We’re very happy to be back at it again in 2018 with this lovely mix and Q&A from Honey Disco’s, Hristo. I’ve been fortunate enough to play with him on two occasions and aside from being a wonderful host, he is a very talented DJ with a deep breadth of musical knowledge and a hell of a nice guy, to boot. So enjoy this mix and interview and stay tuned for more. Will be rolling them out as they come in this year. As always, will focus on quality over quantity. : )
Unity Gain Q&A:
1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you’ve been and where are you now?
I was born in the old Bulgarian Capital over 37 years ago. I grew up surrounded by my dad’s collection of records, record players, tape decks and an always-changing assortment of audiophile gear.
2) How do you feel this has influenced you musically and as a person?
They say the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that is very much true in my case. I learned about the “cosmic sound” from my dad and also some of the clues on how to search for more of what excites me.
3) What was the first record you ever bought and what was the first dance 12” or album?
My dad used to take me with him to music stores when I was a toddler just as I sometimes do with my son. I sure did try to tell him which records were good, just like my son does now ☺
I bought my first stack of records with my own money when I was 16 or 17 in the city of Burgas in Bulgaria. Me and some friends escaped summer camp and went there for the day and I picked up a Frank Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage” as I loved the tune “Lucille” on it. I can’t remember the other records that I got back then, I was not into dance records at that time.
My first 12” was by The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Love Somebody Else
4) What was the first party you ever went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?
I started going to rock and blues band parties from a very early age, but the first DJ focused dance party was one of the Metropolis parties in Bulgaria in the late 90’s in Plovdiv. It was Frank Muller from Berlin I believe. That changed everything for me, a new direction was set in my life. I don’t really listen or play music like that but the feeling of being surrounded by 5000 happy people was something much needed in Eastern Europe at that time.
5) What was the last party you went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?
The last party I went to was at Copper Owl in Victoria, where I played alongside the one and only DJ Trever and Andrew Allsgood. We played African music the whole night. I remember the whole night and I feel super lucky to be playing music alongside such talented DJs.
6) Name one record that you lost, gave away, broke or got rid of that you wish you could have back.
There isn’t a single record I have given away that I would wish to get back I may end up buying it again, but I would never want to have it returned. I do however want to open up the dead space in the floors near the sound board at the Victoria event centre one day. I played a gig there years ago and a whole bunch of records ended up slipping through the cracks. Luckily, I don’t remember which ones they were, so I am ok ☺
7) Tell us a bit about this mix. Where was it recorded? What was your set-up? What was your state of mind?
This vinyl-only mix was recorded at my home in Victoria. I didn’t really plan to record a mix, but someone that I am so crazy about bought a record a few days earlier by Yvonne Elliman that had a version of the Attitudes – In a Stranger’s Arms. It made me want to dig out the edit that I had and record it, and ended up with this recording. I’ve wanted to do a mix for Unity Gain for over a year now and I guess I needed the inspiration. I am super glad I finally found it. The last tune on the record was a gift from the very same close to my heart very special person as well, so most of the credit for this mix goes there if not all. ☺
This mix actually means a lot to me. I always need a real-life event to inspire me to do anything and I have been really inspired lately ☺
8) What was the last song or track you listened to?
At the time of writing this, I can tell you that the record on my turntable from last night is Mr. President – Hips Shaking. I can also tell you that there is a memory of a magical dinner and an almost empty bottle of red wine on the counter with two glasses beside it, and a big smile on my face and so much love in my heart………………..