Lixir is a dj/producer from Bucharest/Romania, gaining recognition in the underground scene in the past years, being one of the cofounders of the brand UrbanSounds and playing along side artists such as Mihigh, Triptil, Charlie, Sublee, Tulbure and many others alike. His productions were played by many names like Barac, Sepp, Crihan, Herodot and many more, and his latest release on 12” from the dutch label Minimmal Movement was called “an intimate sort of EP, based on two concepts – reductivism and, for the listener, an inductive journey; from the very little, one may understand a lot. Minimalism is definitely Sunshine’s best attribute. It’s fun and playful like a little rising star and structured in such a way that it uses the primary essence of what composes a non-experimental musical experience.” By Feeder.ro
Tzinah Records: To start with, please, recommend us something to listen to while we go through this interview. It can be anything.
Lixir: hmm…. I don’t know I might say that a certain track which is very close to my heart by Underworld – second hand which is very weird and flowy but makes me feel very comfortable . after that another really good track is Herbert – close to me very romantic song.
Tzinah Records: Could you remember when and where have you felt it for the first time that you were to become a music artist?
Lixir: well I didn’t think about it, but a big part of my family are musicians like my grandfather who is a violinist, my uncle plays piano, guitar and violinist, and both aunts are voice singer I mean like I always felt really close to music so I always hoped to go this way.
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?
Lixir: I went to a party with a few friends and heard this music for the first time like 7-8 years ago and I was stunned by it and after I heard Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia sound which is very fast and energetic and so simple I kind of tried to combine their style to my own .
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?
Lixir: Romania.. not to many words to say we all know that it grew so fast in the last years and it is very hard to keep it to it’s underground state because of all the big parties around the country but even so if u go to Guesthouse it always gives u the underground specials.
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?
Lixir: I have to say that in the past year it was very hard to keep my productions up to date because I also have a job and keeps me away from music for some time but I always try to spend some quality time in the studio with few analog gears because I use a lot of VST and just my pc and piano keyboard,but I plan in the next few month to open a brand new studio with my mate Petrutt and we’ll see from there.
Tzinah Records: What are the aspects of your daily life that are influencing the shape and sound of the music that you currently make?
Lixir: i love to walk a a lot, I get out of the subway with 2 stations before my destionation and walk. Love to see the people and their thoughts and sounds from the city which is very agitated and I kinda feel inspired .
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?
Lixir: let’s see .. I would definitely take Barac for a picnic, he looks like a guy who can laught on a beer. About the elevator .. a girl idk Vlada sure can be an open minded and can take us out .
Tzinah Records: Have you already played in your most-dreamed about venue? Which one is that?
Lixir: would love to play on the Romanian Sunwaves stage in the night, that is a cool place to play.
Tzinah Records: What motivates you to be an active part of the underground movement?
Lixir: Idk what to say about that because sometimes people takes this too far I mean like here in Romania u just can’t put a label and say this is pure underground. I just do my thing and do/play my music.
Tzinah Records: What’s your favourite type of breakfast?
Lixir: here is a question I like, because I am also a chef so the perfect breakfast for me is: eggs benedict which are poached eggs on a crunchy muffin with hollandaise sauce and quinoa.(excellent)
Tzinah Records: What do you do when the music is not playing?
Lixir: it’s very hard because the music is playing everywhere in the car in the house even at work I try to make my coworkers listen to music. But to answer your question I work a lot as a chef and is very inspiring, I am very lucky to do two creative things like music and cooking.
Tzinah Records: What’s the story behind your Tzinah Family Podcast? How did you record it and are there released or unreleased tracks?
Lixir: this is an hour cut from my recorded set which I played in St.Petersburg for Double Sound and yes there are a few unreleased tracks there .
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?
Lixir: here will be a surprise next year with my boy Petrutt, we plan a new record label as we open our brand new studio and a vinyl will appear as unknown artists so lets see what happens .
Tzinah Records: Supposing you come back reading this interview in 10 years from now; could you try saying something to your future-self?
Lixir: pursue the music, love everything and everything will love you.