How I Make my Mash-Ups: Dj Dark Child Interview

Dj Dark Child (Jeton) was born in 1991 in Macedonia and is part of the “Swiss Artists Events” Agency and a resident DJ of “Lion Club” in Switzerland, where he lives. Growing up he preferred jazz, drums, Hip-Hop and as a DJ he joined the electronic music scene doing Mash-Ups for his favorite entertainment.  As a producer, Jeton started in 2013 for the electronic genre producing deep/tech/techno.

Dj Dark Child brings a new sound, experimenting with music to make his own version. His popular Mash-UPs combine melodic deep house with piano or guitar making his sound interesting and unique. Recently he is making Mash-Ups of different genres such as Hip-Hop, Reggeaton, Moombahton and many more.

One of his tracks ‘It’s Raining’ (prod. Megan), released by Mind+ Records, reached the best sales of Techno chart in the label. Dj Dark Child is well-known in his home country Macedonia and has performed in Turkey, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Germany, Switzerland, etc.


Dj Dark Child (Photo Credit: Akon Studio)

Interview with Dj Dark Child

NY Elite Mag: Tell us a little about yourself.

DJ Dark Child: Well people call me Toni, but my artistic name is Dark Child. Im 24, young and talented guy as people say. I live and work (DJing) in Luzern in Switzerland. Addicted to music since a child, my father was a professional drummer so my ‘love story’ with music started on drums. So after I reached what I wanted in my country where I come from, Macedonia. I decided to move and start a new journey. My goal was to be one of the most wanted DJs there. So I became one of them and decided to ‘break the borders’ and move on. Now I am part of one of the best event agency in Switzerland – Swiss Artists Events

NY Elite Mag: When did you start DJing and what or who were your early passions and influences?

DJ Dark Child: I started DJing in the middle of 2007’s, I remember as it was yesterday. It was May and I was in Turkey on a school trip. Because there was a DJ who only spinned Turkish music, everyone in US wanted dance stuffs, like club music. I remember I had an USB with some good music, I got some summer hits of that time. I put the stick on a CD player. And first time I touched the mixer I fell for it. So when people ask me do I believe in love on a first sight, I say yes!

My passion in childhood was playing drums, the first instruments I ever had in my house. Influences? Well yeah but after the school trip finished, I told myself that this is the thing that I want to do whole my life, and I wanted to be the best at it. I get inspired by many artists, let’s say for every genre I have an artist that I follow and I learn from. I could tell you that if you really want something, go for it, no matter who blocks your way, show them that no one can break you and your life goals.

NY Elite Mag: Where did you learn your skills from? Self-taught or education route?

DJ Dark Child: My DJ skills that I know until now, I’ve learned all by myself, everything. But production skills I got from a very talented and successful DJ and producer, Dark Beat. I have my first artist name from him. Dark Beat is my mentor and one of many who knew how productions works and decided to help me since the beginning. And then we started to collaborate, we have so many tracks together in different genres. Regarding education as good DJ and ‘how to stay with foot on the ground’ I got from my ex manager Leffi. Who supported me from day one, back when when I event didn’t had a laptop to start DJing.

NY Elite Mag: What’s the secret to good mastering? 

DJ Dark Child: Well I never do the master of my work by myself. I think for that you need to be a sound engineer. A very professional one. Not everyone can do it. The main secret is to have a music ear and artistic spirit, and of course to love the mastering work you do. 

NY Elite Mag: How would you describe your music style? 

DJ Dark Child: To tell you the truth I was crazy about electronic music in general. My all old stuffs were deep house, tech-house, techno. But I wanted to change something, to give people something different, something more for ‘shaking the body’, and yes I decided to change it. Nowadays I play everything that can make people dance, but only good things! My music style I call it Mash-up style. I play a lot of good music.

NY Elite Mag: What is it that interests you most about music?

DJ Dark Child: Many things. A good release, good remix. How people accept and react on new music. I couldn’t count all of them. Just to many things.

NY Elite Mag: What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

DJ Dark Child: When I invite my mum to come to my gigs and see her son what he does to the crowd. So she could be proud of me, as she is today. My mom came to a lot of my gigs in Macedonia, and she has enjoys the festivals, but not the clubs, as she is not a nightlife lover.

NY Elite Mag: What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?

DJ Dark Child: I remember so many good night outs. I am a big fan of good DJs. So when I am free I always pick where good DJ play, no matter what place it is. So I can share one moment with you, it was last summer in Zurich, the festival called Street Parade. I decided to share this because I told myself one day you must attend here. And maybe this summer I play there, let’s hope!

As a DJ I also remember good moments. One of them was when I performed with The Game in Lion Club, the other is where I performed in one of the biggest festivals in Macedonia – Summer Beach Festival 2015, playing with Tom Novy is also an good moment, performing with Method Man & Redmen too, and a lot of others. 

NY Elite Mag: If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?

DJ Dark Child: Definitely would be Electronic music scene.  

NY Elite Mag: What is one subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

DJ Dark Child: Deep house. I think everyone can handle this. It’s acceptable for every kind of ear, that’s what I think about it. I think that people may not quite undersand the meaning of Deep House and a lot of times they confuse it with Techno music. Every house subgenre for someone is Techno. Which is totally wrong! But can’t do much about it.

NY Elite Mag: What is it that you love about the scene? Your subgenre’s scene?

DJ Dark Child: The positive energy the sound shares, you can put very good vocals, very good melodies, you can enjoy every single beat. You just need to love and understand music and this genre will change your way of thinking for the whole music industry.

NY Elite Mag: What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

DJ Dark Child: One of tracks that never gets old and that everyone knows is from ex Swedish trio – Swedish House Mafia – Show Me. You hear it on many genres but the original is the one that never gets old. Can’t get enough of hearing it and playing it. I also have it on different versions, but the original is original. 

NY Elite Mag: What festivals would you most like to play at your favorite music?

DJ Dark Child: You know sometimes it’s good to dream or wish for something, I wish for everyone their dreams come ture! I would really love it to play in Street Parade in Zurich first and than Fresh Island Festival in Zrche Beach, Amsterdam Dance Events and why not on the biggest and worldwide famous festivals like Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Winter Music Conference in Miami.

NY Elite Mag: Where was your last performance?

DJ Dark Child: It was in Lion Club, the club where I am resident, which works only with worldwide famous artists. My last performance was with The Game here. 

NY Elite Mag: What projects are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in 2016?

DJ Dark Child: Currently I work only on Mash-Ups and bootlegs on a different genres. You can expect good releases and good versions of songs that are hits right now. Maybe will be back on deep house stuff with a new release, but let’s just hope for a successful year, as the last year was the successful year of my career.



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