AVIVX: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix

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AVIVX‘s musical path has taken him from Kazakstan to Tokyo and Tbilisi.

The DJ and producer moved to the Japanese capital at the age of 21 to hone his craft at Red Bull Music Academy. After finishing, he found himself drawn to the magical city of Tbilisi – a haven for nightlife and musical activity.

The music he plays and makes serve different purposes but they’re both imbued with a sense of freedom. His DJ sets are designed to make your body move, he paints a colourful, uplifting tapestry of sounds from Chicago house and Dutch trance to Belgian new beat and Italo disco.


Conversely he describes his productions as “cerebral and conceptual” and more intended for home listening than the club, though listening to his debut EP we could imagine all of these tearing up a dance floor. Out on Rotterdam’s Electronic Emergencies Dark Temple is packed with dynamic and infectious melodies that are guided by the sounds that inspire his DJ activities.

On top of his debut vinyl release, there’s talk of a new queer party in Tbilisi that AVIVX will be helming so to celebrate both of these, we asked him to record a mix for us so you could get to know him that little bit better. Just as we expected it’s vibrant and colourful, packed full of vocal house jams, bouncy acid cuts and sassy grooves to get you weekend-ready. Yes it may only be Tuesday but what of it…

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you

A shaman, creator, high-vibrational energetic entity. Living in a magical city of Tbilisi.

What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?

The music I produce is very cerebral and conceptual, perhaps consumed best in a home setting, although I heard it was played in Panorama Bar / Berghain last month. What I play as DJ is much more bodily, feels it like a dance explosion; it’s very thick and rich in colours, tones, textures,with an overabundance of melodies vocals and groovy beats. It’s very bold and sexy, fun, gay and psychedelic, often dreamy and euphoric. But still still I always try to transmit and spread inspiring messages and ideas and tell a story.

Where was the mix recorded?

In my bed in Ableton

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Going home after a club, on a night when the DJ didn’t save your life

What should we be wearing?

This whole set’s purpose is to get people naked… so can’t really suggest anything

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

In an crater of an ancient meteorite

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Track by a Ukrainian artist VOY – 14b (plays on 51 minute)

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Hard to say, but I’d go with anything by Job Jobse.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Frankie Knuckles

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

I started out as a producer, so the synths were my main obsession. Nowadays I tend to live more minimalist and own less stuff. I usually book studio time if I need to practice new DJ techniques and skills or mix my tracks in professionally treated studio.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

The grand finale always. It’s what everything leads up to.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Something rough, metallic and acidic… but also fat and beefy. Maybe something like a fatty acid.

If it was an animal what would it be?

A giant mantis with a head of a hammer-head shark

Dark Temple is out now on Electronic Emergencies / Clone.