We spoke to Paradoks, a melodic electronic music artist who is gaining international recognition for his unique approach to mixing genres and hosting live streams that capture the attention of thousands of music fans. We asked him about his inspiration, his musical training, his arrival at Purified Records and his plans for the future.
Hey Paradoks, welcome to Celebmix and thanks for talking with us! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey! Thank you for hosting me. I’m Kobe, a Swiss/Belgian melodic electronic music artist known as Paradoks.
Can you tell us a bit about your musical background? What brought you to production?
When I was a kid, my parents wanted to give away our old, unused piano. That day I got curious and wanted to try it out a bit. I liked it so much I asked them not to give it away and spent hours every day learning to play keys. I would come home from school and practice the piano for at least 1-2 hours before doing my homework. Not because I had to, but simply because I loved it. I quickly started composing my own songs and then I gave a few concerts. As I grew up, I listened to more and more electronic music, and I wanted to do that kind of music. That’s when I dug a little deeper and started having fun with FL Studio. A few years later, I switched to Ableton. When I did my first DJ gig, I felt such joy and connection, and realized that was what I wanted to do with my life. From then on I started to get more serious and really focused on making better music and tried to live with my passion.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is melodic and powerful, strongly influenced by my training as a self-taught pianist. I try to bring a meaningful moment to listeners and I try to convey emotions through movement, whether it’s dancing, running or driving your car.
What are your inspirations? Which artists would you like to collaborate with?
I’m inspired by so many different types of music. Right now, as I write this interview, I listen to quiet music like Stimming, Weval, Moderat, Modeselektor, Mees Salomé, but I’m also inspired by countless artists like Rufus du Sol, Sultan & Shepard, Mathame, Agents of Time, Anyma, Innellea, Moby, Nora En Pure, Lane 8, Worakls and the endless list goes on.
You are known from your dope live streams. What is your secret to delivering a successful set?
I think it’s very important to know the context. In an open air you can play more with emotions and good feelings, whereas in a dark and sweaty club you keep the energy and play fewer breakdowns. In a livestream, like the ones I did in the mountains of Switzerland and Spain, I try to imagine what kind of music best matches the landscape. It’s no coincidence that I played Colyn’s “Bridges in the sky” when I was playing on the famous bunker bridge in Barcelona, for example. I always try to tell a story: the first piece is just as important as the last, and each piece should really add to the setting and decor. I like to vary the energy levels too, I won’t just play melodic music, because a full set of the same has less impact. To create more impact, I add stronger tracks to give the whole thing some dynamism and energy, welcoming even more the next “epic” tracks. It’s all about ups and downs.
You recently joined Purified Records, congratulations on that! Previously you released on many other labels like Stil vor Talent and Parquet. What drives you to release under a certain brand?
Thank you. There are many factors that I consider when releasing with a label. First: Do I play their music? Do I like what they come out? Do I identify with their works? Their artists? Their audience? But also, is this label going to help me and make the best efforts to bring my music to its full potential? Another factor may be the personal connection I have with the label owner and how open he is to talking about the release. There’s no point going out with a label if there isn’t at least one of these points that really convinces you.
What are you doing in 2022? New releases or live streams coming soon?
Right now I’m completely immersed in the studio because I didn’t have much time to make music last year since I did a Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I have a few gigs coming up in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and more, but mostly I’m taking my time creating new music that’s really ‘me’. After that, I will start filming again and do new livestreams in beautiful places. But right now, I’m taking life one step at a time.