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40 Questions: Spartaque

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Ukrainian DJ and producer Spartaque has seen releases on some of the top imprints in techno, including 1605, Funk’n Deep and Phobiq.

The tech addict also heads his own label in IAMT (I Am Techno) and comes to us ahead of his newest production for Codex Recordings titled In The Beginning to tackle our 40 questions.

01. Where are you right now and what are you doing?

In the airport, waiting for my flight to Munich, then to Zagreb.

02. What year were you born?

I was born in 1986, 30 years ago, exactly the year when Chernobyl nuclear station exploded. I live not so far away.

03. What’s the coolest thing in your house?

My pair of Focal SM 9 Studio monitors. The only ones in Ukraine.

04. Worst experience as a DJ?

Well I have had a few. I don’t remember the city but I think it was somewhere in Russia. 6 or 7 hours flight from Moscow. There was a bar and we expected it to be packed, but there were only 10-15 people there. Such a big trip for nothing, terrible.

05. Best experience as a DJ?

I had a lot of great parties, one of the biggest was Aquasella festival in Asturias Spain, also Fabrik in Madrid, cant wait to come back next week. Also the party in City Hall Barcelona was sick.

06. Favourite record label?

Codex! It’s my baby. But I really like what Phobiq releases.

07. House or Techno?

Techno.

08. First record you ever paid for?

I don’t remember, that was about 10 years ago.

09. Studio or DJ booth?

DJ booth, I like to be with people.

10. Your dream collaboration?

With Carl Cox or Fat Boy Slim or maybe with The Prodigy, with the guys I love from my childhood.

11. Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

Once I set fire to my hair during a DJ set.

12. Cats or dogs?

Dogs, but I have two cats.

13. Ever smoked?

I was a big smoker, I quit and now I’m five years without this disease.

14. Ever done drugs?

Yep.

15. Ever stole?

When I was a kid, yes.

16. Busy city, or quiet beach?

Busy city for sure.

17. One act who’s inspired you your whole career?

Dubfire in 2007. He played in Kiev at the big beach club, and played an incredible minimal-techno set. That set changed my career.

18. If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?

I think I could be good in the marketing industry.

19. Worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked as a loader for the big milk retailer in my home city. The worst and the hardest thing I did in my life.

20. Favourite record right now?

Radio Slave – Another Club, incredible tune!

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21. Favourite record of all time?

Oxia – Domino, I think it’s really great and a very inspiring one for me.

22. One thing you couldn’t live without?

I can’t live without fried eggs.

23. Favourite food?

I love burgers, meat, green salads and french fries!

24. Movies or books?

Unhappy to say this but movies.

25. Vinyl or CDJs?

CDJs when I am on tour, but I am excited to come back to vinyl for the studio streams this month.

26. Favourite country to travel to?

I like to travel in the whole EU, including UK. But not so long ago I opened myself to North America – USA and Canada are also incredible. I am not a fan of the Asian wilderness for sure.

27. Favourite club you’ve played at?

Fabrik in Madrid is really outstanding!

28. Favourite festival you’ve played at?

I still have some very warm memories about Ukraine’s biggest Global Gathering festival. That was amazing and really phenomenal for my country. After Revolution, which we had in 2014, it stopped. Definitely the best fest in 2016 for me was Aquasella in Asturias. This festival season is just getting started, I am pretty excited to discover the new festivals in Europe this year.

29. Craziest story of being on the road?

I have so many of them. I missed three flights sleeping next to the gate. My plane engine once was on fire on the take off, once we had emergency landing because of the problems with gear, and once we almost crashed due to the fog in Kazakhstan and had to fly to another city. I think I could write an interesting book about this.

30. Weirdest request as a DJ?

One Russian businessman asked me to play at his wife’s birthday not far from Moscow – I refused.

31. Coke or Pepsi?

Doesn’t really matter, but I always ask for Coke.

32. If you had one super power what would it be?

I would like to clone things.

33. Late sleeper or early riser?

Late sleeper definitely.

34. Favourite fruit?

I eat a lot of apples.

35. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

There is a lot of weird stuff on YouTube, not so long ago I saw a guy made his angry dogs sing – that was extremely funny and weird.

36. Shower or bath?

Both, depends on my mood, but shower is frequent of course.

37. The top thing on your bucket list?

Well for me it is very important to keep on building my artist profile, also to grow as a good husband and father, to expand my family with new children. So many really important things to do.

38. PlayStation or Xbox?

My best friend from school times had a PS1 and it was my biggest dream to get my own PS, so now I have it. And I made my first tracks on PS, they had really cool software called Music 2000 on PS, it was great for the first production steps.

39. Do you have any pets?

I have two cats, they are crazy and make me mad sometimes.

40. Anything to add?

My favourite colour is Yellow, favourite boyband is Backstreet Boys, favourite modern pop artist is Bruno Mars, my daughter’s name is Elisabeth.