14 march 2016

Can you introduce yourself in a short way ?
Hi there!
I’m Raffaele aka X-Mind. I’m a frenchcore and uptempo producer.
My sound is raw and hard, using often hybrid styles.

How did everything start for you ?
I started playing as dj back in the 1994 and, as producer, in 2005.
In 2008 i released, as 50% D.O.M. my first EP on Psychik Genocide and soon followed others EPs on Headfuck Negative, Neurotoxic and Necrosociety.
In 2009, due to different points of view (and for a matter of time), I left the duo project creating the new solo one: X-Mind.

When did you last feel nervous?
I rarely get nervous. But i remember an epic 7 hours delay in airport after a gig!

What are you up to at the moment ? Any releases ? Remixes ? Secret stuff you want to share with us ?
April 8th will be released my next single, available both vinyl and digital, on dutch Fuse Rec. including also a special remix by Section Grabuge.
This year i’d like to release several music. After many years spent going around Europe to perform, 2016 will be focused on studio work.

What would you like to realise or become in your artist career ?
I think i reached nearly the maximum possible for a underground hardcore dj/producer.
I played in the most legendary parties and event out there and, after many years, still got booked in them. The main goal was overlap dj with family life. I know a lot of big djs
just don’t have the time for it.

In the future i’d like to make a new hit like Lain Theme or Miss Honey. I will work hard for this!

Any tips for the younger generation who wants to follow your steps?
Time changed A LOT from my early days. In the early ‘2000 you could have a residency if you were a good dj. A good single on a good label could really change your life.
Now you need a TONS of different skills to be a international dj.

You have to be a social engineer, PR, musician, studio technician, video/graphic editor, producer, 360° entertainer and, ofc, dj.
Even with all this skills that’s no guarantee of success.

Do not start with the idea of the fame and the great money gain. Forget it, especially in hardcore. Do it for the passion of music. Do it for fun. Work hard, work good. Be like me, do it for you fun first. Pay attention to the scene and all it opportunities. That’s it.

What kind of music do you listen to when you are at home ?
Old classic and my collection of ’70/’80 cartoon themes.

What is your all time music top 3?
The Beatles - A day In The life
The Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Cavalieri Del Re - Devilman

Who are your favourite (maybe new) artists ?
I am very glad of the Miss Enemy’s rise. She’s a smart and skilled girl. I like also Sei2ure and my bro Andy The Core.

Final shouts
Keep hardcore alive !