Brazilian talent Alok has built himself quite a name in the dance music spectrum, with releases across some of the most reputable record labels in the industry. Born and raised in a heavily musical family, with both parents being pioneers of psytrance in Brazil, and with twin brother and longtime collaborator Bhaskar, the young superstar’s future foresees nothing but success.
This week’s Spinnin’ Sessions is being headlined by the legend himself, packed to the brim with everything from future hits to Alok’s personal tastemaker selection of tunes.
Kicking off the mix comes a new collaborative effort between heavyweights Sam Feldt and Hook N Sling, followed by a dirty release from Shakecraft. Tom Staar and rising UK talent Corey James also make an appearance with their new track, forthcoming on Spinnin’ sublabel Cartel and titled ‘Bird Flu’. The mix continues on to highlight this week’s new talent from the Spinnin’ Talentpool, a stellar bigroom weapon from Martin Blomen, ‘Infinite Energy”. Tony Junior‘s new track ‘Rock & Roll’ also makes its first play debut, getting the world premiere on the latest episode of Spinnin’ Sessions. Wrapping up the first half of the mix are new tracks from label regulars KO:YU and Don Palm, Mike Williams, Blasterjaxx, and Bassjackers.
We sat down with Alok to discuss about his origin of his music, inspirations and future plans:
Tell us about the origin of your music. How did you discover your sound?
It all started when I was 11 years old. Since those days my universe has spun around music. I started producing when I was 15 years old and I have to say I have migrated a fair bit between styles to find my self where I am now in regards to musical approaches , styles and productions.
Who do you consider to have been your biggest influences throughout your career that have made an impact on your productions?
My parents being DJ’S and producers were my early influences as a child. As I started to understand more about music , I started having major influences such as Prodigy and Chemical Brothers on the early days then Eric Prydz and many other influential producers. I also believe that the Crowd itself that without a doubt works as an inspiration moving fuel to the whole picture. If we look at it we realize that the crowd plays a fundamental role within the whole scenario and world of a DJ/Producer.
You recent release “Hear Me Now” has definitely made its mark as one of the most mesmerizing songs of 2016. How did this track come to life?
I Joined Bruno Martini and Zeeba as they were working in an instrumental version of the track and I saw a lot of potential on the song . Since this very moment where we all sat in the studio to work together , everything happened quite fast and before I knew ,the version that has been playing worldwide over the last few months was an absolutely surprising hit.
Speaking of “Hear Me Now” and also your track “All I Want” – both of them are quite different from your usual style. Is that a hint on a new direction your career or do you just like experimenting with new sounds?
I do love experimenting with new sounds and new ideas. I have changed styles and approaches several times over the last few years and months. I strongly believe in the musical diversity and versatility when it comes to creation. It is necessary to keep an element of surprise detached from certain styles and genres.
Every country has its own distinguishing features and you hail from Brazil. What’s the difference between Brazil and the rest of the world?
Brazil is known to be wild and alive when the matter is music and partying. I personally think that there is a lot of common aspects between brazil and the rest of the world as much as there is differences and this is all based on the cultural and historical difference between the countries and places. I would say that Brazil never stops the party though whereas some places there are ‘’party seasons’’ during certain weeks or months in a year.
The ‘EDM’ scene is going through a lot of changes right now. How has it affected the Brazilian market? Are there any major changes related to music taking place in Brazil right now?
The electronic scene is always changing and transforming itself and this is necessary and ‘’healthy’’. The Brazilian market is adapting and innovating with a lot of local artists rising and getting recognition within the country and worldwide. Naturally, the scene and the market ‘’warm’’ in very astounding ways.
You’re been at the top of the game for some time now. How has the journey been so far? What are the highlights and disappointments from the last year?
The journey has been challenging , inspiring and very time consuming and exhaustive at times. Several sacrifices have to made daily in order to pursuit dreams. All of the difficulties are part of the journey and the obstacles are always on the way and we must always believe in us and our work and it’s capabilities. I have had many highlights this year and a few of them were ; Playing at the biggest Festivals in the world. Touring the 4 continents a few times over 2016, Seeing my music gaining such a strong recognition across the globe was also a major highlight for me.
You and your brother have quite a musical background when it comes to live instruments. Could you describe the early days of music for you? How did it all come about?
We were both really young , 11 years old. We started as Psy trance Dj’s and making music came on our paths when we were about 15 years old. At the beginning we didn’t really think that it was all going to be so serious , neither that we would both follow careers on it. It’s so insane to look back and see what we have been through
With major releases, big performances, and claiming the 25th position at the DJ Mag poll last year – what is the next step for Alok? Any upcoming releases you’d like to share with us? What are your plans for 2017?
I am currently working on some upcoming releases , collaborations and songs with very talented musicians and artists. I’m also working on a few ideas for a performance with more live elements and musicians. 2017 will be a very interesting and exciting ride and I cant wait to share what’s coming !!!
The reigns are handed to Alok for the second half of the mix, which he conducts flawlessly.
Check out the 198th episode of Spinnin’ Sessions featuring Alok below.