We’re proud to present our new project called "101"– a series of short interviews that will shine a light on the lives of artists. The first chapter is focused on Blaž Peruš from Slovenia, also known as Evident. He discovered music production when he was only 16 years old. His curiosity and passion for music drove him to explore all aspects and genres within it. In 2012 he played his debut set at the Innocent Music showcase in Ljubljana, on a very special day for him, a lucky Friday the 13th. Since then, he’s been playing at various venues in Slovenia, including the Rog factory and club K4, as well as some memorable gigs abroad.
He introduced himself to the Serbian crowd in Belgrade’s club 20/44, and he has played at Sound City Festival in Liverpool. Recently he started performing under the new alias ‘Evident’, where he had a couple of successful releases on Moscow’s Slowdance and his own label Soundhitectures. Beside all the interests that occupy him, he’s currently working on a movie soundtrack, producing a ton of new music and loves to point out that he’s always exploring the space between dance floors, bedrooms and nature.
What’s your favorite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?
I couldn’t function without my Macbook and Ableton live, that’s my core and I add everything on top of that.
Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?
I’ve never played in front of an enormous festival crowd so this is not a question for me to answer ... The perfect setting in my mind is a middle-sized open-air in nature with a relaxed and enthusiastic crowd.
Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?
For now, I’d say Klub 20/44 in Belgrade. Mostly because it was one my first gig experiences out of Slovenia that I really enjoyed. The club, the people, new friends and everything that comes with it. I've never played in these but I loved to go to Trouw and I love Panorama Bar, Suma Beach, Klub 20/44 and places like that. All that the artist needs is a club like that and a bit of freedom and that's it.
What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?
I had some but never had a really bad experience. I’ve been spilt on, I had technical difficulties and once I got slapped by a girl and booed by a crowd because I didn’t play like they wanted ... but I guess that’s a part of it. It always feels bad when I’m placed in the wrong spot in the lineup because it can be easily avoided. Playing between two techno deejays who play too many buildups is just not my thing.
Do you have any interests besides music?
I always feel like there’s not enough time to do everything. I’m finishing my studies in informatics. In recent years I’ve spent more time with web development. I love startups and the way of life around the culture, I try to connect this with music and create and learn as much as I can. Reading, running in nature, travelling, meeting people ... Basically, I’m on a never-ending quest to balance computer time with people & nature time.
Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?
Both in a different way. Sunset vibes always come with a specific feeling of tension to me and feel a bit more energetic so it’s closer to what I do, while the sunrise ones are like ‘I don’t care anymore’ and I play accordingly. So ... art music for the sunset and whatever I feel like for the sunrise set.
What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?
I’ve always liked the diversity and how much you can learn from music. Music is the school of life. And it’s hard as much as it’s beautiful. And you only learn when you do it. I dislike the really commercial side of the music business (like VIPs and this shit) or people who don’t do it with their heart and I try to stay away from that and the usual heartless do-it-for-me and I’ll-do-it-for-you politics.
If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?
Today I’d pick Valentin Stip. I'd want to produce something with Valentino Kanyzani or David August.
What’s your biggest fear?
Not that big but I'm scared of it: Sun exploding, humans destroying the Earth, not having enough time.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?
It’s not that funny, but the electricity went out and after that, I tried to play my set on an iPad with a small Bose portable speaker for half an hour.
Could you pick one timeless track?
Bonobo – The Plug (Quantic mix) always sounded timeless to me. I was reminded yesterday about Caribou – Melody Day (Four Tet Remix) which is totally amazing. Almost anything from Depeche Mode sounds timeless to me.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Forget the narrative :)