We chat to techno music producer Denis Horvat about his style, tracks he can't stop listening to, and more, in anticipation for his newest EP - released on Alex Niggermann's legendary label AEON
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Dark, atmospheric, littered with heavy beats in a slick techno landscape, music producer Denis Horvat's tracks are like stepping into a dystopian sci-fi city. It's no wonder that his melodic, electro focused style attracted the attention of iconic record producer Alex Niggemann, and he's now produced his 4th EP on the AEON label.
His sound differs from the usual club beats, and there's something almost melancholy in his tunes, happily embracing a darker side of synth, and creating his own style which he refers to as "synthesizer-techno". With his highly anticipated EP set to be released today, we caught up with him to chat about his musical process, his dream collabs, and a few fashion questions for good measure.
How's your 2016 been so far? Any major highlights?
It has been a great year so far. I was really focused in the studio the last quarter of 2015, so I have a lot of great things ready for this year! There's one release that I'm really excited about, but I cant talk too much about it yet. Its coming out late ’16. ☺
You've got your EP coming out this month, how long's that been in the making? What can we expect?
I started to work on the EP almost a year ago. Its always a long process to build an EP and to make everything sound and fit right. Alex (AEON) is a picky guy, so I had to do some minor changes to some of the tracks – but in the end it all turned out good ☺ I'm really happy about this release – it shows a darker side of me. The A side “Exit” is probably the toughest track I’ve ever done. The rest of the EP is typical “Denis Horvat” tracks - a lot of synthesizers and melodies.
It's being released on Alex Niggemann's AEON label, how did that come about?
I played with Alex in Berlin last year, and we had the chance to go to his studio and talk before the gig. I showed him some of my new demos, and he quickly fell in love with the title track “Exit”. That’s how I started to build this EP. This will be my 4th release on AEON.
Summer's just around the corner now, any shows you're particularly looking for ward to?
I have a few shows during the summer – one of them is Autonomica Rave in Germany. I have never played there before, so I'm kind of looking forward to it.
You're tipped for some big things this year, who else are you looking to as ones to watch this year?
That’s a tough one. I’m a big fan of Marvin Guy, who also did a remix on my “Exit” EP. Their sound is really unique. Eagles & Butterflies is also doing a great job at the moment. Gardens Of God, Goldffinch and my AEON buddies, Speaking Minds also to be mentioned.
What track have you got on repeat at the moment?
Frak – Synthfrilla. I have a few others, but this one stands out from the bunch.
Who's your dream person to collab with - past and present?
I have actually never thought of that, but I think RØDHÅD and I could do some great stuff in the studio. Since I'm a huge synthesizer geek, I'm pretty sure that me and Stephan Bodzin could do some magic as well ☺
How would you describe your own style? Where do you gain inspiration from?
My own word for my music is “synth-techno” or “synthesizer-techno”. I would describe it as dark and punchy, melodic techno, with a balearic touch. I grew up in the 80’s, where synthesizers dominated everything, and even though I played drums in a rock band, I always had something for electronic music. I'm really inspired by the 80’s synth pop music.
One bit of clothing you can't live without?
My sneakers. I'm a huge sneaker collector.