Delete is a Praguebeats favourite due to his emotional and thought-provoking take on electronic music. Here’s our interview with the Russian-based producer for the latest in our ‘Five Minutes With’ series. Check out some of his best work in our posts about his tracks ‘Remember Us’, ‘Promise Me’ and ‘A Letter To God’.
How would you describe the music that you make in one sentence?
Something between ambient, dubstep and future garage.
What are your three biggest non-musical influences?
* friends and family
You can take five records with you on a desert island. Which ones?
1. DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo – Ki-Oku 
2. Clubroot – II – MMX 
3. Dire Straits – Love Over Gold 
4. The Cinematic Orchestra – Every Day 
5. The Doors – Strange Days 
If you had to lose one of your senses, which one would it be and why?
None. Every sense is priceless.
What makes a perfect music venue/nightclub?
Calm and understanding crowd. However you can always find few drunken pals trying to make a slam dance. You’ve picked a wrong event buddy.
What’s the best piece of music that you’ve ever made?
Hope “the best piece of music” is yet to come.
If you could only say one word for the rest of your life, in any language, what would it be and what does it mean?
What advice would you give your ten-year-old self (musical or not)?
Don’t be afraid. Oh, and read more books!
What is the strongest emotion for making music?
I guess pain is where the art comes from.
Negative emotions predictably prevail among young musicians and it’s clearly understandable. I mean when you’re 15 you have to deal with shitload of problems of every kind with everyone – including yourself. So it’s almost impossible to base your creativity on something else rather than pain and suffering.
However an adult and conscious person will always use a whole palette of different emotions in his creativity, not only negative ones.
If you were interviewing yourself, what other question would you ask (and what’s the answer?)?
Will you ever play outside Russia? (James and Adam: we hope so!!)
Can you describe the underground music scene in Russia?
I think the Russian bass scene is very strong these days. A whole new generation of talented producers came out in the last few years. A few names for example: Ghostek, Pixelord, Nuage, Ishome, Nocow, Volor Flex, Manu Shrine, Long Arm, vtgnike etc. etc.
Big thanks to Delete for answering our weird and wonderful questions!
James and Adam