Interviewing artists is coming today with another amazing artist! Andrej Anskinas is a Lithuanian trance producer, that recently signed with Coldharbour and made his debut on this label with a very cool and energetic EP: Epika, Unleashed and Breathe (available on February 1st on Beatport, iTunes and Spotify). Very nice and simple man. Involved and really passionate about music. An artist.
Even though it took a while to send him the questions (
designers have a really chaotic schedule sometimes), #InterviewingArtists no. 5 is finally here! Hit the play button, enjoy the interview and don’t forget to follow him on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Youtube.
Hey Andrej, nice to speak to you. How are you doing? Where are you reading this interview?
Hey, thanks for having me! It’s a real pleasure doing this interview. Currently I am in the United Kingdom.
Let’s start at the beginning… Who is Anske and when did the idea to produce music first occur?
Anske is my artist alias which came to me naturally when my friends started calling me like that back in school (I believe around 5th grade) and the urge to produce my own music came quite unexpectedly. In brief, I was at my friend’s house and I saw some interesting music software and that got me hooked. Later, I became very much inspired by trance music and the rest now I guess is history.
How would you describe the day by day Anske? How would you describe your life?
Every day is full of some sort of music-related work. One day I might work purely on music production while the next I could be preparing some guest-mixes, my radio show, social media stuff or something in that circle. It’s difficult to describe my life, but I would see myself as dedicated, passionate, perhaps a bit geeky and too perfectionist (for my own bad, haha).
Why trance? Why did you choose this music genre?
Trance is something that reaches out to both my mind and soul. I like to believe that this musical style has chosen me and not vice-versa. What I mostly like about trance is that it has the ability to bring up many great feelings and emotions while maintaining that high energy and ‘telling’ a story.
You’ve been busy last year (2015). Give us a quick blow-by-blow of what you’ve been up to and where you’ve been playing?
2015 was good indeed! I had quite a few nice releases, good support from well-known names and managed to reach some personal life goals like finishing my University studies. As for now, I just had a super exciting 3-track (incl. Epika, Unleashed and Breathe In) debut on Coldharbour Recordings which is out this Monday (February 1st). Besides that, I am working on a few collaborations with a few known artists, original material and keeping busy with private clients as well as making some audio products. Concerning gigs and events, I did not have many opportunities to play last year due to my studies but I am hoping that this year the situation will change!
What should be your biggest musical accomplishment when you look back in the past till now?
I’ve been very lucky to have been featured on the legendary ISOS 12 compilation (incl. Vilnius and Dreamcatcher), had my tracks played at such big venues and festivals like Ultra, ADE, Trancemission, Ministry Of Sound and more. Obviously, I am also very delighted to have been heard on ASOT and GDJB radio shows more and more lately but now the most exciting thing for me is being signed to my dream record label that is Coldharbour Recordings.
Which single track that you’ve produced has had the greatest impact on your career?
So far it has been “Vilnius” but I think my newest one “Epika” will top that up! I know Markus likes that track a lot and to quote him: “Ever since I debuted it at Trancemission, it has been blown up in every single one of my live sets since”.
How do you find inspiration for your tracks? Do these tracks tell a story? Are they a part of your life?
It’s a very fragile and spontaneous thing which makes it even more beautiful. The best way is when ideas and inspiration come naturally. If not, you usually tend to sit in the studio until something nice comes along. I feel that every single track I make feels special and tells a different story. I like to believe that my works reflect my inner soul and consciousness.
What influences you, as an artist?
I feel inspired by other artists I admire, positive life events, good mood, warm and sunny weather, tasty food, trips, adventures and of course my second passion – films and cinema.
It’s hard to convince in this industry (EDM). Are you just like those producers saying: “I am just doing what I love and try to keep it going”? What do you think of the famous EDM “trend”?
Yes, I do it because I love it and I feel genuine passion being a part of the scene, no matter if it’s going up or down. I try not to rely on trends too much but rather see where my gut feeling takes me. After all, trends come and go every several years so chasing every boat like a madman for me seems unauthentic and a bit ridiculous.
What do you think about the trance community?
I think it’s a very nice phenomenon! Both artists and fans have said that trance music has the most sincere and devoted following. I think that in the long run real fans are the ones you need to treasure most and not those who are or can be bought through fake social media likes.
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?
Euphoria. Energy. Unity.
What are your current top ten biggest trance tracks of all times?
Ughhh… That’s a tough one but I will try! No particular order here and mostly ‘classy’ tunes.
1. Tiesto – Suburban Train (Something that got me into Trance)
2. Thomas Bronzwaer – Shadows (such a powerful personal classic)
3. Bobina – Spinning (Paul Miller Remix) (a strong personal bond with this one)
4. Lange & Gareth Emery – Another You Another Me (always hits the spot)
5. Markus Schulz – The New World (big fan of Markus and this is his most iconic track)
6. Armin van Buuren – Control Freak (Sander van Doorn Remix) (Tech classic)
7. Rafael Frost – Red (Ferry Corsten Remix) (My early days of Trance)
8. 4 Strings – Take Me Away (We all know this classic)
9. RAM – RAMsterdam (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) (simply one of the best)
10. Armin van Buuren feat. Racoon – Love You More (loving the vibe and the vocal)
With which artist, would you like to swap the places for one day if you could?
Possibly Markus Schulz as he is someone I looked up for a long time.
Where and when can we see you again? What other gigs have you planned?
The next gig planned is on March 26th in Leeds, UK. I will be sharing the decks with Boom Jinx, Sunny Lax, Venom One, Genix, Toby Hedges and more announcing soon!
We’re reaching the end of this interview; do you have a message to our readers?
Believe in what YOU believe!
(and don’t let anyone tell you that trance is dead, haha!)
PS. Everyone’s got a hidden talent. What’s yours?
I guess I can cook when I am into that mood or do some abstract drawing!
Thank youuu Anske! And thank you guys for being here with every interview. Who do you want to ”question” next?