Farshad Kay Interview – 10 Questions 2
Farshad Kay Interview – 10 Questions 2
Coming from a Persian background and living in Amsterdam for years he started spinning in clubs at the age of 16. After playing at numerous clubs and festivals over the years in the Netherlands and abroad he decided to fully dedicate his life to music and pursue his dream as a producer. Inspired by artists like Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer and Dubfire, Farshad Kay is gradually getting acclaim from the techhouse scene. His latest releases are getting massive support from the likes of Mark Knight and Saeed Younan.
Releases forthcoming on: Shibiza Recordings/ Adapt Recordings / Juicy Music / Automatica Records / Strom Recordings
01. Can you tell us more about your music history, do you have formal training, maybe something many people don’t know about you?
At age of fifteen I started to play records. In that time there was not such a thing as a dj school. You had to learn it by yourself. So I bought two Technics SL1200 and a mixer and started practicing with some old vinyl records. In a couple of weeks i was able to make a proper mix. Three years later I got my residency at Amsterdam’s famous after-club Dino’s.
In the meantime I started to become interested in music production. I purchased my own home studio that consisted a PC, Logic Audio, Akai S3000, Yamaha CS2X Keyboard, Virus B, Yamaha O1V Mixer and Logic as my MIDI sequencer. It took me about three years to understand the foundation of Logic and to be able to control the hardware. But I wasn’t there yet because now I had to learn how to make a full track which took me for another three years. My goal was to build a complete track within a few years that would be good enough for a first release.
The first year was hard for me because i had to learn my own how to make beats with samples and loops. The second year I focused on the arrangement. how to make full track from the start to the end. the third year I spent on mixing. How you make every sound sound good. In 2008 I released my first track. From that moment on I started to get my sound even better and every release started to sound better than the previous one.
02. How did you get into the techno scene and what are your first memories of techno music?
I was playing House music for many years, but had always a special connection with techno. In 2013 I was visiting ‘ENTER’a concept by Richie Hawtin which was being held in Ibiza’s famous club ‘SPACE’. It was a mind blowing experience and that was exactly the moment I decided to switch from house to techno.
03. Where do you see the techno scene in 10 years? And how do you see yourself in 10 years within the scene?
Techno music has become a mainstream scene and a lot of festivals are programming nowadays more techno and especially Radio stations play a lot of techno tracks. It got more popular over the years and i think the technoscene will grow to a more commercial scene. Getting back to where i am today, I hope for myself that I will be able to keep doing what I love to do, making people happy with my music.
04. Where do you most enjoying playing? Crowdy festival places or more intimate clubs?
Both are fun to play because playing for a large audience at a festival is crazy and most of all super fun. But it is not often that I play at a main-stage of a festival and also the atmosphere in the clubs is much more intimate, so you have more contact with your audience.
05. Do you prefer to play live/dj or is it all about the music production?
As i mentioned before i started DJing at first place and music production came later on my path. Nowadays it is very important for me to have top notch productions with music charts potention in order to get your gigs.
06. Tell us your most proud moment in your career to date?
Every achievement you make in your life is so special and one to be proud of when you work so hard to get a little step further in your career.
One of my proudest moments is when my track “Smash” got released in 2017 on ‘Witty Tunes’ became number 1 on Traxsource Techno Top 100. >>> https://www.traxsource.com/track/4297109/smash-original-mix
07. What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home?
It depends on my mood but overall i love to listen to Jazz, Soul, Funk and R&B. I also love to listen to Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin and Barry White.
08. What parties and festivals should we not miss this year (2018)?
Most of all the good parties have already passed for me this year. For me, Dutch festivals ‘VERKNIPT’ and ‘MYSTIC GARDEN’ were the best for me this year. Always a good line up and the atmosphere of both festivals are always excellent as always.
09. Do you have any does or don’ts regarding tips to upcoming talents?
Be sure to have always a vision, goals and stick to your plan with true dedication. Focus on your music, learn the crafmanship of producing and my biggest tip of all: ” Don’t rush anything, eventually if you stay focused good things will come to you when you are ready!”
10. Can you tell us more about your plans for the coming 12 Months? Do you have any new productions/collaborations projects?
Currently I am working on a few solo projects. I worked hard for the last 2 years and i am expecting to release a few in 2019.
I also collaborated with the Italian DJ / producer Torgue. We have been working together for several months now and we have finished a number of tunes which will be also released in 2019. And from December 1st i will host my brand new radioshow called ‘AQUATONE RADIO’, a two-hour radioshow being broadcasted on AMW.FM every Saturday between 18: 00-20: 00 (CET) with lots of live guest-mixes every week by (International) dj’s.
To find out more about what’s coming next, follow him on social media:
- youtube.com/farshadka .