Interview with DJ & Producer DONZ

Arsen Bekechyan, aka DONZ aka A.B.T, began his professional career as a DJ in 2007. In 2010 Arsen started writing/producing electronic music, where he focused on making Deep,  Afro and Tech House. He has released songs with major labels, such as Pipe & Pochet, Dialtone, Art Vibes, Take Away, Ritual Records, Monza Ibiza, Dialtone Records, Sudam Recordings, Ready Mix Records, Baikonur, Not For Us, Berlin Aufnahmen, Bedroom Music, Kitchen Recordings and more…

Donz is now the owner of Fantastique Sound Records. His label has worked with a number of artists, like Robert Babicz, Roy Rosenfeld, Oliver Deutschmann, Betoko, Phonique, Sergey Sanchez, Ryba Kate and Skif. He is considered to be the organiser for a number of electronic music festivals, such as Area 51, Echo “The Sunset”, Contact, The Future generation, Evolution ½ and Hi-Voltage.

We were lucky enough to get the chance to ask him a few questions.

Tell us about your earliest musical memory?
When I was little, I had a tape recorder that I made audio recordings on, after which I got a computer and started creating. For me, these were the golden years.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself “This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?”
Two years ago I chose my style of music.

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:
This would be;
Killer Maschinen (Which was 10 years ago) and Dle Yaman

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
I use a number of things in my music, such as duduk, arp, guitars, and aura sounds that I record myself.

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
My family inspires me a lot.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
Both at the same time, but there comes a time when without creation I feel incomplete.

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
Each person perceives music in his own way, each has his own taste and his own genre for music.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
This year and next year, I will release new albums and singles with different labels from across the world.

Famous last words?
Good things happen

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