Meet the underground talent of Desert Hearts: Detlef
This year’s Desert Hearts festival is set to be the most memorable edition to date. Returning to its home on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation in California, the event has quickly become a one-of-a-kind display of music, art, and community alongside a nonstop programming of today’s most coveted underground acts. The festival has become an oasis for people of all walks of life, and its slogan – House. Techno. Love. – is a resounding mantra across the grounds. In addition to the staple Desert Hearts crew made up of Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop, this year’s lineup also features a collection of legendary and up-and-coming talent like Christian Martin, Sacha Robotti, Detlef, and more. Leading into the final days before the festival, we’ve linked up with some of our top artist picks that should not be missed at Desert Hearts this March.
Grecian export Detlef – real name Alexander Georgiandis – has being a quickly rising force in the dance music scene. His performances always emit the perfect amount of party vibes and feel-good vitality, making him a favorite act to see on any lineup. He’s already been featured on world-renowned labels like Knee Deep In Sound, Moon Harbour, and Defected, and recently released a 3-track Swagon EP on Lee’s Foss’ Repopulate Mars label.
Proving that he’s a master both in the studio and behind the decks, Detlef just finished off an insanely packed Miami Music Week run, performing at parties for Paradise In Space, Repopulate Mars, Elrow, and more. A tastemaker in his own right, Detlef has built a solid foundation of highly infectious tunes and outlandish sets, further priming himself for worldwide domination. This year will also mark his highly-anticipated Desert Hearts debut – a performance not to be missed.
Read our interview with Detlef below:
What was the music culture like where you grew up?
In an early age the music culture was where I grew up was more rock and even hard rock oriented. Later on one club managed to bring dance music and created a strong scene which then educated a lot of people on dance music so I have been really lucky to experience that.
What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?
My first release was on a Joeski’s label back in 2002. The track was soulfoul with saxophone and I think I could easily play the track now but had to be in the right party.
Who were some of your biggest musical inspirations?
There has been a lot of artists, labels and bands throughout the years. Some of them are the Prodigy, Danny Tenaglia, Ricardo Villalobos, Armand Van Helden, Strictly Rhythm, Relief Records, and of course the French guys like Thomas Bangalter, The Knight Club and all the Crydamoure crew.
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
Getting to no1 on Beatport with Swagon has been something really important for my career but my collaboration with Green Velvet just before the Swagon EP came out took a big part on this so I could say it was the combination of those 2 releases.
What are you looking forward to most about Desert Hearts?
I heard Desert Hearts has one of the sickest setups globally so cant wait to experience that.
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
I would like to be Waff so that I can play with my virtual reality setup all day
If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
Green velvet & Detlef – Issues – Relief Records