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BEST OF 2017 Interview with Costa Pantazis

Your Name: Costa Pantazis
Your location(country,city): London, United Kingdom

Dimitri: Can you mention your biggest music career achievements in 2017?
Costa: Running my own Metamorph Recordings imprint which now has been going for nearly seven years (time flies!) mostly covering hard dance but in 2018 will be changing direction and moving back to trance. It's been too long overdue but given the direction the harder sounds of trance have moved over the last few years I felt the time is right to finally move with it. With that, launching ART Recordings with Carl Nicholson which has in such a short space of time done so well release-wise and gained huge support on the trance circuit which we plan to continue with next year as well.
Dimitri: Can you mention your biggest personal life achievements in 2017 that make you extremely proud?
Costa: Just completed my first album as Venetica which is due for release in March 2018 and the second is already underway.
1) Best Track from other artists:
R.E.L.O.A.D. - Primitive Mind (Original Mix), 

Sam Laxton - Product Of The Devil (Original Mix) and 

Tempo Giusto - Past x Future (Original Mix)

2) Your top 3 2017 personal productions
There's been several done but they won't be released until next year so I can't reveal them just yet but but if I had to pick so far then the following three. 

1. Simon Patterson & Magnus - Evoke (Costa Pantazis Remix)

2. Medusa Strain (ART Recordings)

3.Venetica - Premontion (Platinum Mix) (Metamorph Recordings)

3) Best Artist (Dj & producer):
Darren Porter

4) Best Remix from other artist:
Being bias here but S.H.O.K.K. & Nick The Kid's remix of mine and NG Rezonance's 'The Kaya Identity' which is still going strong and doing the rounds  after it's initial release.

5) Best Remix that you have produced?
Simon Patterson & Magnus - Evoke (sadly not official)

6) Best Remixer:
Mark Sherry or John Askew

7) Best New Talent (Dj or producer):
Metta & Glyde (joint project between Lee Walls & Adam King) who have just started releasing on labels such as Tangled Audio and will also be joining us on Metamorp and ART as well next year which we look forward to.

8) Best Electronic Music Album:
Paul van Dyk ‎– Vorsprung Dyk Technik (Remixes 92-98) (can't be beaten)

9) Best Electronic Music Compilation:
Renaissance Worldwide: Singapore (oldie but goodie)

10) Best Lyrics in an Electronic Music track (it can be your production or from other artists)
Marco V - Godd

11) Best Vocalist/Singer featured on Electronic Music track:
Roxanne Emery, Christina Novelli (as Cartel)

12) Best Electronic Music Label:
VII is really doing well at the moment. A great mix of styles.

13) Best Online Social media for communication with your fans:
Facebook, Soundcloud

14) Best Club Event or Open Air Festival:
Trancecoda and Trance Sanctuary

15) Best Dj set of the year from other fellow Dj:
Tempo Giusto

16) Best Radio show or Artist Vlog?:
I rarely get time to listen to a lot of radio shows and podcasts but I do enjoy Erika K - The Trance Conduct I would say that's the one I've been listening to more then the rest at present. Simon Patterson - Open Up is another favourite.

17) Best Online Record shop that you purchase your music:
Beatport and Trackitdown

18) Best Smart phone or smart phone application:
Definatly not the Soundcloud app!

19) Best piece of advice you got in relation to your career in 2017:
Beware of strangers bearing gifts.

20) Best holiday destination for 2017 either to relax or to perform in a club or festival:

21) Best Electronic Music magazines in printed form not online:
To be honest, none of them in recent years.

22)  Best electronic music related joke you heard this year and make you still laugh:
If somebody says your guitar is too loud ignore them, you don't need that sort of negativity in your life.

Dimitri: Finally, please tell our readers your plans with your future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, Dj gigs.
Costa: Currently two albums in the works and several other ventures on various labels including my own Metamorph Recordings imprint and also ART which I manage with Carl Nicholson.

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