There are two types of DJs: some seek to please the public, seek popularity and strive to stay on the crest of fashion. Others put music at the forefront, regardless of genres, epochs and other conventions. They are constantly in search of amazing discoveries and are called by various beautiful names: diggers, music lovers, vinyl junkies. They justify the existence of DJs who originated many decades ago, as people who are able to pick out interesting things in the boundless ocean of music and turn dance events into real emotional journeys.
Valera Sputnik, of course, belongs to that category of DJs. He considers the most fascinating part of DJing to be the process of searching for non-obvious tracks and unusual solutions in the music of the past and present. After all, it is thanks to this process, invisible to anyone else, that the DJ finds his face, the party finds its spirit, and people get something more that no one, even the most sophisticated algorithm of streaming services, is capable of.
It is not surprising that Sputnik feels comfortable in the music universe as such and does not pay attention to genres — be it hip-hop, Nigerian disco, English breakbeat or techno. He turns his musical finds into successful reedits, which are highly regarded in the DJ environment and are released on specialised labels, such as Legalize Lambada, Gop Tun, Running Hot and others. He helps Leonid Lipelis with the That's Steal edit-label and knows that his works are always warmly received by his like-minded people on the global club scene — Hunee, Antal, Palms Trax and many, many other artists, from among those who are looking for a harmonious combination of human emotions, rhythm and beauty in music.
'The festival is how I imagine any of my sets,— explains Sputnik. — It should be diverse, fun, loud and with love.' And this is the most accurate definition of everything that this DJ does, plays and releases, who remembers the roots of this culture and looks to the future with great interest!