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DJ Budai drops his Debut Album ‘Roots’ via Witty Tunes


DJ Budai is considered the biggest House and Techno pioneer in Hungary. Over two decades in the scene with plenty of releases and countless gigs, the time has come for his very first artist album entitled ‘Roots’ via Witty Tunes.

Techno pioneer who established funky techno and founded a dance magazine in Hungary. He is one of the most outstanding figures of the Hungarian dance scene. His works are so diverse that it’s impossible to write about them in just a few sentences. Let’s have a closer look at the milestones of DJ Budai’s career.

We premiere ‘Revolution Love’ on Data Transmission off the album recently. We caught up with Budai about his album below.

Techno House Classics of 93-96 is an iconic piece of Hungarian dance music history, however, we had to wait more than two decades for its follow-up. When did the idea come to make your own first single album and how long it took?

I’ve always wanted to make a solo album that reflects my sound and the styles I really like and present it to the crowd. So the idea was in my head for a good while. I’ve been constantly producing and road testing the tracks in the clubs and of course choosing the right record label like Witty Tunes was also essential. I have a longtime history with the label with plenty of releases so I knew that the album lands in good hands. The album is a mixture of exclusive new tracks and some of my releases from the label’s back catalogue.   

You wanted to make something fresh and cutting-edge or rather keep the focus on your own “trademark” sound?

This album presents every style I really like from Deep House to Techno, but it’s going to be the decision of the public about how trendy it is. I haven’t really thought much about making something fresh and trendy during producing the tracks. I just mixed together sounds, samples and synths I really like and completely felt it for myself. That’s how tracks got created. It was a process where I improvised a lot, jamming with sounds while the ideas just kept coming. I really hope that the results will indicate that.

Due to the pandemic situation, there was no chance of road testing the tracks in the clubs, however, the release of the album is coincidentally at the same time as the big reopenings. Did you revalue the music scene and your career during this long break?

I was very very excited before my first two gigs after the reopening. How it is going to be? Does anything change over the last one and a half years?

However everything was fine, the crowd was exactly the same as earlier. Like nothing just happened, maybe I got exhausted a bit more as my biorhythm got mixed up lately.

Anyway, the pandemic situation definitely changed the life of a lot of musicians, but the love and passion for music surely didn’t fade away for anyone. Most of the artists had to open up new doors and come up with something new to survive financially this period, but it might be not a bad thing at all. However, I’m sure there are some examples who left the music industry due to covid.

I started my DJ Workshop meanwhile which was a longtime dream of mine and I haven’t regretted the decision. Most of the feedback says that I’m a good teacher!

What is the biggest achievement of your career so far and do you still have plans you’d really like to accomplish?

Yes, I always have new ideas and goals I’d like to accomplish. If I’d really have to highlight one thing is that when I see smiling faces on the dance floors. It always means that I can give something great to the crowd.

What is your secret of renewal?

You always have to be up to date and keep up with the trends. I believe in a certain sound and I’m looking for that constantly. Till the moment I can find it I’m all OK with the evolution.

Looking for new tracks are essential for every DJs. Do you spend a lot of time discovering new releases and artists or you stick to the good old stuff that really worked?

You always have to invest time in this. There are a lot of new releases and you have to select even those tracks that are under the radar. There are many of these, as not every artist can sign to big labels. Also, a big label doesn’t automatically mean good musis as well. So you really need to take time and discover new artists and sounds and my experiences say that you can always find hidden gems.

There is a constant revolution in music, vinyl releases got replaced by digital releases and nowadays it is all about streaming. Do you think it has a positive effect in general or you are against it?

This is the part of the story and I’m all OK with it. Revolution is what keeps the music industry fresh and bring up the new things and freshness. We would have been all still listening to Boney M if it doesn’t be the case. The technical revolution is part of the industry and it also gives an option for DJs to use it and improve their productions. I still stay that the most import is the artist himself/herself, who is able to satisfy the crowd and get the tickets sold. Till robot DJs won’t appear in the business the artist itself will remain the most important.

We premiere ” on Data Transmission, check it out here and grab the album on Beatport.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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