"Music is something that moves me forward, inspires me and offers me a chance to truly express myself. Regardless of genre, if it sounds right to me, then Im on it. My goal is to reach as many people as possible, put a smile on their faces, and share my passion for music with a music loving crowd"
XYPO is taking digital music scene by storm, he is already is used to see millions of views on him created music. DJ / Producer, entrepreneur. His most know project is definitely DeepMixNation which is one of the most popular house music channels on youtube with over 5 million views a month and growing. XYPO is also DJ with active performance list. XYPO performed on one of the most prestigeous events on DJMag Top 100 awards and played with Deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Laidback Luke. And also with touring history in most of European countries. And now he is coming to Phuket.
Phuket, Thailand. What is the reason you are coming here?
Hi. Thank you for having me here. In first place, I always wanted to visit Thailand, get to know culture, meet new people, get some more inspiration. Basically I needed some change to recharge batteries 😀 Actually I’m coming with my family, my wife and 18 month old baby girl. So we are definitely looking forward.
Will we see you DJ you in Phuket as well? Do You have any performances planned already?
We are working on it. I would love to play in front of my fans in Thailand and have bit of fun.
What music genre does your style best represent?
I don’t believe in framing music. You know, categorizing it according to any genre. It’s just too limiting. But I suppose that most people see me as a house music DJ. And yet, there are bits of electro house … It comes down to how I feel at that particular moment.
How do you decide what record you’re going to play at a gig? Do you have criteria for it?
Well, no. Playing music has nothing to do with my mind, but with my heart, I guess. I play what I feel like will be a perfect record at a particular time. It’s nothing predetermined or preplanned. There’s no reason for playing a certain record, just pure emotion I guess. I just follow my heart.
What are some of the challenges that DJing brings? What makes you so into DJing?
And what are some of the differences between it and let’s say music production?
Tough questions. The ones that I keep asking myself each day. And I still don’t know the answer. The best way I can describe it is that it’s a passion. It’s not logical and it doesn’t answer any questions. My music is the way for people to feel my emotions, I guess. I want to offer people something new, something they haven’t heard before. And that they can still dance to and feel happy.
As I play many records that are outside so called electronic genre, I don’t always know how people are going to receive it. It’s not really mainstream so it can go either way. Which is why I need to be really careful about what I’m doing. And this is why it’s fun, you know. It makes me go outside my comfort zone.
And on the plus side, it’s different. I hope people can recognize it as such. Today, anyone can become a DJ. But to be a great one, I don’t think you need only to practice, you also need to be brave. And have a great taste, of course. You need to be brave enough to play something new and confident enough that people will like it. And of course you need to challenge them.
Technology has been given a bad name when it comes to DJing simply because there are too many out there pressing the play button and calling it DJing. What do you think? How does technology influence DJing? How does it change the way you DJ?
The most important part about being a DJ is that you need to have a great taste and get people interested in what you are playing. How you do it, are you using computers, cassettes or reel-to-reel, in the end it doesn’t matter. Those are just mediums. Music is what counts.
Do people know how complex DJing is? Do they know how to appreciate it, even if they have no idea what it all requires?
It comes down to the place and people you are playing for. I mean, some people only want to party, and that’s all. But then again there are people who know the music; they purposefully come to hear something new. The bottom line is that it’s a scene, it comes in one package and there’s no way you can separate one from the other, I guess.
How can a DJ turn music into a new experience? How do you turn it into something more than a few great records string together?
I want to create something that will make me happy as well as the clubbers I’m playing for. And do it for the entire set, rather than for ten or fifteen minutes. And it also needs to be interesting. I know there are DJs that play just one type of music during the whole set, but that’s just not what I’m about. I personally think that DJs should mix and match, make it fun and above all interesting.
What’s one button you enjoy pressing the most?
It has to be, of course, PLAY.