Tunisian based artist Samer Soltan has already made waves with releases on Monaberry, Earthly Delights and Engrave LTD, showcasing his deep, melodic and eclectic production palette. Ahead of his forthcoming single on our SPIRALS series. we invited him for a guest mix and a chat.
What is your background and how did you get into music?
It all started at an early age when I was following a state of Trance by Armin Van Buuren. I made my first track at age of 16, it was an uplifting trance track. It was not an easy way to be who I am today, but step by step I started signing with labels from all over the world, to get where I am now. Moving from Trance to Deep House / Techno was 2 years ago when I supported a gig of Amé in Hammamet, Tunisia. I listened to his 4 hour set and I was like, “I want to do this”, and now I am on the way to achieving that.
Where are you based and how has your home country or town influenced your music & career?
I am based in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, there are some plans to move from here because the electronic scene is not as big as Berlin or Spain. I am influenced by the oriental and traditional chants of my hometown country, and you may notice that ethnic touch in my tracks.
How would you describe your sound – do you think your music falls into a particular genre?
My tracks depend always on my mood. I can’t describe my tracks to be honest, people can do it but when it comes on me to say that, I find it quite hard! But I can tell you my favourite track so far is my recent collab which was signed with Monaberry:
You are making your debut on Constant Circles with your track “Tunisia” on our forthcoming SPIRALS release. How did you approach this project and how did the idea come together?
Well, I started Tunisia one month ago, I made the melody first and then everything else came together. There is no particular idea for it but I’ve put a lot of love and emotions into this track, that’s why I’ve called it Tunisia, which is my home country.
What is your production process – is each project different? And what are your key pieces of studio kit?
I think that every project is different than the previous one, there is no specific process to produce my tracks. I can build a track by making the kicks as the first element, or sometimes I can start with melody, it depends always of my mood and my feelings. I think the key is a laptop and a DAW, it’s not important to use analog synths or only the DAW’s VSTs, the most important thing is the final result.
Can you tell us something that people won’t know about you?
What do you have coming up in terms of releases and gigs?
There is of course ‘Tunisia’ for Just Her’s Constant Circles, and I’ve signed a track with Musumuci’s label Engrave LTD as well. For gigs, Yeah I will be in tour on 2020, I have gigs in Germany, Georgia, Lebanon and Jordan and more to be announced soon.
How did you put together your guest mix for the radio show & what have you included – any exclusives or surprises?
I played the remix of Into Yum from Dürerstuben which by the way was from my last ep on Monaberry, the rest is music by Nandu, Sifa and many more, enjoy it.
Check out Samer’s guest mix on Constant Circles Radio with Just Her: