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Rave Podcast is on hold

Unfortunately, I have to put Rave Podcast (and most likely my other musical activities too) on pause for an uncertain period of time. I don’t know when the next episode will come out. All past 134 episodes, recorded for the past eleven years, will remain available for the time being.

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Flower Vibes

🇷🇺 Moscow, March 6, 2022

On March 6, I will be playing at Flower Vibes party by Hyperdimension Promo in one of my favourites venues, Gorod Club. We’ve done so many events there, and I’m very happy to be there behind the decks once again.

The musical program of the event promises to be interesting: Grisha will open with some nice deep progressive, then for the next two hours I’ll rock the dancefloor with some dark and groovy stuff, and then PsySpace, Tony Montana and Pam will play Progressive-Psy. The blend of genres and energy builds up throughout the night, just the way I like it!

The event will take place Sunday night into Monday. Monday is a day off due to the holiday, so you can get a good night’s sleep afterwards. It starts at 11:55 PM. My set time is 01:00-03:00.

Tickets will be available at the club’s door on the event day, and it’s free for girls in celebration of the holiday.

See you on the dancefloor!

“Ask for advice” form is now on the site

Another nice little thing about the advice section that few people will appreciate (and that’s OK).

Before: the questions were asked through the Google form. Since it’s Google, it wasn’t pretty, and my inner sense of beauty suffered from it.

Now: the form is now right on my site, and it looks a hundred times cleaner and nicer.

Compare the two:

On the left is Google Form, on the right — on my website

The best part is that the form on my site is actually the same Google Form, just designed in the style of the site. I didn’t even know you could do that, but it turns out you can! In this case, the good thing about having the Google Form “under the hood” is that I still have access to its features, such as automatic collection of results in a spreadsheet, email notifications, and synchronization with my to-do list via Zapier (if you curious, I wrote about it here).

Developers will probably laugh, because you could do all those things without Google under the hood. But I am not a programmer, so I am happy with what I can do on my own :-)

 No comments    197   3 mo   My websites and blog

Rave Podcast 134

The February edition of the podcast is already available on Soundcloud, iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, and Patreon.

For years I’ve been known as a very diverse DJ, playing from some of the deepest music up to fast, pounding, banging tracks. And it’s always quite challenging to showcase all of my musical taste in a single mix or even a gig, for example when my set is in the peak time in the middle of the event, I just can’t play some slower tunes because usually it’s a duty of a warm-up DJ, but I just love doing both: playing deep and pounding, and especially making progression between the two.

So, today I’d like to give a try to do exactly that, hence why I’ve recorded an extended, two-hour mix. It’s still just a glimpse of my taste, obviously two hours isn’t that much, and I would probably need at least a 6-hour set to fit all my recent musical findings, but anyway :-) Enjoy!


0:00:00 Cream — Gaia (Original Mix) Perspectives Digital
0:04:09 Joseph Ray — Room 1.5 (Original Mix) Anjunadeep
0:09:03 John 00 Fleming — Chemical Equilibrium (Wes Straub Remix) JOOF Aura
0:14:12 Enlusion — Crystaldee (Rick Pier O’Neil Remix) Forescape Digital
0:19:06 Sasha Carassi — Phorme (Original Mix) Phobiq
0:22:40 Paul Thomas — Helios (Extended Mix) FSOE UV
0:26:46 Vibrasphere — Purple (Peter Gun & DJ Slater Remix) Tribal Vision
0:31:53 Mike Koglin, Moodfreak, Sudhaus — Octagon (Original Mix) Monstercat Silk
0:35:42 Donna-Marie — Invisible (Original Mix) Freegrant Music
0:39:46 Dosem — Chosen (Original Mix) Anjunadeep
0:45:03 Wehbba — Catarse (Original Mix) Drumcode
0:48:11 Pig&Dan — On The Way To Holland (Uakoz Remix) Elevate
0:51:58 Dulcet — Subside (Original Mix) JOOF Recordings
0:55:28 Spektre — Decompression (Original Mix) Misfit Music
0:58:29 Pig&Dan — Existence (Original Mix) Elevate
1:02:41 Incolumis — Inactif (Original Mix) JOOF Recordings
1:05:05 Paragliders — Infra Rouge (Original Mix) JOOF Recordings
1:06:32 Amotik — Barah (Original Mix) Amotik
1:12:14 Drunken Kong — Phase One (Original Mix) Tronic
1:14:31 Dax J — Sin And Salvation (Original Mix) Monnom Black
1:18:33 Lifka — Kodachrome (Original Mix) Space Trax
1:21:45 Coyu — Losdosmil (Original Mix) Suara Records
1:23:59 Coyu — Let Us Have Fun (Original Mix) Suara Records
1:26:47 S2Por — Make Me Feel (Original Mix) JOOF Recordings
1:29:19 Thomas Heckmann — Provide The Future (Dax J Remix) Monnom Black
1:32:06 Psychosonic — Now Or Never (Original Mix) Jotown Records
1:36:22 Eric Sneo — Holon (2021 Remastered) Beatdisaster
1:39:47 Omformer — Mercury (Original Mix) Space Trax
1:44:16 Blicz — Catharsis (Original Mix) Taapion
1:48:29 Ferdinger — Hindsight (Original Mix) Arts
1:50:23 Tiarnola — Isengard Unleashed (Original Mix) Normative
1:55:16 Lifeforms — Velvet (Original Mix) Iboga Records

