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Lucian : Hello Dj Shunt..Many people are awaiting for this interview...So..let us begin..  
            When have you started djing? What's your relationship with music generally?
DJ Shunt : Hey Lucian, I’m usually quite boring when it comes to interviews, but I’ll try to be less boring this time.

 I started spinning around the age of 18 (that must have been around 7 years ago). Before that I was a kid influenced by Post Punk, New Wave and Alternative Rock. I was playing on guitar, but I was quite bad. I can still pick up a chord or two, but my voice was (and still is) far from good, I didn’t really like the final result. So, I traded that idea and I became a DJ. You know, they say that DJs are failed musicians :) 

Lucian : What kind of music you usually spin? How did you come to listen/spin these genres of music?

DJ Shunt :  I usually throw a couple of songs from different genres in the beginning of the set to see the response of the audience. Whatever they pick-up and dance to, that’s the type of music that I’m trying to accent on during the night. In between that, I’m spinning whatever I think will fit the vibe and whatever I think that they might like. I’m trying to approach every gig from a professional point of view, I’m getting paid to play music in front of people and create a party. However, it’s very rare and unusual for me to spin Metal, for instance. Usually I’m spinning EBM, Synthpop and occasionally I’m throwing Industrial and Indie Electro tracks. I came across those genres from some of the most popular bands. I find the process natural and I do have similar approach when it comes to building sets. I think that these days, underground DJs should put aside the ego and focus on bringing the audience back to the clubs. Most of the times people are out to have fun, they rarely are interested hearing the new releases of some mediocre internet label or the new songs from the collections of the DJs unless they present to them in a flawless mix with something that sounds familiar and creates the comfortable atmosphere.

Lucian : Where have you spinned for your first time as a dj? And with who?
DJ Shunt :  It was a small night club called Symphony, back in my hometown in Bulgaria (btw, I was born in Bulgaria and I do have plenty of Balkan blood in my veins.) I did an awful job as DJ, I was trainwrecking and repeating songs, but people complimented me on the efforts at the end of the night. I knew that I can do better and almost immediately I arranged my second gig at more suitable venue. The interesting fact around that time was, that I ended up spinning by accident. I was actually interested in meeting people with similar music taste and similar views, so I was one of the promoters of that party. I knew that I can’t DJ, but by the same time I knew that the DJs couldn’t find the right songs from my collection. I shared the decks with much more experienced DJ from the capital, but unfortunately, I haven’t heard of anything with his involvement in the last 5 years.

Lucian : Can you give us a clue of what you believe made you so popular as a DJ ?

DJ Shunt : I don’t really consider myself as popular. Somewhere down the line I’m trying to be realistic and be away from shameless self-promotion, which most of the DJs from our scene are forced to do anyway. I think that someone else might have better answer to that question. But I hope that my skills and my experience are among the reasons why I’m gaining popularity. I’m trying to push myself over the limits and do things that I haven’t done in the past, I always aim for progress. Sometimes I’m lucky to get chances and get better exposure, I just take those chances and don’t blow them.

Lucian : In US , Where have you djed ? Any particular favourite venue or city ? 

However, in the States there are many other events and places where things are quite unusual. One of them is the historical city of Salem in Massachusetts. Where back in 1692 local witch trials took place. It’s a small city with just few decent clubs in the center area. All of the club managers are against “goth related” music, so you the local promoter is organizing parties at Chinese restaurant. At one moment you have tables and people eating and at the next, you have people bringing club lights, DJ gear and PA system, the staff is removing tables and in less than an hour, the restaurant is turned into a night club. And on top of that the bar servers Scorpion Bowls, which you can’t get in any of the other venues. So, that’s just one of the examples of how people manage to work their way around the obstacles and still do whatever they like.


DJ Shunt :  New York, without any question. One of my favorite venues in NYC is Rebel (former Albion). I had some of my best parties over there. I love when DJs are placed on stage (of course when they’re interesting to watch). Webster Hall is another famous venue where I’ve spun. I did a set at The Studio not long ago. I’ve been recently spinning at Sullivan Room, which is another interesting venue. The advantage of New York is that one day you’re spinning at your favorite night club and few days after you some famous name such as Satoshi Tomiie is spinning at exactly the same place.


