Hello from the independent Bulgarian media for music – DJambore.com. I’m excited to have you at Vola Open Air Fest 2019. Where do I find you right now? What are you up to today?
Lenzman: I’m excited to be there! So today we just announced the next project on my label, The North Quarter. It’s an album by FD. There’s lots to do across social media but also behind the scenes.
What else can we expect this year from your label The North Quarter?
We also have material coming soon by Abnormal Sleepz, Redeyes, Satl, Submorphics as well as a various artists project.
How does your style has changed and progressed over the last years?
As an artist, I’ve always had the same kind of influences really. Of course my tastes have changed over the years, and also they’ve broadened as I’ve gotten older. My productions have changed a bit. When I first started, I used a lot of samples. A few years after, I wanted to try and make music without them. But as an effect, my sound became less organic sounding. The last few years, I’ve tried to make a progression back to organic sounding music, but without the samples. I try to play most music myself.
What did you find in your second album Bobby? How is it different and to where it may take us?
Well, Bobby is a very personal project. It was written soon after I had become a father and it took me back to my own childhood. I took a lot of inspiration from there. In terms of production, it’s what I said above, a lot of music was played by me, no samples, and I tried to make it organic. Also I wanted it to be quite stripped back, just the essence of music… to not do too much.
What initially made you want to be a drum and bass producer?
I never wanted to be one really. I was interested in music, and production. But I found a lot of it boring and also very difficult. It took me a long time to get anywhere that didn’t sound terrible. My passion really was being a DJ, sharing music I liked with others, and just blending records. But I just figured that you couldn’t make a living off Djing if you didn’t also make music, that’s just how it is now. But, after some years at producing and becoming better, I started enjoying it more and more. I now like both equally!
Who were some of your favourite drum and bass artist when growing up? What is the first album you ever owned?
When I first got into Drum & Bass I was really into LTJ Bukem, DJ Die, Dillinja, Krust, Optical,etc. I’m struggling to remember what album I bought first. I do remember the first 12”, that was the Peshay remix of LTJ Bukem “Music”, which came out on Nexus.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned when it comes to sound design?
The most important thing I’ve learned in writing music is to make sure you keep things pressure free. If you are feeling pressure, from yourself for example, or are thinking too much about writing, you’ll struggle to write good music. Good music comes from the soul, from a subliminal place. You have to just allow it to flow from you.
What would you ask your Bulgarian fans?
Please allow yourself to be taken on a journey with us.