Atesh K. Was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. In the early 90s he was influenced by the electronic music emerged from Detroit and Berlin which is called techno. When you think about working with beats and rhythms as a dj, being a drummer for him was a blessing when he start to mix records in 1995. He was always interested in making music even before he started Djing so while he was developing his DJ skills and carrier he start to make techno in his small home studio. His first release came out in 2002 on DJ Sets Records in Berlin. In 2005 he start Regular Beats Records with his partner, Mustafa Goze, from the collaboration project called “DEEP”.
After the big success of the debut album “Super Illusions” by DEEP, he start to release his music on Regular Beats Records as well as on other well known and established labels around europe, Bush Records, Jeton Records, Kostbar, Frequenza, Naked Lunch, Outland just to name a few. His releases have been supported by Richie Hawtin, Alex Flatner, Marco Bailey, Tim Xavier, Cari Lekebusch and many others. Besides music, he is running his own lounge bar in the old city of Nicosia.
KM: Hey hello hello . Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. I wanted to start by talking about your local scene . Tell us a bit about it?
Atesh K. : I live in the north part of Cyprus and unfortunately we don’t have real clubs here. But, we do organize events at lockat bars and sometimes on the beach or open air on the mountains. The crawd is nto so big but we have many tallented DJs. On the south side the scene is bigger and there are some nice and proper clubs. A lot of people from the norht go to clubbing there.
KM: When did you first become interested in electronic music then?
Atesh K. : I become interested in electronic music in the early 90s. I was listening and also recording the radio show called Steve Masons Experience every week. I was a drummer and I sold my drum kit and buy 2 technics turntables, start Djing and collecting records in 1995.
KM: What do you remember most fondly about the scene in your home town?
Atesh K. : The scene here is very challengeing here. I don’t mean competition. What I mean is we don’t have real clubs and we usually have bad sound systems etc. With all these obstacles we are facing, when the party is good and people feel the music and take the musical juerney with me that’s priceless.
KM: Which notorious dj had a big influence on you then? What others DJs were too?
Atesh K. : The biggest influence was Steve Mason in the 90s. That’s how I become a DJ. In later period Richie Hawtin and minimalism had a big influence of what I do musicly. Big techno of Chris Liebing is also a
KM: Tell us about your future plans? Upcoming labels , releases ?
Atesh K. : I take some time off of the things and other busines I do in order to consentrate more on music. So, the future plans is to make more music and make more releases on my label and olso on other labels. I didn’t have enough time to make/produce track and project in the last few years. I had to turn down several labels who wanted to put out my music. Now I am working for my label and also for other labels and projects.
KM: How do u do your own musical selection : Do you follow some producers or select what comes and goes?
Atesh K. : I follow labels mainly. Each label has their own style and so, I don’t necessarily need to know the producer if I know the label. I also follow e few producers that have very specific style. A style that can help me create an atmosphere or a movement in the club when I am Djing. To get a general understanging of the current scene, the direction its going and the dynamics that are shaping or reshaping styles I check who is playing what and how they are using the track in the clubs. I also check other style of electronic music just to see the big picture.
KM: Do you have your own label ? If not do you plan to open one?
Atesh K. : My label is Regular Beats Records. We started it in 2005 lockally. We start releasing digitally on the internet in 2007. We had to close and reopen the label few times but we have been releasing regularly since 2011. Our releases have been played and supportut by many well known DJs; Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Slam, Arjun Vagale just to name a few.
KM: You will release your music on vinyl too, I believe. Is it a medium that you very much still support and believe in?
Atesh K. : I love vinyl but as a label its too difficult to orchertrate a vinyl release operation in Europe from Cyprus. I still buy vinly but I sont play them very often in the club. Rarely we do event where I play vinyl and digital but with vinyl control.
KM: Dj set or live set?
Atesh K. : I love them both. I don’t do live very often but I end up combining live and DJ. Mostly I DJ all digital with tracktor and it was very easy to add/sync a sequencer to tracktor. I DJ with a Roalnd TB03 so I have my acid loops synced to my DJ set. Sometimes I add a TR-8 and add some improvised beats on the Djset. When I perform live I don’t like to use computer. I use a lot of modular synhts, real sequencers, drum machines and TB03 for some acid.
KM: Tell us a bit about your gear? What do you use for mixing / live set?
Atesh K. : My DJ setup is all digital. Two X1 Controllers, Xone DB2 digital mixer and TB03. My live setup is the opposite. Almost 90% is analog. Its my hobby to build electronic devices. I build synthesisers, sequencers, Eqs and compressors that I use in the studio. My live setup would be a TTSH (diy Arp 2600 clone), a diy Arp Sequencer, a eurorack modular, MFB Tanzbar, TR-8, TB03 and Xone DB2 for mixing them.
KM: Clubs or festivals?
Atesh K. : I like clubs. I like to be close to people. I want to see people and create eye contact. It all feels like we are dancing togather in the club.
KM: One gig that u never forgot?
Atesh K. : Its one of the events that we make back in early 2000s in a local comercial club. People didn’t want to leave and I played a very long set. I ended up playing all the records I have in my record case.
KM: Why do you think that Ibiza is so special?
Atesh K. : I makes people come togather, for music and more.
KM: Is a new wave now in industry: doing collaborations between producers . I also wanted to ask you about your collaborations?. Have u done those? With whom?
Atesh K. : I am not sure if collaboration is a new wave in the industry but yes, I have done collaborations. I have collaborated with Ozan Kanik and make a release on Bush Records and Patent Skillz. I also collaborate with Argy K who is from south side of Cypus but we didn’t have enough time to finish the projects release the tracks. We come togather on the stage very often and do back to back dj set that gain a lot of attention. Another collaboration I do is with Mustafa Göze (aka ASI) and this collaboration lead us to do a lot of live acts, start a label, record and release two albums and a single. Its been 18 years and we still do live acts and record music under them of DEEP.
KM: From where do u get your inspirations?
Atesh K. : Anything can be inspiring. Life itself is inspiring but I sometimes feel that the places and cities has a lot to offer. The cities I wisit inspire me the most but unfortunately the city I live, north side of Nicosia, is doing the opposite. People here rearly give credit to creative products specially when its about electronic music and Djing.
KM: Finally, what more can we look forward to from you over the next while?
Atesh K. : Nothing different than what I am currently doing. Move music, more releases and more machines.
KM: Many thanks for your time.