Hungarian producer Gyorgy Udvardy created the MiraculuM project in 1997 and after years of honing his studio skills he won a remix contest for the Official Hungarian Love Parade Hymn. But it wasn’t until 2008 and a new found progressive sound that MiraculuM really came into the electronic music spotlight. His early progressive productions were signed by: Balkan Connection, Lowbit, Mistique Digital, Jetlag Digital and Spherax. In 2010 Gyorgy founded the Stellar Fountain imprint with Erich Von Kollar and Greyloop. The label developed into one of the most recognizable imprints around with productions from Cid Inc., Deepfunk and MiraculuM himself leading the way. As 2013 began Gyordy had one of his most recent productions ‘Constellation’ signed to Nick Warren’s Renaissance Masters compilation. It was a huge moment in the Hungarian producers career and we had a chance to chat with him about it and a variety of other topics just as the project was being released. A transcription of the interview is below and we hope you enjoy it.
1. How old are you and how long have you been producing / DJing?
MiraculuM: I’m almost 35 years old, started to produce music in December 1997, since 15 years now, it’s maybe strange, but I haven’t started dj-ing seriously, I played just once live on stage, I used to be a bedroom dj since 1 and a half year ago, while making my podcasts and mixes since 4-5 years now.
2. What are your earliest memories of music, what did you listen to growing up? How did you get involved in electronic music and what made you decide to pursue it seriously?
MiraculuM: As a little kid I remember my mother used to listen huge amount of music, mostly pop and rock, and in that earlier age I enjoyed stuffs which has conception, like rock operas or soundtracks, where you can find a background story or a general meaning on the whole album, like Hair, Grease or Jesus Christ Superstar. As a teenager I was listening to hard rock, after that metal, reaching a more extremer sound, like death metal, around 1993-1994 I fed up with this style, it was a recreative experience for me to listen electronic music’s clean and crystal clear sound. From then I mostly listen to electronica, I became a producer when electronica went on some separate, commercial ways, and I thought this is a level, what I can achieve with my creations.
3. There are many great producers from Hungary such as yourself Lank, Kay-D and East Cafe. What is the music and club scene like there for progressive music? And do you get a chance to DJ very often in your own country?
MiraculuM: I won’t say that. In Hungary there’s a huge gap between producers and dj’s, and just a few of them can do both on the same high quality level. Another problem that the progressive scene doesn’t exists in Hungarian clubs. You can get tech-house and electro house from everywhere, so there’s no need for progressive dj’s, the little claim that is shown, like do the warm up before foreign, “bigger name” dj, that 4-5 old, proficient Hungarian progressive dj’s make this – however, they will not really known about their music as a producer – . Well known producers like Kay-D, East Café, Retroid or Dynamic Illusion good to have one appearance in every second month, and then only 30 people come to attend. So progressive scene only exists virtually in Hungary.
4. You founded the Stellar Fountain label in 2011 with Erich Von Kollar and Gergo Nemeth (Greyloop). What was it that brought you guys together and what made you decide to start Stellar Fountain. And was there a clear sound you guys wanted to focus on at the labels inception?
MiraculuM: The found of our label was a really long process, in the very beginning Greyloop managed – as a music fanatic – a blog, where he wrote reviews and articles from the 90’s electronic music scene, and asked me to join in with articles, as I had more time for that back then. We wrote usually about Hungarian producers or about successful artists who suddenly disappeared from the scene, and when the facebook-era hit the market we found a group based on the blog, where our main goal was to collect the Hungarian progressive musicians to discuss professional issues, to show previews from forthcoming productions, and so on.
We acquainted with Erik in 2011, when he playlisted my song Forsaken Astronaut on Proton Radio, and he searched me on facebook. I liked that he has a very good taste despite his young age, and it was impressive for me that he can gain a huge success at the radio, so I invited him to the group, where he met with Grey too, so when he received an offer to found a Proton sublabel the situation was clear, all of us has as much experience, knowledge and awareness, that it would be worth to start this business. Otherwise to have an own label is my dream since childhood, as a youngster I always did nominal compilations with my favourite tracks with covers, tracklist and logos.
Maybe not so much a certain sound floated before our eyes, but our taste is almost the same – with little differences – , but rather the purpose, to ensure space for those people who don’t have so much possibilities, or we like to build a potential base for Hungarian producers. These principles maybe changed a bit in the last 1,5 year, but in my focus is much more to publish music which can reach the international standard. Otherwise it’s clearly now, that even it’s about upcoming talents, or Hungarians, there are plenty of alternate arise for us.
5. Stellar Fountain also just recently launched a new sub division ‘Stellar Fountain Deep’. How does it differ from Stellar Fountain?
MiraculuM: We got so much good music as demo, and the label’s schedule became so stuffed, so it seemed reasonable to do separation between genres in our upcoming projects. So the audience can know better what to expect, on our main label progressive house, on the deep imprint more experimental and underground, 4/4 based styles are waiting on the pipeline. It made some minor problems, that EP’s with different styles comes sequentially on our main label, but we can fix this now.
6. Does each member of Stellar Fountain have a different role? or is it just a collective effort on everything like A&R, promotion, distribution etc?
MiraculuM: Primarily Erik and Grey are responsible for the A&R, they are more patient and friendlier guys than me. I do the rest of the background work, uploading files to backstage, promotion, cover designing, mastering, arranging the schedule, I just pass that mailing duties. Almost forget, that Grey writes the text for the releases, his English is better than mine.
