MELFORMATOR is an independent DJ&VJ collective based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, which achieves reformation through original and uncompromising identity. Their creative ideas redefine the concept of both club life and party event. One of the masterminds behind this innovative outfit is SAYULKE who has agreed to stir up an exclusive mix for Stereofox and share some thoughts on DJ-ing.
Tracklist: Ulrich Schnauss – Knuddelmaus   Jamie xx – Sleep Sound (pt. 1)   Lamb – Backspace Unwind (Instrumental pt.)    Lamb – Backspace Unwind    We Love – Even If  We Love – Don’t Cross   Jamie xx – Sleep Sound (pt. 2)  Simian Mobile Disco – Cerulean   Phon.o – Hopelight
Kiasmos – Bent    Burial – Lambeth    Kiasmos - Loop
What are the components of a good mix?
The basic and most important ones are a good tracklist and a proper composition to gradate the mood.
My inspiration for this particular mix is the music of the Icelandic duo Kiasmos, including the great Erased Tapes legend – Olafur Arnalds. I’ve always loved the cold space sound of neoclassical electronic music and for a long time I wanted to make a “crystal” mix – that’s just the word I feel is right to describe it.
Is DJ a job, a hobby or a vocation?
I started DJ-ing for the fun of sharing my favorite music and two years later it’s still the same. Although many things have changed in the process, to me the vital things remain the whole concept and wellbeing of the party environment.
What is your process of selecting a tracklist for a show?
I have a stable playlist I've managed to assemble over years of active melomania and it’s there, wrapped in Ableton, waiting to be played. I always choose the the tracks, first according to the location of the party, and second – the audience I know would be there. These days I have less time to select new tracks with the same rate as before but I’m always looking for good new music.
Would you ever compromise with your taste for an event?
Never. Once a drunk friend of mine begged me to pick a track by his choice from my playlist, and I mixed it for him. I hope will never have to do it again.
Your favorite gig so far and why?
There are a few favorites. The thing I like the most in a gig is the good vibe and the friendly atmosphere, that’s why I prefer smaller ones. One of the best shows for me was a “two level party” we did in club in Plovdiv. There were a lot of friends, I played a really good 3-4 hours set of power electronica and everyone was jumping around till 7 in the morning. These days there are much more responsibilities and it’s hard for me to just relax and have fun.