Advice section on the website

Finally, the advice series got its own separate section on the site.

Earlier you had to go to the blog, find the tag “advice” in the blog, and only then a person would find out that these posts were even there.

Now it became easier: now advice posts are on a separate page with a convenient short address dsokolovskiy.com/advice (all posts there are grouped by topic, a sort of rubricator), and the link to this page is located directly in the top menu.

So, come in to read and show it to your friends:

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What music can be used for a podcast

Hello Daniel, I would like to create a podcast with chillout, ambient, and deep house music. What should I do? Can I use any tracks I like without changing them, but just make a single mix of 50 minutes, for example? Let’s say, download them off the internet, mix them up and put them on Apple Podcasts? Do I need to get permission from every label and artist? It’s not for commercial use, right?


In short, it’s simple: you take the tracks, make a mix of them, and put them out – that’s it. You don’t need any special permission or anything fancy. But as always, there are nuances.

First of all, some DJs think that if they buy music, for example, on Beatport, they can do whatever they want with these tracks: mix them in podcasts, put them into videos, or play them in cafes. But in fact, this is not quite true: speaking specifically about podcasts (videos and cafes are separate topics), from the legal point of view there is no difference between music that you buy and music that you download for free. I myself all for buying music legally whenever possible, but you have to understand that in this context, bought music doesn’t give you any special rights compared to free downloaded music. Commercial or non-commercial use also makes no difference in this case.

Secondly, in general, you don’t need permission from artists and labels. However, if you want to put a podcast on YouTube and monetize your channel at the same time, in this case, you do need permission from the rights holders (they are usually labels, not artists), but this is a complicated and often unsuccessful process.

Third, you’re free to do whatever you want with the tracks themselves: trim, cut, and layer, or leave them as they are. It’s up to your DJ skills and what you want to do with them. You can do any length you want, too.

Finally, I would like to advise you to watch carefully the sites where you upload your podcast. In my experience:

  • Soundcloud can block a track in the mix, and with it hide the entire podcast episode from public access. In my ten years of using the service, this has happened once.
  • Mixcloud accepts DJ mixes and podcasts, but only them: you can’t upload individual tracks or even use several tracks from the same artist in a row there.
  • Apple Podcasts, according to my observations, are not moderated in any way, that is, mixes can be posted there (or at least not prohibited). Important point: Apple Podcasts is basically a directory of links, but not a repository. In other words, to add your podcasts to Apple Podcasts, your audio files must be stored somewhere – such a place on the Internet is called hosting. But typical web hosting services have a number of limitations and inconveniences, so it is easier and more convenient to add your podcasts to Apple Podcasts via some service – again Soundcloud, for example.
  • Spotify Podcasts, on the other hand, are designed exclusively for talking podcasts: DJ mixes are not accepted there. That is, you can talk in the episodes, but you can’t play music. It seems like Spotify is working on making it possible to upload music mixes there as well in the future, but that’s about it for now.
  • YouTube allows you to upload mixes, but with restrictions: you can’t monetize channels that use other people’s music if you want to in the future. Here you can either try to get permission from the rights holders to whitelist your channel (which is exactly what I wrote about above) or just give up on monetization.

I hope it helps.

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DJ set from Skazka Festival @ Gipsy Club, 22.01.2022

A recording of my set from the Skazka Festival, where I performed at the end of January, is already available on Soundcloud, YouTube, and here on the blog. Enjoy listening to it!

