Albana {Fresh Feature!}

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Albana Abazi {HARDCORE!}

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Welcome to your EXCLUSIVE interview feature! Please introduce yourself to the good people, lets start off how you first got into dance music?

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Hi, my name is Albana Abazi and I’m a 23 years young DJ/producer from London, UK.
I’ve actually always liked dance music, but I started taking more of an interest in making dance music in 2011 when I was studying music A level. I’m actually really into metal and post-hardcore music. I used to listen to a lot of Electrocore and ‘trance metal’ back when I used to think hearing synths in metal was cool haha.

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How and when did you fall in love with Hardcore?

During my A levels, I was into hard trance and trance, but when I went to university in 2013, that was when I really wanted to start making hard dance music. I went to my first rave in 2013 – Frantic at KOKO, it was amazing and I was convinced that I wanted to go to raves more! I looked deeper into harder styles of dance music and was inspired by mainly Happy Hardcore and UK hardcore, I thought this was the limit of hard dance for me! There’s something about these genres that just leave a smile on my face, it’s just so cute! I’ve grown to like some Hardstyle and Hardcore now though!

 You have recently played at a Headhunterz event – where was this?

Yeah! This was on the 7th of February at the Ministry of Sound! Such a big, popular venue for hard dance music right?!

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Who else rocked the house there for you?

DJ Ravine, from Australia, played in the second largest room, 103, where I also played. Clefheart, from Italy, played after Headhunterz in the main box, Spyro also played in the loft and there were many other DJs playing all sorts of hard dance music; uptempo, Hardcore etc.

 

How did the set go?

Welllllllll honestly, the set didn’t last too long as ministry of Sound closed room 103 at 4.30am and not 5 of which I was supposed to finish at. The audience loved what I played in those 10 minutes though! It’s fine though, I’m sure I’ll have other opportunities like this!

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Do you produce?

Yes! Unfortunately I have not released any of my own music yet because I don’t think the songs are ready yet! I’m hoping to release some singles this summer though! However, you can actually listen to a few of my tracks in mixes that I’ve released in my Mixcloud! (for UK hardcore – look out for the ones with lots of piano parts!)

UK hardcore:

Mix Cloudhardercore (genre experimenting with post hardcore and happy hardcore) original: 15.10 – 19.30 mins

Hard trance:

Mix CloudPsykd (psychedelic hard trance) original: 00.00 – 1.45
Pebble drop original: 12.00 – 14.25
Trance AF ft Pete Untitled original: 40.39 – 43.10

 Rounding off with anything ‘Just YOU!’ Let the people know where they can see you play out in the future? Shout out to any brands, DJ’s, you would like a big up to? Feel free to include anything else you would like mentioned!

Wishing you all the very blessed in your Mixing, musical future! The Hardcore Hit Squad, peace & love!!!

Check out all the updates and info about my music and me on my Facebook page! I have many live videos of me mixing and I also post upcoming events.

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Hardcore dance music is difficult to find in London these days, it’s all happening outside in the country. If you are ever in London and you want to go raving, follow: https://www.facebook.com/hardcorelondon/

I would have never developed my skills in producing to this point without any help! Check out my mentor in hard dance music: https://www.facebook.com/peteuntitled/
Thank you Hardcore Hit Squad for having me! Take care x

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DJ RAF – DISRUPTION,UK, Hardcore, Hard Dance, Harder styles 2018

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DJ RAF – DISRUPTION,UK, Hardcore, Hard Dance, Harder styles 2018

 

 

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DJ RAF – DISRUPTION, has a whole lot of first class experience at playing out as a live DJ!

He has graced many a stage, all over the London boroughs. Furthermore RAF – Disruption has played at the likes of Ibiza too. A great all rounder when it comes to the euphorically, harder styles of 160 – 180 BPM dance music.

Diving straight in it’s:

DJ RAF – DISRUPTION

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Welcome RAF! Its a pleasure to talk to you today. Quantum Creations thanks you whole heartedly for your time and energy today. 

