No stranger to dominating clubs and festivals with his high-octane productions, the progressive house mastermind that is Shapov has managed to find one of the true silver linings of all the coronavirus craziness like most producers which is being able to spend more time in the studio with touring coming to an unexpected halt.
Hot on the heels of his recent collaboration “Dark In The Light” with NERAK, the Russian took the time to chat to discuss his production process, revealed how his newly-found routine during lockdown influenced his music and his upcoming New Dimensions EP.
Can you tell us when and how you started making music and how you progressed from there as you got older?
Shapov: From a young age, I was already listening to a lot of electronic music from the 80s and 90s. I began making music with programs such as Fruity Loops and Cubase, then I learned how to work with electronic synths, sound loops, plugins, and analog hardware. I found it very interesting, especially because I could express my feelings and emotions through music.
Over time, I gained a lot of experience in making music, from break-beats, funk, and music loops to more fat electronic sounds and music melodies. I never stop learning, though: everyday, I am learning something new and that is a continuous process – to me, every step helps me grow as an artist and producer.
How would you describe the Shapov sound?
Shapov: “The Shapov sound is a big experience. I’ve made a lot of music and would not say that it consists only of one genre. It’s more of a blend between all genres that aim to give people extra inspiration. In 2016, I started my “Future Rave” sound, which is trending now. Before that, with Hard Rock Sofa we made a more electro sound which gave us a platform to make new sounds for other producers. In the past, I’ve also worked with Trance and Progressive House. That’s all part of the Shapov signature, which is music with feelings and drive, no matter what genre – it’s a journey!”
Can you tell us if (and if yes, how) your sound is influenced by certain artists, people, musical movements etc.?
Shapov: “A lot of influences came from the people I’ve worked with! Also, from producers such as Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, and David Guetta.”
What is leading throughout all of your songs and why? This can be everything from a specific sound or instrument to a general notion or feeling.
Shapov: “The rhythm of a song, the idea behind it, and catchy yet unique sounds!”
Has your sound remained this way throughout the years? If not, can you explain why, when and how it changed?
Shapov: “I think it’s evolving every year as the industry moves forward. But what stays the same is my spirit!”
Can you tell us a bit more about the inspiration/background for your upcoming EP?
Shapov: “I always love to create a concept through my EPs. ‘New Dimensions’ includes four tracks. It showcases some of my experiences from 2019 and release records which I’ve played in my sets earlier. For this one, I’ve decided to release a full EP of Rave sounds!”
What was the production process like?
Shapov: “Production was really fun! Especially creating ‘Inside the Rave’ and ‘Cornerstone’ in classic Future Rave sound. ‘Dark in the Light’ and ‘Resolution’ are more experimental tracks, but I love them! They are reminiscent of my old Hard Rock Sofa sounds.”
Are there any recent highlights and/or achievements you’d like to share?
Shapov: “I’m really happy to release my first Future Rave producer pack, which gives people the chance to learn from me and to try something new when creating their own music. I can’t wait to collaborate with other big producers and DJs and keep creating new things.”
Which song or production do you consider your best work to date and why?
Shapov: “I love all of them – really!”
In your own words, what makes your new EP stand out?
Shapov: “Unique sounds and rhythms – it gives people something different to listen to!”
Did the COVID crisis affect your vision for your music and how your production process? Also, on a more personal level, did it bring any life changes to you which have also impacted your music and career?
Shapov: “COVID made it really hard for me, just as it did for everyone else. I stopped traveling in 2020 and decided to work more on my personal life. Constantly being on the road blends it all together – music, performances, flights, beautiful places, and new people – it all looks so great on the outside, but in reality, people can be lonely. I had been trying to find balance between everything and COVID gave me time to think about it all and spend more time at the studio and with my family. On the other hand, you also need to travel to get more inspiration and to play your music live to get a better insight of the audience you’re making music for.”
What do you envision for Shapov in the future? Is there a change of direction coming or are you anticipating some big things in the near future? What lies on the road ahead?
Shapov: “I’m super excited for the future, as I’m developing new sounds and ideas now! I’m looking forward to collaborating with my DJ friends on new concepts as well. I’m missing traveling and playing live, which are things I’m working on at the moment!”
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