Dragusanu // Interview // Tzinah Podcast // April 2019 //

Born in Romania (Bucharest) in 1992, Alin Dragusanu has been influenced in jazz, blues and classical music since his early age by his brothers. As far as the electronic music is concerned (minimal techno), Dragusanu was attracted to it at the age of 13. His producer’s career began as a game, which would then turn into addiction and later years of practice.
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Tzinah Records: To start with, please, recommend us something to listen to while we go through this interview. It can be anything.
Dragusanu: Hello! For those who want to listen to minimal techno, I recommend you listen to my very first podcast for Tzinah Records or if you want “Marcus Miller – North Sea Jazz Festival 2015”

Tzinah Records:Could you remember when and where have you felt it for the first time that you were to become a music artist?
Dragusanu: It all started out of curiosity. Twelve years ago watching Bryz, I noticed he was working in fruity loops. I was impressed by the fact that he had managed to create a top loop in a relatively short time, which at that moment I called the minimal music, even if it was just a top loop for me, it was enough to think that can be called a minimal track. Obviously I got home and I downloaded the fruity loops. Was not to hard to use a Kick, Hat, Clap and create a top loop, which made me think I can make electronic music because as i said above the minimal music at that time was no more than Kick, clap, hat. Now that something had changed radically in my life and from that moment I felt that a career had begun.

Tzinah Records:Why did you choose to create and play this particular type of music? Are there any artists that touched you deeply while developing your own style?
Dragusanu: I’ve chosen this style involuntary. I can not say that when did start working in FL I had a definite style, this thing I discovered in time. But yes, I have been attracted to this style of music since the first party I took part for, unlike other styles, this style is easy to listen to and tends towards jazz with simple and effective percutions! Influence … Yes, I was influenced by Barac. I’ve been listening very much to the Barac and I think it remains the only influence on this chapter, which is why even facebook on 30/03/2019 remarked this saying that i am “top fan” (details) …

Tzinah Records:Please, briefly, describe for us, the current state of the underground music scene in the place you come from. Is it any good?
Dragusanu: Considering that i live in England i can talk a little about what’s going on here. The current state of underground music “Romanian Style” is in expansion in the big cities, in special London and Birmingham. More and more foreigners tend towards this style of music, organising underground parties with Romanian artists.

Tzinah Records:Without giving out too much about your secret weapons, please tell us how does the magic work in your production routine. Software? Analog? What does your DJ set-up imply?
Dragusanu: Pure magic. I started floating in FL and I did it for two, three years until I was influenced by a friend to try Ableton. Thinking about something new and having someone ask about any questions about it, I changed to the Ableton Magic. Later, I bought “Arturia MINILAB” and M-Audio BX8. So, I have the indispensable monitors and Arturia MINILAB on the sidelines.

Tzinah Records:What are the aspects of your daily life that are influencing the shape and sound of the music that you currently make?
Dragusanu: Rest. Rest is the most important. If I’m rested I can say I have a good mood and that can influence the music and all about it !

Tzinah Records:Which underground house DJ or producer would you love to take out for a summer picnic? With which artist (from any music genre) would you spend 24 hours stuck in an elevator?
Dragusanu: For a summer picnic it would be great if I could spend with Ricardo Vilallobos, I think we have a lot to tell. And 24 hours in a lift with Nina Kraviz, it would be interesting.

Tzinah Records:Have you already played in your most-dreamed about venue? Which one is that?
Dragusanu: Most of all I wanted to play music outdoors, I think there’s the best sound I’ve ever heard, and I’ve done it already when the guys from “Grounded” invited me and BYRZ as FILDESH in Hackney Wick London. At that party did attend about 500 people.

Tzinah Records:What motivates you to be an active part of the underground movement?
Dragusanu: I do not know if it is something that motivates me in this sense, I just do it because that’s what I like to do and I do not think there is anything I might like above it.

Tzinah Records:What’s your favourite type of breakfast?
Dragusanu: There is no special favour. Unlike many, I can eat anything at the “breakfast” . There have been days when i ate only fruits,or avocado with eggs, but it depends on my mood

Tzinah Records:What do you do when the music is not playing?
Dragusanu: When music does not play. I say, unfortunately, because time is not favourable in terms of music development I go shopping and spend my family. There are not many activities to do outside of the music.

Tzinah Records: What’s the story behind your Tzinah Family Podcast? How did you record it and are there released or unreleased tracks?
Dragusanu: The story says that in the podcast for Tzinah Family includes personal songs, largely unreleased, except for “Rupestre” and “Art Gallery (Bryz Remix), Si Bryz-Gizeh, a track reworked by himself, a track released in 2017, track with which the podcast ends

Tzinah Records: Are there any of your plans/upcoming projects that you would like to share with us? Where can we see you play next?
Dragusanu: I prefer to be private in terms of my plans for the future.

Tzinah Records: Supposing you come back reading this interview in 10 years from now; could you try saying something to your future-self?
Dragusanu: I can not answer this question because I can not put myself in the position of the one you will be in ten years. Let’s go through the years and review ourselves for another interview in ten years.

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