Finally interview no. 6 is here. And I am really excited about it. Getting to ”question” the one and only Simon O’Shine is a real privilege. Privilege, because he is one of my favorite trance artists from all times, one of the most talented producers I know, one that remained faithful to trance, to true feelings put on sounds. I still remember how I felt when I first heard Your Distant World (one of the best trance tracks of all times). I still remember the tears of joy it gave me. I still remember the goosebumps. I still get them.
This interview is not about his biography. That one, you can check it here. This interview is about the MAN. The man behind all our feelings. The man behind all those amazing trance track we love and cherish. The man behind some of our love for trance music. The man, the music man. Enjoy!
Hi, Simon! Nice to speak with you. How are you doing? Where are you reading this interview?
Hi. Pleasure it’s mine. All fine, thank you for asking 🙂 Currently I’m home, in Poland.
Let’s start with the beginning. Who is Simon O Shine and when the idea of producing music first occur?
In the beginning was nothing…and then, Simon O’Shine appeared ( lol )..just kidding. Let’s say I’m a regular guy who’s deeply in love with trance music. I don’t know if we can talk about a precise time when I decided to start producing. I took it as a challenge since trance was so fascinating to me, tried to understand the process of creation, then practiced more and more until I felt that this is truly my path and what I want to do.
How would you describe the day by day Simon? How would you describe your life?
I would say my day to day life, is pretty normal: working, studying and spending time with the loved ones, enjoying little moments, and of course, producing. I’m in a pretty good place with my life right now, evolving in each aspect of it.
The question of all times: Why trance? Why did you choose this music genre?
This is a hard question as some things you cannot put them into proper words. I just felt a deep connection with trance, it was like a calling, like a part of me that needed to be explored and expressed. Trance is complex and it gives you a multitude of feelings and emotions. And to be honest, I don’t think we can find this in other genres.
You’ve been busy the past months. Give us a quick blow-by-blow of what you’ve been up to and where you’ve been playing? We saw some nice pictures from the States…
Indeed, last months were great for me as an artist. I got to play in many new places, including events such as Dreamstate ( in California) , along with other big names from the industry. Besides the gigs in the States and Europe, I focused on producing, finishing two collabs with Sergey Nevone ( Ethereal Rhapsody and Extraterrestrials ) and soon you will be able to hear some of my new tracks.
What should be your biggest musical accomplishment when you look back in the past till now?
I wouldn’t focus on a particular moment; rather I would say that everything what happened from day 1 till today. I appreciate and value the importance of every step in my career, so everything it’s a big accomplishment. Being able to create, putting my music out there and seeing the impact on people, then being able to play in front of them, becoming one in emotions and feelings, those are the moments when you realize that everything matters and everything is connected.
Which single track that you’ve produced has had the greatest impact on your career?
From my point of view, each one of them.
How do you find inspiration for your tracks? Do these tracks tell a story? Are they a part of your life?
Definitely, it’s always about telling a story; feeding the auditory with something that they can relate to. Everything becomes a source of inspiration: life with ups and downs, all the feelings and emotions we experience as human beings, moments, places, nature, movies, music, other people, and so on.
What influences you, as an artist?
Life is my biggest influence.
It’s hard to convince in this industry. 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”?
As an artist I’m chasing authenticity, following trends is definitely not my thing. Trends come and go, and sometimes they live nothing behind. So, rather than switching my artistic integrity with popularity, fame, I prefer to stay true to my visions and my way of producing ( of course, always pushing my creativity and trying new things, but always trance related). Also, trance fans are forever, pseudo-music fans are as long as the trend makes waves.
What do you think about the trance community?
I think is more than great to see how trance music can connect so many people from all around the world. They are very supportive, always having an active and positive role into the trance artists evolution. Really grateful for those who love my creations, and hopefully we will continue this wonderful journey together for as long as possible.
If you had to choose three adjectives to describe what you experience behind the decks, what would those be?
Amazing, electric, positive ( definitely much more than this, is called trance for a reason, it has that power which already puts you in a higher state of mind )
What are your current top ten biggest trance tracks of all times?
Obviously most of my tracks ( quite having fun making this interview, since it puts my humor at work also :))
Definitely I like more than 10 tracks, but let me try to name a few, in no particular order:
With which artist, would you like to swap the places for one day if you could?
Quite frankly, I don’t want to be in anyone else skin.
When are you coming back to Romania? What other gigs have you planned?
Should happen soon. We are trying to reschedule the gig that didn’t happened in November last year. Next month I will make my debut in United Kingdom. After that I will return in June to Amsterdam for Luminosity, EDC UK in July and other events which are not yet confirmed, but everybody should keep an eye on my fan page. Will update everything as soon as I have more info.
What can you tell us about Extraterrestrials? When will it be out? Dying for a copy…
Extraterrestrials is another dark oriented collaboration with Nevone. Our goal was to achieve a powerful melodic track with innovative elements. Next month it’s going to be released on FSOE Recordings.
We’re reaching the end of this interview; do you have a message to our readers?
Keep on trancing!
Everyone’s got a hidden talent. What’s yours?
Besides music I enjoy doing other things, but I wouldn’t call them talents so, my one and only talent is what to see(hear)!
I hope you all liked it and stay tuned for more interviews. A lot of goodies are coming soon.