Maria Karavazaki aka Aria Dj is a Greek female Dj and Music Producer specialised in Forest and Twilight Psychedelic Trance Music << Aria’s passion for music and dance started in early age growing up in a family where music always took great part in their their every day life! Her parents daily played vinyls of Psychedelic and Hard Rock, with Aria being in love with this kind of music since she was able to remember herself! Through her primary and high school years Aria was involved in music through Radio broadcasting and even though that she didn’t complete her musical studies she was meeting regularly friends in their houses while they were Jamming with music styles such as Psychedelic Rock,Grunge, Punk and Metal! When Aria was still in high school an older friend that was already a Psychedelic Trance Music producer invited Aria in her first psychedelic Gathering and her psychedelic journey began! Aria was immediately in love with Psychedelic Trance’s environment and positive vibes! Since then she explore Psychedelic Trance music through hours of daily listening, parties and festivals around the globe! She worked for almost three years in Camden Town in a Psychedelic Trance’s culture inspired shop offering electronic music, clothes and accessories! There she had the chance to meet and connect with a lot of producers, organizers and music lovers through those years! Aria since her first Psychedelic Trance Gathering experience was always curious about the art of being a Dj/Producer and she was always enjoying being next to the front speakers supporting the artists and sharing good vibes at all times! Recently she decided that her passion for sharing positive vibes together with her love for creativity and entertainment could find their way through being aPsychedelic Trance Music Producer and Dj!
Your life-story and relationship with your work
Tell us a little about you and your work:
I am a Female Psytrance Music Producer and DJ currently based in London,UK. I am involved in Psytrance scene since my teenager years participating and contributing in organising/running Festivals, Gatherings and Parties Worldwide. Recently I started Working as a DJ delivering Full Power Forest and Twilight Sets. I am Currently working on my solo Psytrance Music Production Project under the name Aria and another Project together with a friend Producer called the Nightriderz.
Currently what projects are you working on? And what future plans have you chalked out for yourself?:
I am Currently working on my solo Psytrance Music Production Project under the name Aria and another Project together with a friend Producer called the Nightriderz. During this year (2019) I am focusing on completing 3 tracks with my solo Project and Release my first EP with a Record Label by the end of the year. At the same time I am working on my Nightriderz Project and together with my music partner in crime we willing to finalise some tunes in the upcoming months and release them asap. My future plans, after releasing my first EP and be part of a Record Label, are spreading my music and Full Power Live Performance Worldwide through Festivals and Parties.
What influenced you to get into your field?:
During the summer 2017 I travelled in few Psytrance Festivals in Europe and I realise that my passion for creativity and Freedom of Self expression could find its way through Music Production and Live Performance. I was influenced by other Music Producers and Performers, while I was watching them perform Live and I felt deeply the need to get into my current field and spread My Music and Positive Vibes Worldwide.
As an artist, what role do you think you play in society?:
As an artist I wish to influence as much as possible other people to be Strong and follow their dreams and passions and especially as an Psytrance Artist to inspire/helping them to have Fun, enjoy themselves and keeping that Uplifted Bright vibe and MindSet through their everyday Life.
You obviously love what you do…but what do you love the most about your work?:
I love spending time in my studio and creating my tunes as is a great direct way of self expression and a very Joyful way of being creative and present in the moment. As a Live Performer I love to see people having fun, smile and sharing good vibes in the dance floor, i love sharing and receiving Positive Energy from the decks to the dance floor and Vice Versa.
Creating on a regular basis can be a bloody tough job, so what motivates you to press yourself into the workstation every single day?:
The Goal is to grow and get better each day and for me the creative process in my studio is a way of deep self discovering and personal progress, as the more you doing something the better you become on it. My higher motivation is my will to share my self through My Music to the World and Inspire other People to follow their own higher Paths.
Everybody has to start somewhere, usually at the bottom of the ladder, either as the bus-boy or the shoe-shiner. What was the very first job you had?:
My very first job related to the Psytrance Music was Managing a Psytrance Culture’s Inspired store in Camden Market, London were I used to sell Psytrance Music and Clothes. Through those 3 years that I was working in that store I had the chance to explore deeply all the Psytrance Styles and create Great connections with Music Lovers, Promoters, Organisers and Artists.
What is your second love? What’s the alternative career path you would have travelled if you were not on the one you are right now?:
I would def. be a Contemporary Dance Performer if i wasn’t full committed in my current path, as I studied Performing Arts in the past, though my love for dancing is still finds its way out through dancing Full Power on the Psytrance Dance floors.
Share your experiences and your characteristics/personality
No man is an island’- they say, in this light, what quality do you admire the most in others?:
My Full Power Energetic character that always is full present in the moment.
Sometimes life can be quite a – insert word that rhymes with witch. Which phase was the hardest/scariest in your life?:
Let’s being honest i think the hardest phase in everyone’s life (apart from loosing someone really close to us – that I haven’t experience it yet) is after breaking up from a Relationship or being rejected from someone that we truly Love. For me the period from the beginning of Autumn until the end of the 2018 was the hardest period of my Life to date for the reason I mentioned above. Through those months though I learnt to Love more my self and the World around me and to understand others deeply and with an Open Heart. Love Inside Out is the Answer and they way forward.
