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Interview for Rave People. Part 1

In anticipation of my solo performance on January 25th, I gave a series of small interviews to the Rave People team to give behind-the-scenes details of myself and the event.

How did you come up with the idea of performing in such an unusual Open To Close format? How is it fundamentally different from your usual performances and what should we expect?

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

The idea came out of a natural desire to share music.

Usually, when a DJ is invited to a gig, he is expected to fulfill a certain role: open the event, warm up before the headliner, and so on. Inside this role, the DJ is quite musically stiff. It’s not bad, but rather good when a DJ understands such limitations. However, my music collection and taste, on the contrary, are not limited by any one genre, style, pace.

I started collecting music consciously long before I decided to build a music career, so a rich and diverse media library is a natural part of me. When the audience sees the performance it’s only the tip of the iceberg, the real work of the DJ is in the selection and finding those rare gems.

The set is just the tip of the iceberg, the real DJ’s work takes place hours upon hours digging through music

Open To Close is an opportunity to express all the music and the vision that I have had (and continue to have) for years without limitations. So expect music that is deep, sensual, funny, dark, aggressive, calm, energetic; house, trance, techno; in short, there will be a lot of things, and therefore very interesting.

January, 25, Guru Bar. More info.

Under the stage name Daniel Lesden I perform as a DJ in clubs, open-air events, festivals in Russia and internationally. If you want to book me for your event, please get in touch.

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