In the first in our series of interviews with Bosphorus Underground artists, we talk to a young producer known for his big bassline minimal tracks and unforgettable collaborations and remixes that have garnered support from the likes of Alex Young, Mario Miranda and more. With his 2011 remix of Ahmet Sendil’s ‘Are Your Kisses Dynamite?’ still a firm favourite at Planet Notion, we were delighted when Avrosse took time out to give us an introduction to the minimal scene, some insight into his releases and a little advice for budding producers out there.
How did you get into DJing and producing?
It was just a hobby really; me and my friend bought turntables so we used to have a mess around on them, nothing too serious. Then we both got into production just in our spare time. I didn’t really take it too serious until one of my tracks reached #1 in the beatport minimal chart and since then my music has just blown up.
What attracts you to the minimal sound?
I like nice bouncy pumping tracks with nice grooves. I like tech house but it just hasn’t got that ‘umphh’ factor I like in minimal tracks.
How did you get involved with Bosphorus Underground?
I followed Bosphorus Underground for a while. I liked a lot of artists and tracks on the label, so I thought I would try my luck and send them a demo; luckily they accepted!
Your first release on Bosphorus Underground was Memory Loss. Did you choose Matteo Poker and NHB for the remixes?
Yeah, I chose them guys myself. I was really liking their sound at that time and knew it would have been a nice EP if I got them on board.
We really enjoyed your remix of Ahmet Sendil’s Are Your Kisses Dynamite? When you remix a track, do you have an idea of what you would like it to sound like?
Not really, I just experiment and go with the flow. I never really plan it before I start.
Do you have any upcoming releases on Bosphorus Underground?
None as of yet, but the next track I make I will be releasing it with them for a v.a. compilation with other artists including Ahmet Sendil, Glitter and Manel Diaz.
Moving on to your own label, why is it called Droplet?
I don’t really know where the name came from; I just saw a nice image of a water droplet on the internet one day and then said straight away, “That’s what I’m gonna call my label!”
Your collaboration with Louie Cut, Pink Panther, went to #1 in the beatport minimal chart. Whose idea was it to use the Pink Panther tune?
Me and Louie spoke about making a collab together, so we wanted a nice track that people would remember after they had heard it in the club. We knew that we wanted a nice theme tune, then it was Louie’s idea to use the Pink Panther.
What new artists would you recommend that have released tracks on your label?
Manel Diaz, Louie Cut and Patrik Soderbom.
What is the most important piece of production advice you can give to people sending you demos?
Just be original, come up with your own ideas, make something new and fresh. To me, a track must have a strong kick, bass, snare and hat; if you get these right, then you’re on the right track
Am I right in saying that you have been DJing for about seven years and producing for four years? Have you seen any changes in the minimal scene over those years?
Yeah, you’re right. I loved minimal in 2008 and around that time, when it was Ahmet Sendil, Kanio, Alex Young and these kinda artists. Over the past few years it has died down. But now I think that it has started to grow again with the new fresh sounding tracks from artists such as myself, Louie Cut, Manel Diaz and others.
With ADE coming up next week, we’ve been thinking a lot about careers in the music industry. What advice would you give to new producers trying to make a name for themselves?
I would advise them to come up with new fresh ideas, different to the usual stuff you hear. Then send the tracks to a good label with a good reputation. Bigger and better labels get more attention so a lot more people will hear you music by doing this.
- Ann Bartholomew