Any embarrassing moments? Yes, you’d hate to disclose your secrets but we’d love to hear.:
I remember a really funny moment in Ozora Festival couple of years ago were a girl asked my help to cut a watermelon and i had the great idea to smash it on the floor next to the main stage, where all the London Psy Family were chilling with their belongings, and cover everyone with watermelon juice and pieces hahaha, i think that moment of me and the watermelon will stay in everyone’s mind for years!
Everybody’s got favourites…so what’s your favourite work/piece among everything that you’ve designed/produced/dj-ed/created? (Link us up!):
I strongly believe that my set for the Party that I played last weekend in London is my best until today – enjoy it Loud:Dj Aria on soundcloud
Name a few of your all time favourite tracks. (From other artists if you are producer).:
Brainjam – Radikal Moodz Hardly Crazy – Filterheads Highguide – Filterheads Atoms to Bytes – Southwild and Whiptongue Demented Soup – Synthetic Chaos and Zzbing Universal Language – Hydra
When have you been most satisfied in your life? Care to share one of your happiest memories?:
My happier moment to date was while performing in a Party in London on December 2018 and seeing everyone’s faces in the dance floor full of joy while having a great time. There was some serious problems with the sound and the music started really late so I was the first Dj after the music started again and felt like i was started the moments of Fun again for everyone that attended. That moments of Joy stayed with me until today.
Habits die hard. Which one word always creeps in your speech?:
Fun it’s all about Fun! Fun is Fundamental!
Knock, knock, we want to hear a good joke.:
A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer, bartender says “sorry, we don’t serve food here”.
There’s a book on the shelf. It’s your autobiography. What does the title say?:
Flash-forward in time. You are now really old. What would you tell your children/loved ones?:
To risk, to do mistakes, to Love deeply from Inside Out and Unconditionally, to feel the moments and never give up, to have goals that bring Joy in their Life, to be honest and Compassionate. Unity and Love is the Answer!
Into the time machine again. What do you miss about being a kid?:
I missed playing with my friends in the wild fields of my island Corfu, Greece were time didn’t matter at all and the day was full of adventures and Fun, those moments of adventure I am seeking to experience again through my travels in Psy Festivals and Parties.
Your hobbies and other fun questions
Excessive chopping dulls the axe. Time-outs are a must. What do you do when you take time off from creating? Got any hobbies?:
I love to exercise (every type of exercise is great for me) and taking long walks in the forests/parks of London is something that i enjoy a lot. I am writing poems from time to time as well. Watching Music and Science Documentaries are always a great fun for me.
What’s the last movie/T.V show you saw or book/magazine you read?:
At the moment I am reading the Secrets of Dance Music Production by Attack Magazine book and highly recommended to any Music Producer.
Name your all time favourite movie/show/book.:
Clockwork Orange by Kubrick movie Women by Bukowski Book
With all the X-men and heroes running around. Us mortals would like some powers too. What one superpower would you choose?:
To be able to stop wars, violence and hate by showing off my tongue hahaha!
The genie comes out of the lamp and grants you one wish that will change the world. What would you wish for?:
Everyone to Love From Inside Out deeply!
Your opinions and viewpoints
Got any theories on how the universe blossomed into existence or on the rationale of life? Are we in the matrix? Did god knit a hologram?:
I read a lot, watch documentaries etc. in my free time and I think until to date nobody knows whats going on really and as Lemmy from Motorhead said I am not in a rush to leave this dimension and learnt everything yet hahaha! Let’s live the best way we can and the rest belong to the future!
In an era where most people bear a close resemblance to sandpaper, it’s easy to snap. What are your dislikes/pet peeves/frustrations?:
I don’t like people when they are fake in order to earn what they want, antagonism and being disrespectful.
How do you connect to the spiritual side of yourself?:
Through Love Inside Out
Your relationship with psychedelics
Creativity and psychedelics work together. Do you agree? Why/Why not?:
I think Psychedelics work well with creativity, imagination and Opening our Mind, the colours/visuals that we see while on Psychedelics i believe that contribute well in every creative process as they give at least to me a good inspiration. For the reason why I will leave it for the Scientist to explain it better hahaha!
Any work/pieces that were inspired by entheogens?:
My Current Track called Video Game is being Inspired by a Strong Nice Trip that I had in a Festival in Greece last summer.
Are you pro-weed culture? Why do you think the majority of the population goes against the green?:
I believe that if Weed works well for someone is not my job to encourage him/her or not to use it. If makes people happy I am happy. I think Green is good in medical applications too as some Scientists state. I dont really think that the majority of the population goes against the green to be honest, i think that the Governments and the Global System behind them goes against the Green for Economical and not only Reasons.
Any ideas to rectify this mindset?:
Organise a Global Revolution were we are free from Governments, Big Corporations, Mafia etc. and then smoke weed in a Psytrance Festival with the rest of the World hahaha! Weed Dreams are made of this hahaha!
Advice for the readers and fans
At the end of the ride, everyone’s looking for some form of success (tangible or not), what does success mean to you?:
I think we measure success depending on what state we are in our life every time, something that I believe that is success for me now tomorrow will be something that belongs to my past. This is a quite stressful process and mindset to follow, so for me success is feeling well in my own skin every moment if possible, being creative and Love Inside Out at all times!