Exclusive Interview: Insydius

Insydius is in the Artist Spotlight this week with an exclusive interview we recently did with the man. Insydius has been spinning records for over 15 years and has shared the stage with many big name artists including ATB, Richard Vision, Gene Farris and many more. He currently holds down a few residencies a week including Transmit, Familia Thursdys & The Attic @ Afterlife. He is also the co-founder of Unlisted. Check out the interview we did with him below.

How did you first begin DJing/Producing?
Since I first set foot in a club back in the 90s I wanted to be a DJ.  Just being able to control a room of people with music has always been an attraction of mine.  Seeing the crowd react when they hear a new track they like is one of the best feelings in the world to me.

Who is your biggest influence(s)?
I began listening to electronic music in high school, so during that time my influences were The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Basement Jaxx & Daft Punk.  When I started going to clubs, Bad Boy Bill & Alex Peace played music that captivated & made me want to get into the scene and become a DJ.

What’s your favorite record of all time?
Novy vs Eniac – Pumpin has always been one of my favorites.  The dance floor is usually packed whenever the track is played

What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
One of the best times I played was a random morning I went to an after party to meet some friends & ended up playing an impromptu b2b set with Dimi, who I had just met 5 minutes earlier.  We played off each other so well considering neither of us had any knowledge of each other’s style.  The vibe was electric & crowd loved every track we played.

Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
I don’t have anyone in particular, but I’m open to collaborating with anyone as long as they’re easy to work with & share the same style.

What’s the most embarrassing thing thats happened to you at a show?
Probably not fully preparing for a gig & getting burned when I thought I was ready to play.  But I learn from my mistakes & have a backup plan in case something unexpected happens.  Equipment failure can be embarrassing too but that doesn’t happen often & you can only do so much if it does.

What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/DJing?
I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, binge watching movies/tv shows & relaxing after long weekends.

What is your opinion on the current EDM scene?
The term EDM is used so loosely & covers so many genres it’s hard to keep up with everything.  I focus more on the underground scene which is alive & kicking.  It’s refreshing to see more & more artists getting recognized for their hard work & determination instead of gimmicks.

What do you think will be the next big thing in EDM?
Deep house has been the talk of the future lately, and I’ve noticed a lot of artists starting to lean in that direction in their productions, even if they don’t typically produce that style.  But the scene is always evolving with the trends so I’m always interested in seeing where it will go next.

What do you think about all these “frauds” in the EDM scene using ghost producers, buying likes and purchasing their own tracks on Beatport?
Some people feel the need to take shortcuts to get the results they want.  But in the long run, the true artists will still be relevant while the frauds fade away since they have others to do their work for them.

Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
I have a series of mixes on Soundcloud that I’m always adding to, so be sure to check them out.  Our team at Unlisted hosts Transmit every Wednesday at Spybar which keeps getting bigger & better.  We also host the new weekly event Attic at Annex on Saturdays on the top level of the popular new club.  I’m also resident DJ for Familia Thursdays at Annex every week.

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