INTERVIEW WITH JOHNNY TRIKA
Johnny Trika was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and it was 2011 when Johnny get in touch with the minimal-techno sound; ever since. What Johnny Trika brings to the musical scene is unlike any other. Only performing live sets packed with original material.
Hey Johnny thanks for talking to us. Now it’s already April, how do you reflect back on 2014? What lessons do you take into 2015 and did you had a very special moment you still remember?
Last year was great year for me. I learned many things from the business side of music which helped me understand how the system works. There were many special highlights last year! 2015 is looking to be a great year for me already.
The WMC in Miami is just over, when you look back how do you find the crowds there? Do you had any special impressions or moments there you kept in good memories?
Surprisingly, it was my first time going to WMC this year and I had nothing but a good time. Met lots of people and really enjoyed myself. The crowds are mixed because there are people coming from all over the world. Everyone there is looking to have fun and enjoy themselves so it’s all around good vibes. I will definitely remember the sunrise boat party with Dubfire and Seth Troxler. That was something special!
Since when are you involved in electronic music and when was the point of breakthrough which let you become professional?
I have been producing for the last 3 and a half years but I have been listening to electronic music for quite a long time. It’s only been in the last year where music became serious for me.
There seems to be a lot of great techno coming out of Canada at the moment, how is the scene over there and what do you think has helped it thrive so much?
I think the cold forces us to stay inside and make music! Haha! On a serious note, the scene here is very strong (especially Montreal/Toronto) because we have great clubs and great promoters. A lot of DJ’s love coming to Canada because the parties here are very good. I think in the next couple of years it will continue to grow as more people will be interested in electronic music.
What does 2015 hold for you and your musical pursuits? Are there any big plans or is it business as usual?
I have an EP on SCI+TEC coming out in June 2015 which I’m really excited about. Other than that, playing gigs and staying busy in the studio as much as I can.
Do you have a particular gig in the upcoming summer season you are looking forward to?
Let’s keep it a secret!
Your “Main Squeeze EP” on SCI +TEC is a great floor filler. ! Where do you know Ali aka Dubfire from and how did you come together for his label?
Thank you! I just gave a USB to Ali when he came to play in my city. Ever since then we have been connected and we have been working together.
If you could define the music you make, curate and play without using genre terms like “house” or “techno”, how would you describe it?
Hypnotic, dream-like atmospheres, unique and funky basslines!
Moving away from the dance floor, what other music do you listen to? And do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
I like listening to old school rap. I listen to anything that’s good. It can be any genre really, it doesn’t matter. If it’s good, it’s good.
How do you spend your time between your gigs when you Travel?
Trying to explore the city I’m in as much as possible. Traveling is one of my favourite things so I try to visit famous places in the city or eat at really good restaurants!