A new entry in this year’s Top 100 DJs poll, Israeli psytrance DJ Blastoyz has become an increasingly celebrated name in the scene over the past few years thanks to his cinematic take on the sound. His tracks’ uplifting melodies, bubbling basslines, stirring vocals and spoken samples have earned him the support of legendary acts like Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond.
A video series on his YouTube channel, titled In Between, will give you an insight into the busy 12 months Blastoyz – real name Kobi Nigreker – had before COVID-19 put everything on pause. He has used this time to make lots of new music, including a recent single ‘Heart On The Tree’ with Skazi. The DJ played an energised psytrance set from a stunning location as part of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Virtual Festival back in August and, on top of everything else, managed to release his own in-browser video game, High In Space, to encourage fans to vote for him in the poll. Fans will be ecstatic to see him play in the real world once again when it’s safe to do so.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Producing music, playing Call Of Duty, drinking ginger and lemon shots.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“That we as a whole can overcome any struggle, the music connects us even in the age of social distancing.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“The world and especially the music scene needs to have zero tolerance for racism. Music is one language that connects us all, no matter what colour, race or gender.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more?
“My agenda was always about spreading love and happiness wherever I go. Touching people with my music, it was something that always pushed me forward from a young age.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?