SESSIONS2 attempted to do an interview with the hottest DJ in Finland, DJ Proteus, as soon as the official results for the Hard Dance Awards were published and this opportunity came up last monday. Due to a very busy schedule on both parts the interview was done over the phone, which as a though made me a bit restless. Luckily Proteus had a lot on his mind and the interview was done in a relaxed atmosphere.
SESSIONS2 / Jone: First of all – Thanks for the interview, DJ Proteus.
Proteus: No problem. Glad to do this.
SESSIONS2 / Jone: You’ve just won the “Best Hard Dance DJ” title at the 2004 Hard Dance Awards, which makes you a top name in this genre. Classic question – how do you feel?
Proteus: It’s actually hard to think about it since I wasn’t at the award gala myself. The atmosphere is a bit different when you’re not there to live it, but of course it feels a bit…strange. The Hard Dance awards is a global thing, for a finn that’s a bit amazing. Especially since there’s nothing like that here. You can’t really get it and that’s the whole point. It’s a good thing that you don’t, keeps your feet on the ground.
SESSIONS2 / Jone: The year 2004 was a good year for you, if you look at the polls; you were also the first Finnish DJ to get on the DJMag TOP100 at position 90.
Proteus: Last year was all about five years of work abroad, first in the UK, now a couple of years in Holland and several events in other countries. The main thing about last year was that I did several big events in a row and had loads of other stuff going on. Somehow the countless years of hard work that we’ve done in Finland before all this, got everything to click in 2004.
SESSIONS2 / Jone: There have been a lot of opinions concerning polls and their effects. Can you comment on their effects as a DJ?
Proteus: Let’s put it this way; Polls are a reflection of the opinions of people that go to these events and see the DJ or live act. If there’s a panel of judges, their opinions tend to differ completely. I prefer the democratic voting style, it’s the peoples’ voice. In my case, in the case of the Hard Dance Awards, my expectations were at the top 30-40 about six months ago when this whole thing got started. Now this happened and probably many of the “big name” DJ’s in the UK might be just a little bit surprised that a small Finnish DJ can win this award.
SESSIONS2 / Jone: This must give you more visibility in a way that those people will start to wonder who Proteus really is?
Proteus: Absolutely. It will certainly focus some media attention my way around the world.
SESSIONS2 / Jone: It seems that you’re doing events less and less in Finland. Apparently the demand abroad is quite high?
Proteus: Yeah, since last summer it’s gone to me playing more events abroad than in Finland – There simply aren’t enough days. In January of this year I’ve only done like one or two events in Finland and February seems the same. In March it’s even more so that I’m in Finland for just one weekend a month and the rest abroad. That’s probably be the trend this year. Some concerned clubbers have come up to me and said “Harri, we don’t get to see you here anymore” and wondering if I’m abandoning Finland. Of course not, but everyone understands that the more global it gets, the better it is for the artist and for the public too that you won’t get overplayed. There are centain things that I’ll always want to do – like our club Säde and some more selected events. At the moment though, events abroad take most of my time.