iON, DJ and Music Producer from Targu Mures. Electronic music enthusiast since childhood, when he began listening to techno sets recorded on tape. He adopts a style influenced by techno, dub, house, and deep music. His sets offer a complex musical experience and tell a story that brighten up souls. Stay tuned and enjoy!
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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.
iON: Ortega & Nimeni Altu’ – Odata si odata
Tzinah Records: Could you remember when and where have you felt it for the first time that you were to become a music artist?
iON: It was around 2007 when I bought my first mixer, a Numark 950 ( ha ha)
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?
iON: I experimented with quite a few genres and I still listen to a wide variety but somehow I always find myself coming back to techno. There are lots of artists that I draw inspiration from. Some of them are Barac, Raresh, tINI.
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?
iON: Underground music scene is still developing but things are going in the right direction.
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?
iON: I use mostly software but I experimented with analog too. My DJ set-up is nothing fancy, just a mixer and two CD players but I believe that what I create comes from inside and does not require to be plugged in.
Tzinah Records: What are the aspects of your daily life that are influencing the shape and sound of the music that you currently make?
iON: I just go with the flow most of the times. Someday I might hear an interesting sound on the radio, some other day I feel the need to create a new sound. It all starts there along with all the small things that makes us happy.
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?
iON: I would like to take Carl Cox out to picnic. I believe that we may share the love for techno and the appreciation for a good BBQ. I would spend 24 h stuck in an elevator with Snoop Dog.
Tzinah Records: Have you already played in your most-dreamed about venue? Which one is that?
iON: I would love to play music in Fabrik (London) and I will make it my goal to make it there someday. It’s one of my favourite clubs in Europe.
Tzinah Records: What motivates you to be an active part of the underground movement?
iON: The underground movement is constantly changing and I see every day an opportunity to develop and I find fascinating the number of people that inspire me.
Tzinah Records: What’s your favorite type of breakfast?
iON: I love a big bowl of cereals and milk to start the day with. It gives me the energy to start the day.
Tzinah Records: What do you do when the music is not playing?
iON: I am studying to become a psychologist. I find people fascinating.
Tzinah Records: What’s the story behind your Tzinah Podcast? How did you record it and are there released or unreleased tracks?
iON: It all began in a Sunday rainy day. It all came together when I started selecting my favourite tracks and mixed them with my own style. The Podcast has both released and unreleased tracks
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?
iON: I am currently working on a new EP. You can also see me play at Electric Castle this summer.
Tzinah Records: Supposing you come back reading this interview in 10 years from now; could you try saying something to your future-self?
iON: Never forget where you come from, what you draw inspiration from and firstly to enjoy the process of creation.