Electro News: Hi ! Would you mind introducing yourself, for those who don’t know you ?
Dj Antention: Hi Electro News people !I’m Russian, from Saransk. I’m ugly like all Russian guys. I’m 26 years old and I make music
EN: How did you start producing music?
DA: I started in 2008 with remixes on pop electro-house tracks just for fun.
EN: I sometimes saw on Soundcloud that you were nicknamed « the Russian Freak », what do you think about it ?
DA: I don’t know !! I’m not a freak for sure. Maybe my music looks a little bit like a freak . But I’m ok with this nickname.
EN: What words would you use to describe your music ? I’d say « distorsion » and « brutality », do you agree ?
DA: No, i think my music is positive, relaxing and very sensual !
EN: What is your biggest music achievement so far ?
DA: I’m still an underground street artist, without achievement.
EN: Why « Antention » ?
DA: Because….i can’t explain sorry !
EN: Do you have a job apart from being a DJ or can you earn enough money to live thanks to your music ?
DA: I am a taxi driver in my town.
EN: Do you prefer remixing other artists or producing your own tracks ?
DA: I prefer making original tracks. They are my own production and I don’t need other artists to make them !
EN: Is Russia a country of electronic music ?
DA: Of course, a lot of artists from Russia are known all around the world. Proxy for example !
EN: You recently saw Gerard Depardieu in the street, do you have an opinion about his « exile » from France ?
DA: Hahahahha yes, I remember this day when I woke up and saw on TV that Gérard Depardieu was now a citizen of my town. So, “Bienvenue à Saransk Gérard !”
EN: What are you working on at the moment ?
DA: I’m currently finishing my last EP which is to be released on Freakz Me Out. And I’m also preparing my new gigs in Leipzig and Minsk.
EN: What is your opinion about today’s mainstream music ? Do you think that trash electro has a promising future ahead ?
DA: I don’t really know today’s mainstream music actually. And yes, I believe that trash and banging electro HAS a promising future ahead !
EN: How do you work ? Do you have a studio or do you produce your music at home ?
DA: I work at home, just with my computer and monitors.
EN: Two of your tracks are named after Russian historical characters (Ivan and Boris). Do you have any interest for them ?
DA: Yes absolutely ! Because I finished University as a teacher of Russian history.
Interview by Pierre-Charles Fuzel.