We caught up with high-flying Canadian Tech House wizard Paskal Daze to get an insight into his hectic life – this is a must read!
Hey Paskal, thanks for taking time out to have a chat with us. What have you been up to in the past year?
My pleasure, thank you for having me. 2017 was a busy year! I had to chance to play at amazing events like BPM Festival Mexico and BPM Festival Portugal, Igloofest Festival, PIk Nic Electronik and many more. I spent a lot of time in studio. I’m especially proud of my remix “Pump this” I got phenomenal support for this one and a surreal reaction every time I play it. I’ve also started a new project as A&R for Griffintown Records
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m from Montreal, Canada. I’m a huge hockey fan. It’s also one of my passion, I was a very good hockey player when I was a kid but unfortunately too short to make it pro. I’m fascinated with astronomy and history. I’m also a really great cook. When I was younger, I thought about becoming a Chef until I discovered electronic dance music. And oh: I’m obsessed with shoes J
What made you take a decision to get into the music scene?
As far as I can remember I’ve always loved music. All kinds of music. I was 14 years old when I attended my first DJ event in Montreal. From this moment, all I was thinking about was becoming a DJ. It was my new dream.
Who were your influences which have inspired you, and is there certain genre route you’d like to go down?
There are so many artists who had inspired me it would be a very long list. Josh Wink, Danny Tenaglia and Marco Carola would be at the top of that list. I’m a real “Music On” fan. Nathan Barato, Cuartero, Darius, Max Chapman, Detlef, Solardo are also artists that I find really inspiring. I have to mention Hanz Zimmer. In my opinion, he’s the most mind-blowing artist and musician of all time. If you have to chance to go see his show it will take your breath away.
How would you describe your sound?
Tech House. I have to say, when I’m in studio I don’t think about the style. I start with an idea and the journey starts there. Sometimes it brings me somewhere I don’t expect or the result is totally different from what I had in mind. I have released tech house, techno and prog tracks. Underground music is not about following the trends or following a genre. It’s about beats, rhythm, touching people’s soul. I would say follow your heart and you can’t go wrong.
What has been your top career highlight so far?
The first-time Marco Carola played my remix “Pump this” at Amnesia Ibiza then in a festival in Argentina and many others events after that. People were sending me videos it was literally giving me goose bumps.
What’s next for you over the rest of the year and next year?
A lot of new projects! I have a lot of releases coming out this year. I’m also moving to Ibiza for the Summer then Barcelona. It is a lot of work to move country but it will definitely be the best thing to do for my career.
Are there any up and coming artists that have caught your eye and that you would recommend giving a listen to?
Mason Maynard is only 21 years old and a remarkable producer.
Finally, any shout outs or anything else you would like to add?
To BPM Festival Family for coming out so strong after what they’ve been through last year in Mexico.
To Oceanic Global for bringing awareness of the danger of plastics in the seas.
To the foundation, Jasmin Roy against violence and bullying.
Thank you to all my family and friends in Montreal for the extraordinary support.