Interview with DJ Trulov
Starting off like most DJ’s playing and practicing at home DJ Trulov discovered his love for music and music production. Taking a course in Electronic music production at the SAE Institute in Brussels, DJ Trulov found his passion to make music his whole life. As a DJ and producer he constantly set the bar very high on selecting the right music to be played in clubs and events to keep the crowds on their feet. Being in the DJ scene for 10 years DJ Trulov sow the different changes that are happening in the industry and cannot wait to see what changes will happen next.
We at Kingdome had the pleasure to get to know DJ Trulov and his inspirations as a DJ/producer.
How did it all begin?
When I was 16 me and my friends started going to this local bar where they played house music and I was just instantly caught by it.The vibe of that music was really something special for me from that day on. I wanted to share this with other people, so I started practicing on how to beatmatch and mix 2 songs. A little bit later I got a chance to play in that same bar. That was the start of my career.
Where did the name come from?
Well my real name is Roelof and when I was looking for an artistname I wanted it to have some comparison and so Trulov popped into my head.
What gave you that initial push to become a DJ?
I started to get a big collection of (in my perspective) good tracks. I never heard them anywhere else. That’s why I really wanted other people to here my music
What genre would you describe your tracks?
I go from Oldschool house to Deep to tech house to techno. Whatever my mood is. Music has and always will be pure emotion for me.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?
That’s a very hard question because I respect a lot of big artists but if I have to chose one. It would be Maceo Plex
What sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves
Low tempo Deep House without a doubt. The majority of clubbers don’t seem to appreciate this genre. They either want experimental stuff or techno.
What was the first event you ever played at?
When I think about it, I played in some bars when I started but the first real “event” has to be when one of my best friends (whose also a dj) hosted a night in one of the leading clubs here. There were about 1200 people that night and we played a b2b set on the peak hours so I guess you can Imagine what kind of stress I felt “Haha”
When you play is it a pre planned set or live?
Nowadays I work with Rekordbox and also some vinyl so I’ve got a lot of tracks with me. I tend to go with what feels right at the time. But I do make playlists sometimes, these contain my favorite tracks in that point in time.
Which other countries have you played?
I’ve played in the French mountains which was a really amazing experience.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ?
I must say that the We Can Dance festival has taken up a special place inside my heart when it comes to going out. Great music, soundquality, the people, the atmosphere, sun, sea, food. The all around experience of that event is just unique.
What is the best event you’ve played at?
Deep House Belgium at Fuse Brussels
Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?
One time I had a gig in a club in Gent and the top floor of the building had caught fire, firemen stormed inside and unaware of what was going on I just continued playing.
What do you love about the scene?
The respect you get for keeping it real.
What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene?
The thing that bothers me the most is that there are lots of people in it for the money and not the love of music.
If you could eternally be stuck on one year’s music scene, which year would it be and why?
I would even say this year because I don’t like to go back in time too much, music that comes out now is more creative then ever.
What was the first record you brought?
The first Vinyl record – Tiga – You gonna want me
The first track – Soda inc – Nightfever
What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand?
That awful Gingham Style
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Slam – Lifetimes
Out of all the tunes you have, which one “never fails”?
Darius Syrossian – Hanns Trippy (Cuartero Remix)
What is your favorite tune of all time?
Andrea Oliva – Seven Billion Butterflies
Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me?
When you take over from another DJ make sure you keep the same volume. I’ve seen the energy of a club sink through the floor when a dj takes over and plays more quiet.
(Perhaps a little bit deeper of a question) What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
I don’t have any problems with technology, but only when you use it to the full of it’s potential. Syncing 2 records together…There’s no skill in that.
(Follow up) Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound? A DJ’s ability to have a “unique” style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern DJing?
It has become more easy to be a dj that’s true, we see that on how many people call themselves dj’s but I will keep believing that quality and having your own style will prevale. And the more hours you spend looking for music and practising the better you well get and the more respected you will be. Also the emotion you put into it can’t be created by robots yet.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
I really love eating so I like to spend my free time going out to restaurants with friends.
What do you do outside the dance music scene?
I’m in the family business which is Online media building. We sell websites, webshops,…
Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
In 1 year I think the festival scene will have reached his peak and slowly but surely the indoor clubscene will revive.
5 years from now we might be clubbing from home in virtual reality who knows.
What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJ’s making? What advice would you give them?
Letting promotors/clubs take advantage of them and destroying the scene. Things like playing for free, only getting the gig when you bring a minimum of friends. I would advise them to find another way to play. If you have real talent you’ll make it. Otherwise leave it up to the people who are in it for the love of music and not for the fame and glory.
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