Saturday night on Bucharest is always a great opportunity to party. Space, a club in the centre of Bucharest. And a guest – Kosmas Epsilon. Maybe some of you heard about the guy, maybe some didn't. The fact is that he is responsible for some amazing releases on various labels like EQ, Precint and Deep Recods. Beatfactor had a little chat with Kosmas before playing, so here are some news about him.
Beat Factor: Hello Kosmas, how is life in Greece? What about the Greek's clubbing culture?
Kosmas Epsilon: Hy, life is great there, this clubbing trend is still growing. We already have very good clubs out there, but the things must be pushed a little forward. I don't know if it's better than Romania, we'll see tonight... :)
BF: What made you start composing electronic music?
K.E.: Actually it was dj-ing first. I start to play music since I was 8, so it's something like 12 years by now working on this. As for composing music, this came 3 years or so ago, when I got some music programs. It was not something extraordinary; I was using just a computer and that software, which I have to admit that taught me much musical stuff. Lately I start to take things more seriously and working on my own sound.
BF: 2004 saw at least two important releases on Hypermuzik and EQ Grey. What do you plan for the future? Any new releases or collaborations?
K.E.: I guess I will stick to original productions for the moment, with no collaborations. I have nothing planned for sure, but it's going to be a change on my sound. It will probably be a combination between some techy, funky and progressive – or maybe electrogressive.:)
BF: Most of your tracks got an impressive feedback. How do you consider your music – uppermost or mediocre, "I can do better then this"?
K.E.: I always try to improve my sound, to create my original and unique style. I never thought about my music like being something perfect, not at all; I always try to bring new elements, to compose unique melodic lines and fascinating drum patterns in order to sound nice not only on the dance floor, but also on a normal sound system for home. As I was saying, I try to change the things for a bit, I hope I'll do something.
BF: Is there any dj/producer that created an impact on your style?
There are lot of djs and producers whom I admire, there are also many djs and producers which I am proud off because they're hailing from Greece. But I think one of the most important elements when you get in this job is the originality, so I only admire many persons, I try to steal a few from them and then I apply it to my own creation. I can say that the music from '90 influenced me and then made me think seriously about my music. Oh, and there is also a guy who impressed me a lot – Petter and his "Six Songs EP".
BF: As a producer don't you feel any violence or sadness when you see your tracks rolling on share music programs? I speak here about the illegal mp3's industry.
K.E.: Hmm, off course I'm angry and pissed off, but I also try to understand the persons whom are making this; maybe some of them just can't afford to buy legal music, so they use this way, which is simpler and cheaper in the same time. But for most of them downloading illegal music became a kind of habit, it's easier that way so why should be buy it if can be taken for free? A very good thing is the digital mp3; already many labels release music in mp3 digital format, which is 100% legal! But here too, I don't think that more than 1 person from 50 will actually buy legal music, instead of getting it for free. I heard some dudes that got huge fines, others going to jail for using illegal music, so I hope in a few years this problem is going to be fixed.
BF: Seems that 2004 was the progressive/breaks year. What about 2005? It has been noticed that many djs and producers changed their style into electro. How would you explain this, being a musician? Can we speak about a phenomenon regarding this electro music?
K.E.: Not really, electro is produced for many years by now, coming from '90 or something like that. And when you are a professional dj, you give to the listeners what are they asking. If he feels it is needed a change, he works on it. Anyway, this kind of music is for bouncing, for dancing, for clubs. Progressive and breaks never dies, and at the end, it's all house music.
BF: Kosmas Epsilon the dj vs the producer?
K.E.: The dj.
BF: Describe yourself in three words.
K.E.: Original, innocent, pure.
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