In this year's last episode of "101" articles, we've travelled a bit more on the east, far away from Balkans, in Tel Aviv; Israel. Stephan Bazbaz is definitely one of Israel’s most talented underground DJs. With a musical career that spread throughout the last eight years, he started his interest in electronic music at the S.A.E Institute in Byron Bay; Australia, where he studied sound production. While these creative tools gave him the technical advantage with his early productions, it was always the club culture experiences, behind the decks or on the dance floor's, that pushed his work forward.
As a DJ, he owns a rare achievement of being a resident at Tel- Aviv’s most prestige clubs - Cat & Dog, Breakfast Club & The Block - although his best moments are with his own party - “E-Boded” - an ongoing series of underground outdoor raves (now on their 8th year), that reshaped both sound and character of the Tel Aviv scene. 2016 marks the year when he opened No Waves, a strictly vinyl-only label, which he aims to be a home for his own productions as well as some fellow artists from Tel Aviv.
You can also found his releases on different labels such as Related, Plant 74 Records, Bedrock Records, Sudbeat Musik, Overdrive Musik, Plattenbank,... Stephan’s sound as a Dj ranges between minimal dub, crispy house and "trippy"techno, always with a touch of sophisticated depth and boundless imagination.
What’s your favorite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?
I guess muse would be the thing i can’t even get in the studio without.
Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?
As long as the vibe is good it doesn’t really matter what size is the party.
Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?
Breakfast Club Melbourne at 161 is definitely the best vibe I've experienced.
What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?
The best experience for me is when I play my own tracks (which are killing the dance floor) and people come to ask me who’s track is it :) My the worst experience was - one time I've played in this club and the promoter didn’t pay me at the end of the night, so I took one of the CDj’s with me as ransom until he paid!
Do you have any interests beside music?
Sure, I love surfing and playing tennis.
Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?
Sunset sets are definitely my favourite.
What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?
I like the fact that its very easy to connect and most of the industry is based on people like you and me so there is an understanding between us.
I try not to use the word hate too much but growing up in the Israeli dance scene - I really hate that there’s not enough patience from the crowd & promoters and sometimes all they want to see is the hands up and the crowd going mad which is kind of the opposite of what minimal music represent.
If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?
Julian Perez or Alexkid.
What’s your biggest fear?
To end up playing mainstream music for a living.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?
Too many funny moments to remember in just one but the funniest is when I've played this opening gig here in Israel and for 2 hours there was nothing going on with the crowd but soon as the DJ after I started to play crazy psytrance music, the place was on fire!
Could you pick one timeless track?
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
First of all thanks for reading and watch out for my new label No Waves Records!