Lucian : You have also worked as a DJ in Europe ? Tell us about your experience.
DJ Shunt : Well, I mentioned that I started from Bulgaria, which I quite funny, since I haven’t had show in Bulgaria in nearly 2 years. I recently did sets at Electric Ballroom, which is a historical venue in Camden Town in London. Also at the main stage KC Vltavska in Prague. Last year I spun at Castle Party in Bolkow, In 2008 I spun at Gorod in Moscow, few months before they torn down the building. Strangel – Moscow, where I run into amazing promoters. Main stage at Preoteasa Hall - Bucharest, Romania. Of course some venues in Bulgaria, such as 4KM – Sofia. Those are just the highlights. My experience and impressions varied on the conditions, equipment and of course the vibe of the events.


Lucian : Besides your dj sets as a guest...Have you worked as a resident DJ ?
DJ Shunt: Back in the days, I was a regular Monday resident in a club in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where I had two Mondays in a month. They other two were hosted by Psy Trance promoters, which referred to the music that I was spinning as “evergreen”. The club owner however, referred to the music for people suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. I was still able to build following and I learned how to make the underground electronic music a bit more presentable to wider audience. After that I started traveling and I couldn’t keep that residency. Few years later I went back to Bulgaria and started working on events with the local DM community where I had residency till 2008. I also started a monthly night called Studio A with a fellow DJ in Sofia, Bulgaria back in 2006, but I couldn’t keep that residency either once I relocated completely. The interesting about Studio A is that it had US concept and was build on the idea of the US club nights, but other local DJs have referred to the project as "pseudo-goth". In New York, I have residency with the local DM community and I was sorta frequent guest at Cybetron, which was a night promoted by VampireFreaks and Audiolust. On those nights I was mostly involved in the production since I'm working for Audiolust.


Lucian : What about the dark alternative clubbing scene in US ?  Is it big? What can you say? Any differences with Europe ?


DJ Shunt : One major difference that every European "dark alternative"   DJ should pay huge attention to – BEATMIXING!

The scene is relatively big, but most of the Americans are under the impression that the clubbing scene in Europe is much bigger. They are getting the false impression because of all the festivals.
I honestly like the US scene better that the European. But I still like the European bands more than the US. The club scene in Europe is divided, weak and people are having fights about music genres, bands, etc. Local DJs don’t pay attention to mixing, they tend to spin songs that people have heard. That way when someone tries something new, but mix it in a bad way, the audience doesn’t respond to that and on top of it starts complaining, leaves and many times don’t even bother to go again to the same party. And you have all these new DJs that are tired of playing the same old, they try to play something new, but again, present it in a bad way… and just ruining rather than creating something more.


Lucian : Have you shared the stage with bands ? Tell us about it..


DJ Shunt :  I recently shared the stage with Recoil - Alan Wilder and Paul Kendall, Douglas McCarthy was supposed to be there, but he couldn’t make it because of the Icelandic volcano. That was the only time when I felt like a teenage schoolgirl, that couldn’t say a thing. I just wanted to scream out of excitement, but I managed to keep any emotions under control and look busy :) I basically have a lot of respect for mr. Wilder and Recoil is my all time favorite projects, so for me that was like a dream.

Also In the past I’ve shared stage with De/Vision, Camouflage and bunch of other bands. I’ve been working also as sound technician for bands such as Imperative Reaction, Psyclon Nine and bunch of others on live gigs in NYC.


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Lucian : Well , DJ Shunt have you shared decks with somebody famous enough to be mentioned ?
DJ Shunt : In 2007 I got invited to spin at Kavarna Sea Fest where I shared decks with Andrew Fletcher from Depeche Mode. Actually that was one of the shows that really opened doors for me. It was also surrounded by typical local drama :)


Lucian : What can you say about your work in production generally ?


DJ Shunt : I try to look at events from wider perspective. I care about the overall production and not just my set. Although sometimes I feel helpless when my views don’t match the promoter’s, those are the times when I focus only on my job as DJ. I had experience in any part of the production of events. From creating a concept, picking up performers, promoting the event, dealing with media and general PR, design and printing to performing, stage management, setting up equipment, installing sound systems, stage lights, controlling them and even working as cashier, door manager, spreading flyers and posters on the streets. So, most of the times when it comes to spinning music, I'm trying to present something that is worth all the work. And you know, try to make people happy by the end of the night, so they will come again and so we all won’t go out of work. :)


Lucian : Any plans for your future work?
DJ Shunt : I’ve been working on my own music, but somehow it always stayed in the background and I never found the time to finish something or I wasn’t satisfied with the result. Perhaps working on my own music production will be in my future plans. I also have plans to do a great job in Athens on May 15th :)



Lucian : Thank you Dj Shunt , see you in Athens on May 15th at Sin City Club !! :)



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