This week we have something very special for the trance family out there, Queen of the Gallery & Previous DJ MAG Top 100 entry Claudia Cazacu talks to us about her forthcoming projects, studio & industry advice plus her globally acclaimed podcast Haute Couture amongst other exciting things!
Also she is giving away her latest Couture release 'Breath' absolutely FREE to Trackitdown subscribers in both vocal & dub formats so .. Xmas has definitely come early!
1. 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?
Right now I'm at home in London having been in Germany on Friday night to play at Trancemission. Whilst in Germany I managed to go to one of their amazing Christmas markets which was really cool. The past week I have been putting the finishing touches to the December Haute Couture radio show and planning my Haute Couture 2012 compilation release.
2. Your highly acclaimed podcast Haute Couture is broadcast in numerous countries worldwide via various FM stations & online channels. What is your ultimate aim & perhaps musical vision before you sit down & put together each episode?
I really love doing my radio show and podcast because it allows me to get creative with the tracks I play and use some tracks that I otherwise wouldn't get to play in a club. I always like to kick things off with something special either from curet sounds or something from the past.
3. What are you up studio-wise at the moment?
I've been working on a big vocal track for the past 6 months and it's very nearly ready for release. I've got a couple of other tracks underway and a remix for my good friend Jace Williams, his original is awesome so I'm really pleased to be working on the remix for him. My next big project will be Quatrain 7 to continue my Quatrain series.
5. Obviously music production plays such an important part in building a career and you’ve had no shortage of great tracks out! Is there a track or remix that you feel helpled put you on the map in a big way or maybe a production that holds a special place for you in terms of personal best?
There's no doubt that 'Freefalling' with Audrey Gallagher had a big impact for me and I still get requests to play it now some five years after it's original release. The record was well supported by the big names with Armin playing it first on his ASOT radio show and then including it on his A State Of Trance 2009 compilation giving it instant coverage to millions of trance fans around the world.
4. 2013 is fast approaching is there anything our readers should be looking out for from Claudia Cazacu? Any major projects in the pipeline perhaps? Exciting UK gigs or International manouvres?
In terms of gigs I'm really excited about the Gallery Xmas Party on the 14th Dec at Ministry Of Sound, London. The Gallery is my spiritual home and I've been really fortunate to play their 17th Birthday event as well as SW4 this year so finishing up on the Xmas party is really special. I can't tell you how much I love playing at The Gallery as the crowd is always open to hearing different sounds rather than just a pure trance set so it gives me the opportunity to play some of the more techno influenced tracks in my CD wallet.
6. A lot of the people reading this interview on you will be aspiring DJs and producers and would love to know more about the business. Is there anything you know now that you wish you knew at the start?
Just how much more there is to a DJ than the actual DJing. I spend so much time working on tracks, listening to promos, radio, interviews, the label and so on, not to mention the amount of travel involved. Many aspiring DJs think it's as simple as turning up and DJing and then enjoying the party but it's really quite a lot more than that and very demanding on your body flying through time zones and staying on top of the administration / day to day tasks that make the DJing possible.
7. It's no secret that as well as championing quality trance music in your sets, you are also a a firm supporter of techno with your 'Haute' imprint. What ambitions do you have within the Global techno scene?
The past 18 months I've really fallen in love with the techno sounds and have been including more and more in my sets as well as producing tracks for my Haute label. I have no desire to forget my trance roots and claim to be a purist techno DJ. I've always said I play tracks that I think sound good regardless of their genre. Crossing over genres has always been a bit of a taboo in dance music and its really tough to get people to take your work seriously when you come from one genre into another. I guess my ambition is just to make music that people enjoy without genre politics playing a part in the process.
8. Trance music seems to be polarizing right now between the traditional up tempo sounds and a slower scene. Recently Guest Reviewer John O’Callaghan said he really wasn’t digging the slowdown of the sound, do you also prefer one over the other?
It's all subjective and totally depends on the moment. There are records that are really cool but wouldn't work in a club setting and tracks that might be a bit on the cheesy side but absolutely smash a club to bits. For me, finding enough quality tracks is becoming a struggle despite the insane amount of tracks released each week.
9. This week we are excited be giving away 2 awesome new & exclusive tracks from you to our customers. What can people expect to hear from the release & have you any more plans to give away your music for FREE in the future?
'Breath' is my first uplifting trance release for a long time so you can expect a return to my more uplifting sound from yesteryear. I've given a couple of tracks away this year as part of big promotional projects and I'm kind of torn on the subject. I think for most artists, and certainly for me, it's impossible to earn a living from record sales and so outside of the artist process records have become promotional items to further DJ bookings which is how artist do earn a living.
10. Finally, 2012 is the year of the super-star DJ as the world goes wild to electronic music. What’s the most rock n roll thing you have done this year that we can legally print!?
I've stopped throwing TVs out of hotel windows now so nothing particularly rock and roll but on a recent gig in Bratislava i was assigned a Rolls Royce Phantom as my personal car which I used to go and checkout the city and do some shopping before the gig. Rock and Rolls you could say.
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Claudia Cazacu's Recommended Tracks:
Absolutely loving this release from Extravagance Sl which I first heard at Nature One festival in Germany back in August. Always gets a big reaction from the super synths in the breakdown.
Orjan Nilsen is undoubtedly the best trance producer out there right now with an amazing skill for producing uplifting and tech trance sounds, every single one of his tracks this year has been a massive hit.
Ummet is the king of tech trance always bringing that surprise track which breaks all the rules and really wakes up the crowd. The Box has been doing the business for me allar summer.
One of my more techno influenced tracks on the Haute label which I'm really proud of.
Filterheadz have the midas touch at the moment, their work on labels like MB Elektronics and Respekt has been amazing this year.
Spektre's 'Respekt' label always hits the spot and this release from Hertz absolutely smashes the dance floor.
Labyrinth is probably my favourite track of my own productions.
Spartaque is another of my favourite producers right now with really good party vibe techno releases.
So much energy in this track with a bit of psy trance influence a simply great release from Reaky & Skaivox.
This is my No. 1 track of all time. Classics don't come any bigger than this.