Beltek from Slovenia is a name that is on everyone's lips right now, having made his mark in 2007 with the track ‘Copacabana’. Pete Tong crowned him new producer of the year in a Radio 1 competition and since then he hasn't looked back! Fusing elements of Progressive, House & Tech together for his productions & DJ Sets he has gained not only the respect of his peers but a very healthy Global fan base along the way. We caught up with Martin ‘Beltek’ Bijelić for a quick chat and to find out what's coming up on the horizon for him.
Thanks very much for taking time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?
At the moment I’m enjoying the last few days of my holiday at a beautiful island Rab in Croatia. Of course I couldn’t last very long without producing any new music so I brought my laptop with me and I’ve finished a remix for Booka Shade and nearly finished my new single now.
You’re another incredible talent to emerge from Slovenia. Can you please tell us a little about your country and the music scene there?
Slovenia is a small country but we do have some very good talent here. I like to listen to non electronic music like rock & hip-hop to get more ideas and inspiration for different sound. I really respect well known band from Slovenia LAIBACH. There’s a lot of new talent in Slovenia in hip-hop & alternative rock music. I hope they will get a chance to showcase their talent outside of our border as well so more people can enjoy their hard work.
Beltek burst onto the international scene about 5 years ago and every since then you’ve been one of the most consistent producers. What’s the secret to keeping up this level of activity over time? Are you always making music or do you lock yourself in the studio for a few months to build up a catalogue for release during the rest of the year?
I’m usually locked up in studio making new beats. But I throw away a lot of song ideas because I’m not easily satisfied with every idea I come across. I’m really not one of those artists who release a song almost every week and therefor you have the result that 90% of their songs don’t make it outside of their friends circle. I’d rather release 1 quality song than 4 shitty ones per month.
Pete Tong brought your name to the attention of a lot of people. How did his approval and exposure help your career and how did that link up come about? Have there also been other major players who’ve helped spread the word over your career?
Pete Tong put me on the EDM map for sure. There was a production contest and I won. It’s a great feeling to win a contest held by such a living legend, like Mr. Pete Tong. I appreciate all the support from every artist that I get. Regarding major players I’m glad to say Tiesto supported me from day one and that means a lot to me. Great feed back coming form the master of EDM music like Tiesto always motivates me and gives me confidence to do more and better. As sure as you can be in your own music feedback you get is crucial. It can only make you see things in another perspective and that is a major component on moving forward and creating something new.
Beltek productions are respected for their incredible technical finish. What’s the secret to your tight sound and do you have any tips on mix downs for young producers reading this interview please?
Well I tend not to rape the master limiter as a lot of other producers do and therefor my songs are a bit quieter compared to others, but when you play it on a festival or in the club, the difference in sound is BIG, especially on low-end frequencies. When it comes to tips on mixdowns it really can’t be said like “do this and your track will be a monster hit”... All you need is practice and you will develop your own mixing technique, which will suit you best. My little secret when mixing is that that I always lower all of my channels in the breakdown by 0.8 or 1db and then bring them back up when breakdown ends. This gives the song more impact when the drop comes in.
Over the years you have remixed some amazing acts. If you could pick a dream record to remix from any scene or era, what would it be and why!?
Hmm.. That’s a hard one. One of the best records that I’ve heard in my life is definitely Derrick May - Strings Of Life. I would love to rework this old gem. It’s a masterpiece that brings back the memories I have when I first started listening to electronic music.
What does your studio consist of? Have you got any favourite racks of hardware or are you like many in favour of a 100% software based set up these days?
My studio is mainly software based. I just moved my studio and I’m rebuilding it at the moment. Currently it only consists of my Adam monitors, RME fireface soundcard, cm6 midi keyboard, and a bunch of midi controllers from Evolution, Akai, Korg and Native Instruments.
How important do you see social networking as an artist/DJ, Is this something you like to have a hands on approach with or do you prefer to concentrate on your music & let that do the talking?
I’m 100% concentrated on music but social media helps me to easily share my music with the world. So I think we all have to use social media to the fullest. It has become a substitute for every day conversations and we have to embrace social networking as our every day obligations. I care about my fans opinion and I have to say I read most of the comments on new singles. So I let my music do the talking but social media talks beck so I have to listen to ;)
Earlier this year you were invited to create the Ultra Music Festival theme, which must have been a massive honour!? Was it a challenge to create a song like this and how did the link up come about?
It’s always an honor to cooperate for organization like UMF. They are really big and very professional.
My manager connected me with the Ultra Music Festival team. So we started talking about the idea of producing the song for UMF. At this time I had nearly finished my new song Part Voice. Then I ended up sending the song to them and as you can see they went a long whit it ☺
Further more Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak - which is one of the biggest labels in USA -came across “Party Voice” as well. They liked the song also so that’s how we finished the circle and how Party Voice was born.
Finally, 2012 is the year of the rock star DJ! What’s the most rock n roll thing Beltek has done on tour this year!?
I’m not a huge Rock’n’Roll fan ☺. Instead of being a rock star I’m more into spending time in my studio and creating new music. But I must say helicopter ride over Miami when Miami Music Week was held was pretty damn amazing. I would also love to perform with Steve Aoki and throw some cakes in the crowd. He is the man!
BELTEK TRACK RECOMMENDATIONS
My latest single that I released couple of days ago. It is a mixture of fat, clubby baselines, shredding and trancy synths and close to maximal house string stabs. I just love to play that song on open air festivals. It’s a crowd rocker for sure!
Koen Groeneveld did a great job. I play this song mostly in the clubs.
Very powerful track. Pure rage! I consider this one a hidden weapon that every DJ should have stocked somewhere as a way to add the element of surprise to your set.
This to me is a movie trailer kind of track. Like that moment in a horror movies just before you know you’re going to shit your pants ;) It just builds the suspense and maker a great addition to every gig.
I must include Party Voice. I love to play that song. The crowd goes crazy every time I play it. It’s just an added bonus that I still go crazy when I hear the opening beat as well.
Just slam the door and turn up the volume. Enough said!
You have to have this kind of summer kicker in your rooster! You can just feel the summer vibe from this one.
I’m a big fan of Transformers (The movie) and this song is so heavy that I just love playing it.
It’s a unique song with the main melody and main bassline written in triplet sequence and not in standard sequence. Still get goose bumps playing it. And I just love that people go crazy when I play it.
Another banger by Nicky Romero. Huge song for summer festivals.
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