Croatian house producer Alen Simple catches up with us to discuss his recent single “Old School”, upcoming productions and how he got involved with EDM! Take a few minutes to read up on Alen Simple!
Alen, thanks for taking time to sit down with EDM Charts! Tell us where you’re from and how you got in to music production?
Hi EDM Charts! Thanks for your love in my music. 🙂 I’m from Croatia, in a little town called Krapina close to our capital, city of Zagreb and the last two years I have lived in city of Pula, on our seaside. I love in electronic music and have for almost whole my life. I started as a DJ in early 2003. Accordingly I started to play with old Fruity Loops, Reason and discovered Logic Pro in 2010.
What is it like working with the team at Blacksoul Records?
Blacksoul Music is the best Croatian label with more than 100 releases and Tom Blacksoul has a great vision of how to run a music business, so it’s a pleasure to work with them.
What is your setup for making music? Ableton, etc…
Mac, Logic Pro 9 and 10, Focusrite Saffire USB 6 audio card, M-Audio bx8 monitors and Key Rig 49 midi.
Your most recent track, “Old School'” with Ollie Viero is featured on EDM Charts, Vol. 140 and has got great exposure on Beatport and other radio shows/podcasts. Describe the track and how it all came together?
I’ve signed four tracks on Blacksoul Music and Old School/Original Mix was out 31-03-2014 on WMC v.a. sampler, and Ollie did great remix with that one, witch was out 28-11-2014 on ADE v.a. sampler..
I work with Ollie Viero since I’ve start with my own label, Hand Job Recordings, in 2012. He’s great musician and I always enjoy to work with him.
What are some upcoming productions/projects you are working on?
I’m waiting release date for upcoming EP on Blacksoul Music and I’m finishing three new tracks EP and working on remix for upcoming remix v.a. release on HJR.
What are some of your favorite venues that you have performed at? Are there any venues you haven’t that you really want to do a show/set?
I’ve played this year at few great events and festivals such as Dimension and Outlook festivals, Watergate showcase on Delta Sounds and we’ve start new venue in G2, in Zagreb, called Disordered witch was a blast. You can hear my set from that event on my Mixcloud profile.
But of course I would love to play in clubs such as any of Sankeys, Watergate Berlin, Amnesia Ibiza, etc…
Who has been your biggest musical influence(s) so far?
Petar Dundov, the biggest name of Croatian scene and names like Paul Kalkbrenner and Kink.
What is your hottest track at the moment?
Sidney Charles – Warehouse Anthem (Original Mix). This tune does people go crazy in the way I like!
Where can fans discover more about you and get your music
People can follow my official website, Beatport, Facebook, and all my mixes are on Mixcloud and my production on Soundcloud.