are you from? Poland. Chicago's my home for the last 20 years.
record: Kraftwerk's Man Machine from a second-hand
kind of music did you listen to when you were growing up? As
a child living in Poland, I was drawn to the radio when they played
disco or more melodic rock. In the 80s in the States, I was
interested in beat-driven music: New Wave, New Beat, Industrial
and House. I was also still collecting and listening to electronic,
the New Age sounds of Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Shultze, Kitaro,
Vangelis, Koto and others.
kind of music do you listen to now, when you're not on the job?
Lounge-y chill-out stuff like Royksopp or Zero 7. To keep current
with my heritage I'll drop jazzy, lyrical stuff from well known
Polish artists like Soyka and Turnau or Nosowska, Smolik and Fisz.
instruments do you play? As a kid I played the violin. I can
hit some keys on a piano today.
album: Kraftwerk's Computer World and Jam & Spoon's Tripomatic
Favorite musicians/musical groups/DJs: The Orb, Swayzak,
Underworld, Orbital, Uberzone, Der Dritte Raum, Leftfield, Blissom
& Aishen. Some of my DJ influences are Danny Howells, Sasha
and Digweed and Peace Division.
musical pleasure: If it's musical there is no guilt.
essential records: Narkotik, Blue; the Roots, Lo Step ft. Lior
Attar; Leftfield, Cut For Life; New Order, Subculture; Danny Tenaglia,
do you get your musical inspiration? The beauty of electronic
dance music is that it's constantly evolving. I'm inspired to apply
many musical ideas to the way I play and what I play without fear
of being rejected.
place to play/DJ and why: Untapped markets like some eastern
European or Asian countries.
moment you knew your music was much more than just a hobby:
When I started ignoring my teenage friends at the club we used to
go to and spent the whole evening staring at the DJ [instead]
part of your job: Being able to share the excitement of a good
track with the audience, to transfer the energy and the vibe onto
the dancefloor and get instant feedback.
part of your job: The physical make-up of vinyl records, making
an 80-record box weigh 50lbs.
makes you continue with music? It's part of me. I don't ever
see myself without the need to share music with people.