Pete Zorba Long

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Pete Zorba: The Growth Of Kaluki Musik

Pete Zorba opens up about his work with Kaluki Musik, as well as focusing on his own career.

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Pete Zorba has been a real influence within the growth of Kaluki Musik. One of the main resident DJs within the Manchester party brand, as well as working with the A&R team within the label, he has been able to grow his name side by side with the brand. Now he has been showcasing his music to some huge crowds with Kaluki Musik. Pete Zorba opens up about his work with Kaluki Musik, as well as what he wants to focus on in his own career below.

Kicking things off, how did it all begin for Pete Zorba becoming involved within the dance music industry? Was there an artist who inspired you, an influence growing up that you felt it was the right path?

Yes for sure! For me it was Hacienda’s main residents at the time. Graeme Park and Tom Wainwright. I hold them both in very high regard, and were my main influence into this the career I lead now.

You also come from Manchester which has a major dance music scene. How influential was the city for you when starting out in the scene?

We (Manchester) in my opinion, have been leading the charge in re-capturing “The Rave”. But sprinkling our take on it, to appeal to the current crowd but still respecting our history.

The last few years have been a whirlwind ride for you through your work with Kaluki, the events brand and record label in Manchester. Can you tell us a little about your work with Kaluki Records and what your job entails there?

My role is mainly as Kaluki’s resident DJ. I’m also part of the A&R team for our label Kaluki Musik.

And looking on from this, you are also one of the resident DJs for the events section of the brand. How has it been for you to see the events grow and become a major force in dance music?

It has been a massive commitment from day one. It has been a steady rise, (we’ve had our downs as well). But we have learnt from those times, and they have made us stronger in moving forward.

You have also supported some major names such as Darius Syrossian, Marco Carola and many more. What is it like to be able to support some of these artists?

Luckily for us, these Artists that you mentioned, are now our friends. We have created a family environment within the brand, and that has made it a more relaxed environment and still a pleasure to DJ alongside them.

There are a number of major festival appearances and club shows upcoming in 2018. Is there any that you are particularly looking forward to? Forbidden Forest is looking a major event with Alan Fitzpatrick, Solardo and more locked in.

Indeed. Forbidden Forest is a festival that I’ve never been a part of. And I am particularly looking forward to it! And I’m also really looking forward to Sonar festival in June. Where I’ll be playing for Elrow and Lapsus Music Parklike festival is always a major part of our summer. Hideout festival in Croatia. BPM festival. Upcoming Ibiza events as well (still hush hush). And many more. I’m really excited about the upcoming summer, and also my debut gig at Pacha Barcelona.

Moving away from Kaluki and looking at Pete Zorba himself, you have released a number of tracks via Kaluki and other labels. What is the plans for Pete Zorba for the rest of 2018 in terms of your own productions?

2018 is going to see a lot more music from me. I have already released EPs on Kaluki Musik, Stereo Productions  over the past months, and more recently on Lapsus Music.

Would you say there is a particular artist you would like to work with in the studio, whose music really stands out for you?

They say,”Never meet your Heroes’. So I prefer to take influence from them and try and put my own take on their style. Too many to mention!

Finally rounding off the interview, what can fans of Pete Zorba expect from you as a producer and DJ?

I’m going to be a lot more visible from now on. More releases, more live streaming, more mixes and more inter-action with fans. I’ve had a turbulent and demanding year. Dealing with brain cancer, surgery and all the follow up treatments that comes with it. My family and friends have been a major part of my recovery, and have helped me through these testing times. So, I am at full strength from now on.

And is there anything exciting to come from the Kaluki camp which we may or may not be able to find out?

These are exciting times for Kaluki as a brand and a label. So watch out for future announcements.

For more information on Pete Zorba:
https://www.facebook.com/Pete-Zorba
https://soundcloud.com/petezorba

Photo Source: Kaluki

Pete Zorba Long

Pete Zorba.

Pete Zorba has been a real influence within the growth of Kaluki Musik. One of the main resident DJs within the Manchester party brand, as well as working with the A&R team within the label, he has been able to grow his name side by side with the brand. Now he has been showcasing his music to some huge crowds with Kaluki Musik. Pete Zorba opens up about his work with Kaluki Musik, as well as what he wants to focus on in his own career below.

Kicking things off, how did it all begin for Pete Zorba becoming involved within the dance music industry? Was there an artist who inspired you, an influence growing up that you felt it was the right path?

Yes for sure! For me it was Hacienda’s main residents at the time. Graeme Park and Tom Wainwright. I hold them both in very high regard, and were my main influence into this the career I lead now.

You also come from Manchester which has a major dance music scene. How influential was the city for you when starting out in the scene?

Pete Zorba.

We (Manchester) in my opinion, have been leading the charge in re-capturing “The Rave”. But sprinkling our take on it, to appeal to the current crowd but still respecting our history.

The last few years have been a whirlwind ride for you through your work with Kaluki, the events brand and record label in Manchester. Can you tell us a little about your work with Kaluki Records and what your job entails there?

My role is mainly as Kaluki’s resident DJ. I’m also part of the A&R team for our label Kaluki Musik.

And looking on from this, you are also one of the resident DJs for the events section of the brand. How has it been for you to see the events grow and become a major force in dance music?

Pete Zorba.

It has been a massive commitment from day one. It has been a steady rise, (we’ve had our downs as well). But we have learnt from those times, and they have made us stronger in moving forward.

You have also supported some major names such as Darius Syrossian, Marco Carola and many more. What is it like to be able to support some of these artists?

Luckily for us, these Artists that you mentioned, are now our friends. We have created a family environment within the brand, and that has made it a more relaxed environment and still a pleasure to DJ alongside them.

There are a number of major festival appearances and club shows upcoming in 2018. Is there any that you are particularly looking forward to? Forbidden Forest is looking a major event with Alan Fitzpatrick, Solardo and more locked in.

Pete Zorba.

Indeed. Forbidden Forest is a festival that I’ve never been a part of. And I am particularly looking forward to it! And I’m also really looking forward to Sonar festival in June. Where I’ll be playing for Elrow and Lapsus Music Parklike festival is always a major part of our summer. Hideout festival in Croatia. BPM festival. Upcoming Ibiza events as well (still hush hush). And many more. I’m really excited about the upcoming summer, and also my debut gig at Pacha Barcelona.

Moving away from Kaluki and looking at Pete Zorba himself, you have released a number of tracks via Kaluki and other labels. What is the plans for Pete Zorba for the rest of 2018 in terms of your own productions?

2018 is going to see a lot more music from me. I have already released EPs on Kaluki Musik, Stereo Productions  over the past months, and more recently on Lapsus Music.

Would you say there is a particular artist you would like to work with in the studio, whose music really stands out for you?

They say,”Never meet your Heroes’. So I prefer to take influence from them and try and put my own take on their style. Too many to mention!

Pete Zorba.

Finally rounding off the interview, what can fans of Pete Zorba expect from you as a producer and DJ?

I’m going to be a lot more visible from now on. More releases, more live streaming, more mixes and more inter-action with fans. I’ve had a turbulent and demanding year. Dealing with brain cancer, surgery and all the follow up treatments that comes with it. My family and friends have been a major part of my recovery, and have helped me through these testing times. So, I am at full strength from now on.

And is there anything exciting to come from the Kaluki camp which we may or may not be able to find out?

These are exciting times for Kaluki as a brand and a label. So watch out for future announcements.

For more information on Pete Zorba:
https://www.facebook.com/Pete-Zorba
https://soundcloud.com/petezorba

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