Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?
We had come a long way before started DJing. In the end of 90s Swanky Tunes were associated with live acts and no one of us didn’t think to spin a vinyl. We had so much fun performing live with vocalist, bass guitar player, playing synthesizers and groove-boxes. The only thing that disappointed us: we couldn’t play other producers’ tracks during our performances. That turned us to DJing and in 2006 we played first DJ set. Of course that time we were inspired by many DJs/producers as Daft Punk, Carl Cox, The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim.
Will this be your first time in Macau? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
We’ve never been to Macau before, but heard a lot about its great Portuguese heritage, tasty cuisine and big casinos of course. Don’t know yet what we’re gonna do, but really looking forward to come to Macau.
How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
It’s changed a lot. Previously there were small camp of music producers and big camp of DJs, but they almost never crossed. Now DJ means producer and vice versa. Progress of hardware and software made it possible. Main point is if you want to be a DJ, you have to produce your own music first. It’s not a rule, but it’s a fact now.
4What was your favourite memory of 2014 and what do you have planned for 2015?
Last year we had a lot of gigs and most memorable was our headline performance at TomorrowWorld (US).
There are three big things are planned for 2015. At first, Swanky Tunes new music. We have a lot of tracks as solos and collaborations coming soon. At second, our gigs. Schedule looks crazy, especially for this summer - Europe, United States, Russia and many more countries. And finally our label. Since 2012 Showland Records has been just a home label of Swanky Tunes and friends. Now its doors are open for young and upcoming producers. Many tracks have been signed already and will be released soon. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get more updates, guys!
What can we expect from your upcoming performance at Cubic?
Be ready to get Swanky and hear a lot of new good music!
Aside from your DJ equipment, name your top three touring essentials.
Too hard to choose, but we always have in our backpacks iPhone, MacBook and pillow for plane.
What is the weirdest thing that you’ve seen from the DJ booth?
A long ago we were invited to perform at Kazantip Festival. While we were playing, a very-very drunk girl jumped into DJ booth and tried to kiss us in acknowledgement of cool set we played (as she said then). Security helped her to leave the booth. But that wasn’t the end of the story.
In a few months we performed in Vladivostok (9 hours by plane from Moscow) and suddenly found out this girl on the dance floor right in front of DJ booth (OMG!). She got closer to the booth and shouted out that came from Moscow just to see us. No kisses that time, but that was weird to see her again :)
Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
We always come to a club 30-40 min before our set to chill a bit and catch dance floor’s mood.
Who in your opinion are the best up-and-coming producers at the moment?
There are so many good producers around. Keep your eye on Arston and Amersy this year. These guys will def bring cool stuff.
If you weren’t a DJ/Producer what would you be doing?
Maybe it’s a shame, but we can’t imagine our life without producing and DJing.
What tracks/ projects can we look forward to in the upcoming months?
There are many Swanky Tunes releases planned for 2015. We have collaborations with Christian Burns and Far East Movements done. Also a few solo works are ready and waiting for release. Follow up track is called “LOV3” and will be out on Showland Records on April 20.
Check it out now and feel the “LOV3”.