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Thursday 12th, March 2009
Rafael Frost
RafaŽl Frost interview
Updated: Thursday 28th, May 2009

: Being a consistent releaser on Ferry Corstenís Flashover Recordings label, Dutch DJ / producer RafaŽl Frost continues to build his unique sound. Big remixes like Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Rank 1ís Life Less Ordinary and Bryan Adamsís Run To You (#1 at Beatport Charts) and releases like Worlds and Minimum (#1 Audiojelly Charts for 11 weeks in a row) have made RafaŽl one of biggest upcoming talents of today. At the moment RafaŽl's latest production 'Red' is being played by all the major DJ's out there.

Trance.nu: Hi RafaŽl, how are you doing?
RafaŽl: Great, just had a great gig in Kiev, so that always motivates to get back in the studio and work on some new stuff!


Trance.nu: Your new track ĎRedí will be out soon on Flashover Recordings. The original version of ĎRedí got massive support already by names such as TiŽsto, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond and it was Global Selection winner in Markus Schulzí radio show Global DJ Broadcast twice in a row! How does it feel when there is such a hype around a track with lots of DJ support?
RafaŽl: It's huge. You know, it's difficult to describe what you feel. When you create something with your own feelings in it, something personal and it gets picked up by practically every DJ out there and it's being spread throughout the whole world with the audience, that's just great!


Trance.nu: Besides the original version there will be a Ferry Corsten remix of ĎRedí on the release as well. Did he suggest to remix it or did you ask him?
RafaŽl: As Ferry really liked the original track and was heavily supporting it already, he was glad doing a remix of it.
And as I like most of Ferry's productions, I did not say no, haha!


Trance.nu: Why did you pick ĎRedí as a title for this track? Is there a story behind it or is it just a name you came up with?
RafaŽl: Yes there is a little story behind that name. I made Red as an ode to my wonderful girlfriend who is always supporting me. I found it too cheesy to name it after her, so I called it Red. Beside that red is her favorite color, it stands for warmth but also for passion and temper, which is a perfect way to describe her.


Trance.nu: When will ĎRedí see a release?
RafaŽl: It will be out the 16th of March 2009, on Flashover Recordings that is.


Trance.nu: Are you busy with a follow up already?
RafaŽl: There are 2 new tracks coming up. One has a typical ĎWorldsí character, the other one will be a bit softer.


Trance.nu: People might know you from releases such as ĎOut Of Timeí, ĎCity Fictioní, ĎWorldsí, ĎMinimumí and of course ĎRun To Youí, the track that started as a bootleg first. What is your own favourite production of yourself and why?
RafaŽl: Red! Though I also like the remix I did of ĎAden's Dreamí very much. Why? they both tend more to melodic trance tracks and because of that, they always have a bit more feeling in them.


Trance.nu: Are there plans for a RafaŽl Frost album already or is that something you want to do in the future maybe?
It's something I definitely want to do, but I want to first release my tracks on a more regular basis. When you are creating an album it means you have to reserve a lot of tracks, but also have to release tracks in the between time. So for that you really need to built up your catalog and it has to fit your schedule. But who knows, would be great if I have the opportunity at the end of this year to get started.

Trance.nu: Early 2006 the track ĎMute Your Mindí from Frost & Maron was released. People might remember the track because of the beautiful acoustic guitar in it. Are you playing guitar yourself or is it done with some kind of software maybe?
RafaŽl: No, I play all the guitar parts myself, this counts for every track that I use guitar in.


Trance.nu: Besides trance music, you did some chill out tracks as well. For example on the chill out compilation ĎMute Your Mindí you did 2 chill out tracks. The first one is a chill out version of the Frost & Maron track ĎMute Your Mindí track and there is also a RafaŽl Frost chill out track called ĎTriangleí on the album. Is it difficult to produce chill out music when you are used to producing trance tracks?
RafaŽl: No, I love it! I find the disadvantage of creating trance music, is that you're always bound to a certain structure. It already begins with making sure the track has a nice start to mix with a previous track, and leading the track to a climax to please the crowd. With chill-out music, this boundary is gone and you can go wherever you like. I love that kind of freedom and it lets you discover new sounds. Don't get me wrong I love doing trance, but a change now and then is very welcome and inspirational.


Trance.nu: Can we expect more chill out stuff from you or tracks in other genres?
RafaŽl: Definitely, most of my inspiration comes from other genres, so I will always be interested in doing different stuff.


