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Respect the DJ Interview with Mike Haddad @mikehaddad.dj

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into DJing?

The emotion and universality of music has always moved me deeply. I was always a hip-hop junkie, and slowly discovered various genres of electronic music at 20 or 21 years old.

 Once I threw a few parties for friends, I was absolutely hooked on the feeling – Curating and delivering an experience, a vibe

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

 Whatever you are mixing, it needs to sound good. Every DJ was a bedroom DJ at some point – and that’s exactly where your hone those skills. I recorded many mixes, listening to my transitions, and always reflecting on the overall progression of emotions. There are countless subgenres and artists; it is imperative to explore the sounds that move you. I kept exploring, practicing with various gear and mixers, and more importantly, never stopped searching for “the sound”.The rest comes naturally.

What did your first setup look like?

 Traktor S2 and a beat up HP Laptop

What does your current setup look like?

As a non-producing DJ, my setup is quite simple. The real setup is in the booth, the dancefloor.

 I record my mixes at home using Traktor controllers such as the S2 or S4 and some KRK monitors; simple. If not there, 3 CDJs and a Xone92 mixer will do the trick.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

I like simplicity. Let your energy and mixing speak for itself. My DJ name is my real name; Mike Haddad

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

a.     Day Zero (Tulum)

b.     Fusion Festival (Germany)

c.     Sunwaves Festival (Romania)

 

If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

a.     Berlin

b.     Tel Aviv

c.     New York

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What is your goal when you play live?

People dancing, smiling.

Nothing else matters, literally.

What's your go to song right now?

 It depends on the mood, the environment, and the crowd.  If the mood is calling for tech house or groovy deep house ; I’ve been turning to one track recently James Dexter – I think so (Original Mix)

What is your dream as a DJ?

 A monthly residency at a top-quality nightclub, focused on the underground. STEREO Montreal is that place for me

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

 Everyone wants to be a DJ nowadays. Make sure your motives are genuine and don't let vanity or ego ever take over. Develop your style, network, be kind and “real”, and always be respectful. Also, never put “official” near your name until you’ve actually earned it

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

 Soundcloud

 Facebook

Instagram

Respect the DJ Interview with DJ Savir @savir.the.dj

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into DJing?

I started by being influenced by DJs like DJ Scribbles, DJ Enuff, and DJ Camilo. I used to record HoT 97 mixes on blank cassette tapes and listened to them on repeat. This generation has no idea.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

Started watching videos on YouTube of other DJs live and got more in depth with Serato. Utilizing these new controllers to their full capability has made my mixes more clean and crisp.

What did your first set up look like?

My first setup was a Gemini Starter Pack: 2 Gemini 500 Turntables, and the most simplest 2-channel Gemini mixer. Took my dads Sony 40” speakers and bought an amplifier to hold the power. Used that setup and only vinyls for the first 5 years.

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@Bklynz

What does your current set up look like?

Now I use a Pioneer DDJ-SX, it’s my baby. I use a MacBook Air with a 1TB external.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

I took my last name (RIVAS) and flipped it

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

Made in America, Rolling Loud, or Woodstock if that every happens... (I’m hearing rumors)

@Bklynz

@Bklynz

If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

Los Angeles, Tokyo, or Atlanta

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

Dead: Bob Marley / Alive: Snoop Dogg

What is your goal when you play live?

Keep the energy once you build it up

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@Bklynz

What's your go to song right now?

Chimbala & Farruko - Maniqui (Remix)


What is your dream as a DJ?

TO LEAVE A LEGACY

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

Make it your passion and don’t let anything get in your way. You’re style is your style. Just keep it fresh and it’s sky’s the limit

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

@savir.the.dj on IG / Savir TheDeejay on FB

Respect the DJ Interview with DJ Lukem

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into Djing?

It all started in 2016. I‘ve always had a taste for electronic music. But in 2016, I was inspired by a local festival DJ which hung up at a party organized by me.

When I saw how he could influence the mood of people with his music, I knew that I wanted it too.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I sat in front of my equipment almost every day & tried to get better.

I also tried to get a better feeling for building a song. In the end, it helped a lot to know when and where I can best make a transition.

What did your first setup look like?

I had a Pioneer DDJ RB controller and intially a standard windows laptop. After two weeks, however, I bought a Mac Book from a friendly DJ, because this had much more power.

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What does your current setup look like?

Currently I have a DDJ RX controller and still my Mac from back then. As headphones, I use the „DT-80 pro audio“ from Beyer Dynamics. I also started producing music, so I count the „FL Studio“ program as my piece of equipment. In FL Studio I mostly work with the plugins „Sylenth 1“ and „Nexus“.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

My artist name is made up of my first name and surname. My name is Lukas Kaemnick. The „Lu“ from „Lukem“ comes from thr first two letters of my first name and the letters „kem“ are a mixture of the letters of my last name.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

Tomorrowland, Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas

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If you could DJ in any three cities what would they be?

Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

It would have been Avicii earlier, today it would be Kygo.

What is your goal when you play live?

I always try to fill the dance floor as fast as possible with not too familiar tracks.

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What is your go to song right now?

My latest song is called „Stay Down“. I released it on March 9th on the label „Beatdealer Records“.

What is your dream as a DJ?

I dream of being on the stages of big festivals someday. I would like people to see my songs sing & how happy they are.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

In case of setbacks, you should never give up! Do not let anything stop you. Learn new and meet other DJs!

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

Instagram

Facebook

Spotify

Respect the DJ Interview with Anfisa Letyago @AnfisaLetyago

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into DJing?
It was kind of natural thing. I started in 2008, I couldn't help it, I had to share my selection with my friends, I wanted them to listen and see if they enjoy it too. So I was the one arranging small parties until I had promoters starting asking me to perform, not sure how it all happened but I ended up playing in clubs and I was at ease.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I used to study piano at school as a kid so I had sense of rhythm and tempo but of course to improve technique I used to play home in front of a mirror or asking my friends to listen. That's what friends are for LOL. Besides this I had the chance as living in Napoli to attend events where international house/techno djs were performing so this enriched my knowledge I could listen to so many different kind of styles and music and this helped to open my mind, I have been playing for 10 years so far

What did your first setup look like?

My first one was made of cdj 100 pioneer and a mixer. Not much you know, I could not afford buying before I started making money of my own you know

What does your current setup look like?

Today I play with CDJ 2000 (3 or four of them) + DJM Pioneer 900 and Rmx-1000.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

My Mum LOL ... Anfisa Letyago is my real name. Anfisa has greek origins despite it being the Russian version of it.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

That's a tough on there are so many I would play to all of them. In Uk in the more housy ones or Germany in the more techno. I would say London, Mannheim and Miami.

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If you could dj in 3 cities what would they be?

Tel Aviv - amazing city and crowd

Beirut same as above and of course my city of adoption Napoli

However it's difficult to pick just 3, I enjoy most of the gigs I play and I would definitively re-play again and again.

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

I would say Depeche mode

What is your goal when you play live?

My main goal is to first enjoy myself but also to have people to get into my world and be a part of it even if only for a while, I like to share positive vibes, it's a need I think has always been in me.

What's your go to song right now?

Gut Feeling-Yukata (Kenny Summit & Eric Kupper’s Private stock mix)

What is your dream as a DJ?

To produce as much good music I can, having my music played all over the world supported by colleague and to be blessed enough to get to manage to play myself  around the world too

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

Not to look at others, not to compare to others, look at others for inspiration and learn but never copy or think of what is 'tendance' , do the music you are really into and add lots of love and self denial.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

Instagram @AnfisaLetyago

Soundcloud