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Saytek “Towards the end of the 80s, there was a lot of commercial acid house on the radio”

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Saytek on the occasion of his recent release on Trax Records entitled Two Definitions we interviewed him to tell us a little about himself. This is the result!

1 – When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?

I loved music as a kid and was very inquisitive about how it was made and started experimenting with creating sound very young! Towards the end of the 80s, there was a lot of commercial acid house on the radio, and I loved ambient music as well and when I was about 13 a friend introduced me to his older brother’s underground acid house, Detroit techno, and rave tapes, soon after I discovered artists like Aphex twin really loved these sounds before I had even set foot in a club!

2 – What have you been doing with your time in lockdown in your city or country?

Making music and live streaming, I have made an entire 2 hour live set and have jammed loads of live streams and racked up over a million views in the last few months on Facebook alone. The live tracks edited from the sets have all been signed now! Now I have started working on loads of remixes. I have found that I have been connecting with my audience through social media a lot more. I think more importantly than anything else though is being a dad and a husband luckily my kids are back at school now lockdown was pretty tough for them.

3 – How do you assess the trajectory you have had and what were the reasons that led you to start it?

Covid 19 has been tough for me as I was just reaching a new level in my career, for many years I have been lucky enough to be touring with my live show and releasing records on amazing labels but since signing an album to Awesome Soundwave I was getting booked for huge festival gigs with fee’s bigger than anything that had come along before. Then Lockdown came along and I had shows at Resistance Miami, Printworks, and loads of Incredible festivals and clubs across the world canceled. However, I remain positive and will come out the other side stronger.

4- What was your criterion when producing your last EP?

Like everything I am releasing at the moment they are live tracks edited out of live jams I have done during lockdown! Everything I release now apart from remixes are live jams. I was very lucky that a legendary label like Trax contacted me for tracks luckily some unsigned jams one called Two Definitions (Live) with a vocal sample about the definition of house music!

5 – Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of and that we can see on your Soundcloud or YouTube?

Here is a whole bunch of live performances:

If you want to watch me performing there are loads of live streams on my Saytek live Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/Saytek.live/

6 – What can you tell us about the scene of your city? What would you improve?

I moved out of London a few years ago to Reading which is close to where I grew up. In the ’90s Reading had a great clubbing scene when I moved back it had changed a lot there is a lot of drum and bass here but not techno or house, so I started putting on parties, they were going well until covid so hopefully, when we are back to normal I will continue to bring the music I love back to the place where!

7 – Finally, what can you tell us about your present and future projects?

I have signed loads of music and am now working through a mountain of remixes, I cannot talk about some of the projects just yet. My main hope is to get back to touring though!

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