Apotek Studio interview

The launch of our page provides us with the splendid opportunity to introduce Transylvania’s biggest multi team, Apotek Studio. Whether we are talking about party organisation or vinyl releases our friends from Barot represent their sound with great originality.

Tell us about Apotek! When and how was it established? Who are its members?

Hi everyone!

Well it all started in Norway in the the Summer of 2013. Back then me (Dani/Esmen) and Alex lived there, and Andor in Marosvasarhely. I and Alex are childhood friends, and we met Andor through electronic music at a party.

While we were away we had a conversation where the topic of making 3 hours of podcasts per week came up, everyone providing one hour each, which we uploaded onto mixlr.com the music sharing website, we would broadcast these 3 hours of music at the same time every week. The main objective of this was to share music with one another as well as to speak a few words while listening about what’s happening with each of us, I mean musically of course. I don’t believe it was the stories that captured the attention of the locals but I think it was more the music, after what I think was our 4th broadcast we were already asking someone outside this trio to provide us with an hour podcast. Due to the gravitational pull of the artist we received many new listeners, this is when we decided to physically expand the project. In December of the same year we threw the first party under the name Apotek.

There have been quite a few Apotek events over the years which was your favourite?

I believe it would be somewhat difficult to single out a single event. Each one is noteworthy in its own way. They even differ in styles, for instance for the ” Home Series” we mainly invited names from the Romanian sphere to do their stuff at our hidden event venues within Kovaszna county, there were also ” Showcases” which we regularly organised in Cluj, this is where we invited foreign producers as well as the domestic disc jockeys. Once or twice we put our foot into Bucharest, Budapest, Poian a place next to Brasso and also Marosvasarhely. These all have their own tales and stories. If I had to choose one then maybe a party we held in Cluj stands out due to the simple fact that the sound system, music, vibe, crowd as well as the venue were all on point. That party was opened by one of our residents: Picomole moreover we also had the pleasure of hearing Luly B (Lasi in Romanian), the Russian Dennis Panache who resides in Berlin, and finally Esmen got the peoples’ feet moving at the after.

What is your favourite Apotek story?

Our very first party started quite interestingly. This was of course as I previously mentioned in December 2013. We had an amazing venue in the town of Barot, the cellar under the local disco. We planned to hold the party there, since the venue had already been tried and tested many times by then. The only issue was that due to the melting snow all electricity ceased to work in said cellar. Luckily we found a new spot relatively quickly, although we still had the hard task of transferring everything over to the new venue. Some of us carried the subs others brought mixers, turntables, CDJ’s, everyone was carrying everything across the town at around 11pm in order to celebrate one another or in other words to be together, dance and have a good time.

When did the vinyl releases start, what releases have there been?

Not too long after the success of the first party, we started having the idea of setting up a record label, however the first release only came out in 2015, which was preceded by a launch party in Bucharest in the winter (December) of 2014. As well as Esmen the four artists responsible for the tracks on our vinyl release in order of appearance: Vlad Caia, Tulbure, Emi and G76 provided the music at this party.

Not too long after the success of the first party, we started having the idea of setting up a record label, however the first release only came out in 2015, which was preceded by a launch party in Bucharest in the winter (December) of 2014. As well as Esmen the four artists responsible for the tracks on our vinyl release in order of appearance: Vlad Caia, Tulbure, Emi and G76 provided the music at this party.

The third EP which goes by the name “Apathy” on the “A” side of which VID’s remix of the Hungarian Giashe’s track can be found, on the “B” side we selected a track by Mint (Slovenia) and Rayo (Ukraine).

In addition, to the third release we also made a DVD; ”The Alphabet” on which we had a track from artists whose names corresponded to each letter of the alphabet. To this day the artists remain unnamed, although some eager music lovers have guessed one or two over the years. All the proceeds from the DVD sales were donated to an institution who cared for and helped special-needs children, in return the kids from said institute drew the album artwork.

Our record label is based on our own political policies, we signed contracts with record stores, we ourselves used discogs.com to value records.

What type of relationship to you have with the other players in the Romanian scene?

We are lucky enough to be on extremely good terms with everyone, who is considered to be anyone within the scene. Sepp is already practically an in-house name, we have Miss I to thank for a portion of the record sales, Nu Zau and Ada Kaleh have already visited us on multiple occasions.

The Covid situation is also quite severe in Romania were there at all smaller parties or everything came to a complete and utter halt?

Naturally it was a complete lock-down. If the limit for outdoor parties is 30 people, then only 29 of us would take part. At the moment this number is 0, so we haven’t partied at all.

Hopefully things will return to normal soon. What kind of plans do you have in regards to the future?

We will let loose together again that is for sure!

Thanks for the interview, would you like to send a message to our readers?

We are truly grateful for all of your support, to those who listen to our records or to those who come and dance with us at our parties. The project at its core is really about these people. Apotek would not exist without them. Music would not be the remedy for anyone of us.

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