#MusicInTheAir Podcast hosts this week :
VALER DEN BIT
Romance and melody at dusk and dawn: in one sentence, Valer den Bit, the new protagonist of today’s Villahangar’s MusicInTheAir. Dj, musician and producer from St. Petersburg, Russia, he was born in the city of Chelyabisk. Influenced by Deep House, Organic House, Afro House and Progressive House, he designs sound palettes that range from melodic to organic house music and swim in euphoric magical atmospheres.
His discography is constantly growing: at the moment there are more than 50 releases in his portfolio, which have reached the Top 100 of stores, rankings, podcasts and tracklists of world stars: Valer den Bit on labels Bar 25 Music, Souksonic, Hoomidaas, Connected Frontline, Radiant., Poesie Musik, Depth, My Other Side of The Moon, Inward Records, Timeless Moment, DowntempoLove, and more.
His music received support from: Jamie Jones, Sabb, Jonas Rathsman, Nick Warren, Betoko, Los Suruba, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Lost Desert, Black Cercle, Sifa, Wild Dark, FNX Omar, Nils Hoffmann, Dole & Kom, Stereo MCs, Re.You, Pippi Ciez, Bebetta, Sasson (FR), West & Hill, Ian Ludvig, Nohan, Elif, Urmet K, Sparrow & Barbossa, Niki Sadeki, Morttagua, Donaes, Alex Nude and more.
He played on the same stage with Nick Curly, Jody Wisternoff, Roy Rosenfeld, Guy Mantzur, Robert Babicz, Kasper Koman, Chicola, Rey & Kjavik, Cid inc, Smash TV, Sous Sol, Metodi Hristov, Simon Garcia etc.
Speaking of releases, his new song “Valer den Bit – You” has just been released on July 8th on the label of his friends Radi Mira I Lubvi. He explains: “It will be a melodic work with beautiful piano and violins, as well as pleasant vocals. I hope you enjoy the track and I also appreciate Villahangar’s support. We are also working on a joint track with my good friend Nohan. I think you will like it. Autumn will also be full of interesting releases”.
Regarding his most recent projects, one of his songs won number 2 on Beatport in the Organic House genre. He tells: “Not so long ago my track “Valer den Bit – Nadezhda” was released on the Souksonic label by Lost Desert. The track climbed to No. 2 on the Beatport in the Organic House genre, hit the list of the best-selling tracks in the same genre for 2021 and received great support around the world. Also, not so long ago, my EP Nebosvod was released on the label My Other Side of the Moon of my friends from Mozambique. I have been following this label for a long time and support the guys”.
Currently, Valer den Bit is at work to create new tracks. He tells: “Also my friend Nikita Grib and I are doing a party in our hometown called Wonderland in Warpp Club, where we introduce talented artists to our guests. Follow us, we will surprise you!”
For the current summer he has DJ sets planned, with even a little tip. He explains: “I have performances, both in my city and abroad. I am glad that I receive invitations from clubs and promoters. I am glad to see that people appreciate what I do. It is important. I think I need to focus as much as possible on the main thing, this is music. A great period for experimenting and finding yourself. Walk more in the fresh air and play sports”.
For his Podcast for Villahangar, he explains: “It turned out to be a very soulful melodic podcast. I will be glad if you like it and feel what I wanted to convey. We will hear atmospheric melodies and a deep groove. Somewhere a violin will sound and its notes will touch your heart and soul. In every period of creating my mixes, I tried to convey what I feel at a certain moment in my life. I will be pleased if, after this interview, people write to me which track they liked or remembered the most. Thank you for your attention. Enjoy :)”
How would you define your musical style today? And are there any differences with the past, an evolution over time?
At the beginning of my journey in 2011, it was music of about 128 beats, at the moment a lot has changed, but one thing has not changed, namely that I have always liked melodic music with notes of romance and dance groove. I like to play romantic and melodic DJ sets at sunset and dawn, with a real sense of soul. Sound pallets that range from melodic to organic house music and swim in euphoric magic atmospheres. Properly built melody in tracks is my key
What music do you listen to when you take off your DJ headset?
I listen to completely different music and do not get hung up on any particular style. I try to listen to what motivates or inspires me, and also makes me happy. The main thing is that the music I listen to is filled with good energy and harmony.
When and how was your first meeting with music?
In my cit, there were often cool parties with famous foreign artists, which also instilled in me a taste for good music. I started, like many others djs, to play at parties in my city, I was a resident in several places, where I developed and found like-minded people.
Your artists / DJs / producers of reference or what advice do you follow?
I don’t have specific examples. I always try to keep up with the times and bring my sound to the world… It’s nice when people write that my music inspires them. I can single out a few artists that I like, for example Keinemusik crew, Guy Gerber, Nora En Pure, Matthew Dekay, Damian Lazarus, Marcus Worgull, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Mind Against, DJ Koze, Pølaroit, Jimi Jules, Lost Desert, Kevin Di Serna, Zone +, El Mundo, Dosem and more.
How much where you were raised and where you live influence you from a musical point of view?
I started DJing in 2011 in my hometown of Chelyabinsk, and my first release was also in 2011. When I was in university, after classes I would come and study the music writing program. Gradually, I began to receive serious support from famous artists in radio shows, dj sets and podcasts from all over the world, and also began to release my music on stronger labels. Over time, I began performing at larger venues and festivals, not only in my own city, but in other cities as well. At the moment, for almost 5 years I have been living in the beautiful city of Saint-Petersburg and I like this beautiful, romantic city.
What do you think of the Russian music scene? What do you think are the differences with the rest of Europe?
The Russian electronic scene is developing very strongly. We have a lot of talented artists who have already managed to gain recognition all over the world. I like the desire and will with which more and more new names are lit up like stars, regardless of the style of music. I think there is a great future ahead. Let’s believe in better, but for now let’s focus on writing new material and other creativity.
What evolution do you think electronic music is experiencing on the international scene?
As you may have noticed, in the tracks from Russian artists, the melodies of ancient peoples, folk instruments are followed. The very technique of building a track is a little different from many artists. In general, we have a lot of talented guys who have reached great heights in the world. Listen and you will definitely find something that you like. We also have a very cool festival called Odyssey from Alexey Izotov (Soul Of Void). Also, this festival is actively entering on international arena. The guys create history, and you definitely need to see and hear it at least once in your life. It inspires me a lot and I’m glad to be part of the family.
01. Eric Lune, Domingo + – Sentimental Fool (Original Mix) / Particles
02. Thomas Schwartz, Fausto Fanizza – A Tale of Redemption (Original Mix) / Poesie Musik
03. Marian (AR) – Life & Death (Flowers on Monday Remix) / Circle Of Life
04. Fluida – Phoenix (Original Mix) / Anjunadeep
05. Cornelius SA – Soaring (Original Mix) / Anjunadeep
06. Eduardo McGregor, Jim Rider – Perchance to Dream (Original Mix) / Tale & Tone
07. Plecta – Narcissus (Original Mix) / Hoomidaas
08. Beije – Waiting for the Sun to Rise (OHMZ Remix) / 3rd Avenue
09. Valer den Bit – You (Original Mix) / Radi Mira I Lubvi
10. Pedro Sanmartin – White Sand (Plecta’s Vocal Remix) / Everything Will Be OK
11. Noir & RBBTS – Before We Fade (Calm Version) / Noir Music