The 19th episode of our 12 Questions segment features Kosmas Epsilon. The much loved Greek producer has a brand new EP out this week on System Recordings, 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?
Kosmas: There are loads of records that made me addicted to electronic music, and that goes back to early nineties.. Let’s say, one of them is Dance Conspiracy – Dub Wars (XL Recordings) – 1992. Early melodic breaks. I was a lot into breaky stuff from UK at the time.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Kosmas: We started doing parties at a very early age, I was around 16, when I had my first proper gig. That was a festival in my hometown, an event my and my mates organised, in 1994. I could never forget this one, as all was new and I was very enthusiastic.. and eager to play my records to the attenders. But if you mean international, that it was in Mexico City, 2004. Last one was also Mexico City, 2014, as I am living in Mexico and I play regularly.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Kosmas: The first purchased? That’s easy. The Prodigy Experience, in 1992. As I told you, I was a big fan of the UK Breakbeat scene, and who didn’t like Prodigy back then? The last record is fairly new, It’s the Bog – Medina e.p., at Akbal Music. The 12” arrived in Mexico last week, and went and bought it with my girl, alongside a bunch of older records of mine, that missed from our collection here. It’s actually a very nice record, with quality remixes by Patlac and Eric Volta.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Kosmas: The highlight, difficult question.. In my eyes would be the request from James Holden to include my bootleg of FC Kahuna – Hayling, to his Balance 005 compilation. At least, that’s the way how I see it.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Kosmas: Yes? Well, I don’t know if that would surprise people, but before I get into electronic music, I was a big Slayer fan, in fact a fan of Thrash Metal, isn’t that cool :p
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Kosmas: Undiscovered talent? Don’t think so. If someone is talented, sooner or later gets discovered, because of his charisma. I am not an A&R guy to find talents before they shine, so everything I get to listen to, is from people who did something remarkable, at least in one or two labels till the time I discover. If I had to name one though, that would be Hands Free. This guy, David Bikowski, from Texas who makes some of the best music I listened to the last year. He is already signed to great labels, but I found out about him, a bit before his tracks get released. We also worked together on a remix for Superlounge & Forrest, that will come out on Motek Records in a few months from now.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Kosmas: A lot of them. It’s the music that I play out that inspires my as a producer too. Artists like Aril Brikha, Jon Charnis, Dominik Eulberg, Matthias Meyer, Lake People, David August, exist so many.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Kosmas: I’d like to remix Lake People, I’m so into his music, and would be great if I get to change a track of his, my way. And I’d like to be remixed by him too.
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?
Kosmas: Yes, it’s true. The majority is average, at best. But of course, there are amazing ones, like Permanent Vacation, Innervisions, Cyclic, Akbal Music, Life & Death. And they’re on the top of their game too.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Kosmas: Another easy one, James Holden’s Balance 005. And not because it features my Hayling rmx, but because it’s the first mix compilation I listened, that took me on a proper journey. Including everything from downtempo, electro, ambient, techno, progressive, glitch, house, and is superbly mixed too!!
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
TV Show: No TV, thanks.
Movie: Something from Charles Chaplin, I guess. The Last Dictator is grande.
Video Game: No relation with games,. Time-wasters, imo.
Album: I think Daft Punk’s Homework, when it first came out. I got addicted to it, it was something new.
Track / Song: The Pixies – Where Is My Mind
Producer / Band: Older Radiohead
Record Label: White Label :p
Nightclub: Gurubox events, wherever. No favorite club in particular, there are many with amazing sound, which is essential.
DJ: Ricky Ryan, with whom I also work in a few tracks, as he is a great producer too. But as a dj, he’s sick!!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Kosmas: An infinite loop, so the party would go on forever. Nuh, kidding. I’d love to play Sueño Latino – E2 E4. It’s trippy, groovy, repetitive, such a good vibes record, proper Balearic. Or, Sven Vath – La Esperanza. Gives hope for something to be continued. So, I don’t know if that would actually be the final one 😉
Kosmas Epsilon’s ‘Karelia’ EP is out now on System Recordings, you can purchase those releases: here