101 with Vangelis Kostoxenakis

Vangelis Kostoxenakis is a dedicated DJ & producer hailing from the south side of Athens, Greece. His desire to create music led him to study music technology & sound engineering at college, being the perfectionist he is he admits he’s still polishing his craft to this day. In an expansive career in the business, he has developed a deep musical background throughout various styles yet has always remained dedicated to house music. With several successful monikers such as Phatjak, Angel Stoxx & Breaking Toys he gained great levels of commercial success while he's creating his latest trademark signature sounds under his birth name.

VK is releasing unconventional but club-friendly tracks on today’s top labels such as Kling Klong, Suara, Snatch!, Stereo Productions and Toolroom just to name a few, which can be found regularly at the top of the charts. Not following trends or music “fashion”, VK is constantly in the studio, producing new exciting material that is turning heads, while focusing on his brand new label ‘Talk of the Town’ which will showcase fresh music from local and international artists.

Of course, his talents have not gone unnoticed with regular A-list DJ support, and a series of radio plays from Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. He’s the all-around bona fide artist on the rise, so catch him off you can…

What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?

Those who know me, know that I'm a gear freak, especially when it comes to synths. So to answer your question, I think I couldn't live without my Nordlead 3. Give me next to it a MacBook and I'll deliver.

Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?

I think both have their own magic. It comes down to if the crowd is feeling it. It already happened to me before that I've played for 200 people who all were super into it and it definitely beat down a festival of thousands. Vice versa a large crowd’s energy is amazing...

Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?

I think I'll not forget my first time at Forsage in Kiev, Ukraine. Such an amazing crowd and sound system...

What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?

Worst experience was at the first steps of my career as a DJ. My manager back then booked me a gig at an after-hours psychedelic club. When the DJ before me finished his adat (lol) set, the bpm's were around 140. Then I've played a record and a house beat kicked in 125 bpm after a long atmospheric intro. I felt like i was in Inception. About 1000 people staring at me.

Within next 2-3 minutes, the dance-floor was empty and I'll always remember it and laugh about it. Best experience was in Florianopolis in Brazil. I Don't remember the club name but I remember the amazing atmosphere of the people who were so into the set. When I've finished I recall a lot of them storming on me to congratulate and give me a drink.

Do you have any interests besides music?

I really like watching movies, reading books but mostly cooking and eating.

Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?

Sunrise by far...

What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?

I don't hate actually anything in the industry at this point. Some things I found irritating in the past, like random people pretending to be DJ's/producers just because they thought it was cool, but when I stopped paying attention, time and energy in things like that and started focusing on myself and my music career, I've realised how immature was of me to let things like that to get under my skin or make me upset.

At this stage, I'm enjoying every second of the industry. The great partners I work with, the collaborators and some truly good friends I've made in the process...

If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?

pff, too many to choose from ...

What’s your biggest fear?

Losing my hearing

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you during a gig?

I don't recall any...

Could you pick one timeless track?

Fish go deep - Cure and the cause

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Keep grooving.  

By Alen, edited on 14 June 2018