UK based producer Dubrovnik makes his debut on Constant Circles with a deep tech house cut “Backlight” on our SPIRALS series. We invited him along for a chat and a guest slot on the radio show.
So firstly, what is the story behind the name Dubrovnik?
Haha good question! I don’t really know what it is but I’ve got a fondness for unusual looking/sounding names ! Weird, I know. I think I was partly influenced when my favoured football team played European ties back in the 90’s and a host of top Eastern European football clubs came to play such as Steaua Bucharest, Red Star Belgrade, Sparta Prague and Levski Sofia amongst many others. I wanted to create a moniker for my productions and liked how it sounded. My wife and I visited Dubrovnik on our honeymoon a few years ago and I must say it is an amazing place with the most friendly people.
Where are you based and how has your home country or town influenced your music & career?
I’m based in Glasgow, Scotland. I began clubbing in my late teens visiting venues such as the now sadly defunct legendary The Arches 🙁 and Sub Club for nights such as Pressure and Subculture. I loved the experiences and was totally blown away by the atmosphere and energy these nights and venues created. (Nowadays we’re exceptionally lucky to have such an amazing array of artists such as Slam and club venues such as Sub Club, SWG3, La Cheetah, The Berkeley Suite and Club 69 to name a few on our door step that we really are spoiled here ! The strength and depth of talent in Glasgow is unbelievable from established and up and coming artists/djs and is greatly influential) I began djing after attending these nights but it took me a lot longer to start producing. I attended Shoogle Studios Soma Skool in Glasgow with Simon Stokes (Petrichor) to learn how to operate Ableton and was hooked after the fantastic courses that Simon delivered. This is when the Dubrovnik project kicked off. Once completing the courses we’re invited to a forum whereby all other people that have taken part in the courses are kept connected and gives a platform to share music, production techniques and feedback on work that we’ve produced. I’ve met some really great people so far from the courses which has led to a group of us hosting club nights and a monthly radio show under ‘Alumni’ based at Groove City Radio to give opportunity to the ‘Shooglers’ to showcase their talent. A record label has been launched in the last year (Alumni Records Glasgow) ran by Simon Stokes and Kenny Wasp (DABJ). Recently Simon, alongside Rob from Mia Dora, held “Listening Sessions” in club environments (most recently La Cheetah club) to let the producers hear their work over a proper club system and receive feedback. The last session hosted was a great success.
How would you describe your sound – do you think your music falls into a particular genre?
Difficult question ! I don’t intentionally make music to fit a genre, wherever it fits – it fits I suppose. I do love deep dubbed chords and atmospheres in my productions. DJing wise I’m comfortable playing deep house to deep techno records and everything in between. I was once told the secret to good club records is predictability that changes if that makes sense ! I’m quite happy for my music to be in the public domain and not too fussed on genre.
You are making your debut on Constant Circles with “Backlight” – how did you approach this project and how did the idea come together?
I’m absolutely chuffed to be given the opportunity to work with a great label, thank you !! Like most projects I’ll start with a blank canvas and create a groove that I like. If my productions don’t have a solid groove I won’t get very far as I’ll lose interest. I’ll lay the foundations that way then add what I feel is needed to develop the track – mainly create and build groove, intensity and atmosphere. That’s what happened with Backlight, having the filtered chords and pads giving the said intensity and atmosphere with the kick, bass and percussion supporting and contributing to the groove. Throw in a few complimentary elements, fx and arrange and thankfully the finished project arrived !!!
Tell us your deepest darkest secret?
Well, not really a secret but I’m a PGA Professional (Golf Professional) !
What is your dream label to release on and why?
I’m not sure I have one as yet apart from Constant Circles of course !!! I’m just really grateful for the opportunity the labels I’ve released on so far believed in my music and gave it a chance ! Thank you !! I also look forward to the labels I’ll work with in the future 🙂
What do you have coming up in terms of releases and gigs?
Continuing to plow on with the ‘Alumni’ stuff in radio shows, listening sessions and club nights. Not much else planned gig wise but hoping that changes as my productions develop and continue to gain some interest. Release wise I have ‘Backlight’ with Constant Circles and hopefully something later in the year also lined up. I have a few unreleased projects waiting to be send to labels. At this moment its a little on hold as I’m moving house and building a new studio in the garage which is super exciting to see how it develops !!!
How did you put together your guest mix for the radio show & what have you included – any exclusives or surprises?
I dug through the vaults a bit for this one and brought together a lot of my favourite tracks. I’ve played a lot of these at our ‘Alumni’ events and went down great – groove, intensity and atmosphere !!!! Some great music from Marco Zenker, Endian, Delta Funktionen, Papol, Jonas Kopp, Markus Suckut and Regen included, ENJOY !!!!! 🙂
Listen to Dubrovniks guest mix on the radio show: