Mar 15, 2018

Pete K's Exclusive Mix

Pete K is an artist on the rise. He’s safely cemented himself as one of the up and coming stars in the progressive house scene and with early releases this year on Axtone and Release, he’s shown he has an even greater 2018 planned. Working hand in hand with Third Party and the Release Records team, he’s elevated himself to a new level with big dates at clubs like Ministry Of Sound London, and we caught up with him to get an inside look at the recent months and exciting future ahead!
How’d you approach your Exclusive Mix and how does the track selection compare to your club sets currently?
Like in any of my sets you can always expect me to build a journey full of melodies and music with strong emotional content. This mix is a bit similar to my club mixes in some parts, but I also played some stuff that I wouldn't normally play in a club.

Can you highlight three tracks or artists included and why you chose to include them?
Eric Prydz. The prog king ha! A living legend who inspired me a lot on crafting my sound.

Deadmau5 – “Faxing Berlin.” This classic brings me back to 2007/2008/2009 when I started to dig deeper into dance music. It makes me feel so nostalgic.

16 Bit Lolitas – “Nobody Seems To Care.” Could mention a lot of Lolitas tracks, but this one really speaks for itself. It gets me everytime.
You’ve really burst onto our radar this past year from the first play of “Solace” 10 or so months ago and then of course the release of “Like This” we think helped really put your name on the map to a more widespread audience. Can tell us a little bit more about your background and progressive roots with releases on ZeroThree and Proton and then what this past year has been like for you as you’ve grown and become fully ingrained as a member of the Release team?
Well, I've been making music in my bedroom for almost eight years now. While Progressive-House ​was always my favourite genre, I do get inspired by other genres too. Releasing with labels like Zerothree, Proton or Intricate was really important as it helped me get my first plays and support from big names in the scene. Then with Release I think it was the next natural step. From playing in big clubs like Ministry of Sound London to sharing the stage with Third Party and collaborating with them on “Like This.” It was absolutely a mad year!

What do you like most about working with Third Party and their team? How do you feel they’ve helped to elevate you to the next level?
What I enjoy the most about when hanging around with them is being able to have interesting talks about music and life in general.​ ​I always try to listen and pay attention to everything they say or do.​ They've been like a role model for me. Not just musically but as people too.
​Also, having such a hard-working team behind you who shares the same vision and goals as you, makes me feel really motivated to do my best and keep improving myself everyday.
“Insomnia” is a beautiful vocal progressive record. Can you take us through the production process from initial inspiration to working with the vocal to final tweaks?
“Insomnia” was really fun to make. When I first heard CAYO's vocal I could actually imagine the main chords in my head. So I wrote the melodies right away and then the rest of the track came out pretty quickly and naturally.
Earlier this year you earned your first Axtone release with your remix of “The Way”? What did releasing on Axtone mean to you and how did you approach your remix?
Axtone was one of the first labels that inspired me to start making music in the very beginning so now being able to sign there is really special!

The way I approached the remix was actually listening and getting inspired by some of the label's old tracks while still leaving the essence of the original and putting my own touch on it.
Many people say that true progressive house is making a big comeback, how do you view that notion and the dance music scene as a whole currently?
I think Progressive House is always evolving and does get a bit more popular sometimes, but to be honest there has always been true prog in some way, form or genre. It just masks itself a bit through other genres and gets labeled as Techno or Deep House,​ if that makes sense? So maybe it has never really gone away?

The only thing I feel ​it's bad about the dance scene nowadays is how quick music gets lost after a few weeks of its release. Today, more than ever, the big challenge for me as a producer is to try and make music that will stand the test of time.

What can you tell us about some of your plans for the rest of 2018? Are there any particular goals you are hoping to achieve this year?
To be honest, my goals are basically the same every year. Work hard and do better music. Learn and improve myself as much as I can, both as an artist and as a person. That said, big things are coming up in 2018 and I'm really excited about it!
Pete K's new single "Insomnia" drops on Release Records tomorrow, Friday March 16th!
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Full tracklist info available at Pete K - 1001Tracklists Exclusive Mix 2018-03-15
Pete K Pathos Artwork
Pete K - Pathos ZEROTHREE
18 system
Nick Warren & Tripswitch Savannah Artwork
Nick Warren & Tripswitch - Savannah SUDBEAT
8 system
Tyler Schauman Hyksos (Kissoff Remix) Artwork
Tyler Schauman - Hyksos (Kissoff Remix) GHOST DIGITAL
1 system
Pete K Forest Artwork
Pete K - Forest ZEROTHREE
16 system
Sebjak & David Pietras Soleil Artwork
Sebjak & David Pietras - Soleil RELEASE
56 system
Pete K Solace Artwork
Pete K - Solace RELEASE
35 system
Adrian Lux Teenage Crime (Acappella) Artwork
Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime (Acappella) AXTONE
168 system
KiNK Yom Thorke Artwork
35 system
Pete K - ID
1 system
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Pete K - NostalgiaRELEASEInfo Link
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Rolo Green Carlisle Artwork
Rolo Green - Carlisle GREENSTONE
22 system
Above & Beyond & Andy Moor Air For Life (CYA Remix) Artwork
Above & Beyond & Andy Moor - Air For Life (CYA Remix) ANJUNABEATS
4 system
Shapov & Trouze The Way (Pete K Remix) Artwork
Shapov & Trouze - The Way (Pete K Remix) AXTONE
23 system
Pete K Insomnia Artwork
Pete K ft. CAYO - Insomnia RELEASE
23 system
Martin Roth Hypno Seq Artwork
Martin Roth - Hypno Seq ANJUNADEEP
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Philip Selway Around Again (The Acid Remix) Artwork
Philip Selway - Around Again (The Acid Remix) BELLA UNION
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