Paradoks is a Swiss/Belgian artist who is known for his compelling style of melodic house and techno.
He has been making waves on the international club scene following his releases on influential record labels such as Stil Vor Talent, Parquet and Timeless Moment.
Support for those records has ranged from Tale Of Us to Pete Tong, but he is also a talented DJ who’s performed mainstage sets across Europe and other parts of the world, including prestigious events such as Burning Man.
His DJ sets are epic journeys that are full of uplifting emotions and cosmic atmosphere underpinned by techy percussion and driving kick drums.
We hope you all enjoy this 3-hour and 33 minutes mix from Paradoks who also took the time to answer some interview questions…
Thanks for recording us a podcast, where did you record the mix?
My pleasure. I recorded the set in Zurich, Switzerland where I am currently based.
Did you work out the track selection in advance of recording, and what was the
vibe/energy you wanted to portray with your set?
When I play a DJ set “live” in a club, I always have a big playlist full of music so that I am sure to have all the tracks needed for any moment. If I feel the crowd wants something more emotional, or sometimes more energetic, I want to be sure I have the right track for the right moment. But I never prepare the whole journey in advance because you never know what will happen, as a DJ you always must be flexible and ready to adapt and interact with the people.
However, since this is a podcast and there is no crowd interaction, I did indeed put a lot of thought into which tracks would flow nice into the other one, while making sure that the energy levels match the development of the story. I spent a lot of time moving tracks around, making sure they match both melodically but also energetically. Every track needs to contribute to the whole picture. It’s a true challenge but I’m happy with the outcome. We all go through various emotional states in life, and I like to reflect that in both my tracks and my sets. In this podcast we are going through darkness and lightness, softness and energy, happiness and roughness.
Did you play any of your own music?
Yes, I included 16 tracks of mine. I think close to half of them are either “unfinished” or unreleased.
Talking of your own tracks, what’s new in your release schedule, as we would love to know more about your new music?
The closing track is a special track for me, and I will release it very soon, probably around the end of November of this year. More info on that one soon! I also have some upcoming tracks and remixes on great labels at the beginning of 2023, but I can’t reveal more than that yet.
What do you think would be the perfect setting for someone to listen to your mix, and why do you think that would be the best place?
The mix has two parts, it starts off softer but gradually increases in energy. I would say a good setting to listen to it would be a long drive, that goes from sunset to nighttime. I also know of some people that like to work not only on soft music but also enjoy having a bit more energetic music to give them motivation. The gym could also be a great place. Or maybe dance to it in your own nightclub at home? Hmm, I think there is no perfect setting, to each their own!
How was your summer this year, did you play any festivals?
My summer was quite busy, I toured Egypt, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Cyprus, United States, Prague, and Lebanon. I played in amazing venues such as Brooklyn Mirage, New York and Krizikova Fountain in Prague for Purified. As for festivals, I played at the “Bucht Der Traumer” festival close to Berlin and it was such a beautiful experience.
Tell us about the gigs you have coming up so people can find out where to see you play live?
I’m going on an India tour in October, then South America tour in November. Right now, I’m working on another US tour in December, Mexico in January and probably the Middle East in February, but these are still to be confirmed. I hope to come to Australia sometime soon as well!
Do you have a message for your fans or anything you want to add?
At the moment, there are many projects I’m working on to explore different musical sides of Paradoks. I’m very excited for the next months and can’t wait to share it with everyone. Also, if you enjoyed the session, feel free to reach out to me on my socials. Thank you for listening.