As industries tend to give opportunities to already grown and popular names, we thought it fair to give the floor to the "locals" of the international scene. Rather than hosting information regarding only influential big-scaled artists, we teamed up with Toea, of Bucharest, Romania, to present to you Distant Echos, a stage set for smaller artists to express themselves through words and sounds.
Hello Toea, tell us more about how you first started getting into electronic music - did you discover it by yourself or was it through clubbing?
My first contact with electronic music was when I was about 12 years old, when I heard this track on the radio that impressed me a lot. I've searched for it on the internet for a long time. Searching it, I started finding other nice tracks and the ones that I liked, I would download them and put them into my first mp3 player. The track was Fly Life Extra by Basement Jaxx.
We often hear that Romanian DJs have a particular connection with Romanian music. Is it true? How would you define this affinity?
In my opinion, Romanian electronic music has a very specific type of sound. Most of the Romanian DJs share this connection with Romanian music because of its unique sound and it’s my case too. Playing the Romanian sound gives me this special feeling I can’t really describe.
Since Romanian house and techno music is pretty much spread and heard around the world, is the scene still called "underground" in Bucharest?
The techno scene is becoming more and more popular with each passing year in Romania so I guess right now we witness a transition between underground and popular. I think techno music has a great future here.
That being said, what are the social effects of electronic music on Romania... is it a part of the youth or is it now cultural?
Romania was a communist country until 1990’s . That means the access to music was absent back then and some years after. The new generation (the late 80’s and 90’s) kids are the ones that are more interested in electronic music, so I can say that the music is a big part of the youth nowadays. But as I said before, it can develop in maybe 5 or 10 years in something more than that, maybe a cultural thing.That would be awesome.
You attended the Festival Sunwaves before. Tell us more about its uniqueness...
Sunwaves is very special for us here.The line-up is always filled with huge names like Ricardo Vilallobos, Marco Carola, Raresh, Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu, Richie Hawtin and many others.For three days , we forget about our jobs, about school, about everything. The most special moment I’ve lived there was last year in the morning when the sun rose , everyone went on the beach to watch this and I can’t describe you the feelings that the scenery gives us along with the music in the background.You have to experience Sunwaves at least one time and you will know what I am talking about.
If you had to abandon Bucharest for another city just for the purpose of music, which one would it be?
I’ve never thought about this, but I think that would be Berlin for it's great people and huge techno scene.