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Interview: Bross about the magic of music

Bross is one of the most vital electronic artists from the vibrant Romanian music scene. Scoring Beatport No.1’s with La Caminita on All Day I Dream and Trubadour on Amunanga, he established himself with deep, organic, melodic releases, before switching his sound up to become more house-focussed at the start of 2022.

Co-founder of the Deep House Bucharest community and an in-demand touring DJ, Bross lives and breathes house music like few others. His latest single “No More Games” is out now as a Bandcamp exclusive. 

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Thanks for talking to us today – how has the year been for you so far?

Hello and thank you for having me. I am glad to say that this year has been a busy one. I travelled a lot from Canada to Pakistan, then within Europe, where I had the chance to close the summer with a few gigs in Ibiza.

First of all, we want to get to know you “from the beginning”. How did your history with music begin?

I learned how to mix in my hometown in 2014, and had a residency in a club where I developed mixing skills. 

I moved to Bucharest to study and work in advertising, where together with two friends of mine, we started a band playing electronic music covers. In 2015 we founded the Deep House Bucharest project. It’s been an amazing journey so far, with a lot of great parties to remember. Shortly after, I began producing and released a few no.1 tracks with the All Day I Dream and Amulanga labels.

For you, what is the magic of music? The thing that makes it such a big part of your life? 

I love djing more than spending time in the studio. Every time I play I search for the perfect frequency to connect with the crowd. After the connection is done, I am just in a different realm. It feels like I am a wizard and music is my magic. The feeling I get from the crowd cannot be compared.

It feels like I am a wizard and music is my magic.

Are there any artists in particular who you are finding inspiring at the moment? 

They are for sure: Dennis Ferrer, Luciano, Dennis Cruz, Mihai Popoviciu, Fred Again, Mr.V, Butch and many others that have done serious House music tracks. I’ve been listening to the guys above daily and I get my inspiration in production from them.  

You have a new track out, No More Games, does this constitute a change of direction for you? 

It is part of my transition from Organic to House music. I used to release lots of organic tracks that were catchy enough for the fans of the sound. Now I feel more attracted to the house genre and my production is going in that direction also. By playing house music, I realised that the crowd response is much better. I might have found my new love.

By playing house music, I realised that the crowd response is much better.

It’s coming out as a Bandcamp exclusive – why have you chosen to go down that route? 

Bandcamp is a really good platform and they give more revenue to the artists than any other platform. I encourage all my friends and producers to do the same. You won’t reach any top 10 with it, but you can easily create your own marketing strategy around the release.

I will do more exclusive tracks for Bandcamp in the future for sure.

You’ve been a key champion of the Romanian scene with your music and Deep House Bucharest platform – is the scene in a good place at the moment? 

I think it’s going pretty well right now. The events I do with DHB are really appreciated and people are following us everywhere, which is what keeps us going. The local artists in our team are passionate and loved by our community, so we are trying to promote each other as much as possible and grow this electronic music scene locally. 

I’m also glad to see other event planners inviting big names to their events. It seems that there is a big interest in House music artists. That also means a bigger opening for me. 

What does your current studio setup look like? Lots of hardware, or are you a mainly ‘out of the box’ type producer?

I have invested the most in the speakers. I have a pair of KH300, an old model that’s now produced by Neuman, and a synth Juno Di that I use every time.  As an Ableton producer I also have the Push 2 that helps me a lot lately, and most of the time I love sampling a baseline and building from there. 

I have my own sample library and lately, because of my transition to house music, I use a lot of 808 and 909 sounds.

What is the best advice you ever received as an artist?

The best advice received was not to wait. To just do it. From my experience so far, I learned that nobody will do it for you. Working hard will pay off someday and it is important to have patience, which is usually challenging, but consistency is the key.

Just do it. From my experience so far, I learned that nobody will do it for you.

What do you have coming up for the rest of 2022?

I’m preparing for some other events here in Bucharest and some gigs abroad, but my main focus is now on my label Trubadour, which will be released in December with new music, House Music baby! It’s a dream of mine that I have been working on, planning the right moment to do it. I think this is the time.

Thank you.

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