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zweitausendeins Traum: Fresh Sound

This week we catch up with one of the most important figures in the up and coming progressive and deep house scene in Russia. Nick Quadrat is just 22 years old but already has two great imprints: Clinique and BQ Recordings under his wing. He’s been one half of the Breeze & Quadrat duo that’s appeared on Armada, Mistique and Underground City Music for the last several years. This week he is debuting his new solo alias zweitausendeins Traum which has a new single on his Clinique Recordings imprint. We spoke with Nick just prior to the release about his new alias, his labels, electronic music in Russia and much more. A transcription of the interview is below and we hope you enjoy it.

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1. Hi Nick, thanks very much for joining us for this interview today! How old are you and how long have you been producing / DJing?

zweitausendeins Traum: Hi, Mitch! Firstly, thanks for your interest in me as the artist for interview! I’m 22 years old man from the northern part of Russia, Murmansk city. I know, it’s hard to imagine, but I’m DJing since 2003 and producing since 2009.

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? And where do your roots in electronic music lie?

zweitausendeins Traum: My earlier memories are about 1999-2000 when I were listening the first electronic music for me. It was trance compilations from Paul Van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold. But the first tune which impressed me was “Robert Miles – Children”. After that I can’t imagine my life without electronic music! After hundreds of listened mixes in 2003 I’ve been started to mix the tracks and to grow up as a DJ.

3. Did you have any formal music training growing up? in regards to composing or engineering / sound design etc.? and if not did anyone help you out along the way?

zweitausendeins Traum: No, I have no formal music training…just a little help in the first steps of djing from one dj from my city. And all other music processes were being learnt by myself.

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4. Your first label was the BQ Recordings imprint which you started in 2010. It definitely began to focus on a deeper sound as 2012 came to a close. We’ve only seen one release this year so it leads me ask is that label still in operation? and if not why? and what was it that led you to start Clinique in 2012?

zweitausendeins Traum: The break of BQ Recordings connect with the changing of distributor for them. This label will restart his work on the 19th of August with a great album from Estonian deep producer Janno Kekkonen. There are a lot of great releases coming next on BQ Recordings. And the genre of the label is not just deep now, but chill stuff too. In the first part of 2012 I had an idea to concentrate deep house music on BQ Recordings and to open the new label for progressive. So, therefore you can see and listen now the great progressive stuff from my Clinique Recordings label.

5. So most electronic music fans know you from being one half of Breeze & Quadrat and also for running Clinique Recordings but this week you’re embarking on a new solo production project under the alias of ‘zweitausendeins Traum’. Please tell us about that, will it be a different sound from what Breeze & Quadrat is and will there be any more productions from B&Q?

zweitausendeins Traum: The sound of “zweitausendeins Traum” is the same as B&Q – atmospheric deep/progressive. But my new project is not just for this music! “zweitausendeins Traum” is an independent project without any limits. It’s not depend on fashion in the music or something else, it’s just what I feel and what I want to make. So, you could hear from my new project deep, progressive, chillout, drum’n’bass, but the main thing is atmospheric sound.

6. The first release under the ‘ zweitausendeins Traum’ alias is out this week on your own Clinique Recordings imprint, it contains a wicked remix from fan favourite Marcelo Vasami. The track has received outstanding feedback and looks to be one of the most popular releases on Clinique this year. Tell us a bit about the recording of that track, was it your first under the new alias and why did you choose Marcelo as the remix for this particular track?

zweitausendeins Traum: Yes, Marcelo is a great producer! I know his music for a long time and it’s perfect for my Clinique Recordings. Therefore, I chose Marcelo as a remixer for this track. “Synchrophasotron” is not my first track as “zweitausendeins Traum”, but it’s one of them. There are a lot of atmospheric and emotional pads and chords with hypnotic dreamy sound. The track consist of 2 parts. The 1st part is less energetic, but the 2nd part is full of power and energy. This track is perfect for driving in my opinion.

8. What advice would you give to producers hoping to get their tracks signed to Clinique? How would you suggest they approach it?

zweitausendeins Traum: Don’t try to make something like “top” artists and djs, try to make unique atmospheric sound!

9. When you sign a new original track what criteria do you think about when choosing a remixer for it? and is there a point where a release can have too many mixes?

zweitausendeins Traum: I’m trying to find for each original track remixer with the similar sound. I think, that it’s not good, when release include 5-7 remixes. It’s rather better to find 1-3 perfect remixers for release.

10. Talk a bit about electronic music in Russia, have you lived there your whole life? Do you think there is a healthy scene there? How do you think it compares to the rest of the world? Do you get a chance to DJ there very often?

zweitausendeins Traum: Yes, I live in Russia the whole life. There is the same main problem as in the whole world – mainstream. A lot of people just listen mainstream music. But I think than there are not much good promoters in Russia that in the other countries. It’s poor, but truth. I had some live dj sets in clubs as the part of “Breeze & Quadrat” project, but not as “zweitausendeins Traum” for a while and now I open for collaboration with promoters from all over the world.

11. Many of our readers are probably curious about your current studio setup, what does it look like right now?

zweitausendeins Traum: There are 2 computers, audiosystem, headphones and my ears.

12. What are you working on right now in the studio? anything you can tell us about?

zweitausendeins Traum: There are a lot of my original unfinished projects and I’m working on them from time to time.

13. What in the electronic music industry irritates you the most?

zweitausendeins Traum: That you can be well-known only if you have a lot of money.

14. Thoughts on the DJ Mag top 100 poll?

zweitausendeins Traum: No comments.

15. What artist or track would you love to remix?

zweitausendeins Traum: Hmm…I don’t really know. The main is the music, not the name of the artist!

16. Where do you get studio inspiration from? What producers consistently inspire you? Who are some of your favourites?

zweitausendeins Traum: My girlfriend, family, nature are giving me the inspiration. These are some of my favourites: Aural Imbalance, Tom Middleton, Nuage, Synkro and others.

17. 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 you Nick?

zweitausendeins Traum: I like to play football, to ride a bicycle, to watch films and others. I don’t have a regular job yet, because I’m still student. There will be the last year in the university. After that I’ll have the diploma of an engineer of Electric Supply.

18. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? How big of an influence are other styles of music when it comes to composing your own tracks? Could you give any examples?

zweitausendeins Traum: I also like jazz, but I have no favourites and I really want to make once a track with sax or piano and a great vocal.

19. zweitausendeins Traum Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)

Food: from my girlfriend
Drink: all juices
TV Show: TOP Gear
Movie: there are a lot of
Video Game: don’t play games often, but sometimes FIFA, PES or driving games
Album: Solar Quest – Orgisms [2000]

20. If the final DJ set of your career was next week what would be your last record be?

zweitausendeins Traum: Solar Quest – Save the Whale

21. What can we expect to see in the second half of 2013 from zweitausendeins Traum and Clinique Recordings?

zweitausendeins Traum: I’m preparing now a few own releases with great remixers. Also there will be a lot of great releases on my Clinique Recordings including new talented artists and well-known guys.
Between, you can listen my Clinique radioshow on Proton Radio each 3rd Wednesday of the month. There will be the 2nd episode on the 21st of August.

Release Promo would like to send a huge thanks to Nick for taking the time to do this interview!

zweitausendeins Traum ‘Synchrophasotron’ is out now on Clinique Recordings with a remix from Marcelo Vasami, you can purchase the release: here

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