Xtra Life Records Competition Winner - Duher
We sat down with the Xtra Life Records competition winner to discuss his work, his style and his future.
Hi Duher! Congratulations on winning Xtra Life track competition. How does it feel to be selected out of all people that entered?
Hi guys! Thank you very much. It's just a crazy feeling when you consider the fact that I only started making music 2 years ago. I am very happy to be part of Xtra Life family.
What was your first reaction when you found out?
When Tristan wrote to me that I was one of the winners it put me into a shock! I was so happy I couldn't sleep and my hands were shaking. It only meant one thing to me - now I'll work even harder to achieve more. If not for the victory in this contest I would have lost all hope for success. Now I believe in it again!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What's your backgroud?
I am 22 years old and I was born in a small village in central Russia. Currently I live in a big city Nijniy Novgorod. I finished university but made a choice to do something I love which is music.
How would you describe your sound?
I think my sound is crazy, little bit melodic and very groovy. I hope you like it!
Duher, you are from Russia. How is the music scene there?
At this time Russia has a lot of talent such as Arty, Swanky Tunes, Hard Rock Sofa, Matisse & Sadko, J-Soul abd more. They are the godfathers of electronic music in our country in my opinion.
Xtra Life Records is run by Tristan Garner. How has it been working with him?
Tristan is just a perfect man! He was and is one of my idols in electronic music and I am very happy to work with him.
How did you get into producing?
I started producing 2 years ago. Just tried to make some beats, bass lines and created my first track. That was an ugly sound haha! But I still tried to put all my ideas into a sequencer and now I got it right!
What's your creative process when you're making a track?
At first I think about the idea of the track for couple of days and then I start realizing my idea. As a rule I try to create groovy drums and an interesting bass line. Leads should also be very interesting and dirty. These are my keys to successful tracks.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspiration from everywhere but more often it comes when I listen to Daft Punk. They are simply genius!
What equipment/software do you use?
I use my PC without any analogue stuff. I've started to create my own studio at home though. I also want to answer the frequently asked question: I work with Cubase.
You also DJ, do you prefer to DJ or produce?
I love to DJ but I think in our era DJs also bust be producers. In that sense I prefer to produce and play my own tracks.
If you could DJ anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I'd really like to play around the world but most of all I want to go on a tour across America because America is now the center of electronic music as well as the crowd is just crazy!
If you could choose one DJ, producer or an artist you'd like to collaborate with, who would it be and why?
I would love to collaborate with Thomas Gold and Steve Angello because I grew up listening to their tracks. They're also one of my biggest idols.
What's the best advice you've been given?
If you work very hard you will succeed.
What do you hope to achieve in the future?
In the future I hope to remix tracks by big names and further introduce myself that way. This is only the beginning!
I'm really proud to have signed these 2 kids first! They are really talented and trust me you are going to hear a lot about them this year!
Well done guys, welcome to the XtraLife family.