Alin Dimitriu

Recently known for his deep-house tracks and remixes for well know artists from Romania and abroad, Alin Dimitriu started his music making career 18 years ago. Although being classically trained in music, he started paying attention to the electronic music scene being attracted by the infinite timbral possibilities of the genres related to electronic music.
​First, play his latest song while reading!

1. First things first, how did you get into music?
My story is the cliché, the boring one: started piano at 6 years old, continued music school and that's all I've done since then.

2. What's your earliest music related memory?
Being fortunate enough to have a short tail piano in the living room growing up (small communist apartment, imagine a piano in there... ), when I was 4, 5 years old I was using the turntable with my parents western 'contraband' vinyls and mimicking playing along on the piano. Although this was at a very young age, I still remember those times clearly.

3. Do you remember the first song you ever made?
I was in the 5th grade I think (11, 12 years old), I was doing my daily piano study and started to improvise. I got the music notebook and wrote what was the my first song, the old-school way, on the piano with a pencil on a staff. Yeah, that was a thing, didn't had a recorder and Ableton wasn't around :). Unfortunately, that music notebook is not around anymore, I would love to hear that :).

My first electronic song made entirely with a computer, song that I still have today is "Bubbles", about 18 years ago.

4. Name 3 massive influences of your sound and why, how they helped shape you.
This is so hard... Only 3?

Firstly, with my youth revolving around the music school, the classics obviously had an influence, I was charmed my Chopin and Debussy, but later by Alan Silvestri, a contemporary film music composer. The classics and Silvestri shaped my vision of the melody, harmony, countermelodies and their relations in a musical piece.

Later on, stepping into the electronic side o things, I should mention an event that completely swept me of my feet discovering it, Sensation White Amsterdam (since 2003 forward I think). That event was blending those melodies and harmonies of the classics with the dance floor, amazing! I remember that we were staying all night watching the live stream on a very expensive satellite internet connection, the dial-up connection couldn't handle it. Looking back, it was worth every penny and effort.

For some years now and these days I am watching very closely Stimming and David August, two artists whom's works always fascinated me. Stimming's intricate rhythm section blended with a sentimental / melancholic musicality and with a pristine general sound will always be a huge influence on me and my work.

​There are much more artists and currents that influence me, but since I had to name 3, these were the ones that popped now.

5. What does a usual day in your life look like?
Boring for pretty much anybody :). I am an early riser and mornings until 13:00, 14:00 o'clock are most of the times my working hours on music or different projects involving sounds.

Then, after the ears get too tired, e-mails, any work other that making music, various chores and chill. Quite often in the evening I play with sounds and record new ideas.

Almost all of my songs and remixes were conceived in the evening and worked on in the mornings.

6. What was your most challenging moment as an artist?
I'm not sure that this would qualify as challenging moment as an artist, but since I've made a lot of sound design work (sounds, patches, construction kits, sample packs) there were a few projects that were extremely challenging. I have been fortunate enough to work with giants like Roland or Native Instruments (among others) and on that top tier level you have to be on top of your game all the time. Strict and hellish deadlines, insane amount of content at the best quality out there. I was like a zombie, eating & breathing music and sounds for weeks in a row. These were the challenging moments.

Other than that, music making is a pleasure, I am very grateful that my job is exactly what I love to do, not many people are so fortunate. That's why work never feels like work, it's like I play around everyday.

7. The highlight moment of your career? ​
This is a hard one again... Maybe having my track one of the 10 best sellers of 2009 on Beatport (market leader back then) and being played by Richie Hawtin, Chocolate Puma, Dubfire and on BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

Or as a more personal moment would be when I was watching Ultra Miami Festival live stream a few years back and heard my work in the main act on the main stage with over 100.000 people cheering, that was nice :) I know, it's kind of lame that the highlight of my career was watched on stream, but when you hide in the studio for 18 years, it happens.

8. What's your songwriting process like?
Nothing fancy. The songs start most of the times with melodic ideas that come out of nowhere in the most inappropriate places or moments. I usually run to the computer repeating them in my head over and over not to forget, although a very small percentage are being remembered if I am too far from the studio. Sometimes I play with various loops, sounds, devices and things take shape.

All the time the initial idea with most of the elements, even the whole structure of the song are made in a few hours. Then it remains either a forgotten 'draft' (like all of us, I have hundreds) or it takes days, weeks or even months to finish it since I love the small details. Usually from that initial idea to the finished song that gets released it's not a huge difference for the normal listener. Most of the times I work a lot on the details that never get noticed or have no real impact on the final product.

There are times when I enter in a trance like state, like a 'music high', everything flows, I record things fast and like a second nature. Then I realize that I've wrote a whole finished new song in 2 hours. "You My Dear" and "The Fast Life" are the result of those great moments that turned into songs. Every songwriter knows about this, craves for these moments, but you have to be in a very relaxed state of mind to achieve it.

9. What are your 3 desert island albums?
Come on, with the amount of amazing music out there this is torture... Choices, choices, choices...
Alan Silvestri - Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey OST (all 4 volumes - let's say it'a quadruple album :) )
Dustin O'Halloran - Like Crazy OST
Stimming - Alpe Lusia or "Stimming" (can't decide, coin flip it's fine)

10. Name one person you're most grateful for in your musical journey.
This is easy as without any doubt Alexandra, my wife, was and still is an incredible support. I don't think I would still be making music if she wasn't around.

She always believed in me and what I can achieve with music, although she hears all the crap I make, besides the few good accidents that get released, imagine how hard is that :)).

Besides being beyond understanding to my episodic "diva" like artist moods, she is a big part of my music. If it hadn't been for her, you would of hear a ton of crap released or some nice stuff have never been released, she is the ultimate objective filter, I will always cherish her and her input on my work.

11. What advice would you tell your younger self?
Less studio, get out there and perform. Less sound design and music for others, work more on your stuff!
And eat less, especially in the evenings, you lazy fat fuck!

12. Any advice for someone just starting out into music?
Know the basics of music theory, it helps a lot.
Always objectively compare your stuff to the stuff you consider top notch. You won't get there from the start, it might be demoralizing to hear that amazing track and know you're far from it. Keep at it and at the right time you'll be there without knowing it. The key is objectivity and hard work.

Alin graciously appeared on Underdog's own release, Day&Night, with his song "Yu".

13. What does the future hold for you? New releases, tour, interesting projects?
I've recently teamed up with "I NAME IT", a music label with a nice team who believes in me and my work. We are working to get as many great tracks out there to be heard by as many people as possible, people that resonate with my music.

In parallel, after many years of plans I am finally actually working on my live-act to be available for bookings and meet the people that listen to my music. Studio work is very nice, but after 18 years I feel the need to see the people enjoying the music first hand.

Besides this, although I AM NOT A DJ (hope this settles it), starting in October I will have a monthly podcast on DanceFm that will also be available on my Soundcloud, Youtube, Mixcloud. An hour mix with music I like for the people that like to dance but also feel :)

14. Unique question just for you: why do you live in Deva?
Because it's relatively quiet, people are more relaxed and is closer to the west meaning that is easier to travel there.

Where can we follow you?
Snapchat: Naaah, I am too old for this shit