This is the first chapter of our In Session series, a space where we get to know more about Wavezoo DJs.
For this first time, we have talked to Arcan DJ, a Spanish DJ who has made a small niche for himself in the electronic scene of Madrid.
Read the full interview below.
1. How did you start playing? tell us about your origins.
I began playing at the end of the 90s. At that time in Madrid, the DJ scene was huge, and electronic music was one of the top musical genres.
I learnt about traditional vinyl culture and the process was good fun. Music had value since it was hard to find, and not everyone could mix. It required a lot of technique and practice.
2. Who are your influences?
These 20 years led me to experience many musical styles inside electronic music, such as bumping, progressive and Maquina (Spanish style). I got influences from really mythical clubs from my country like Arena, Radical, Rockola or PontAeri.
Over time, I evolved to quieter styles like Progressive Trance and Progressive House, where my best influences were artists like Mathew Dekay, Niklas Harding or the amazing Gabriel and Dresden. After that my style reached full trance mode where my influences were Tiesto, Markus Schossow and Ferry Corsten.
I play many styles today, House, Deep, Prog House, Trance and lately I’ve started to experiment with Techno. It helps me de-stress and that is always a great idea.
3. What can people expect from your parties? Why are you hired for?
I always loved to label my DJ sets as “energetic and fun”, but not losing the elegance of a nicely built set. To be honest, I let the crowd decide, I just know how to start my set, but never know how it ends. One thing I am pretty sure of is – the day after the set, my whole body will ache from dancing and jumping!
If people want to have this experience, I’m their DJ!
4. What would be your ideal party, and what are your top tracks for the perfect party?
My ideal place would be an open air set. A place where nature and music could meet. (I would love to do a set in the middle of a forest). One of my favorite sets that I enjoyed the most was in a yacht in the middle of the sea. Got a little seasick with all the jumping and the waves, but it was absolutely a challenging experience.
My perfect tracklist for this ideal set would have tracks from El Gabriel and Dresden, Ben Böhmer, Ferry Corsten, Maor Levi, Oliver Koletzki… Tons of melody, feeling and 135 bpm that takes the body and mind of the people to another place without stopping.
5. What would you say to help other DJs level up
My advice would be constancy, patience, experimentation and luck.
You must always be there somehow in this business. It’s very hard to stand out right now in this global world. There are many people playing music, so you must be patient and never give up.
Experimenting is another key point. Mixing 2 tracks with the right software is really easy nowadays, but we have to innovate, use technology and create different things. If you don’t do that, you get stuck.
A good example of this would be James Hype.
Experimenting with new sounds can also be appealing to the crowd. But overall, the most important of all factors is luck. Luck to be in the right place at the right time helps a lot.
But if you have luck, you must also have the other 3 factors.
Life as a DJ is hard, really hard, much harder than people think. I never achieved that super professional level, but you always have to be ready, mentally ready for it. Get organized!
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