Friday Bali Resident

This week with Economou

Friday Q&A with a Bali resident where we discover more about the guy or gal behind the decks.

Where are you from, and how old are you?
Born and raised in Greece to a Greek father and a South African mom of Cypriot descent. I spent the majority of my twenties in London and my early thirties as a nomad, traveling. Now, at 36, I share my time between Bali and Europe.

How did you first get into electronic music? Was there a moment it all made sense?
Music has been a part of my life since a young age. I delved into its world, studying and playing instruments throughout my childhood. My first exposure to dance electronic music was in the pre-internet era of my early teens, tuning in to the radio and immersing myself in the beats of artists like Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, Daft Punk, and the Chemical Brothers. This exposure ignited my curiosity, leading me to explore the dance music of the 2000s.

The turning point came in my late teens when I ventured into the realms of underground music. My hometown in Greece welcomed renowned DJs like Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Jon Digweed so progressive house, electro, and minimal techno were the type of music I was exposed the most to. I vividly recall one of my first raves as an 18-year-old at the legendary Cavo Paradiso in Mykonos, headlined by Deep Dish.

 

However, what truly resonated with me was when Dennis Ferrer graced my hometown, spinning at a club where I happened to work. It was then that I fell head over heels for House music. Straight from the streets of New York, Ferrer seamlessly blended New York House with European electronic sounds, creating an energetic and unforgettable party atmosphere. After getting hooked, my curiosity took me deep into the world of electronic music. I explored a wide range of sub-genres, from soulful and deep to electronica and techno.

What do you think makes electronic music and clubbing so good?
In the world of electronic music, the beats and melodies often speak louder than words. It’s a universal language that transcends linguistic barriers, allowing people from diverse backgrounds to connect through shared feelings and experiences. Electronic music, combined with the lively atmosphere of clubbing, creates a space where people can shed their inhibitions. It’s a realm of self-expression, where people can dress up, dance, immerse themselves in the music, forge connections, fall in love, and simply let go of everyday worries.

It’s important to see both sides of the club scene. While it’s known for music, dancing, and socializing, we also have to be aware that alcohol and substances are part of the scene. Striking a balance and promoting a safe and positive club culture is key.

 

Do you produce music?
I’ve been toying with making music for the past year. Right now, I’m mostly doing my own edits and bootlegs. I haven’t started creating my own music from scratch just yet, but it’s something I’m looking forward to trying soon.

 

How would you describe the music you make or play?
My sets are warm and uplifting, and my musical style covers a broad spectrum, ranging and diverging between downtempo, deep , melodic, tech, Afro house and disco.

I tailor my sets based on the venue and the crowd, adapting to the vibe of the moment. Having spent most of my life in a bustling city and now embracing the serene island life in tropical Bali, you’ll experience these contrasting sides of me. I have a habit of lending organic, natural sounds like percussion and real instruments with more electronic elements. It’s a fusion that mirrors the diversity of my experiences and surroundings.

What’s your favourite area in Bali to hang out (day-time)?
I am based in Uluwatu, so my favourite spots are around here. One of my go-to places where I can spend my entire day is Mana at Uluwatu Surf Villas.

What’s your favourite place in Bali at night (where you don’t work)?
I particularly love Morabito Art Villa in Berawa for its unbeatable combo of location and music. It has an incredible collection of art pieces from all around the world, placed next to the beach, while the acts that perform there are some of the best in the electronic music scene.

For a more laid-back evening, my go-to spot is Canggu Radio Station. It’s a charming and cozy bar that exudes the warmth of someone’s living room. They even have an open DJ booth, so sometimes I just show up and play for fun.

Where are you a resident, or DJing regularly?
I’m currently playing at various spots across the island in Canggu and Uluwatu, although I don’t have a fixed residency yet. I do organize a monthly event called “Full Moon Bali” (@full.moon.bali), held on the weekend closest to the full moon. Usually, it takes place on the beach of Nyang Nyang, but our upcoming gathering is set to unfold at Ulu Cliffhouse on December 29th – mark your calendars!

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