The ninth installment of our 12 Questions segment features Ivan Jamie aka Dark Soul Project. The Argentinean producer first came to my attention with his initial productions on Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s Mistique Music label many years ago. Ivan has grown immensely as a producer over the last several years and his productions are now routinely supported by Hernan Cattaneo and Guy J. He’s got a brand new remix out this week on Asymmetric Recordings; check our Essential Purchases section for a review and 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?
Dark Soul Project: I think one of the best tracks I have ever listened in my life and it was like a jump to start my way into this lovely world is Planet funk – Chase the sun, the chords of this track are so deep and emotional, so many great pads get you into a beautiful journey that when the breaks comes I feel like in heaven, or something so so wonderful that is really difficult to explain with words.
I had so many great moments with this track in my starts and I think I can’t get bored with it.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Dark Soul Project: My first time at the twin tables was long time ago I think I was 14 15 years old. Electronic music in my country was really underground and I was like the different guy on my school class jejej. My starts was in some birthday parties, or some meetings between friends, I can’t remember which one was my first, but wasn’t a club I think was a garage jejeje.
My last gig was at club v 55 last Friday 21, in Buenos Aires, I played at the closing it was a nice experience small club , all friends, all music lovers, I really enjoy the night.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Dark Soul Project: My first purchase was for sure an Echomen track I am a big fan of this old tracks in special trough to you, radar, perpetual , substance etc, I really miss that time.
And my last one I can’t remember now because I do not buy so much music, I receive promos from friends and most tracks I like are from them or any label I like send me some promos. Perhaps was any nice melodic house track Atapy feat. Sivesgaard – Beating Strong (Luis Leon Remix) this I love it. I was playing it a lot.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Dark Soul Project: I had a really nice experience when a few months ago I had the opportunity to play with dave seaman in the closing and talking with him he told me he know me and he use my tracks. And was so so strong and even more when we finish the night playing together, I was choosing the music and he was playing some fx and percs live and I suggest him to choose a track and they told me continue like that , and was one of the best moments I had in my life spiritually musically and everything. In my starts I was growing up listening him Hernan Cattaneo, Digweed, Sasha, Nick Warren, Danny Howells and I am still following them are awesome.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Dark Soul Project: Out of my music career I was studying at law school , I am lawyer and I really like to read in my free time, in special politics and philosophy, we can say I am a dreamer and I would like to do something for our system and society in the near future, and something even more crazy , and totally different is that I really love shoes, I have a lot of them, and now I can say I have my own shoes company: https://www.facebook.com/borntobewildba if any djs like them for sure I will make an special price. I know how difficult is music life and even more djing.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Dark Soul Project: I met a guy of 15 years old from Buenos Aires and he is really talented his name is Guido his aka is Doryan Decker , I saw Hernan Cattaneo played one of his track, I think he also found his talent, I suggest to follow this guy could be big if he continue learning.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Dark Soul Project: I really admire lot of them, now a days is difficult to find music of my like my taste is always around melodies, but some artist are continue giving us beautiful music as Guy J, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, John Digweed, Solee, Dave Seaman, Betoko, Dominik Eulberg, Rich Curtis, Barry Jamieson, Sasha, Henry Saiz.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Dark Soul Project: I would love to remix Guy J , he is going to release a track called ‘Dizzy Moments’ I really like it, love that melodies on it and the feeling , is the music I like to listen when I wake up, when I was in free time when I was playing when I was going to sleep jejeje.
And I would love to be remixed by Hernan Cattaneo or also Guy. Would be a dream come true a remix of Hernan.
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?
Dark Soul Project: I think the success of an artist depends not only of his like and his humility to can improve his sound and make it better, I mean quality and learn of the ones like more, it depends also of try to have an equilibrium between the underground and the mass, I think a hit is that track that has the quality of a mass track and that any person can understand it, and has the technique and the avant-garde of a track that could be used of any underground dj.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Dark Soul Project: For sure my fav of all times is the Renaissance master series of Hernan Cattaneo the first one something that is in my heart.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: pizza, barbecue (asado ), Arabians food I also love it.
Drink: I love to have some caipirinha of passion fruit, and also like peach juice.
Drug: I don’t do drugs, I respect if someone decide to use them but I am against I would love a world without any of them.
Animal: I like cats but I am allergic to them jejeje.
TV Show: I love the big bang theory that nerds make a laugh a lot and also two and a half men.
Movie: I really like comedies the last I like was one of Johnny Knoxville: bad grandpa is so so funny jjejej I think I will see it again soon, jeje.
Video Game: I don’t do so much i but I really like to play counter strike on the pc and also like dragon ball on Wii I feel like goku when I play jajaja but I don’t have so much time now a days but love them.
Album: Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Track / Song: Moby – ‘Porcelain’, Massive Attack ‘Teardop’, Dido – ‘Thank You’, Paul Lennon ‘Imagine’
Producer / Band: I really admire massive attack and Kruder and Dorfmeister.
Record Label: Sudbeat, Lost & Found, Hope , Bedrock, Last Night on Earth, microCastle, Traum
Nightclub: Bahrein Buenos Aires
DJ: Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren
11. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Dark Soul Project: Ufff difficult question, but I think Cassius – The Sound Of Violence (M&D Substance Remix) is a nice one.
Dark Soul Project’s remix of qoob ‘Desert Cky’ is out now on Asymmetric Recordings, you can purchase the release: here