Skalice is a fairly new release from producer and DJ DoosC, having quite a psychedelic feel to it. I loved how different the sound sounded, so decided to have a chat to find out more!
By Jane Howkins
You recently released a track titled Skalice, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?
Skalice is the name of a very small village in the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic (Central Europe). Why this particular place you ask? Well, the starting point was the selection of a random place on Google Street View. Then the rest came from what the place inspired in me – happy folk music, soothing forests and animals like deer and hinds. Mix it all up with a touch of creative madness, and you get a melodic house track with a steady tempo and beautiful, emotionally rich (yet electronic) sounds.
And, yes, if you like to own the music you listen to, you can purchase a digital copy of the track on Amazon or Apple Music/iTunes. And if you are a DJ in some way, shape or form, you can buy it on Beatport.
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
Not really, to be honest it’s been quite the opposite, and that’s what got me started. Indeed, the pandemic has raised a lot of questions for many of us, such as the change in working patterns, the search for meaning, etc. With all this questioning, I realised that I was missing out on my real passion: writing music. So I decided to go for it and released my first single in mid-2021!
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
Ah, I could talk about this for hours! But to cut a long story short, I start by picking a random place on earth, then I get inspiration from various things from that place – non music related stuff, such as, culture, landscapes, fauna and flora, climate, etc. Music related stuff also inspires me, like musical traditions, instruments, local scales, etc. So it makes me travel (virtually) to those places, and I discover things about the general culture as well as the musical culture from there. Sometimes it also makes me interact via Instagram with people living there to verify some assumptions and get their views. This creative process is my number one source of inspiration! Then there’s a lot of work to put it all to music (literally).
Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?
Absolutely! I have an extended version of Skalice that will be released on February 14th. And I’m working on a sister track. In fact, I had too many ideas and musical material for Skalice, so I kept a whole part aside. And now, thanks to that, I’m working on a spin-off called Praha (the capital of the Czech Republic). The atmosphere is different – it has more of the majestic and urban side of Prague. And I also wanted to find a link with classical music, because the Czech Republic has such a rich history of classical music composers. Anyway, it is a work in progress and it probably won’t be released until March or April this year.
Are there any plans to release an EP or an album anytime soon?
I know that a lot of people are still attached to the album format and labels like EPs, but for me, it’s not really something that fits my way of working. I don’t really want to disappear from the scene for months and then suddenly come back with an album. I like to release my music as I go along, and that fits well with the way streaming platforms now work too.
What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?
Tough question! I have a lot of different influences, from both known and unknown artists, and also from the early techno scene in the 90s, to the recent melodic house scene. Just throwing a few names out there is almost disrespectful to all those who inspire me, but to give some examples of the veterans – artists like Sasha, deadmau5, or Bicep. New and emerging artists I like are Biskuwi, Kooku and Zerotonine, just to name a few.
Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?
Ah, I am based in Saeul, the smallest village in Luxembourg (which is itself one of the smallest countries in Europe). Nothing fancy like London or LA, right? However, the electronic music scene is really impressive in the neighbourhood, with the world’s biggest DJs coming from the Netherlands, and Belgium is not to be overlooked with a legendary festival like Tomorrowland. In Luxembourg there is an emerging community, but the country is so small that it is difficult to have the critical size to talk about a scene that could have a global reach. But anyway, today with streaming platforms and dematerialised music distribution, you can still get your music heard worldwide from your studio, and that’s an amazing opportunity!
Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?
Hmmm… you asked the wrong guy! To be honest, I’m more of a bedroom producer. At the moment, I’m doing it in my spare time, which is quite limited with all my other commitments (family, day job, etc). I’m a rather introverted person and I think I’m quite far from the profile of a performer (lol).
Any last words for the fans?
Yes, of course! You are the living force of music, thank you for being there! Take ownership of your life and your destiny, anything is possible if you start now to move towards your goals and do not stop. And feel free to start a conversation with me in a DM on Instagram, I respond to every single one of those.