In the late 90s, in my home Lublin (Poland). Music was always in my life, I started when I was fifteen or sixteen, playing bass in the school band. I started playing gigs and becoming part of the scene; I wanted to play music.
Was there anything unique or special about the environment you developed your skills in; musically, culturally?
Pressure from other DJs, at the time in the early 2000s; this was an amazing time for recording in Europe. In Lublin, it was very important in the clubs, with loads of people coming there from Europe. And the level of DJs at the time, and the techniques were very high so if you wanted to play, you had to be good. So, pressure, and practicing and practicing; six hours per day for six months, developing your skills. Lublin is quite a cultural place, with lots of stuff going on. So it was definitely a big influence on me at the time, and the Love Sen-C Music Sound System. Also, the British Jungle and Drum & Bass scene at this stage.
Is there any moment from your gigs that stands out the most/ is most significant?
I don't know, maybe sharing a stage with Goldie. Everything is amazing, there is no better or worse gig; you give 110%.
What was the first record you ever bought?
I don't remember. We're talking about Poland in the late 90s, early 00s; everybody had to get vinyl in England, brought over by someone. I bought a good few records that way, so I don't remember. Something from the Men at Work label, maybe.
What, in your opinion, are the main challenges/obstacles to becoming a DJ today?
There are no challenges right now. Lots of DJs today can become the 'divine controller' and DJ in one night by pressing the sync button. If you want to be a skilled DJ, put decks up, turn tables, lock yourself in your room for five months and play for five or six hours a day. You need to practice. Maybe there are too many challenges for DJs right now, because everyone can be one. But you have to work. If you want to gig, then do hard work. That's the main challenge. Remember the promotion of yourself and organising yourself; work and work.
What has been your favourite festival experience?
The festival itself; you're in the crowd where the music is. You're surrounded by music for hours, meeting great people. That's the best festival experience.
Sometimes people bring up questions of originality concerning electronic music, claiming it is merely copying and not creating anything new. How would you defend this genre? Do you have any issues concerning copyright laws/standards when it comes to music?
It is creating. It was different in the beginning in the 90s when there were no computer synths. For the first samplers, if you could afford samplers it was like buying a new car. Everything was paid for in sampling. 'Revolutionary', they were the first samplers. The most important thing is what you put in; what is your wish- money or fame? You can get this by mixing. But people who listen for emotions, they will hear this straight away. If you put energy into the creative moment it stays there, and if you move away from the speaker, people can feel it. What you give is what people hear and this is most important. To be conscious of your creation; you're putting energy in and your wishes. You can create amazing tunes when your emotion comes across. If you wish for ego stuff, it's just crap.
As for copyright law, people make music, spending hours creating one tune, and other people should pay for that. It has changed; a couple of years ago I thought it should be free, but not now. I buy to support the scene. My friends live on this scene, they have families. So people should pay for it. If someone gives me a tune for free, why not play it-but don't steal it. Especially in the Dub scene, you have to be very careful; the majority of music is released only on vinyl, maybe in 300 copies, and when you come in to a gig and hear it on a laptop; you know straight away that it was never released digital, so it's stolen. Especially in Dub, people know.
What are your plans for the future, or your next project?
Just to continue, with no plans. The future doesn't happen here; music is in the present moment. Maybe more touring, but we have lots of bookings for summer. Some gigging, organising, but not planning.
If you could stage a rave anywhere in Ireland, where would that be? Your only limitation is the weather.
Is there anything about Galway in particular that encourages the growth of electronic music, perhaps 'something in the water'?
There are cool people in Galway, it's a cool city. I'm coming here pretty often, as I have a group of friends and I visit them; it's always wild, wild in a good way. It's not a big city, and the culture is a mixture. People create the scene, so we are adapting to the group. So if a group is having fun, we will have fun as well. Promoters do a good job over there; World Bass Culture, and Body & Soul.