive House and Techno to Chill-Out/Lounge and Indie Dance. This is proof that this artist is on the write track, and this opportunity to play alongside Guy J will be one of many I am sure.
Can you tell us a little about your musical past, and how you first became interested in electronic music and DJing?
My interest for electronic music has lasted a very long time. I remember the first LPs and records had titles of Kraftwerk and Jean-Michel Jarre and were purchased by the end of the eighties, but also that period was marked by the influence of psychedelic bands like Pink Floyd, Joy Division, Soundgarden, The Cure, Pearl Jam, and Dead Can Dance. By the beginning of the nineties, with a bit of revolution in the concept of electronic music, and today’s cult bands such as The Prodigy, Underworld, Future Sound of London, Aphex Twin, Faithless, and many others I have also been infected. Later in the late nineties a strong interest in DJ culture began through its strongest stars of those years, Sasha, John Digweed, Sven Vath, Jeff Mills, Slam, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Laurent Garnier, Silicone Soul, Richie Hawtin, Dave Clarke, LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad. A couple of big imprints with the greatest impact are also Global Underground, Renaissance, Fabrik, Bedrock, Perfecto, and Plastic City, Trust the DJ, DMC.
Can you tell us about some of your biggest musical (and non musical) influences over the years?
I think that would be the artists and bands I have mentioned in my first answer.
What is the nightlife currently like in Montenegro, and who are some of the biggest artists at present?
In Montenegro there is a tendency of growth of all events related to electronic music, we have very talented people, who are engaged in the production of various genres, from chill-out and downtempo, over deep house and progressive all the way to techno and psy-trance. People are making huge progress, getting satisfaction through the exchange of energy with the audience and gaining the tremendous will to continue the work and training. Montenegro can boast with two major festivals in our small area and a large number of stars that toured here, not only from the world of electronic music. I would mention Refresh festival, which next year celebrates 10 years of existence, and also [EXIT] Sea Dance Festival, which received the award for best festival middle of Europe. Sea Dance will host the Prodigy this summer as the main head-liners of the festival.
You are due to warm up for Guy J at Maximus Nightclub in Montenegro at the end of the month. Can you tell us a little about the club and what can be expected on the night?
Maximus is the gem of the southern Mediterranean, located between the walls of the ancient city of Kotor, as the central figure of the Montenegrin night scene. The club that hosted the biggest names of the international DJing including Fatboy Slim, DJ Hell, Dave Clarke, Hernan Cattaneo, Timo Maas, Marko Bailey, Felix de Housecat, David Morales, Sharam (Deep Dish), Octave One, Mauro Picotto, James Zabiela, Alexander Kowalski and many more. The evening with Guy J will be a true spectacle of the season, for all the lovers of sophisticated electronic sound, and it will give be a great pleasure to share the mixing desk with him.
Have you got any special treats planned for the night? Any exclusives about what we can expect from you?
I do not have a predetermined performance, it will be quite spontaneous, although the audience in Maximus, as my home ground already knows what to expect from me. Anyhow, there won’t be a lack of inspiration, and I’ll leave a high temperature on the dance floor for Guy J :)
How did this opportunity come about, and what were your thoughts when you were first asked to play the event?
I came up with the idea to host Guy J, given that he has not yet appeared in Montenegro, and of course, the first option was Maximus. In an extraordinary collaboration with Janko and the entire management team of the club Maximus we did a booking for Guy J and I can only say that we have done a great job, along with the great professionals of the Safehouse Management, with the mutual satisfaction
Finally, can you tell us some of your current favourite tracks, and is there one track you are desperate to play on the night?
I have a few favourites of my own. One of them is certainly Guy J – Transitions (Silinder’s Sunset Serenade) and, of course, Aidan Lavelle & Robbie Akbal – Black Night (Original Mix).
01. Mitaric – Track Thirty One (Marcelo Paladini Remix) [Reelaux Digital]
02. Nicholas Van Orton – Even [Balkan Connection South America]
03. AudioStorm – Earth Need More Love (Robert R. Hardy Remix) [Sleepless Night Recordings]
04. Guy J – Diaspora (Original Mix) [Lost & Found]
05. Robert Babicz – Shifting Reality (Original Mix) [Bedrock]
06. Maceo Plex, Odd Parents – Learn To Fly (Maceo’s Flight Home) [Ellum]
07. Nicholas Van Orton – Funktitude – [Balkan Connection South America]
08. Michael A – Slow (Tech D Remix) [Soundteller Records]
09. Cid Inc. – Defrost (Original Mix) [Replug]