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Electrica


Read the Electrica Interview below and share it on social media.


Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Electrica – 4 Years of electric energy
We are two guys from Lower Saxony (Germany) living in Hamburg right now. We both started deejaying as young teenagers at 15. We met at a party and have kept in touch ever since. I taught Julius how to deejay and after a while we decided to launch our music project “Electrica”. That was four years ago, and a lot has changed since then.
We are loving and living for electronic dance music in all its genres. Our sets are powerful and elctrifiying: you’ll recognize well-known vocals as well as come in touch with all kinds of electronic music. Our musical style ranges from smooth and feel-good future and electro house to hardstyle. Having a party with us is a fantastic event that creates unforgettable memories for you.
We haven’t played at really big festivals yet, but that has never been our ultimate goal anyway (Well, we wouldn’t say no, if we were asked to ?).
Being completely honest, we haven’t earned any money with our productions either. The sad but true fact is that we haven’t even made enough money to buy a crate of beer ?. But that all means nothing to us because we strongly believe that you can’t succeed if you only play for the money… it’s our passion to play in clubs and on bigger stages. We are lucky and deeply grateful to have experienced special moments that we wouldn’t have liked to miss out on! Feeling connected to the crowd is the biggest reward for our work!
Our first single directly entered the German DJ and Dance Charts. Our second ep “Raise Your Hands Up” was number one in the German Video Charts for weeks leaving behind celebrities, like Pitbull, Calvin Harris and many others. That was an amazing feeling! The track also did very well in the Festival, and Amazon and Itunes Download Charts. To this day, we have published more than 20 tracks, of which most reached the Top DJ/Dance Charts! And the best thing about it is that many of them can be downloaded for free on soundcloud.
Our newest official release is a remake of our biggest hit “Raise Your Hands Up” in a 2k18 version. It’s a Brazilian bass track which is a brand-new genre for Germany.
Btw: On top of that, we are working on a new tropical house track called “Tropix”! (Preview: https://soundcloud.com/electrica-official/electrica-tropix)
We are convinced that this song has got the potential to become a summer hit being played by any radio station! This track will be released for free in February since we’d like to thank our fans for their support during the last couple of years.
The next official release is also scheduled for February but will be completely different: It will be a hardstyle track. Why? We just felt like it.
Check out our music (and free downloads) on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/electrica-official

Overview:
www.facebook.com/electrica.official < follow now!
www.soundcloud.com/electrica-official < follow now!
https://goo.gl/iFCwDi < Download our music on iTunes or
https://goo.gl/Hzmvcq amazon (also available on other platforms)


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


Oh, I can say that the music scene has completely changed. Nowadays it’s very easy to call yourself a dj and produce music. When I (Dominik) started to deejay, however, I sat in front of my windows xp desktop computer working with winamp and the shoutcast application. I tried to mix hands up music for my own live-radio that was called “zound-music”. The future trance compilation was the shit and artists like Special D, Groove Coverage and Gary D served as source of inspiration for me. The music of that time is burned into my soul and I still enjoy listening to it. Well, if I’m being totally honest: Like most other DJs I switched from a double cd-player to virtual dj and a denon digital controller. The DN-D4500 was my first tool after changing it for the DN-HC4500. This usb midi controller was a great experience for me. I’ve never been a huge fan of pioneer players and I resisted using them for a long time. Today, however, we are playing our sets only with a usb pen and rekordbox too, because it has become standard practise in every club and on every stage.
I think Martin Garrix with his song “animals” was the game changer in the music industry. I had played house, electro and other musical styles before that- after “animals” the new era of edm and big festivals began. On the one hand, these festivals are awesome, on the other hand, they are at least partly responsible for the dying of clubs. Whereas the club culture is losing importance, more and more festivals are being established. In my opinion, this a very dangerous trend, which makes me feel sad.
My career started in a small club at the age of 17. I promise that I will always come back to play for the guests and owner of this club without asking for an unaffordable fee. Even if someday I might be famous, I will never ever forget where I come from.


What´s new right now?


In the end we just do what we want. There are no genre limits, no borders and no rules we have to/ want to follow. The most important thing for us is to feel good about what we do and to pass on this feeling to our listeners, fans, dj-colleagues, producers, managers and label owners. We want nothing more than to share our passion for music and are happy and proud about every “cashback”. So, feel free to like our facebook-fanpage, to follow us on souncloud, to buy our music or to share our free music. Do whatever you think is a good way to get connected and electrified. Be happy and become a part of our lifestyle. Check out our new singles and join the party.
We all are Electrica!

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?


Paul Kalkbrenner
Long time before “Berlin Calling” was in cinema, I got a track from Paul send by a friend. This sound was something which was complete new for me. So damn impulsive and big….. I loved it from the first day until today.
He is living his own music and thats just impressing for me. I would directly change my life with him. He is doing something really special. He is a DJ and musician and the same time. He is making electronic music live in front of thousands. I can not say how impressed I am. The way he is doing his job and passion is awesome! Just awesome!

I saw him playing live and its a very special feeling… his music is unmistakable!


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


Never want to much!
Success is like poison.
Try all time to be yourself. Fair, sympathetic and the biggest rule: No jealousy! > Be better than most of the rest in this scene. There is enough jealousy, do it better! Forget the rest!


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?


Try to get directly connected with club-owners and booking agencys.
We are operating without management and help. We never beg for gigs, but we try to connect with other artists.
At the end you need a network and a good work! You have to play good on the stage to get bookings!


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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?


Try to get playtime (maybe for free). Play gigs with DJ-Collegues. Grow video-material. Make promotion videos from your DJ-life.
Send your music to special radio shows where your music goes fit with.


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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


The biggest challenge is to make good quality shows, videos and music without budget.
No one ever supported us with money, so we have to pay our passion with our private money.
But anyway, we got a DDP video charts number 1 with 1500€ video budget.


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How do you personally discover new music?


Random spotify playlists and radio
“other bought, too” (itunes, beatport…)
soundcloud and facebook connections
top100 (new entries, special genre charts, dance charts)
music promotion from labels, pools, other artists
friends


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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?


“I am playing the songs as dj”
we are talking about music with fans, friends, collegues
creating playlists (spotify) example: https://open.spotify.com/user/1128538034/playlist/2vCO9WP7GOI3XjNWgJ9fOe?si=3ReEyUhPScSu4dEE5bU5JA
sharing (soundcloud/facebook..)


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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


It would be great to get some radio plays and support by big djs!
Maybe we can play some festivals and good club gigs. We hope to get some nice bookings to have some good times!


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http://www.soundcloud.com/electrica-official

http://www.facebook.com/electrica.official

 

https://www.gigmit.com/electrica

 

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