The 66th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Ignas Klej.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
It could be a lot of tracks and artists. But one of them is maestro – deadmau5, whose music completely took me into electronic music spaces. His old production is super good, but one track is impossible to forget. It‘s “Slip”. Sadly, he’s often heard more as the mainstream scene critic than as a producer now. Although his new album redeems everything.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
The first performance I had in school as with many djs. And the last bigger gig was at Radistai Village festival in Apple’s island in Lithuania. Also couple weeks ago I have played at Mojo Lounge in Palanga beach near the Baltic sea which was broadcasted live on ZIP FM radio station. This live dj set you can listen on my soundcloud page.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
The first track as I remember was something from trance stuff. Maybe it was Dirty Vegas – Tonight (Above & Beyond Remix). Long time ago I was this kind of music fan. Absolutely nostalgic.
And the last track is from my good buddies. Omid 16B – Free (Arnas D Remix). Full support to them. Everyone producer can jealous this kind of atmosphere on their own works.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
I’m moving forward gradually, in small steps. But the biggest highlight of my career was when I started to produce my own music. Because nowadays is not enough to be just a dj. To become good and known artist you need to provide something from your own – start to produce music. It also helps to create your own sound, image and audience attitude to you as an artist. Don’t forget the pleasure of creating music! I think many people would agree with me.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I am a healthy lifestyle maniac. I always have to spend few hours in the gym or jogging in the park before starting a new music project. I think it was influenced by that I’m studying in Medicine faculty of Vilnius University.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Phonic Scoupe . I can’t say that they are undiscovered talents, they are raising talents. These guys have their own unique sound of music. And it’s very important to rise up on high of career.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
It depends on fashion, new music trends and waves. It’s constantly changing. But now for me the most inspiring person is Marijus Adomaitis as know as Mario Basanov and Ten Walls. His achievements, approach to music and career have to inspire many artists. Very proud that he’s Lithuanian.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Remixing the bands and vocalists it’s one of the most interesting thing of producing. So on this day I really want to do official remix for GusGus because their new album “Mexico” is more than amazing.
And I would love to be remixed by many well known artists. It’s very hard to pick only one name.
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?
Yes, there are a lot of dumb labels and much more bad music. The main problem of labels is that the music releasing too often. But at the same we have to be happy that there are not one amazing record label which constantly releasing a lot of quality music. Suara, Alive recordings, Hope recordings, Crosstown Rebels, Alola, Sexonwax, Boso. I always playing these labels music on my dj sets. Also I will have my own release on fantastic label SexOnWax soon.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Hard to describe the best compilation of all time, but my favorite now is “The Soundgarden” by Nick Warren. A lot of good music in this compilation. I already played few tracks from here – works perfectly.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Chinese chicken with sweet and sour sauce.
Drink: Green tea.
TV Show: “Friends” is absolutely insane.
Movie: “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Pursuit of Happiness”, “Conviction” and many more.
Video Game: Earlier I was a fan of Call of Duty series games.
Album: Moby – “Innocents”
Track / Song: Eelke Kleijn – “51 Degrees Nord” totally dance floor killer!
Producer / Band: Pryda
Record Label: Suara. A wide selection of music.
Nightclub: Exit (Vilnius)
DJ: Maceo Plex
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I’m not even hesitate and choose the Frankey & Sandrino “Save” or Pachanga Boys “Time”.