Meeting Mircea Ivan <> 05

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During this strange time of pandemic lockdown, we come with something fresh for you to enjoy in the safety of your homes. Feel free to trip or do your cardio on this one, cuz oh boy it’s good. For the fifth podcast of the series, we have the pleasure of presenting one of the best techno DJs in Romania, Mircea Ivan. We had a little chat with Mircea, here’s what came out of it.

Hi Mircea, thank you for agreeing to come up with a mix for our podcast series, and we’re happy to have the chance to talk to you.

We know you also have a TV career that you’ve put a lot of energy into. Tell us a bit about how it is to split your time and energy between this and the DJ career, and of course your free time.

They go well together. The parties (which are totally lacking in this pandemic period) happen in weekends and the news journals during the week. My schedule is not so tight as it might look – just the waking up in the middle of the night is a drawback. Generally, I have enough time after the news for training and working on sounds.

How did music influence you along the years and what artists or genres inspired/helped you in developing your own identity?

I’ve been listening to music since childhood and I have a very good memory – I know all the possible crap out there 😊. The branch I truly found myself in, however, is the electronic one: it started with trance in 2002 and it evolved slowly from tech-trance to techno. In these almost 20 years I’ve been influenced by many artists and even had the chance to share the stage with some. Today I find myself being much more selective but also more restrictive. I have a huge respect for Richie Hawtin and Adam Beyer, but I see more and more producers with a completely new vision coming up – Ignacio Arfeli, Sian, Anna, Egbert, Pfirter, Industrialyzer, Whebba or Avision, to name just a few.

What does techno mean to you as a culture?

I think techno addresses people who want to experiment. The ones who go clubbing to hear something new, not the ones who want to hear something ‘on the background’ or hits. It means groove, minimalism, emotion, expectation, sweat, and perhaps…detachment.

What do you think of the techno culture in Romania? How do you see this movement in the next years? Will it reach the level from the West or Georgia?

There are a lot of young people already coming to our techno parties in Romania. I really think that the scene is growing and that we will see more and more events popping up – I can’t wait for this epidemy to go away, you’ll see what a spike of events will come.

Could you tell us what gear you used for recording this mix? Do you use the same setup for gigs? How come you chose this setup and not the classic CDJs?

I used the same setup I use in gigs: Macbook, Saffire Pro 40, Ableton Push 2, Allen & Heath Xone K1 and Roland Aira TR8s. I like to go with an USB stick and headphones for an afterparty for instance. Besides, I want a feeling of familiarity and safety which my gear offers. Moreover, I can be much more creative by doing a custom mapping for a K1 instead of a CDJ.

We know you played in many places, including outside the country on big stages such as for ADE Amsterdam. Retrospectively, which stage do you feel closest to your heart and the best (in terms of audience, location, sound, organization, etc.) for showing your DJ skills?

Very tough to choose because every place has its own color and challenges. I think I was the most nervous and willing to show my skills in Amsterdam. The audience there ‘eats techno for breakfast’ and you really need to be special to impress the Dutch.

I tried to keep track of your production record as well. How much do you use your own music in your DJ sets? Do you also use unreleased material or basically everything you produce in the studio goes on the market?

Every single track is different. I like to have some material just for myself, unreleased, but in the end if people ask for it why wouldn’t I release it? I try to use a lot of my own tracks in my sets, but only when they are mastered, and I’m convinced 100% of their worth. Most of the times I’m way too self-critical and I end up changing 96 times something that was actually not that bad.

Since we’re on production, could you name the key equipment that you have in your studio?

I tried to reduce the size of my studio to a laptop and a headset as much as possible, to be able to work from wherever I am. At home I have a pair of Yamaha HS8 monitor speakers and an Arturia keyboard – it’s enough. I play, however, with a lot of plugins and VSTs. I recommend Omnisphere, Diva, Hive, Massive and everything around Fab Filter.

What are your future plans regarding your artistic side?

An album that I’m pleased with, a label where I release only top stuff. I want to cut down from the thousands of mediocre tracks I have to listen to before I get to the good stuff. I want to raise the bar even higher.

Thank you once again for doing this and we wish you the very best for the future, whatever path you may be choosing.

Thank you too guys, and best of luck with your project!

The end.

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