What a fantastic and candid interview, thank you Kosta for this.. and for all reading, don’t forget to book your ticket now! Metrolux label boss XDB will be playing for Meat Free on Friday, July 22nd, alongside Belfast’s Twitch DJs, don’t miss out.
You’ve been djing since the 90’s – are there any stand-out artists that have influenced your style over the years?
What are the biggest changes you’ve seen over the years of playing and listening to music in clubs? Negative, and positive?
You’re the successful head of your own label – what has running Metrolux taught you, have you felt that it has helped you develop as an artist? Has it ever surprised you?
Bringing out music is like connecting to the world musicwise and yes it helped me for sure to develop as an artist. I mean I was DJ ing since 1993, but my first gig abroad was at Labyrinth festival in Japan in 2008, so that´s 15 years later and this daydream did not happen in first place just because of being a well experienced DJ but also because the person who runs the festival was a big fan of my productions. It kicked off some things for me for sure.
Family and music – do you have any insight into how to juggle the two?
My wife is the captain of the boat. She is super supportive, manages everything at home when I’m abroad for DJing . I am very thankful for this. Our daughter Melina, 9yrs old is surprising me each and every day. She has just wanted a metal detector and it arrived this morning. So we’ve kept an eye out for the big treasure today and found two coins and a screw outdoors which resulted in great happiness. Yes I am a proud father and loving it, to spend as much time as possible with her and my wife … really super lucky to have such a lovely family. During the night when both are sleeping, I do start doing my music related stuff. Checking out new releases, working on remixes or new tracks. Well I need some sleep aswell, but too much of it makes me lazy.
You’ve become a Free-rotation favourite over the years – what do you love about Free-ro?
You were born and have been living in Germany for a long time but your parentage is Greek – do you still have a strong connection with Greece and can you describe the music scene to us there?
Do you have any go-to DAWs, synths, hardware for producing music?
This can be done in a studio full of high end gear but it is also possible to do the right thing just with your small laptop, cubase vst and a couple of old plugins.
You’ve been involved in many collaborations and releases over the years – do you have a favourite? If so, why?
I could tell you a long story about what happened afterwards… well in the end it came out on Sistrum and the EP became charted at the Groove Magazine Top 50 in position #2 and we did several represses.
You’re fabled to own 10,000 vinyl records – it’s safe to say you have a vinyl love-affair, what started it off for you?
Other people do spend money on cigarettes, alcohol, cars or whatever else. Honestly I’ve never been a smoker and never had a big car, simply loving it to buy, collect and play out records. Yes truly a kinda love affair and there is no end in sight.
What can Manchester expect when you play for us on 22nd July? We’re excited!!