Petrutt // Interview // Tzinah Podcast // January 2018 //

Petrutt is an electronic music producer based in Bucharest, RO. His music passion arose when he was just a kid, thus he started dabbling with DJ equipment when he was 17. Soon enough, learning about music and production, he started experimenting and translating his own ideas into music beats. Those ideas became tracks and he soon started getting releases with labels such as Tzinah Records, Cultura Records, Questionmark Records and Soblazn Music. His production style has influences from other genres such as rock or hip hop. Petrutt’s tracks vary from micro-house to breakbeat. His side project “dj kob” features a slightly different approach to electronic music, combining dub beats, drone music and even soundtracks. He currently focuses on creating his own sound, like a signature to make his tracks have more of a personal identity.
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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.
Petrutt: A track that left me speechless the first time I heard it, and it doesn’t cease to amaze me to this day is Open Eye Signal by Jon Hopkins.You should check out his live performance aswell, on KEXP. He’s a really special artist.

Tzinah Records: Could you remember when and where have you felt it for the first time that you were to become a music artist?
Petrutt: I guess I’ve always been really curious about music and how it works since I was just a kid. I can’t remember a certain point in time when I decided to do this, but I started playing with dj softwares when I was in the 6th grade.

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?
Petrutt: This music allows the producer to just let go and to deliver his feelings into his creations. I really like Barac and Sublee, because their tracks are exactly what I’ve said above.

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?
Petrutt: Well, as most of the people already know, Romania is a very popular place for electronic music lovers,filled with lots of talented artists. I don’t know what to say about the underground thing, there are a lot of big parties and festivals around the country, so it’s kind of a transition right now from underground to semi-mainstream.

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?
Petrutt: I’m currently using mostly software, a keyboard and a midi controller. A big upgrade is coming soon, so I’m really excited I’ll be able to switch to more analog gear and level up my productions.

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?
Petrutt: Haha, I don’t know, maybe a picnic with Ricardo Villalobos and tINI would be fun, as for the elevator definitely Nastia (  )

Tzinah Records: Have you already played in your most-dreamed about venue? Which one is that?
Petrutt: I think Electric Castle Festival or Mioritmic are my dream destinations for DJ-ing. As for a venue, Concrete Paris is a truly cool place for having fun.

Tzinah Records: What motivates you to be an active part of the underground movement?
Petrutt: Uhm, I don’t know, I just want to make music for people to enjoy.

Tzinah Records: What’s your favorite type of breakfast?
Petrutt: Milk and cereals 

Tzinah Records: What do you do when the music is not playing?
Petrutt: Sleep 

Tzinah Records: What’s the story behind your Tzinah Family Podcast? How did you record it and are there released or unreleased tracks?
Petrutt: I’ve recorded it one afternoon few weeks ago, after I came home from work, and a had a lot of fun doing that. There are some unreleased tracks in 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?
Petrutt: Me and my friend Lixir are planning to start up our own vinyl only label later this year so at this time, this is the most important upcoming project for me.

Tzinah Records: Supposing you come back reading this interview in 10 years from now; could you try saying something to your future-self?
Petrutt: Told you man!! :D

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