Why did you make the decision to become a DJ?
This question has never occurred to me before – seriously! My interest in dance music started when I was only 12 and I don’t know where it came from, so we can say that my choice was made subconsciously.
What is the Russian club scene like? How does it differ from the rest of the world?
Even though I was born and grew up in Russia, I still consider myself an exception on the Russian club scene. Many DJs there sound the same, but I have always had a more individual style. Of course, I love all the people who come to listen to me playing and I don’t like to look for differences in them or say that one is special, you know. When people are enjoying my music they all have the sparkle of love in their eyes, and love has no borders and no nations.
What can we expect from your set at Sanctuary?
Regarding genres, you mean? Well, I would say it will be progressive and tech house.
Have you been to Dubai before? If so, what did you think?
Oh, I’ve been many times and I have even played once in Sanctuary. One of the residents at Sanctuary, Amin Golestan, has been one of my best friends for many years. He’s a pro. And answering the question – I love Dubai to bits!
You run Wazzup? Records. What was your aim when you started it?
I wanted to produce high-quality music with a great sound. Wazzup? is also the name of our web TV channel [www.wazzuptv.com]. I like to see that, over time, it’s becoming more and more popular with people who really love good music.
Is it living up to your expectations?
I have to admit that I don’t have enough time at the moment to run the label as I wanted to do in the very beginning. But the fact that the label’s very first release was included in Roger Sanchez’s annual mix CD –
I think that speaks for itself. For the near future, my plan is to move the headquarters of the label to Amsterdam so my friends and partners who are really interested in developing Wazzup? can help run the label in the proper way.
What do you think of the dance scene at the moment?
There are quite a few people at the minute who are making really good music. I love Spanish producers such as David Penn and David Tort. They’re producing perfect club music – it is amazing.
What’s been the best moment of your career so far?
Hmm… Not so long ago it was the day of the grand opening of my own club, The Discoteque [in Moscow]. Seeing almost 4,000 people jumping up and down to my beat as a single, giant, beautiful organism… I cannot explain how it felt. You feel closer to heaven when you see so much positive energy flowing in the air.
And what was the worst?
I cannot remember. Seriously! I’m a happy person. It sounds silly, but this is how it is!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen while DJing?
I think it must have been when I saw Ibiza’s Gore performance troupe for the very first time. They are a full dance show, not just go-go dancers; all that glitter, high heels and extravagant choreography is very theatrical. In reality, they are more like dancing actors.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be honest now!
My character. Sometimes I’m just mean. But I feel blessed to have people around me who really love me.
What is in your pockets right now?
My mobile. Gum. Some cash. Not much, though…
And finally, what are your plans for 2010?
My main objective is my club. We’ve already reached a quite high level in a very short amount of time. Now we’re gonna make it even higher. The second quarter of the year I’m going to spend in my studio to write music. And I’ll find the time to travel somehow too.
DJ Danila plays Sanctuary on January 7.