In conversation with Andrew Pololos
ANDREW POLOLOS RINGS IN SUMMERTIME WITH DEBUT ALBUM, UNTIL WE DANCE. FEATURING HIT SINGLES, ‘ALL FOR YOU’ & ‘CONTROL’. OUT NOW VIA AQUARIUS RECORDS.
We had a pleasure speaking to him about the newly releasd debut album which you can listen to here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1zeEJ7GQKt5oQrpQBzjuJG?si=lwq2BpvuSoaqjX3_xqFcng
Congrats on the release of your debut album 'Until We Dance'! Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration and production process behind the project?
Thank you very much <3 Until We Dance was conceived during lockdown and was made to lift people’s spirits during these unprecedented times. I sat in my studio for countless hours over the past 2 years just creating beats and collaborating with talented writers and vocalists.
The album showcases a number of artist features including Andria Piperni, JT Soul, Naida, and more. What do you believe to be the importance of collaborating with other artists?
Collaborating with the other artists on this album was so fun. I’m glad they stepped into my world of dance music, the album wouldn’t have come to fruition without them. Many people don’t notice all the hard team work that goes on behind the scenes of an artist album. Getting other professionals and specialists involved always brings out a better product.
Each track on the album has its own unique soundscape while still highlighting your lively and warm signature sound, how would you describe your style to someone who has never heard your music before?
The album is fun, feel good and high energy. As a DJ I don’t like to stick in one box; I like many different styles of music. This album reflects that and also has vocals on every track so that it’s accessible to more people. I imagined a lot of the songs playing at a day party or while dancing summer nights away.
Do you have a favorite track on the album or do any of the tracks have a unique backstory on how they came to fruition?
‘For Today’ is a track that’s dear to me because of its free spirited message and European vibe. I was really happy to get the Bouzouki Bros on the track, their riff at the end of the track is sick! In addition, Andria’s writing is stellar and out of the box as always. The track is beachy, it’s wavey and it pays homage to my Greek background, so it’s a special song for me.
You've travelled all across the world as a professional DJ, are there any specific cities or venues that have impacted your sound or creative direction?
Montreal has definitely impacted my sound and direction the most. It’s a hybrid city of European chic, American influence and a big nightlife culture. Europe and Greece specifically is where I’ve always felt I’ve belonged as a DJ and Mexico has become my second home and had a big impact on me as well.
What are you most looking forward to about returning to live events & shows when the time comes?
Meeting new people and making people smile and dance.
Do you have any tracks that are a must-have when performing for a high-energy crowd?
I think it’s important to be prepared with A LOT of music so you feel comfortable in any situation. Building a proper set is crucial and having the element of surprise is a must. I always have my own private edits that are exclusive. A good DJ will play the track you want to hear, but a GREAT DJ will play the track you didn’t know you wanted to hear.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations both professionally and personally?
Professionally I really respect Defected and Toolroom records for being so outstanding for so long. Personally my dad has always been my biggest inspiration. Seeing him mashup music with shitty equipment when I was young really opened my eyes and ears.
What advice would you give to aspiring producers or DJs that are just embarking on their career path?
I’d give this advice to any dreamer or person aspiring to do anything: be all in, or you’re all out.
With your debut album under your belt, what does the rest of the year look like for Andrew Pololos? Any upcoming plans you can share at this time?
More music and releases are in the works. A remix album, some collaborative singles, a more underground instrumental project, some disco house bangers and more. And hopefully some parties! I’m turning 30 years old this summer and would like to throw a release party for the album.