DT688 – DJ T.
Get Physical co-founder DJ T. delivers his fourth studio album, digging deep in the outer reaches of electronic music for an LP that shines a light on his own transformative journey.
‘Trans Orient Express’ is an album that almost never happened. In 2011 DJ T. released ‘The Pleasure Principle’, a critically acclaimed LP that was a true labour of love, as he says “The process was extremely gruelling, it was so demanding that I was sure I would never do another album. If someone would have told me that I would be back making a complete album in an ethnic disco style, i simply wouldn’t have believed it” .
However, the last few years have seen the artist going through a deep transformative shift, with a new personal path that has led him back to the studio, overflowing with inspiration and a new musical outlook. T. has been on something of a journey, inspired by South American cultures and the world of healing arts and spiritual growth, encountering the format of Ecstatic Dance in the sacred valley of Peru along the way.
For the last two years, he has split his DJ performances between traditional clubs and festivals and these dance ceremonies, where he plays a wild, eclectic mix of world & roots music from all cultural circles, drawing on traditional elements and fusing them with the modern sounds of Electronica.. ‘Trans Orient Express’ is, in a way, the result of DJ T. injecting these new influences into club music and continues the story started by his indie dance hit ‘Istanbul’ and the subsequent ‘Nomads’ EP.
Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Let me do it in 6: Sparkling tweaking tribal Acid Disco House
What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Pezzner’s ‘I Am You’. It tells about a lot about the current state of the Electronic music scene that such a track gets lost in the shuffle of thousands of generic and formula-esque tracks that no one will remember in a year anymore. It’s one of these timeless masterpieces that is capable of putting every dancefloor on fire, no matter where, at which time, for a small or a big crowd, in a club or outdoor. I bet that peznner felt inspired by unforgotten producers legends like Metro Area and Chicken Lips when he produced it. What an epic track.
What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
To be honest, this mix has probably less of a red line than my mixes usually have, but in my perception, there is an epic, sometimes even cinematic mood in the most of the tracks while they irresistibly groove at the same time. It wasn’t easy to find the tracks for this one as, again, i wouldn’t let myself get away with anything generic right now.
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
Maybe not the best gig of my recent tour in the Americas but for sure one of the most memorable ones were
both sets for the Tribal Gathering festival that i recently stayed at for almost two weeks at the Caribbean coast
What have you got coming up?
Well, my new album, the 4th one of my career, just got released on Get Physical a week ago and the cycle of releases will go until the end of this year, including at least five singles and remix packages.
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Take daily high doses of Vitamin C, D, Zinc, wash your hands after every visit you make to the outside world (If i say wash, then I don’t mean the usual 10 seconds hectic soap washing but a proper 30-40 seconds hand disinfection), wear a face mask whenever you go in public (not only to lower the risk of getting infected yourself but to lower the risk of infecting others in case you are an asymptomatic virus carrier and to make sure you are 100% avoiding to touch your face before the next hand disinfection), stay positive and don’t let fear and panic rule you.