Digital Tsunami has begun as a radio show and only after moving to London, you started to make parties and blog. Has London motivated you?
I can say for sure that London has given me a lot of opportunities and contacts across Europe. Moreover, the illegal parties in London squats gave me an understanding of what is good and what is bad. Here, everything is simple: you meet like-minded artists face-to-face, rather than try to get to know them through the Internet. And the most important thing that can be found in London is the understanding of scene, music feeling, experience and unforgettable impressions. Lithuania, unfortunately, lacks a critical mass of people who would be able to raise the scene.
Do you still live in London? What is happening now with London nightlife, and how, in your opinion, can it regain the status of music capital?
I’ve lived in London for 7 years and came back from Vietnam to Vilnius a few months ago. I like travelling a lot. However, I miss London, so we are still throwing our Digital Tsunami parties there. Not that often any more, of course, but it's nice to come back to London 3-4 times a year, though only for a few days. London night life is now experiencing some of its worst of times, as well as a few years ago – the bureaucracy completely destroys culture and night scene.
Music is another matter. CafeOTO makes interesting and weird parties, Corsica Studios gathers worthy line-ups from time to time, there are also illegal raves in Essex organized sometimes, but, frankly speaking, for such a large scene there is too much of d'n'b, dubstep, garage, shitty deep house sound. What can you do, this is the UK and its style.
What is Digital Tsunami in the first place: a party or a blog? Or these concepts are inseparable?
It is a strong drug, which you get addicted to after the first try. The most important thing for me is to promote real rave music via Internet and through parties. They are inseparable for sure. However, the idea behind Digital Tsunami is quite simple and not new. Perhaps our musical taste seems to be a little strange, but we do not care what others think.
How many people are involved in the production of Digital Tsunami?
Currently, there are three of us, we're all friends. I, as a founder and ideologist of Digital Tsunami, contact the artists, make podcasts with them, do booking for parties and generate new ideas and projects. Roman is the co-founder and curates technical part, combining this work with the status of party’s resident. He deals with on-line questions, organization of Digital Tsunami summer camps and coordinates production of parties in London. Kestutis joined us about a year ago. He is involved in carrying out parties in Lithuania and numerous additional projects aimed at improving and upgrading our platform.
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Additionally, you were one of the founders of Supynes festival in Lithuania. If you would stay, would you still continue to do it?
Honestly, it's hard to give an answer. I’ve got Digital Tsunami, which requires much of my time and attention. So much effort has been put into all of our parties in Britain, France, and Lithuania that I have barely no time for the festival. I'm more focused on my own projects, which I strive to make on a high level and want to see the reciprocal result.
Regarding Supynes, you said that you didn’t agree with the idea of this festival: "Lithuania's problem lays in the notion that it is necessary to bring the "hit" producers and artists, who are known throughout the world". Is this problem still relevant?
Of course. Most Lithuanian promoters know no more than "Top 100 DJs" Resident Advisor list. What else to add. I feel like a black sheep in the country. This is one of the reasons why I am moving to France from Lithuania. For how long? I don’t know.
What is interesting about Lithuanian electronic scene?
I don’t know what to say... I don’t really follow what is going on in Lithuania. Though, Kestutis and I are trying to argue with local promoters what real cool music is and what is not. I admit, sometimes it is amusing and funny to troll them. There is a good label called Auterkeia, releasing fairly progressive industrial, power electronics and ambient.
Would you like to organize Digital Tsunami festival in future?
We’ve already done a festival in Lithuania. Last summer we had our first summer camp, where Innsyter, Mario Moretti, Kristopher Hall, S13, Elena Sizova and many local artists played. The atmosphere was perfect. We are preparing the second event in the same format, which we plan to announce on Christmas and New Year. Although... don’t have anything planned for mid-August. The concept is very simple: music that we like and people who like it and like what we do in general.
In one interview, once you said that you preferred music made on analogue instruments, rather than on computer. Is this opposition still relevant?
Only in my mind.
What about your own music? When should we expect a release?
I’ve started writing music only recently, I don’t know what will happen. Maybe I’ll send my recordings to couple of guys and they will be willing to release them. We’ll see.
What plans does Digital Tsunami have for the future?
Firstly, to do more parties in different countries. Maybe to establish our own label, I don’t know. I just live, rather than think and plan. I am the Hardcore Zen Master.