The eleventh installment of our 12 Questions segment features Vlada Radisic aka Vlada DShake. The Serbian producer has been a firm favourite of the progressive house underground for several years now. His discography is full of excellent releases on cutting edge labels like 3rd Avenue, Clinique Recordings, Magic Room, Soundteller Records and Suffused Music. A huge moment in Vlada’s career came when the one and only Charlie May featured one of his productions in a radio set for John Digweed‘s world famous ‘Transitions’ show. Vlada has a new release out this week on Progressive House Worldwide‘s new Elements imprint. For more info on the release please check our Essential Purchases section and please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with him below.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Vlada D’Shake: It is quite difficult to answer on this question, the reason is simple. There are so many powerful authentic electronic music which is strengthened and consolidated my love & passion for electronic music one of that tracks is: George Andrews – ‘New Beginning’, Ticon – ‘In The Box’.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Vlada D’Shake: My first gig was back in 2007 on my friends 18th birthday. It was very interesting to watch their reactions on the music i play for them, and my euphoria during the party, but everything went as it should be, smooth & cool. And the last gig I’ve ever worked was nine months ago in my native place Topola at’ Oplenac Open Air Party Vol.3.I do not have much opportunity to play music that i loved in my place or somewhere near my town, simply because people do not listen that kind of music, commercially instant 4 tones in 1 beat ”music” is something that satisfies them and their body language.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Vlada D’Shake: First one was: Funky Green Dogs from Outter Space – High Up. Last one i do not remember but i think it was beauty from: Guy Gerber, Clarian – Claire. In any case i get a lot of quality promo music from label managers & friends on my e-mail, so I have no problem to pick up tracks that I love.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Vlada D’Shake: There are few moments in my career that have undoubtedly marked and solidified my career & creativity so far. First highlight was when Luke Porter played live my remix for ‘Tuxedo track ‘Sincere’ @ Bedrock Anniversary London’. Second highlight was when my guest mix topped in the weekly ‘Proton Radio Top 10 Shows at ‘1st place’ at the end of 2012 year, in company of John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, The Timewriter, Eelke Kleijn. And third highlight was when Charlie May (Spooky) [Renaissance | Bedrock| Mayhem | Sony] played my remix for ‘Ted Stinson – Return To Life @ John Digweed | Transitions 460.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Vlada D’Shake: I used to play the accordion, graduated in music school on that instrument. Was very active in cultural art associations, also singing in the church choir for over eight years.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Vlada D’Shake: Every day I discovered more & more talents and I’m glad that something like this happening, it means that many talented people their love and passion for music expressing on quality, authentic way.I have several quality undiscovered talents from my home country like my friends: Youngen, Mladen Mande, Senores Funkees and lot’s of producers from other countries like: Lithuania, Poland, Mexico, Israel.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Vlada D’Shake: The list is very big, many established producers, and less known producers, their love and passion for music focusing in quality, i always heard and respect in their music. That things is always inspiring me. Some of them are: Sasha | Ten Walls | Dousk | Guy Mantzur | Eelke Kleijn | Mihai Popoviciu | Sahar Z | Guy J | Henry Saiz | Nir Shoshani | Funk D’Void | Van Bellen | Deepfunk | and many more.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Vlada D’Shake: Artist that i would love to remix is Sasha, Ten Walls, Dousk, Guy J, Funk D’Void, Eelke Kleijn. And I wish to be remixed by these same artists 😀
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Vlada D’Shake: There are a lot of labels who do not respect the producers and they would do everything to bring them on to. Beside that a lot of them say things that do not think to do, and then comes to unpleasant verbal situation. Even they have agreed to do certain things in production, at the end they do not finish. For me that is lack of professionalism. Luckily there are always people who are professionals in their part of work and who know what they’re doing. Some of them are guys from PHW crew, Milos Miladinovic from Balkan Connection, guy from LuPS Records Jacco Oude Kotte, guys from Stellar Fountain, Dominique (Madloch Mitrinique) [manager of Sound Avenue Labels] and guys from Liquid Grooves thumbs up for all of them!
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Vlada D’Shake: Hernan Cattaneo – Perfecto Presents :: South America [CD1/CD2] This CD compilation, basically combined everything i love in true electronic music.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Serbian & Italian cuisine.
Drink: Beer, Cocktails, Pearliquid (viljamovka), Wine.
Drug: Music and Nature.
Animal: Dog and Cat.
TV Show: Only Fools And Horses, Top Gear, The Mighty Boosh, Drzavni Posao (State Job)
Movie: The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy).
Video Game: Assassins Creed.
Album: Sasha | Involv3r
Track / Song: Eelke Kleijn pres. The World – On The Edge (Original Mix)
Producer / Band: Cid Inc. | Dousk | Sasha | Ten Walls | Silinder | Eelke Kleijn | Van Bellen | Sahar Z. |Guy Mantzur | Guy J | Henry Saiz | Andrea Cassino | and many more.
Record Label: Sudbeat | microCastle | Bedrock | Proton Music | Last Night On Earth | Lost & Found | Mooseekaa | Sound Avenue | Balkan Connection | PHW | and many more.
Nightclub: The Warehouse, Village Underground, Amnesia
DJ: Nick Muir, Nick Warren, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Sahar Z, Cid Inc.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Vlada D’Shake: Positiva ‘Certain Balance’ if the weather is great! 😀 but if the weather is bad then Mathew Jonson ‘When Love Feels Like Crying’
At the end, thank you Mitch for inviting me on this interview it was a pleasure!
Vlada’s ‘Nostalgic Memories’ is out now on PHW Elements, you can purchase the release: here