This week EDM Charts had a chance to catch up with Canadian star DJ Mikas about his upcoming single “Timezone” and everything else EDM. Don’t forget to watch the new music video for “Timezone” and to buy this single when it’s released on March 5!
Hi Mikas! Take a second to tell EDM Charts fans some info about yourself, where you’re from, etc.!
Hey my name is DJ Mikas, I am 3? I have been involved in the dance music industry since the early 90’s, DJ since 1995 and produce seriously since 2000! I grew up back East in Quebec City; this is where I discovered my interest for dance music. I also lived in Montreal for a few years and I now live on the west coast of Canada for about 9 years,
I founded my label Progressive Grooves Records in 2005 and started releasing music in 2006. We now have over 150 Releases and have great support from many DJs including Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Judge Jules and so on…
Explain how you’ve been able to gain popularity in the EDM scene with fans and how you give back to them.
I think the most important thing is to get you music to people who will play it. Of course if you get play listed by some established DJs with a great reach in their radio shows, it really helps to gain notoriety. You also have to do you homework in your local scene, go out, meet up and share your music as much as you can locally! A very important thing for us DJs is to keep on giving music and or radio shows to keep people’s interest. In this age people get flooded with media and advertising; you have to do something good to stand out and keep people interested.
Your upcoming release “Timezone” is set to come out March 5, 2012. How did you come up with the concept? How would you describe the track musically?
This track is very special to me. I am always trying to push the envelope technically and fuse genres and was already working on that Phat bassline and wanted to get more out of it, so I started tweaking my sound further, added a phaser to it and a couple more plugins. 3 different sidechain compressors later and I had it dialed… then the name came to me when I was writing the pad in the breakdown, the main melody is quite different from your average trance anthem and that pleases me! I dont like to do things the way others do…
DJ Mikas – Timezone
The music video to “Timezone” is gorgeous. Explain the video and what it was like working with videographer Masaya Kitaguchi AKA Darwinfish 105?
I was simply browsing Youtube and I ended up on this guy’s channel. I found the footage was pretty amazing so I subscribed to his channel and really became a fan of his work. He already added his work to some music from various artists. I thought it was great but the editing and the timing was not right to me! I asked my manager to get in touch and we got his authorization to use the footage. I have done all the editing myself, to me timing and precision are esential and I think I achieved a good match to the music with the video and vice versa! Masaya is really happy with the end result as well.
EDM Charts is known for its weekly Top #5 Charts. What are YOUR current top #5 tracks?
Dj Mikas – Timezone
Dj Mikas, DJ Sage – Eternal (Dj Mikas Epic Mix)
Richard Durand Ft Hadley – Run To You (Orjan Nilsen Trance Remix)
Dj Sage – Atmosphere
Gareth Emery – Concrete Angel (Ft Christina Novelli)
What DJ/Producer that you haven’t worked with yet would you like to work with in the near future?
I really like Cosmic Gate, they always bring some new fresh sound and are amazing producers! I would also like to work more with talented singers…. always loved vocals, they add a lot of emotions!
What is your favorite venue/club to perform at?
I like all the clubs back East in Montreal and Quebec city. I am also working on establishing myself in the US, clubs in Vegas are incredible and I want to play there soon.
What is your mission as an artist?
Always push the boundaries and don’t look back, music is always evolving and you have to change with it.
Where will EDM fans be able to purchase your upcoming single “Timezone”?
It will be out in most of the digital outlets including Beatport, Juno, iTunes, Napster and so on.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell fans of EDM Charts?
Share the music share the love! If you have room on your ipod or iphone subscribe to my podcast. It’s great, no seriously it is great!!! http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/tranceclass-radio/id420533775