HMWL 56 – Sasha Kaktus (iTech Sound System, St:Petersburg)

Many Russians will claim that St:Petersburg is the real capital of Russia – The original Petrograd found by Peter the Great in 1703. In the early and mid-90s the club culture really boomed, starting with underground rave venues and with time dedicated house & techno clubs like Griboedov and Moloko.

For our 56th podcast we hooked up with one of St:Petersburg most creative underground profilesSasha Kaktus. Sasha runs the iTech Sound System label. He organizes and books a bunch of good house events in St:Petersburg and also hosts his own podcast and web-tv.

House Music With Love: Tell us a bit more about Sasha Kaktus. How and when did you get yourself into the electronic music?

SASHA: I started playing in clubs at the end of 1997. And somehow, it quickly began to turn. Performances, tours, organization of parties, and only 3 years ago I decided to organize everything in my head and created a company iTech Sound System which includes event & booking agency, digital music label, podcast & web-tv. Currently working on its development and promotion of the label. We have many parties in Russia and in Europe. I Never stand still and try all means to promote high-quality sound to the masses. That’s what I can speak briefly about myself ;)

House Music With Love: How is the house and techno scene in St Petersburg today?
SASHA: Underground scene in St Petersburg develops and expands. We have an increasing number of talented musicians and DJs known all over the world, more and more world-top artists visit our city every weekend, no wonder, our city is called the club-capital of the Russia.

House Music With Love: What are you five favorite tracks right now?
SASHA. I better post track list to my mix tape for HMWL :)

The White Lamp – It’s You (Ron Basejam Remix) [Futureboogie] Blond:ish – Lonely Days (Hunter Game Remix) [NM2] Johnny Mikes – Broken Hearts [Lower East] Mario Basanov – We Are Child Of Love (Mario’s ReDub) [Needwant] Raffa FL – Hot for You (Original Mix) [Electronique Digital] S.K.A.M. – Rush Hour (Original Mix) [Gruuv] Chris James – On and On (Original Mix) [OFF] Volkan Ozer – Dont Be Afraid (Original Mix) [Kote Records] Baffa – Battery Pack [Akbal Music] Spieltape & Sasha Kaktus – Northwest (Paul Mad Remix) [IRecords] Adana Twins – Everyday [Exploited]

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About Alex Esser:

DJ, surfer and entrepreneur residing in Malmö, Sweden. I've been DJing since 2004 and started the HMWL blog back in 2007. My music network is always open. Holler @alex_Esser on twitter.


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