7. What advice would you give to producers hoping to get their tracks signed to Stellar Fountain? How would you suggest they approach it?
MiraculuM: First be maximalist in implementing, you can hear exactly how much work and time invested in the track, there are no tricks to keep this thing hidden. Every little detail must be developed, it’s not enough to put a nice idea next to some templates and that’s it! If you think your track is done, go and work on in it for one more week! Otherwise we are very grateful, we keep ourselves primarily as music fans, and we can fall in love with a good demo.
8. As a producer under the Miraculum alias you’ve been releasing tracks since the middle of 2010. Looking back on your discography which productions are you the most proud of? Which are your favourites?
MiraculuM: There are a lot of them, mostly because I compose originals when I try to express a feeling, which determined my everyday life in that period. The Forsaken Astronaut is about unemployment, Good Morning Angel or Roses Growing In Her Footprint is about love, Requiem For Two Fading Flowers is about death, As A Heart Started To Beat is about desire for a child, Constellation is about a longer period, when I felt nothing succeeds, I’m just struggling. These are all important tracks for me, and I’m proud, because I believe I can mediate feelings with them.
9. Nick Warren has used one of your productions (Constellation) on his recent ‘The Master Series’ mix compilation for Renaissance. This must have been a huge moment in your career, how does it feel to have the support of one of the world’s biggest DJs and talk about the importance for you to appear on such a legendary compilation series.
MiraculuM: Admittedly this is the biggest happening of my carrier, and I’m so proud about it, but in total I don’t call it a breakthrough moment, just a very important brick in a greater construction. It will be always good to put out the CD, nobody can take away this success from me, and as we take a look on the previous Master Series pieces it’s nice to know, this disc will surely spin in players 10-20 or 30 years later. It won’t change my weekdays or my purposes.
10. Your productions have a spacey, psychedelic quality that is quite unique and really amazing to listen to. Where do you get studio inspiration from? What producers consistently inspire you? Who are some of your favourites?
MiraculuM: You can find the impact of the early 90’s trance tracks on my sound, I loved Oliver Lieb and his side projects, and artists like Resistance D, Man With No Name, Urban Trance Plant, Jam & Spoon, Humate, Blue Planet Corporation. Until today my purpose is to keep that unique sound and convert it in a fresh, more modern form and pass on to the present listeners too.
But besides I’m currently inspired by creative electronic musicians like Deepfunk, Henry Saiz, Ormatie, Derek Howell, Petar Dundov, Mathew Johnson, Rennie Foster, Damabiah, Eelke Kleijn or Oliver Prime.
11. Production wise what are you working on right now, anything you can tell us about?
MiraculuM: I’m working on two productions at the moment, one original track, and a remix for Breeze & Quadrat and LoQuai’s collab on Clinique Recordings. I try to focus more on my own creations, in 2012 I did more remixes, compared to myself.
12. What artist or track would you love to remix?
MiraculuM: Almost everybody’s work from the above mentioned list of artists, but in general I like to reedit tracks, which has a lot of melodies inside, because I have more space about where to start my version. If I have to build a whole new production from zero, I rather write an original.
13. What do you like to do for fun outside of the music? and do you have a regular job? What is a typical day like for MiraculuM?
MiraculuM: As my main occupation I’m a department leader in a drugstore, dealing with games and stationery, and I’m conducting for a few people what and how should they do. It takes a lot of my time, but so far as I considering on the conditions and the colleagues this is the best job I ever had. Besides I’m a movie fanatic, my DVD collection is close to one thousand, in another life I like to be a film director or producer. If I have time and my money allows I like hiking in the mountains, preferring the higher mountains, but I’ve never been above 2500 meters.
14. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic?
MiraculuM: I used to listen a lot of pop music from the ‘80s and ‘90s, with no quality limitations, because I like nostalgic feelings, or it’s not uncommon that I spin some hip-hop, mostly commercial ones. On special days I always pick classical cd’s, like Morning Mood from Edvard Grieg or my currently favourite Vltava composed by Bedrich Smetana.
15. MiraculuM Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Potato Casserole
Drink: Long Island Cocktail
TV Show: almost nothing, except vocal talent shows
Movie: Tree Of Life, The 25Th Hour, Solaris
Video Game: NBA2k13
Album: Nick Warren – Renaissance Master Series 18.
Track / Song: Jozef Kugler – On The Dancefloor (WOK Recordings)
Producer / Band: Petar Dundov, Deepfunk, Verche
Record Label: Natura Sonoris, Bermudos, Hope
Nightclub: Abraxas Mallorca
DJ: Nick Warren
16. If the final DJ set of your career was next week what would be your last record be?
MiraculuM: MiraculuM – Constellation or Paragliders – Paraglide (Blue Sky Mix)
17. What can we expect to see in 2013 from MiraculuM and Stellar Fountain?
MiraculuM: I hope there will be more originals from me, which can catch the attention of a wider audience. In label wise as we take a look on the next half year’s schedule I can promise there will be better and better releases on both of our imprints.
Release Promo would like to send a huge thanks to Gyorgy for taking the time to do this interview and also to Greyloop who helped with the translation.
MiraculuM’s remix John Drummer’s ‘Pause’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here
Interview courtesy of: Release Promo