We had fun chatting with talented DJ & Producer Erik Schievenin about his latest project, relationships between DJ and audience and more!
Erik Schievenin is a class of 1989, born in Belluno and immediately showed a deep interest in music. He began his career as a DJ in 2012, inspired by great artists such as David Guetta and Sebastian Ingrosso. He started mixing using programs for mixing, and founded his label UNBELIEVABLE RECORDS.
The musical genre of Erik Schievenin is the Tech House / Prog House / Techno. His activities since the start of “a passion” continues to be strong and tenacious to expand more and more in his name until he reached his aspiration of music producer. As a teenager he studied using various means of production, sequencers, keyboards and midi devices which launched him into the world of music production
Tell us about the first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since. How did you get started?
“Tiesto’s ‘Adagio for the strings’, when I first heard it in concert when I was 16, I got so excited that I convinced myself that one day I would be the one to produce a track that would move people and 2 years later I released the first track! From that moment on I knew the first DAWs I could use, studied sound engineering and in turn met many artists who taught me the approaches to use in the world of music production.”
Tell us about your latest EP ‘Under the shadow’ with Axiki and Mila Rubio
“Axiki, a talented Lebanese producer, joined forces with Erik Schievenin to release a bombshell Melodic Techno EP called ‘UNDER THE SHADOW’. The history of these two producers is made up of several releases on top labels such as Deeperfect, Unbelievable Music and many others, which are allowing them to improve every day in terms of the atmo and synth quality of their tracks. The EP has the formidable participation of MILA RUBIO, a Ukrainian DJ who, with Under the Shadow, gave that extra magic and vibe to the first track of this Frequenza Records release. “Deserved” and “Impatience” are the tracks that are most melodic and most focused for club or festival tracks, and take the listener on an endless journey… This will only be the beginning of a new collaboration that will bring new releases and very important collaborations, these musical talents will not let us down…”
Tell us something we wouldn’t normally find out about you?
“I’m currently a web developer, I spend most of my time as one of the protagonists of Big Bang Theory… kind of a Leonard… also because I’m a scientist, a geologist :D”
What single track has been most memorable for you as a dj and producer?
“It would be strange to admit it, but this very EP with the song ‘Under the shadow’, could be an important track for my artistic journey, also because it is the first after a long period of inactivity…”
Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
“I could say of impulse ‘One more Time’ by Daft Punk, or ‘U don’t know me’ by Armand Van Helden, and I could say many more. Let’s say that when an idea is strong, it’s hard to forget it….”
Dream collaboration and why?
“My dream would be to collaborate with legends like Deadmau5 or Eric Prydz, because they are musical geniuses of our time and they never get one wrong! I’ve always taken them as mentors, and maybe who knows, maybe one day I’ll even get to collaborate with them :D”
If you could play any festival, which would it be?
“Definitely TOMORROWLAND, I’m more of a producer than a DJ, but if an opportunity ever came up, I would aim for the big international festivals, as would AXIKI!”
How do you get a track started? tell us about your production process
“In most cases you start with a clear idea in your head, then as you produce the track, you also dare to experiment a little to see if it can give that magic or vibe that might give the song value. When collaborating, you already send the drop and ask the artist friend to arrange it or try to continue it, passing on stems or DAW projects. I think the best tracks can come out of collaborations, because everyone brings in their own personal experiences, enriching the tracks with sounds and grooves that we won’t use personally.”
-Upcoming projects? What are you currently working on?
“We will soon have more releases with AXIKI, and with other artists on very important labels! But let’s leave the suspense, also because you never stop making music :D”
The relationship between a dj and the audience is crucial, and yet is seems to be a fragile one – how do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
“Like any self-respecting job, I think that to be a DJ you have to study and gain a lot of experience, wherever you go in the world, you come up against different traditions and cultures, and you have to know what to play for the audience every time. There are very good DJs who, wherever they play in the world, always know how to make people dance, either with hits or by playing old tracks that have made the history of dance music. For now I am thinking about improving on music production….”
Listen to ‘Under the Shadow’ on Spotify