Velix Interview: Exclusive Talk with the Powerful Performer
Velixis ready for a powerful summer season, by taking over Pazuzu Beach Club‘s decks. Born in London, UK, Velix started playing the guitar and drums at the age of 12. Later on, he got accepted at Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA. Αs a DJ he started spinning at Pixi nightclub, Athens, and also became one of the resident DJs of Paradise Club Mykonos.
He has performed at the biggest festival in Greece, Ejekt Festival, as a support act for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and at the legendary Cavo Paradiso nightclub in Mykonos, as a support act for Alesso. He has performed at nightclubs and concerts along with some of the most well-know DJs worldwide, such as Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Alesso, Nervo, Don Diablo, W&W, Dubvision, Merk & Kremont and more.
As a producer, Velix has released various original songs and unofficial remixes with his latest single “Wish” being released by Primer Records and Cobalt Music. He also produced the official 2017 anthem of the fashion music project “Madwalk”. At the moment, Velix holds a residency at Pazuzu Beach Club in Corfu and is working on his new dance/pop and beat-driven music.
Viralbpm had the chance to talk with the famous Dj about a hot music lineup this summer, but also about his personal carreer, future releases and a lot more.
V1. Hi Velix and nice to have you here. Where are you currently at? Are you already in the summer residency mood?
Velix: Hello, thank you so much for having me! I am currently in Corfu and getting prepared for my residency here at Pazuzu beach club; I am very excited for the season ahead of us!
V2. A couple days ago we wrote about Pazuzu’s Beach awesome lineup for this summer, featuring a variety of artists. You’re holding a residency at Pazuzu Beach, so we were wondering what makes this place so special?
Velix: So many things! It’s situated on one of the nicest beaches on the island, Glydafada beach, and the club itself was designed by a really talented Greek architect that lives in New York, so it looks amazing. It’s magical that you can play alongside the backdrop of the incredible sunset with an amazing sound system too.
V3. Is there any event in particular you’re really looking up to?
Velix: Well I am really looking forward to Nervo, Dennis Ferrer and Claptone coming to play at Pazuzu. This year we’ve got the biggest line up that we’ve ever had, and the three I’m looking forward to are all coming to the club for the first time and think they’ll put on some great performances.
V4. Aside from Pazuzu Beach, you have a long history of residencies across the country, from Athens to Mykonos. What do you love about performing in general the most?
Velix: I generally like to play “happy music”. This is because so it’s amazing to see people having fun, being energetic and really enjoying the music. It’s an unbeatable feeling when you see people are having such a good time because of your performance and music selection. It’s great to feel the crowd reaction too!
V5. You performed on big festivals like for example at the Eject festival. Are there any important differences for you as an artist, between performing in front of a larger crowd and playing your sets in the club? Is the connection between the crowd and DJ different when everything is kept more “compact”?
Velix: Yes I think there is a big difference between performing to a huge festival crowd and playing an intimate club show. Whilst they’re both great to play at, at festivals you are forced to play for a specific amount of time and are limited with how much you can play, whilst in a club you have as much time as you want, so you can play around with many styles and genres of music . In a club, as a DJ it’s a lot more flexible in regards to what I can play compared to a festival. I honestly prefer and enjoy club shows much more because of this.
V6. What makes the Greek music fans and the crowd at the local clubs so special?
Velix: Greek music fans appear to be one of the most difficult and demanding crowds I’ve played to throughout my career so far as a DJ, so if you see them having a great time, that in itself already feels like you have succeeded!
V7. What would you tell to young people who would like to follow or start a career as a DJ? Any advice you would like to give them, maybe some missteps they should try to avoid?
Velix: I’d definitely say you need to work hard and be patient. Don’t rush to become well known as it won’t happen like that. Be humble, do your thing, and remember that the most important thing is to be patient. No one becomes a superstar DJ overnight, you need to earn it.
V8. You’ve also released your own tracks in the past, if we recall it right, ‘Camouflage’ was your most recent release, right? Any future plans releases, records or collaborations in 2019 you can already reveal to us?
Velix: Yes! I am going to be releasing a remake of a very well known oldchool house track (I can’t say which song yet!) very soon, and I’m also working on a collaboration with another two artists which is very exciting, I’m really looking forward to releasing them and letting people hear!
V9. Having performed with so many artists and big names of the electronic house music scene, is there anyone in particular you would really love to perform with, but you never had the chance until this day?
Velix: When I had a residency in Paradise club in Mykonos, I got the chance to play on the same line ups as Martin Garrix, Don Diablo, Afrojack and Tiësto to name just a few! I also got the chance to play alongside Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike at Ejekt festival in front of 15,000 people! In terms of who I’d love to perform with, for sure Swedish House Mafia is on the top of the list!
V10. Thank you for your time and we hope you will deliver as always an awesome summer residency. Any final words you want to share with the Viralbpm readership?
Velix: Again, thank you for having me. Have a great summer everyone and make sure to party hard!!!!