“The key is to dream big, right?” Denmark-based house producer Darius Vaikas introduces himself
Who are you?
I am a single male Lithuanian living in Denmark. I am a teacher, a son, a brother, a DJ and a music producer. I am a person of contradictions and a person that loves and hates his never-ending doubts.
What do you sound like?
I sound like Miles Davis played by James Brown, vocals by Thom Yorke, arranged by Lee Scratch Perry and remixed by Aphex Twin and Larry Heard… OK, maybe that’s slightly over-exaggerated… But the key is to dream big, right?
Why should we listen to you?
You should listen to me because yellow. You should listen to me because blue. You should listen to me because truth. You should listen to me because awake. You should listen to me because sleep. You should listen to me because night. You should listen to me because silence. You should listen to me because music.
What have you released so far? What else have you got coming out in the near future?
I have my music, remixes or original tracks released on Project Mooncircle, Get Physical, Moodmusic, Best Kept Secret, EleFlight record labels. Most of the tracks are in the house music territory, but sometimes I let myself wander off to broken beat rhythms or to other melancholy-friendly genres. I have a release coming out on Sodai record label some time in spring under the name of Talassa Barda.
What song sums you up? Why?
John Cage – ‘4’33”’. Because it’s empty and limitless at the same time.
What or who is your biggest influence and why?
My biggest musical influence is Radiohead, because through them I’ve learned that melancholic music can be entertaining. I’ve learned how beautiful something ugly can be.
Where can we hear your music?
You can hear my music on the internet (SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, etc) and at my gigs. Sometimes you can hear my music on the radio and in my studio.
Where will you be in five years’ time?
I will be in my bed sleeping, in my bathroom brushing my teeth and in the dining room having breakfast. I will be in my studio making music.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I started collecting vinyl records before I actually owned a turntable. Sometimes, the whole fascination about vinyl doesn’t make sense to me at all. But I must admit, I am part of it.