The 126th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Thorin.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
– I guess that will be Jean Michel Jarre’s Oxygene.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
– My first gig was in a local club named Subrosa in the early 90’s I just learned how to spin on technics turntables with vinyl. My last gig was a few weeks ago on a little underground Techno party from TWIDL.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
– My first record was a vinyl from a Dutch band called DOE MAAR early 80’s. If we talk about vinyl, I think my last bought record was a record from Garbage records I think it was from RPO. Somewhere in 2005 if I’m right. If we talk about the digital era, the last one I bought was Midnight on west 27th street from Lexicon Avenue, I had this one on vinyl but played it grey so I had to buy a copy of this beautiful track.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
– One of the highlights in my career is I guess the remix I did for Airwave, and a bit before that one the remix I did from Tiesto’s first released track “The Tube”
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
– As I am really into true Progressive House I also like Death and Black metal…
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
– I think I have a few in mind like Manu Riga, Mind Gamers but there are many more undiscovered talents. There are a few labels I’m focusing on, and many artists that deliver quality stuff but yet still undiscovered. That’s shows how the market is at this moment. True talents hardly get discovered and get what they deserve.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
– Still one of them is Sander Kleinenberg, but the other who made me who I am today, the Thorin who produces his style as I’m producing these days Is RPO. He influenced me the most and made me spinning the deep tribal progressive house.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? And who would you love to be remixed by?
– Actually, the one I wanted to remix the most was RPO. But have been recently invited to remix him for Mistique Music. So one of my wishes came true. Very happy with it. I would love to be remixed by System7 the band with Steve Hillage. I grew up with many styles of music. Progressive rock is also one of my favorite styles I’m listening to when I’m not busy with dance music.
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?
– I really like Bonzai and its sublabels, Mistique Music, Suffused Music and Old SQL Recordings. Releasing very good stuff with the old Progressive house vibe from back in the days.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
– I think that will be the X-mix compilations from the 90’s, I had many of them on cassette tape
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Sushi/Japanese, Indonesian, Italian and Turkish/Greek dishes
Drink: Non commercial Whisky’s, and Cola Zero addicted.
Drug: Music is my drug 😀
Animal: Pugs and Ragdoll cats.
TV Show: Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan, Banshee, Strike Back.
Movie: Man on Fire, Pulp fiction.
Video Game: I am playing everything from the Battlefield series for years now.
Album: I think this will be the Global Underground city series.
Track / Song: Lexicon Avenue – Midnight on west 27th street and Tijuana – Groove is in the night (Simons future dream mix)
Producer / Band: Sander Kleinenberg, RPO.
Record Label: BonzaiProgressive, Bedrock, YoshiToshi ( back in the days, they only release edm lately)Forensic, Mistique Music, Suffused Music, Old SQL and some more.
DJ: Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Sander Kleinenberg, Pete Tong, Dave Seaman, Nick Warren.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– Midnight on west 27th street I guess this one will fit in my closing set.
segment collected by Benjaminas Bagdonas