Trance.nu: When did you exactly start with producing?
RafaŽl: When I was 13 years old. I got the program ĎScream Trackerí from a friend and was blown away by it. Since then I started creating tunes that I would bring to school and let my friends listen during drawing lessons.


Trance.nu: What was your very first release ever?
RafaŽl: It was 2004, I got to do a remix on the Greece 2000 hit by Three Drives.


Trance.nu: Do you have your own studio? What kind of equipment can we find in your studio?
RafaŽl: Yes I have. You will find mostly controllers and guitars as I work alot with plugins, to be more specific; I use Logic Studio on a Mac Pro with a Mackie Controller , 2 KRK RK6 monitors, 30 inch Cinema Display, Korg Pad, Access Virus TI Polar synthesizer, 2 Pioneers CDJs 800, 1 bass guitar, 1 Richwood electronic/acoustic guitar, 1 electric guitar and 1 Ibanez Semi Acoustic guitar, AKG 701 monitoring headphones and some other small stuff.


Trance.nu: What is your favourite piece of equipment?
RafaŽl: My Mackie controller and the Virus TI.


Trance.nu: How long does it take you normally to finish a production or a remix?
RafaŽl: Could be a month, could be a week, depends on the kind of track and if I'm feeling lucky!


Trance.nu: Are there people that inspire you to make music?
RafaŽl: Actually, no. It's more the things that happen in daily life that inspire me to create music. Though there are a lot of bands / artists that give me inspiration while I'm busy on a track. It could be anyone and it could be any genre.


Trance.nu: Iíve heard that you have been in the studio with your Flashover colleague Breakfast when he was over in The Netherlands. Are you guys working on a collaboration or was this just for fun?
RafaŽl: A bit of both, I like Casey's stuff a lot and vice versa, so we definitely want to do something with that. We made a start, but we had only 3 days and sometimes it doesn't come as quick as that. But I'm pretty sure we'll do something in the future.


Trance.nu: Besides producing you already did some very successful remixes for artists such as Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Rank1, Fender Woods and Randy Boyer & Eric Tadla. Can we expect some new remixes from you already?
RafaŽl: Not at the moment, I just did some remixes and want to focus on my own productions for now, and release them on a more regular basis.


Trance.nu: Your track ĎRun To Youí started as a bootleg first, any new ideas for bootlegs maybe?
RafaŽl: Haha, well there are always ideas... I mean there are so many great tracks out there! But for now, I have too many ideas from my own which I want to put in a track.


Trance.nu: Youíre also DJ-ing. You performed in Mayday (Russia), Cream (Kiev, UKR), Ministry Of Sound (UK), Sublime (Sydney) and at famous festivals such as Dance Valley. What can people expect when they go see you?
RafaŽl: They can expect a melodic yet dirty set using progressive elements but also tech-trance and trance elements with a lot of energy and a nice build up.


Trance.nu: What is the funniest thing that happened to you while you were DJ-ing?
RafaŽl: Don't know if it sounds funny, but what I found funny was actually at on one of the Dancetour parties in Holland. I nearly finished my set and Dutch DJ Jean had to play after me. As he still plays vinyl, and because no one uses them, he had to re-order the decks, while doing that he accidentally placed the deck on top of one of the CDJs that was playing, switching the reverse knob. Now in front of 3000 people, the record had been playing for 30 seconds in reverse... and the funny thing was that nobody noticed a thing!!


Trance.nu: Where can people find you in the next couple of weeks?
RafaŽl: I will be in the UK in April and there are some gigs in the pipeline which will be confirmed later on.


Trance.nu: Are you busy with music full time or do you still study or have a 'normal' daytime job besides this?
RafaŽl: I'm busy making music full time.


Trance.nu: Do you have any other hobbies besides music?
RafaŽl: I like photographing a lot, also I do some occasional artwork for flyers, websites and magazines.


Trance.nu: Since youíre busy with EDM a lot, I wonder to what kind of music you listen in your spare time?
RafaŽl: Actually because I'm busy making music all day long, I don't listen that much music. But when I do, I like to listen to Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Enya.


Trance.nu: How do you see yourself in 10 years?
RafaŽl: 5 women, a golden trash can and a cat!


Trance.nu: What can we expect of RafaŽl Frost in the future?
RafaŽl: More trance-oriented productions. Just back to the good ol' days!


Trance.nu: Thanks a lot for your time and good luck in the future!
RafaŽl: Thank you too!


Written by:
Twan van Loon

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