You have recently played out at one of London’s FINEST Hardcore / multi genre rave events. You always bring amazing energy in all of your sets! Tell us about ‘The Pirate themed party‘ you have played at recently. How would you describe your selection?

DJ RAF: “The Pirate party was brilliant, they went all out on décor, everybody dressed up for it and the whole vibe of the place was just buzzing!”

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“All of the artist’s and MC’s pulled it out the bag and the ravers made plenty of noise in appreciation of some quality tuneage! I played a very vocal and uplifting set as I knew I was warming it up for Breeze,

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“I wanted to make sure the dancefloor was getting involved in the music so I knew that a few big classics mixed in with a few, more up to date, vocal bangers would get them right in the zone, and luckily it did!”

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As mentioned above you are known across the board for playing both Hard House / Hard Dance as well as UK Hardcore. Tell the good people – how did you find your way into the dance music scene?

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DJ RAF “Well it all started way back in ’98, I went to Peach at Camden Palace and had some of the best nights of my life! This is where my love for trance music was born, I went there every single Friday for about 3 years, then one night Lisa Pin Up was there and she did a special closing set where she dropped 9Bar by OD404, this was the first time I’d ever heard hard house and damn did I want to hear more!!”

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“From there it all got a bit harder as I found Escape From Samara at the Fridge in Brixton, back when the whole place was decorated in U.V! The night was a pure journey through the harder side of dance music and everyone was dressed up in Cyberdog raving gear.”

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“This led on to countless other raves with numerous different crews over the years, from Frantic, Tasty, Logic and Hard House Heaven to Freeformation, Hardcore Heaven and Helter Skelter, I just had a passion for harder faster music!!”
“I was lucky enough to be part of the raving era where you could go out to a huge event like Frantic at SE1, queue for an hour to get in and just down the road there are 2 other massive Hard House / Hardcore raves going on, and each one of them were also full!”

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What brands have really been standing out for you this year or so musically? (UK Hardcore & Hard Dance.)

DJ RAF Frantic, Vinyl Warriors, Twist, Xstatic, Fuck It Promotions, I Love Hard Beats“.

Where do you get your track selection from?

DJ RAF “Mainly from Toolbox Digital

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You have played from the era of vinyl decks, you have adapted into the digital age of mixing! How was this for you, did you have any trouble in this integration?…

DJ RAF “To be honest CDJ’s are by far easier to play on, I remember the first time I used them I was playing at an event and they didn’t actually have a working pair of 1210’s! I thought I wouldn’t be able to play my set but Ajay said I could use his CD’s, I was apprehensive at first as I’d never touched a pair of CDJ’s but I soon got into the groove…..once you learn on a pair of belt drive turntables you can play on anything!”

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Your message to any up and coming DJ’s – who are looking to make it in the scene:

DJ RAF “Be unique, but not weird, nobody likes weird! Tune selection is key, don’t just play a track because it sounds good in the mix, the chorus and drop are the main things to concentrate on.”

Do you produce music? Double question! – Who would you most like to work with as a DJ?…

DJ RAF I’ve produced a couple of tracks so far, a New NRG / Hard House cross-breed done with Smyrky called Cry Baby which is out on my Digital Label  –Disruptiv Traxx

and also a track I did a long time ago with my brother called Kooshtee which is completely inspired by the film Human Traffic.”

“I am currently re-making this track with Phil Reynolds giving it a Hard Trance twist and also a new Hard House version with Smyrky both of which should be finished sometime soon.”

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“As for DJ’ing, in Hard House I think a set with Ben Stevens or Sean Inside Out would go down well and in Hardcore the Nu Nrg Collective, that would be mental!”

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DJ RAF DISRUPTION – thank you very much once again. Wishing you all the very, highly -blessed best in your future. We look forward to seeing you out on the decks, as well as the dance floor – REAL SOON! 

 

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