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BEST OF 2016 Interview with the upcoming producer SCHALA from San Francisco

Your Name:
Sean Decker (SCHALA)

Your location(country,city)
United States of America, San Francisco

Dimitri:Can you mention your 3 biggest achievements in your music career in 2016?
SCHALA: #1 Trance EP Release on beatport, Night Sky reached #17 on Trance chart, Support from the worlds biggest djs Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond for my tracks Algorithm and Night Sky

Dimitri: Overall 2016 was a positive, neutral or maybe negative year for you and why?
SCHALA: Huge year for me, I broke out in the trance scene with multiple tracks reaching top 50 and top 20 on Beatport's trance chart, and have gained international acknowledgement and support.

1) Best Track:
SCHALA: Super8 and Tab - Mega

2) Best Artist (Dj & producer):
SCHALA: Armin van Buuren

3) Best Remix:
SCHALA: Human Resource - Dominator (Armin van Buuren remix)

4) Best Remixer:
SCHALA: Havok Roth

5) Best New Talent (Dj or producer):
SCHALA: Northia

6) Best Electronic Music Album:
SCHALA: Mr Oizo - All Wet

7) Best Electronic Music Compilation:
SCHALA: Amsterdam Enhanced 2016, Mixed by Cuebrick & Rodrigo Deem

8) Best artwork/cover of an Album or Compilation:
SCHALA: Eric Prydz - Opus

9) Best Lyrics in an Electronic Music track
SCHALA: Simon Patterson - Now I Can Breathe Again

10) Best Vocalist/Singer featured on Electronic Music track:
SCHALA: Lucy Pullin

11) Best Electronic Music Label:
SCHALA: Enhanced Music - I'm not just saying this because it is my home label, it is my favourite.

12) Best Electronic Music Video:
SCHALA: Gesaffelstein - Pursuit

13) Best Online Social media for communication with your fans:
SCHALA: Twitter

14) Best Twitter or Facebook message or Instagram message you received from a fan or friend or you have read on someone else’s account:
SCHALA: I received a tweet saying I am the ''Future of Enhanced''

15) Best music composition software:

16) Best Club Event or Open Air Festival:
SCHALA: Coachella 2016

17) Best personal Dj Gig:
SCHALA: Aura Night Club in San Jose, CA

18) Best Dj set of the year from other fellow Dj:
SCHALA: Mr. Oizo live at Webster Hall

19) Best country that you have visited to perform with the most up for it crowd:

20) Best Radio show:
SCHALA: A State of Trance

21) Best Radio station:
SCHALA: Digitally Imported

22) Best Online Record shop that you purchase your music:
SCHALA: Beatport

23) Best music related website that you visit frequently:
SCHALA: Flux BPM Online

24) Best Smart phone or smart phone application:
SCHALA: iPhone 7

25) Best Dj equipment (software or hardware):
SCHALA: Allen & Heath Xone 92

26) Best tip that you learnt this year for your Djing techniques or music composition:
SCHALA: Kickstart is your friend!

27) Best piece of advice you got in relation to your career in 2016:
SCHALA: Don't stop learning.

28) Best hobby or activity that you spent a lot of time in 2016:
SCHALA: Watching twitch.tv

29) Best holiday destination for 2016 that you manage to visit this year either to relax or to perform in a club or festival:
SCHALA: Santa Monica, CA

30) Best Electronic Music magazines in printed form not online:
SCHALA: Computer Music Magazine

31) Best Movie of the year that may inspire you to compose a track:
SCHALA: Doctor Strange

32) Best online/PC/video game of the year that you have played this year?
SCHALA: Overwatch

33) Best soundtrack for video game of the year:
SCHALA: World of Warcraft: Legion

34) Best joke you heard this year related to electronic music:
SCHALA: "While your busy spam voting for Nickelodeon's Teen Choice Awards, some poor fucker in a basement is making your next favorite record." - Calvin Harris

Dimitri: Finally, 2017 is ahead of us would you like to tell your plans with your future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, Dj gigs.
SCHALA: I'm moving to Colorado early next year. While I plan on doubling the amount of records I put out in 2016 in 2017, I am hoping to get into the Denver DJ scene and hopefully soon become a travelling DJ being booked internationally. 

Thanks to Rory at Enhanced Music for arranging this interview.

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