Tell us about your first DJ gigs, please. How did you approach them and how do you look back on them with hindsight?
My first gig was totally unplanned. I was hanging out in my sunny hometown Silute, Lithuania, with my friend Gediminas (aka Oscar Zillini). We thought it would be fun to organize a party and play some music. Sitting in the park, I spotted a big building nearby and got the idea to ask if we could use it.
We approached the people in charge, and they gave us a large hallway space. In just a few days, we gathered basic equipment – simple decks, lights, speakers, and a smoke machine. After some quick advertising, the night arrived, and we managed to pack the place. It turned out to be a blast, with people dancing all night long.
I recall not having any planned music for that moment, just a big bag of CDs. I played whatever came to mind, and it turned out to be unforgettable. I’ll carry that memory with me forever. Sometimes, the best things happen when you don’t overthink and just go with the flow.
How has your music evolved since the beginning? How would you describe your development as an artist and the transition toward your sound?
Hmmmmm… it’s very hard for me to describe how my music is evolving. This question would be more relevant to people who are listening to my music.
As an artist, I am never 100% happy with my final mixes – that’s just the way it goes. I believe most artists would agree with me on this. In music production, the key is to craft your unique sound, bringing your own touch without relying on pre-made samples. Always create your own. Imperfect as it may be, it becomes entirely yours, something no one can replicate. Keep evolving your sound and trust your instincts.
What were some of the artists, technologies, and clubs/events that changed your perspective on what DJing could be?
I think in this day and age there are no limits to DJ’ing – you can do whatever you want, just use your imagination. There are plenty of tools, and software gadgets to help you achieve your desired result or express yourself as an artist. Never follow any trends – go your own way.
Composers and songwriters combine notes and sounds. DJs combine entire songs. Can you tell us a bit about how your work as a DJ has influenced your view of music, your way of listening and perhaps also, if applicable, your work as a producer?
I believe emotions play a significant role in shaping your perspective in music production or a DJ set. Your mood guides the tracks you create or the DJ set you perform. The real challenge lies in connecting with your audience—while we’re all unique, breaking that barrier means limitless possibilities.
Your first EP “Take one” on Plazma Records was released in 2015, with many podcasts as well. Tell us about your newest EP. Can you explain what this means to you and what was the inspiration behind this new release?
Every effort I put into Plazma Records was wholehearted, making each piece of work special to me. The Orbit EP reflects the deep, flowing emotions in my mind, infused with touches of light and happiness. The addition of two remixes from talented female artists adds an extra layer of spice that I’m genuinely thrilled about. Overall, I believe it will be a fantastic release.
Who are your biggest influences and idols and why? Do you have any? Are you a super fan of anyone?
My biggest idol to this day and always will be going forward till I am on this planet is my fellow artist and good friend Qugas – this person is special. He always believed in me more than I was believing in myself, he did so much for me as an artist – helped me to evolve and gave me all the advice that he could to help me… Because of him, my music is now released on so many record labels and I can produce my music at all. I will be always thankful to him for that and I’ll be his biggest fan till the end.
Have you got any collaborators – who have you enjoyed working with the most, and is there anyone else that you’d love to work with in the future?
The Highmode duo project with Qugas was very promising, but sadly, sometimes things don’t work out. Sure, I would love to bring this project back someday, and I think that would be quite interesting.
What do you want to do in the future and how do you feel at this point in your career?
I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll keep doing what I do… I love music and music production. DJing is my passion. I am not chasing fame or money, I just do what I love to do and the future will tell what’s ahead.
As far as we know you are currently living in Ireland. What about clubbing in this country?
Unfortunately, Ireland has a very small techno/minimal scene. It’s very hard to express yourself as an artist if you love this style of music. There is a small number of events going there and there but nothing major.. Irish people have very little interest in techno or minimal music so it is very difficult to put your name out but sure you can always try… it’s better to try and fail than not to try at all.
Tell us a bit about where and how you’re looking for music that excites you and music that will work in a set?
My main music sources are promos that I receive by email and of course, all the other major platforms for music like beatport.com and bandcamp.com there was another great website called whatpeopleplay.com but unfortunately, the website went out of the very sad business. When looking for music just have an idea what sound and atmosphere you are looking for and stick to it and then everything should come together really nicely.
I’ve always wondered: How is it possible for DJs to memorize so many tracks? How do you store tracks in your mind – traditionally as grooves + melodies + harmonies or as colors, energy levels, shapes?
Before I used to prepare my sets all the time for every detail. However, with time, I started to understand that this is not the way to go. It kills all the vibe and it gets boring for me as a DJ because you know what’s going to happen next… So I came up with the idea to not plan my set, but instead just get a bunch of tracks in my playlist and try to make something out of it on the spot. That way, whatever you do, it will be for that specific moment and for the people who are with you at that moment and this will never be recreated and it will be very special. It’s the same principle as in music production – you create something of your own just on a bigger scale.
How do you handle song requests?
If you are a real artist you shouldn’t be getting any song requests. People should come and listen to you and look at you as an act. Music is just a tool to represent yourself to the crowd. So if the crowd is right they shouldn’t be asking – they should be listening.
For the last one – name three songs that resonate with you the most recently?