Hello I'm Dimitri Monev - DJ/Producer/Ghost-Producer/Remixer/Label Owner Already a decade in electronic music scene as DJ & Producer under name Dimitri Monev. Through the years I collected most of the process of making music and have created own manner of workflow. My productions are under Ableton Live 10 + my all external instruments and modular
Looking back in the days, there wasn’t any doubt that music will take special place in Dimitri’s life. Growing up in the Balkans, in the post communist era, the crucial first step came in 2004 when he bought his first professional equipment. Creating buzz on the dancefloor was familiar to him since that moment. After a few years of giging mainly on private parties and after-hour gatherings, he decided that it’s time to give a shot at the bigger scene. For a couple of years his popularity started growing fast, resulting in him being recognized as one of the front runners of the new wave of electronic music artists in Bulgaria.
Around 2008 Dimitri Monev opened up a new chapter, influenced by the deep dark beats of old school hip-hop he started to sharing his private thoughts and feelings with music of his own. Aiming at the dancefloors, his third EP (Casper) got released by the Berlin based label Waldliebe Familien and got support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Fabrizio Maurizi, Steve Lawler and more. He continued the trend of his productions as being noticed again by trend setting DJs such as Marco Carola, Luciano, Steve Bug, Shlomi Aber, Gel Abril, Scuba and more. His own production and remixes were released on music outlets as Metroline Limited, ELARUM, Volupso, Wavetech Limited, Malicious Smile, Heisenberg, Serkal, Pins & Needles, Baile Musik, Kosmophono and many more.
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Interview with Dimitri Monev
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have many project that I'm proud with them - mosts are that been released on vinyl where I push mostly
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: full time ghost production as well as working on my personal projects
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: no yet but will be happy to recommend you some soon
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog - because I did the next step of my career moving to external stuff and throwing the computer mouse :)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promised to my clients that will be satisfied with their final product
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: freedom to do what I like, expressions and good vibes keep me going with this always
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to achieve?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: if you need person who doing things perfectly - I'm your guy. Will do your music like I doing it for me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my elektron machines are all I need there
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path so far is as I want to be - working over myself last decade and will continue another for sure. Music is my life. My music is my identify.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: pumpy dance floor house with unique signature.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I have worked with artists like Archie Hamilton, Lorenzo Chiabotti and will always would love to work with them again.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: sampling from old tracks - best inspiration for me.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: varies from House to Techno, also doing edits of old school songs that turn them in to our genre
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: warping, cropping, design sounds, generate sounds, chaining moduls, mixdown, proper compressions
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: bring groove, vibes and proper arrangement for tracks that could working for the dance floor.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical process is sound design and external recording as reach the maximum of particular idea and make potential hit track.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Through the years I collected most of the process of making music and have created own manner of workflow. My productions are under Ableton Live 10 + my all external instruments that includes Elektron Octatrack, Analog Rytm, Analog Four, Korg Electribe MX, Waldorf Blofeld, Arturia Synth, MBF Tanzbar + my modular rack
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Lorenzo Chiabotti, Archie Hamilton, Arapu, Toman, Livio & Roby, Ion Ludwig, Dewalta, Cristi Cons
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: ghost-production, re-design sound, helping finishing idea, making custom track, helping with idea, mixdown, re-arranging help and more.