Some say you are born with it, a groove that is. Phil Gerus is a producer and disc jockey from Moscow with a penchant for disco, house and funk. A classically trained pianist he was raised with music in his soul and has sinced developed a love for the productuion of dancefloor delight and a wide ranging musical odyssey. A relative newcomer he has received wide scale support from a variety of labels and has been supported by the likes of Tensnake, Marcel Vogel, Tom Noble and George Fitzgerald.
Between obscure samples, disco glory, golden house cuts and raucous edits he has quickly established himself as one of the most interesting producers to emerge from Russia in recent years.
Listen and read the interview below:
Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Easy fellas, it’s Phil Gerus here. I’m a music producer/DJ, jazz and classical pianist from Moscow.
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)?
First thing that comes up visually is this naughty sketch by my little brother JJ THE ICON who is an artist and painter, also living in Moscow.
Where was the mix recorded?
At my home studio
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Pre xmas cuddling would be ideal.
What should we be wearing?
Use the picture above as a reference.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Some place quiet where I can get my thoughts together and have my coffee/cigarette routine during the recording process.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
All the tracks are my current favs, that’s why they are on the mix.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I don’t actually have one tbh. I’m enjoying some of “Sanpo Disco” mixes at the moment and “China Social Club” on NTS radio is pretty good.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Nuh, not a big fan of b2b’s
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
It pretty much remains the same throughout the years but it used to be only one turntable back in the days, now I have two SL 1200’s (I have picked one up at Disk Union in Shibuya “used” section, which was very much in mint condition - the downside was that I had to shlep it all the way from Tokyo to Moscow)
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I’m thinking the first one because you can either “make it or break it”. All tracks are important is my policy though - I’m not into fillers.
What were the first and last records you bought?
My first record was either Mtume “You Me & He” or Phil Collins “No Jacket Required”
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
“If Music Be The Food Of Love”
If it was an animal what would it be?
An eagle owl
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Are you kidding? You can mix everything into anything)
Upcoming in the world of…
I’m having a hush hush live band project EP coming out on Leng Records really soon. Also my “I Don’t Care If You’re Plastic” 12” is getting a second press via Superior Elevation, so keep your peepers peeled. Not telling more;)
Anything else we need to discuss?
Well, thanks for having me! x
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