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BEST OF 2017 Interview with Destia

Your Name: Destia
Your location(country,city): U.K

Dimitri: Can you mention your biggest music career achievements in 2017?
Destia: I would have to say seeing Alloy chart in the Top 10 Beatport Trance Releases! That was a real achievement for me to see my artist name next to other huge acts and to see the track being received so well. That along with support from Alex M.O.R.P.H & Steve Allen on my remix of 'Sputnik' by Taival & Miikka Leinonen.
Dimitri: Can you mention your biggest personal life achievements in 2017 that make you extremely proud?
Destia: Finding the courage to take my music seriously and start believing in myself.
1) Best Track from other artists:
The Thrillseekers - In These Arms (The Thrillseekers pres. Hydra Remix). I can remember being in the car hearing it for the first time so clearly thinking 'Wow this is special'.

2) Your top 3 2017 personal productions
I would have to go with:
Destia - Alloy

Taival vs. Miikka Leinonen - Sputnik (Destia Remix)

Destia - Altitude

3) Best Artist (Dj & producer):
Will Atkinson - every release of his this year has been special & unique.

4) Best Remix from other artist:
Will Atkinson's remix of Dogzilla - Without You. Freshest sounding remix I've heard in years.

5) Best Remix that you have produced?
My remix of Taival vs Miikka Leinonen - Sputnik.

6) Best Remixer:
WAIO - everything the man touches turns to gold.

7) Best New Talent (Dj or producer):
Smith & Brown.

8) Best Electronic Music Album:
Way Out West - Tuesday Maybe... was waiting years for it!

9) Best Electronic Music Compilation:
Pure Trance 6 clinched it this year for me - so diverse and such high quality!

10) Best artwork/cover of an Album or Compilation:
Pure Trance 6 - perfect example of less is more!

11) Best Lyrics in an Electronic Music track (it can be your production or from other artists)
David Forbes Ft Emma Gillespie - Shadows. Powerful stuff.

12) Best Vocalist/Singer featured on Electronic Music track:
Richard Bedford on the new Above & Beyond - Northern Soul. His voice is simply outstanding and instantly recognizable!

13) Best Electronic Music Label:
VII. Those guys are at the top of their game.

14) Best Electronic Music Video:
Can't think of any! Bring back the electronic music video.

15) Best Online Social media for communication with your fans:
Facebook - I've received some great fan messages on there.

16) Best Twitter or Facebook message or Instagram message you received from a fan or friend or you have read on someone else’s account:
"The only thing that makes me more horny than a ****** release is a @destiamusic acid"

17) Best music composition software:
I'd say Ableton - even being a Logic User!

18) Best Club Event or Open Air Festival:
Luminosity hands down.

19) Best Dj set of the year from other fellow Dj:
Sneijder's set at Luminosity 2017! First time plays for a lot of his biggest Afterdark releases.

20) Best Radio show or Artist Vlog?:
Pure Trance

21) Best Radio station:
Trance Energy Radio

22) Best Online Record shop that you purchase your music:
Beatport! Has to be.

23) Best music related website that you visit frequently:
MusicRadar (The Tech section). Great for staying up to date with plugins/techniques etc.

24) Best Smart phone or smart phone application:
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge - got me away from my Iphone & couldn't be happier.

25) Best Dj equipment (software or hardware):
Allen & Heath Xone 92 (those filters are to die for).

26) Best new sound or sample that has been used in Electronic Music this year perhaps introduced first by you?
Hard to say - haven't heard many new sounds!

27) Best tip that you learnt this year for your Djing techniques or music composition:
Less is more - strip back those unneeded chord/melody changes.

28) Best piece of advice you got in relation to your career in 2017:
Finish Everything. Even if it's crap!

29) Best hobby or activity that you spent a lot of time in 2017:
Coding Linux on my rasberry Pi into something unique (like a playstation or media server!)

30) Best holiday destination for 2017 either to relax or to perform in a club or festival:
Ibiza - perfect blend of relaxing and clubbing.

31) Best Electronic Music magazines in printed form not online:
DJ Mag has to be!

32) Best Movie of the year that may inspire you to compose a track:
Trainspotting 2 - those old school dance tunes got me so nostalgic.

33) Best online/PC/video game of the year that you have played this year?

34) Best soundtrack for video game of the year:
It's got to be Horizon Zero Dawn!

35) Best electronic music related joke you heard this year and make you still laugh:
Q: What you instrument do you play?
A: I play High pass Filter

36) The saddest electronic music news you heard this year and still makes u cry:
The passing of Robert Miles was truly devastating.

Dimitri: Finally, please tell our readers your plans with your future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, Dj gigs.
Destia: I have future remixes incoming on Tangled Audio, a follow up to Alloy, an uplifting track and even a vocal track!

Thanks to Duncan Newell at Tangled Audio / Alter Ego Records for arranging this interview

Additional info:
Instagram: @destiamusic