00:00 Eeemus — Yunzjah (Original Mix) Digital Structures
05:36 John 00 Fleming — Finding Ganesha (Original Mix) JOOF Recordings
09:25 Darmec — Lacerate (Original Mix) Dreizehn Schallplatten
13:14 Shaun Mauren — My Dream (Original Mix) Naked Lunch
15:33 Subliminal Codes — Moonwatcher (Original Mix) TesseracTstudio
20:18 Hedustma — Existence (MVMB Remix) Iono Music
26:00 John 00 Fleming — Tik Tok (Part 2) JOOF Recordings
30:44 Roby M Rage — Air Liquid (Original Mix) Forescape Digital
34:19 Axel Karakasis — Flaccid Tantrums (Original Mix) Remain Records
38:17 Gabriel D’Or & Bordoy — Setback (Original Mix) Selected Records
42:00 Fabio Florido — The Chanting Void (Original Mix) Runa
46:11 Aethernal — Colliding Worlds (Original Mix) Vitus’ Curse
51:23 Noir — Erupt 2.0 (Original Mix) Noir Music
55:23 Juno Reactor — Navras (Reaky Reakson Remix) Blue Room Sounds

Pictures and videos from Skazka Festival @ Gipsy Club, 22.01.2022

Playing short, one-hour sets is not as easy as it might seem. Oftentimes DJs feel forced to play only the most well-known tracks, big hands-up hits from the top charts to win the crowd’s attention, especially when there’s another dancefloor in the club with a foreign artist sharing the same timeslot. You just don’t have much time for trial and error since the set duration is so short.

Last Saturday when I played at Skazka Festival, I took a different approach. I played driving yet hypnotic heads-down tracks that are practically unknown to the masses, the ones that lock you into the groove, make you want to close your eyes, and just dance.

With every track dropped, I watched carefully at the dancefloor and asked myself: “Can we stay in the zone and go even further, with even fewer breakdowns and interruptions?”. And I’m grateful to the crowd that allowed me to lead them, they trusted my DJ instinct and I can say for sure that we all get united in the trance state of mind. The climax of the set was a banging remix of the classic Juno Reactor theme which became a pure catharsis after a heads-down journey. Thank you to everyone who shared this experience with me on the dancefloor! 🙏

The good news is, I’ve managed to record my set live. The set is already available on Patreon for a 2-week exclusive, and after that period it will be up on SoundCloud for everyone as well. Watch this space!

And here are a couple of raw video clips from the dancefloor:

Rave Podcast 133

The January edition of the podcast is already available on Soundcloud, iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, and Patreon.

As you probably know, the last couple of episodes were quite rough, dark, and pounding. You know, the usual stuff. But today, after the Winter holidays, I wanted to give you something lighter, and brighter, more housey, more melodic. Just some positive vibes. This is not the kind of music I usually play, as generally speaking, I’m leaning more towards the dark side of things, but even shadow needs the light, and I was needed that too.

For those of you who want to hear some dark, driving, and serious grooves, fear not: on January 22 I’ll be playing at Skazka Festival in Moscow, and maybe I’ll try to record my set live and then upload it to SoundCloud and other platforms, so keep an eye on that one.


00:00 Andro V — Triton (Kostya Outta Remix) Balkan Connection South America
06:47 Paul Thomas — La Bombo (Solid Stone Remix) UltraViolet Music
09:54 Mike Koglin — Sphere (Movement Machina Remix) Yomo Records
12:44 Andromedha — Through The Desert (Original Mix) JOOF Aura
16:50 La Roux — In For The Kill (Simon Doty Remix) Not On Label
22:05 Dosem, Prok & Fitch — Whispers (Original Mix) Suara Records
25:08 Darin Epsilon — Bahamut (Cid Inc Remix) Replug
29:05 Italobros — Dilan (Extended Mix) Toolroom Trax
31:22 Wehbba — Deliverance (Original Club Mix) Toolroom Records
34:40 Wilber — Kingdom (Original Mix) 43 Degrees Records
38:12 Simon Doty — Rave Generator (Extended Mix) Anjunadeep
42:45 Artwerk, ShiShi, Tone Troy — Yesterday (Extended Mix) Toolroom Records
45:18 Dosem — Atica (Original Mix) Halocyan
49:51 Maroto & Bosco — Dune (Gabriel D’Or & Bordoy Remix) Selected Records
52:33 Pig&Dan — Wasted (Original Mix) Drumcode
56:55 Drunken Kong — Consciousness (Original Mix) Tronic

Winter Skazka Festival 2022

🇷🇺 Moscow, January 22, 2022

I have some good news for everyone who missed me: I’ll be playing at Skazka Festival again on January 22.

This will be my third performance at Skazka (see in February and December), so I know for a fact that the guys are creating really amazing, bold, and atmospheric events. And by the guys, I mean both organizers as well as regular visitors of Skazka. Can’t wait to play new music from my DJ collection and see everyone!

The event will take place in the evening hours from 4 to 11 PM in a secret place. Entrance by invitation only. For details please visit skazkafestival.ru/winter.

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