Interviewing artists #3: Biotones

By December 3, 2015Interviews, Trance

Here you go! Third interview on the blog, third interview from this series!

The principal character is the one and only Biotones, a trance producer and graphic designer from Moldova. I met him almost an year ago and bonded instantly! I am a true fan of his work, both music or design stuff. His sound is unique and has that ”je ne sais quoi” that makes you feel goosebumps every time you hear it. He’s pretty awesome! So, I will just let you with one of his tracks and wish you to enjoy this interview!

 

Hey Victor, nice to speak to you, How are you doing? Where are you reading this interview?

Hi there! I’m great! Now I’m in my little improvised home studio in Chisinau, Moldova after finishing a brand new remix! 

Let’s start with the beginning… Who is Biotones and when did the idea to produce music first occur?

Well, it all started when I was like 15 years old and discovered some kind of after movie from Sensation White and it really impressed me; I fell in love with the video from the very beginning, it was Tiesto playing his song “Traffic”. Then (thanks to the Internet) I did a research looking for some kind of software to make music, downloaded it, installed it, played around – deleted it. It looked too hard and complicated for me back in those days. After a few years I was absolutely confident that if I try again I will learn how to do it. And oh well, I did 🙂 

How would you describe the day by day Biotones? How would you describe your life?

Pretty intense lifestyle! I really enjoy my regular job, being a part of the best creative agency here in Moldova, not to mention that we have a studio in the office where I happen to chill sometimes after work. I also stay up really late usually, working on some music or designing something, always trying to squeeze the maximum from me which sometimes makes me feel real tired and call me crazy but I have to mention that I love it. 

Why trance? Why did you choose this music genre? 

Actually I was never an one genre fanatic, I’m more like a very picky meloman, but yeah trance is one of my biggest passions when it comes to music and the reason is quite a simple one: it’s a state of mind in which your feelings and emotions are at the top of everything. Simple as that and isn’t it awesome?  

Another passion of mine is deep and atmospheric music, some of you may know that I even have an alias I use for releasing this kind of stuff – Deepshader.  

You’ve been busy this year. Give us a quick blow-by-blow of what you’ve been up to and where you’ve been playing?

Of course the brightest memory of mine is the day I met mr.  Armin van Buuren in person after playing the warm-up set before his show. It was wonderful and clearly the best EDM party that ever happened here in Moldova. Also I had couple club gigs with a great crowd that filled me with a lot of energy for writing more music. Another vivid memory is the beach fest in the very last day of summer with our national trance hero Andrew Rayel and the killer b2b set we did live on radio. Sharing the stage with Aly & Fila and DoubleV is also an astonishing night to remember! 

It was clearly a remarkable year for me!

What should be your biggest musical accomplishment when you look back in the past till now?

Here I will not mention any of my gigs or a big name superstar dj supporting my music… I think the biggest accomplishment for me is getting long and soul touching feedbacks from people I don’t know. Because in the end it’s all about my motto “From my soul to your speakers”, and it’s priceless. 

Which single track that you’ve produced has had the greatest impact on your career?

I think it’s “Senbonzakura” (anime inspired name) – a lovely track of mine and my friend Max Farewell. Every time I gave it a spin on my live sets it felt like the crowd was really waiting for this one. Always a top experience. 

How do you find inspiration for your tracks? Do these tracks tell a story? Are they a part of your life? 

Sure, music is a vital part of my existence. My love is a huge inspiration for me and of course the music I listen, places I visit and movies that impress me. And yeah they all tell a story, they’re all a part of an endless journey filled with mystery and raising questions that may be have no answer. 

What do you think about the trance community? 

It’s very specific and quite unique. They’re all insanely loyal to the artists that make that true trance sound they all look for but if you ever step left or right from the “true trance” path, you’ll get burned alive *kidding*. The most amazing thing about #trancefamily is being united as one, an universal religion for everyone who’s ready to be free. 

If you had to choose three adjectives to describe what you’d like trancers to experience when you’re behind the decks, what would they be?



Melancholical, energic, enchanting.

What are your current top ten biggest trance tracks?

My sets are always a symbiosis of my current favs and some all time favorites, so here’s my current top 10: 

Gaia – Tuvan 

Tolga Uzulmez – Nivahend 

Driftmoon feat Dsharp – Leviticus 

Denis Kenzo ft Sarah Lynn- Ashes 

Biotones & Max Farewell – Senbonzakura 

Abstract Vision feat Sarah Lynn – The very center of me 

Aurosonic, Katty Heath, Frainbreeze – All I Need (Progressive Mix) 

Kheiro & Medi Vs Natasha Atlas – Maktub (Original Mix) 

Nkoder – Mermaids 

Luminary – Amsterdam (Super8 & Tab Remix) 

With which artist, would you like to swap the places for one day if you could?

Not really swap the places, but to join for a b2b set. I will be a huge pleasure to play with Hazem Beltagui, I think our vision of trance music is quite the same. 

Where and when can we see you again? What other gigs have you planned? 

In the last month of 2015 I have planned 4 gigs all around my country, not huge venue events but definitely some quality club raving. Keep you eye on my facebook page. 🙂

We’re reaching the end of this interview; do you have a message to the readers?

As it’s for the Romanian trance community I’d like to say thank you for coming to our dance events in Moldova, it’s always a delightful pleasure to see you guys here and hope to see you soon again. Thank you for supporting me and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

See you in 2016 with a lot of good music. \o/ 

Thank you, Biotones for answering to all these questions! Thank you all for reading it and don’t forget to follow him on social media: FacebookSoundcloud.

Trance on!

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