Alexander Skembris from Corfu, Greece is the main mind behind the projects of Dj Django Music. Eight projects that cover all bpm range from downtempo/psychill to pure psytrance vibes and forest psychedelic tribal beats.
In the year 2012 Alexander made his debut appearance to the dancefloors. After the release of several demos, radio shows (Dragonfly Radio, Midiradio) and performances to cities around Greece (Athens, Preveza, Thessalonike) he started becoming well-known to the audience for his unique sounds and ideas.
During 2013-14 and in collaboration with artists like Micky Noise, Har-el Prusky (California Sunshine/Adrenalin Drum/Double Polarity), Bamboo Forest, Jirah, Blazing Noise, Fobi, Drollkoppz and many more super-talented musicians, Dj Django released four (4) FREE download compilations (one double VA plus two (2) more ) through his personal label Fantastic 5 Records. All these FREE compilation releases contain top-notch and rare tracks that attach to them a remarkable collector’s value.
Your life-story and relationship with your work
Tell us a little about you and your work:
Come from Corfu island, Greece. Psychedelic Music and Art is my kind of thing. After I graduated from music technology studies in 2006 I started the whole thing into producing some tracks. Honestly, it was quite ‘shadowy’ and difficult in the beginning. Yet this is past now. Today I work for 8 projects that cover almost all bpm-range. Last year I released my first e.p on Infinity-Tunes Records for Dolby Caramel project.
Currently what projects are you working on? And what future plans have you chalked out for yourself?:
Already released 2 E.Ps for Dolby Caramel (progpsy project) on Infinity-Tunes. At the moment the label is preparing some compilations that I participate with this project. The first VA will be release on 31st August. Then on 3rd August it will be released the debut E.P of G.O.A Monks that consists of 2 dance bombs @145bpm on the same label. Guess all future plans are about the releases of the projects and of course having quality time with family and friends.
What influenced you to get into your field?:
Nice question. Well it’s everything from psychedelic music. Back from 60′ until today.
As an artist, what role do you think you play in society?:
I bring new ideas and sounds. I remember from the days of my demos all friends and fans around were telling me that my tracks sound like no other. Moreover I think is the fact that everything I do is psychedelic. In my opinion Psychedelia teaches creativity.
You obviously love what you do…but what do you love the most about your work?:
I see no boundaries. I like to trespass the limits and create supersonic electronic journeys with every tool it comes in hand.
Creating on a regular basis can be a bloody tough job, so what motivates you to press yourself into the workstation every single day?:
It comes natural. It is not so much a job for me. Every track I compose I want to be an art piece. I never produce just for producing. I give all the time it takes on a track to be finished. So the only reason I might press the work in studio is for the best result. The contact with the audience and the feeling after a new release is finished is my greatest motivation.
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?:
In cafe-bars and clubs serving the drinks and beers.
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 think I would have a been a teacher or something like that.
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?:
Being a good and true friend I guess.
Sometimes life can be quite a – insert word that rhymes with witch. Which phase was the hardest/scariest in your life?:
All the years after I finished school and until 2012. These twelve years were quite ‘shadowy’.
Any embarrassing moments? Yes, you’d hate to disclose your secrets but we’d love to hear.:
Well the only moment I recall is when after djing for a rock/metal party back in 1999 I woke up in hangover outside to a square without the ability to remember how I got there. Brave heavy-metal days!!!!
Everybody’s got favourites…so what’s your favourite work/piece among everything that you’ve designed/produced/dj-ed/created? (Link us up!):
It’s my latest set. You can find it on my Soundcloud page.
Name a few of your all time favourite tracks. (From other artists if you are producer).:
Logic Bomb – frequent flyers Orion – universal ping pong Alien Project – Midnight Ssun (GMS remix) Ticon – 1987 Protonica – Horizon
When have you been most satisfied in your life? Care to share one of your happiest memories?:
It was back when I saw my first release on Infinity-Tunes.
Habits die hard. Which one word always creeps in your speech?:
hmm tough to say but maybe is the word ‘splendid’.
Knock, knock, we want to hear a good joke.:
I don’t need Google My wife knows everything!!!
There’s a book on the shelf. It’s your autobiography. What does the title say?:
well something about psychedelic art I guess. -Django, the man behind eight psychedelic music projects- could be one.
Flash-forward in time. You are now really old. What would you tell your children/loved ones?:
Always listen to your heart!!!
Into the time machine again. What do you miss about being a kid?:
Perhaps is caring only about go out playing football and video games with friends. Not that Iam not doing these things anymore but for sure not so frequently as back then.
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 observing constellations and reading about it.
What’s the last movie/T.V show you saw or book/magazine you read?:
Last movie: Mad Max (Road Fury) T.V Show: Game of Thrones Book: Silmarilion Magazine: Mushroom magazine
Name your all time favourite movie/show/book.:
movie: Mad Max show: Monty Pythons book: Silmarillion
With all the X-men and heroes running around. Us mortals would like some powers too. What one superpower would you choose?:
To shoot lovebolts to all these so-called politicians out there.
The genie comes out of the lamp and grants you one wish that will change the world. What would you wish for?:
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?:
no blue or red pills for me. I believe in Art. The Great artist spirit. Everything has been created with endless wisdom from the source. Studying chaos and fractals (mandelbrot) is quite close sometimes to shamanic patterns of meditation.
In an era where most people bear a close resemblance to sandpaper, it’s easy to snap. What are your dislikes/pet peeves/frustrations?:
How do you connect to the spiritual side of yourself?:
Your relationship with psychedelics
Creativity and psychedelics work together. Do you agree? Why/Why not?:
It is true but also it is highly recommended to say that if someone will consume psychedelics in order to be creative then this might be even lethal. Psychedelics can help you in a certain way into creativity. For example spend a weekend into the woods and then come back relaxed to your art or whatever you work on. If it becomes a self cause in order to be creative though, then it might lead to several addiction problems.
Any work/pieces that were inspired by entheogens?:
Dolby Caramel – Endless track from the latest self-titled E.P!! It is about LSD featuring a rare footage of a woman taking a drop during an interview.
Are you pro-weed culture? Why do you think the majority of the population goes against the green?:
Whatever people don’t understand they are afraid of it.
Any ideas to rectify this mindset?:
Show and prove to those that care that there are no problems around it but only benefits. Environmental and health considering ones.
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?:
hard work and being honest about your motives.