The 119th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Alex Preda.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
I use to like Italo Disco since I was a kid, without having a clue of what genre it was. One particular track was of C.C. Catch – In The Seat Of Your Cadillac. It still fascinates me to this day. Then I discovered Sandra, Michael Cretu and Modern Talking.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
My first gig was back in Bucharest, Romania in 2005. A friend invited me to play at one of the parties he was promoting. He used to organize parties with industrial music, and sometimes experimental. That period I was discovering electro which worked well with the industrial party.
The last gig I played was on 1st November at Cue Bar in Amsterdam at the Mini Manual event. Had lots of fun. This is a new series of intimate parties organized by Manual Music. Me, Paul and Noraj Cue played that night.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
It was an ATB album ‘Movin’ Melodies’. Last track I purchased was ‘Watermat – Bullit’. Brilliant track!
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Releasing music on Manual Music has had a major impact on my career. It has brought lots of attention to my music from people whom I look up to and also other professionals from the industry (promoters, radios, online magazines, blogs etc). And above all Paul is being very supportive with my music. Which is great!
Another important highlight for me was organizing successful parties in Amsterdam with some of my friends. We stopped now, however this has also played an important role in my career while it helped to build a solid fan base.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I initially move to the Netherlands because of Waterpolo. I used to play Waterpolo in Romania since I was a 11 years old. Later on I figured that being a DJ and a producer is what I truly want to do with my life. So Waterpolo is just a hobby now.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
I have a good friend Determinators, he is into Raw Tech-Electro, and I think he is a very good producer, yet his talent is to be discovered. And I know another guy from Hungary, Thomas Smith, I think his productions are amazing and not many people heard of him yet.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Ah, there are so many! To name a few: Art Department, Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue, Guy J, Arnas D, Kastis Torrau, Guy Gerber, Herny Saiz, Charlie May, Max Cooper, Leftfield, Enigma, Mike Oldfield and the list goes on 🙂
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you loveto be remixed by?
I would love to remix The XX. It would be really cool to be remixed by Robag Wruhme. The guy gives very intelligent reinterpretations to tracks.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?
Manual Music and its daughter MNL, InFine, Lost & Found, microCastle, Stripped, 50Weapons, Bedrock, Hope Recordings, Sudbeat, Last Night On Earth and Pampa.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
I like a lot the Involver remix compilations from Sasha, then the Balance Series and some of the Global Underground compilations.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Eggplant Salad (Romanian recipe), Sushi, some Indian food, creamy desserts with milk and chocolate, fruits and vegetables.
Drink: Coffee, unfiltered beer, sweet red wine.
TV Show: Seinfeld, House of Cards, Futurama
Movie: Inception, Interstellar
Video Game: Left 4 Dead, Portal 2
Album: Leftfield – Leftism
Track / Song: Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love
Producer / Band: DJ Koze
Record Label: Pampa
Nightclub: at Trouw in Amsterdam I had the best club experience.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka feat. Abigail Wyles – Halo
Alex’s ‘Bucium’ EP is out now on MNL, you can purchase the release: here