Hey, I’m Pedro Gaspar, also known as Juggling & Dj Juggler and I would like to thank you for wasting a bit of time reading this interview, hope that you can enjoy it as much as I did.
Your life-story and relationship with your work
Tell us a little about you and your work:
I was born in Évora – Portugal in 1981 and my musical career as a Dj started in 1999, when I began to play regularly at Psytrance parties of the time. The adventure on the production fields started some years later – in 2008 – with the project TECH TWIST (together with XENZODIAK – http://www.facebook.com/techtwistpt) and later with my solo project JUGGLING (http://www.facebook.com/jugglingpt).
Currently what projects are you working on? And what future plans have you chalked out for yourself?:
Currently I’m working nonstop on JUGGLING Live Act, that can be described as a mixture between morning and night full-on, with lots of energetic rhythms and uplifting leads, always with a “dancefloor groove” on it; on the other hand I still play Dj Sets under the name DJ JUGGLER, mainly with music from UNITED BEATS RECORDS (http://www.unitedbeatsrecords.com) and I’m doing weekly parties, every Wednesday, at one of the best clubs in the centre of Lisbon under the name FREAKY FICTION (http://www.facebook.com/freakyfiction). In January 2015, it is going to be released an Ep on United Beats and later JUGGLING’s debut album is coming… apart from that, I hope to continue showing my music around the world.
What influenced you to get into your field?:
To name some artists not directly involved with trance culture, I have to mention Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Air; directly involved with our culture, there are many, but the first are undoubtedly Alien Project, Infected Mushroom, Gms, etc…
As an artist, what role do you think you play in society?:
I think our role is to make people have fun and spend quality time, life is too short and there must always be an escape from the bad things … our role is to provide this escape.
You obviously love what you do…but what do you love the most about your work?:
Do you know that sentence “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”? I guess it’s all answered here 🙂 To be more explicit, I love working when, where, with whom and how I want, to travel and see new places and cultures, to share ideas with wonderful people.
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 fact of loving what I do.
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?:
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 love to travel, so if I had to choose an alternative career i think I could try something related to it like a flight attendant or maybe a cameraman for Travel Channel ehehe
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?:
Honesty and sincerity.
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 usually like all of my work, some more some less, but my preference goes to my remix for one of my favorite songs of all time – Freaked Frequency – Saw – and the last track I did – Stockmarket – which was released in the last compilation of United Beats Records “Party Smart Vol.2”.
Name a few of your all time favourite tracks. (From other artists if you are producer).:
Freaked Frequency – Dreamer, Zorba – The Rush, Gms – Baty Boy, Bizzare Contact – Peaches on the Moon and Sirius Isness – Sirius Conspiracy.
Flash-forward in time. You are now really old. What would you tell your children/loved ones?:
Never do anything that you don’t want to, life is too short to listen to bad music and don’t forget to read your grandfather’s interview in mushroom mag in 2015 🙂
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 cook and eat good food, being with my girlfriend, friends and family laughing and having fun, travel on vacations, meet new places and people, beach and snow sports…
Name your all time favourite movie/show/book.:
Blow, Californication, Click.
Your opinions and viewpoints
How do you connect to the spiritual side of yourself?:
Through music, meditation and relaxation techniques.