The 97th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Greyloop.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
I started listening to electronic music back in 1995, the very first tune that made me stand up and take notice was the epic Insomnia from Faithless, over time I turned to trance like everybody else back in the late 90’s and early millennium years. One of my favourite productions from that period was the timeless “Three Drives On A Vinyl – Greece 2000” which was released in 1998 and left a huge impression on me consequently
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
I host a monthly show called Float Away on houseradio.pl, and have appeared on numerous stations around the world as guest DJ. As to live performances there where few and far in between in my lifetime that I would not consider being gigs in the sense of the word. I am more of a radio/broadcast DJ more than anything else.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
The first ever CD I purchased was the Dream Dance Volume 9 compilation in 1998 and first Vinyl release was “Samuel L. Session’s Bits & Pieces” in 2002. The last record I bought was only a few days ago on Beatport: “Martin Roth’s – Mel “
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
The first highlight was the release of my first EP in 2011 on Green Martian, in cooperation with Flashtech, the track was called I Don’t Know, including MiraculuM and Cj Peeton remixes. My follow up release “Ocean Shore” on Stellar Fountain was produced together with my personal idol and good friend John Johnson, a realisation of a long-standing ambition and dream, which was a truly great highlight. I’m very proud of my contribution for the labels I’m part off, Stellar Fountain Records and the Media Blackout / 238*West brand. Another great milestone has to be my Stellar Sessions Volume 2 mix compilation. It represented a cornerstone in my musical evolution, being able to choose and mix my personal favourites from a great pool of Stellar Fountain releases.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m a huge NBA fan, especially of the 90’s superstars like Michael Jordan, Shawn Kemp, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway and many others.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
For me scouting has always been important. Thru that I was able to find people like Groven, Lost Chord, Underground Ticket, Adwer, Urban Chameleon, Neptun 505, George Yammine and many more, which I think are all very talented people, who should be more known. I love to play their music in my sets and promote them as much as I can.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
John Johnson as a person and dj/producer/label owner is someone I always admired. Since the very beginning his professionalism and work rate has really impressed me. We have become really good friends over the years and we talk on a regular basis. Thru our conversations I was able to pick up and learn a lot of things that helped me understand the music business so much better.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix and who would you love to be remixed by?
There are two tracks I really would love to get my hands on and remix. First up would be Matti Laamanen’s – Flakes, the second Probspot’s – Foreplay. Both productions left a big mark. Sadly both of them are no longer active. As to who I would like to get a remix from? Difficult one, so many great people to chose from. If I had to narrow it down to 2 artists I would go with Marc Poppcke for his intelligent sound and Cid Inc. for his epic psycho-modifying techno approach.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?
I agree that there are way too many labels out there, but also a lot of really good ones, which makes up for the fact that there is so much below par stuff out there. I personally like and play tracks on a regular basis from Electronic Tree, Suffused Music, Soundteller and Sound Avenue including their sub labels. I also believe that the labels I am involved in “Stellar Fountain / Stellar Fountain Deep” and “Media Blackout / 238*West” have shown a consistent level of quality releases over the years, and I don’t just say this because I am part of those labels. Running a label properly is a lot of work but when you see and read you how the public and fans respond to the music than you know, that it was all worth it. At the end of the day good music is good music regardless of what it says on the label!
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
I really like Seb Fontaine’s – Prototype 3 mix, especially CD 2. Another favourite for me is Solar Stone’s – Chilled Out Euphoria as it contains a lot of trance classics that where remixed and transformed into chill out versions.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Spaghetti Bolognese
Drink: Apple Honey Cider
TV Show: ESPN 30 For 30
Movie: Now You See Me
Video Game: EA Sports NBA Live series
Album: Ri9or – Come Inside
Track / Song: Ivan Vega – Dreams (Adwer Remix)
Producer / Band: Cut Knob
Record Label: Sound Avenue, Electronic Tree, Suffused Music
Nightclub: My living room
DJ: Nick Warren
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
That’s a tough question; closing track will probably be either “John Johnson – London” or “Van Bellen – Let Me Take You”. Set opener will most likely be “Lemon 8 – New York New York” 😀
John Johnson & Greyloop ‘Time Capsule’ is out now on 238 West, can purchase the release: here