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Thursday 20th, November 2008
DJ Preach Interview Nov 2008

: Just in time for Preach's new release entitled "The Bailout", it's time to take your mind off the economy for a few minutes and read what he has to say...

As a former resident of Canada Iím sure it was quite apparent how much more popular dance music is in Europe. How has your move to Europe (Czech Republic) helped your career and what challenges if any did you encounter with the move? Do you feel at home now or still miss Quebec at times?

I have to say itís almost impossible for me to feel at home anywhere else than in Quťbec. Even sometimes I wonder if Iím feeling at home in QuťbecÖ I think this is a side-effect of global travelling. I have great studio facilities here, barely 2 mins walk from my house and seriously that a major improvement in my life style. With my wife and my daughter now I have to be home when needed and that means pretty often. Being close to the studio gives me the opportunity to work anytime I want, as long as possible. In Montrťal it was impossible to do that, just too many complaints from my neighbors. I DO NOT miss the winters in Quťbec either, horribly cold and painful and I think Central Europe offers the best compromise between summer time and mild winter season. Culturally speaking itís very hard for me to get along well with local people here. I think it must be the language barrier but also there is something different between their values and my own.

Itís great to see you releasing on your own label Relic Recordings. The big labels likely offer you more exposure, yet your own label gives you complete control. Do you feel youíre at a point now where you reach enough listeners to continue releasing on your own label?

Iíve had great experiences and terrible experiences with other labels and I think I need more stability now. It doesnít change anything if this DJ or that DJ supports your song, at the end the crowd will judge if they like it or not, you only have to promote it well and get people to hear it globally. Also I have been severely screwed by one of the richest DJ and label owner in this scene who bankrupted his label sometime ago. We never got paid even though I had a couple of great licenses and really amazing sales. Donít know whatís wrong with him but I think itís a bit greedy especially when you got the money. One more reason I want to focus on my own label is that I know so many great new producers that no one knows around. I want to payback and give them the chance to be discovered. Iím working with some really great guys right now in the UK (Eddie Halliwell and Goodgreef) and we are so like-minded. To be strong we have to be united. Anyone who sends his new tracks will have my feedbacks and probably get a chance to play on my global radio show www.djpreach.com/radio . [email protected]

Your newest release entitled ďThe BailoutĒ is obviously a reference to the state of the economy, particularly the North American economy. Have you found that the recent problems in the U.S. have hindered record sales or any gigs abroad?

Gigs have not gone down in my case, its been really great the last couple of months and next year is planned till June already. I think some of the people now will be pickier on their choice of club nights, not everyone will be able to get tickets for every night for sure. Economy crisis can be felt in many ways but I donít think it has really affected the records sales in the electronic music. People have so much choice right now of place to get their tracks for cheap and even sometimes for free. Like many of us I have invested myself a lot in the markets and of course lost pretty much all the profits made in 2009. That sucks big time but for some of my friends it was even worst. A friend of mine lost 50% of all his assets in the last months and that was something to be underlined. Everything is crazy lately politically and economically speaking around the world, I donít even want to think about it! Letís look forward and think of new solutions for our future. This is why I recorded ĎThe Bailoutí; the end of an era!

Youíve had longstanding support from Marco V over the years. His sound has certainly evolved and been on the forefront of the scene and he continues to support your releases. Do you feel your own style has evolved or are your tracks dynamic enough to fit with the changing sounds?

Iím playing harder than Marco but I think we very often meet each other in our track selection. I love to play the stuff that sounds different, that sounds new. Even on my global radio where I get to play pretty much whatever I want I try to select only the stuff that stands out. I like guys like Sander Van Doorn, Siel Van Riel, JOCÖ so many other guys in fact Jonas Stenberg and Raver and Timmy & TommyÖ Iím forgetting someone for sure please forgive me. Marco rocks big time, heís one of my favorite dj with Eddie Halliwell. Guys that arenít scared of shocking people and get music progressing. Anyway Marco is a true man of honor, heís got to have some taste if he plays my tunesÖ just kidding! grin2 I actually look forward to remix another one of his tune ☺

Do you have any different directions planned production wise for 2009?

Loads of remixes, bootlegs and original productions already on the way. I want to play 50% of my own stuff during my sets; I want to make my sound unique. After the bailout I have a huge release coming up with Eddie Halliwell along with a Fire IT UP world tour. Thatís gonna be massive, the tune is ready and its already creating a buzz in the UK. I will get you to hear it first before its out! Exclusive Trance.nu!

Describe your best and worst DJíing experience

Iíve had really great gigs lately, way better than the previous years. I donít know whats going on but its really rolling in the UK at the moment for the sound I play. I love people there, really open minded and hard party goers. I actually have a weekly youtube video/party report posted on my website if you want check. I think my favorite party this year was at Club Industrial Copera, the best night of my life so far, even at the end there was a girl crying. I miss playing in Holland, since I have moved from straight techno to trancier sound I have lost a lot of fans there. But its gonna pick up this year, people have to hear what im doing first and then they will judgeÖ hopefully for the best. Holland has so many great nights and of course its people ☺ My worst djíin experience I think was a couple of years ago in Kosovo. Was still war zone there, I donít know why I even accepted to play there. It was really crazy, we didnít even get paid and we couldnít find the hotel.

What is the funniest thing youíve ever seen while at a gig? Either backstage or on stageÖ and spare us no details!

Last weekend was pretty sick in Galway Ireland. I played there with Eddie and during our sets a couple of girls were showing their breast. I know itís not so unusual in a party but for me it was unbelievable to see that many tits lined up in the front row while I was trying to beat match the 3rd deck. Apart from the fact that they were way too young for me (yes im almost 30 now, getting old) it was very entertaining!! Thereís always a nasty story to tell after each night, ask me again next week ☺

Where are you happierÖ on stage or in the studio?

Studio is in my head, everything I can think of I put it either on paper or on my recorder. Since I have discovered a way to record my ideas I am much happier and spending less time in the studio than ever before. I donít want to stay 50-60 hours a week in the studio anymore, I want to get my ideas done straight the first day and let the mastering details and arrangement for another time. With my little family now I try to stretch my day so I can fit in enough for everyone. Also I play wayyyyyy too loud in my studio, better not stay too long every day.

Our site is full of bedroom djís and producers. If you could leave them with three pieces of advice on how to further their careers, what would you tell them?

First I think they should keep a positive attitude. I see a lot of haters on the forums, about everything and about everyone. Itís not even about freedom of expression, its just free angriness. So first, keep a good attitude, grounded people make a lot more friends and contacts. Second I would say itís important to be original, donít let yourself fall into the regular musical patterns, make something new and make it in a way that DJs will want to play it. Third I would say itís really important to keep yourself motivated. I know a lot of people and I deal with them every day; we all have our downs and we all want to give up at some points in our careers. One thing I have learned in life; when you work really hard for something, obstacles will always get on your way. If you do your best and you get over your obstacles than it means you are following the right path. If you do your best and you canít get to solve your problems then maybe itís better start thinking about doing something else. It works like karma; I think people are meant to do certain things. Know who you are and what you are capable of.

Where can we expect to catch DJ Preach at a club in the coming months?

December is fully locked down. Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, Czech Republic and Japan. As for January I am usually on holiday in South East Asia. Due to several request I have decided to do a 3 weekend tour over there so weíll see how things goes. February so far is full with mainly gigs in Europe. March-April-May was set to be only for the Americas but since we have already got requests in for many big clubs and parties we decided to restrict the North American tour to only 6 weekends. So stay tune, maybe ill be somewhere near soon wink www.djpreach.com

Written by:
Kevin Turner

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