12 Questions Episode 149: Rafa’EL

The 149th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Rafa’EL.


1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?

Hello, firstly I’d like to thank you for inviting me over to make this interview. I feel honored to be a part of music we both love.
Surely that kind of track is Motorcycle-As The Rush Comes.

 2. What was your first and last DJ gig?

The very first gig I have played was back in 2009, at a currently unexisting club Havana. I remember it as one of  Electro House Night event series. I felt pretty strange there, perhaps because Electro music completely had been not in my taste, neither as today. The very recent party was held in Ambasada on the 26th of December. We, that’s me along with a few other fellow djs, have already run a series of events dominated by techno / deep / progressive sounds in this club, so I can call it my ‘home’.

3. What was the first and last record you purchased?

The first record was NiCe7 – Scappiamo (Spektre Remix) [Klimaks Record]

and my last was Aaryon – Chlorin (Original Mix) [Steyoyoke]

4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?

Since the beginning I’ve been trying not to display a regress in my productions, as well as within other music I’m presenting. It’s hard for me to precisely refer a particular moment because constantly something happens there. Lots of dynamics in the start of 2015 – that’s for sure. Every production hits higher positions, sounds better and, of course, gets better support than the previous ones did. Coming back to releasing music, I really restrictively keep meeting the goals and I’d modestly state I’m going in the right direction.

5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?

What I could say about myself – before I started making or just barely playing, there had appeared many other not so long-lasting passions. For some time I worked as an alpine rescuer, did breakdance, and later tried with shooting photos too… There’s a lot o write about here.

6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?

With respect to this, I’m going to support my fellow community. In my opinion there are lots of people who haven’t been discovererd in the world yet. I mean here djs as well    producers. Tuxedo, Cream, CJ ARt or Deersky to name just few, all have great music taste and really do magic in their mixes as well as tunes. But I doubt they will manage to stay unknown to a wider audience any longer and a breakthrough will come.

7. Which producers consistently inspire you?

I find a lot of people inspiring. In music it could be Guy J or Hernan Cattaneo. I get a lot of inspiration from my girlfriend from whom I get lots of mental support. She made me stay consistent in developing my music skills, for which I’m deeply grateful xx

8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?

I’d like to make a remix for some of my top-rated producers like  Nick Warren, Hernan, SoulButton, Dahu, Silinder, Guy J, Deepfunk, as well as I’d like to be remixed by them one day.

9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?

Steyoyoke, Electronic Tree, Particles, PHW Elements, Soundteller, microCastle, Sudbeat.

10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?

Too hard to pick just one. I dont have such.

11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)

Food: Sushi, Pasta, Traditional Culinary of world.
Drink: Beer, Coca-Cola, Vodka .
Drug: Music…hehe.
Animal: My Snake & Spiders.
TV Show: Hell’s Kitchen.
Movie: Enemy At The Gate, Braveheart.
Video Game: Company Of Heroes.
Album: Mettalica Black .
Track / Song: There are many, but for the moment is Aaryon – Chlorin (Original Mix). And immortal song for me Motorcycle-As The Rush Comes (All Remixes and Original).
Producer / Band: Soul Button / Mettalica .
Record Label: Steyoyoke, Proton, Sudbeat, MicroCastle, Electronic Tree, Soundteller and more.
Nightclub: INQbator, Ambasada.
DJ: CREAM, Soul Button, Nick Warren, Jody Wisternoff.

12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?

Soul Button, Sasch – Little People (Original Mix) [Steyoyoke]

Rafa’EL & John Cosani ‘Talisman’ is out now on Soundteller Records, you can purchase the release: here

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