Tripmastaz has been nurturing his own musical persona for the last two decades or so, producing music and releasing it on the world's biggest underground dance music labels such as Tartouffe, Berg Audio, Cuttin Headz and Infuse most lately. His "WHUT KLUBB PHUTURE HOLDZ?" EP was released on 15th May via London-based imprint and you can already get your copy HERE.
We invited the Russia-born producer to our 101 series where he shared some interesting insights from his career.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
In the early 2000's "play harder", late 2000's "play softer". And the whole spectrum of your usuals... "do you have this pop song?", "Can I play a song from my phone?", "Can you play drum and bass" etc... oh and "Can you stop playing so the son of this oligarch will play for his friends?".
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
These days it's an old but gold analog mixer, a few synths, a sampler, and some mastering units because I literally just opened my analog mixing and mastering service (message!).
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
1999, a freshly opened DJ bar for club kids with pizza back in my home city of Chelyabinsk (Google it). I arrived at an opening party with my friends, without revealing I was going to DJ. As we entered, I headed straight to the DJ booth without a word. Cocky af (no pun).
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
The Alchemist, Per Hammar, D'Julz.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
Nothing in particular, but mostly there were cases of 'no vibe' in the club already, so there was nothing to kill.
What do you do before and after your set?
Prepare your music before, although I like to be spontaneous. Chill and eat before and after. No big words here, no mystical rituals.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Luckily (and strangely?) enough I never had a ‘normal' day job, though I did truck unloading with my cousin twice (literally). I started to produce when I was 14-15 and to DJ when I was 19 and never looked back.
What are your favorite labels at the moment?
Another hard one to answer. Y'all ain't takin an easy road, huh. Let it be Metereze, cos' that's the only new label I have bought 5 vinyl releases of. CCCP Edits cos' I said so. And 3rd - Let Me Understand, cos’ you probably won't hear about it, but you should.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace, and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
I'm Russian, so it’s not hard to imagine a cold one :) Just one? Oooh, ruff. It depends on the mood. What first comes to mind... Donny Hathaway "Someday We'll All Be Free”, or Nas "Can't Forget About You"
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?