After Montreal-based techno DJ/producer Johnny Trika was taken under Dubfire‘s wing a few years ago, big things began to happen.
Influenced by Richie Hawtin, Trentemøller, Gaiser and Recondite, he’s subsuently earned an international fanbase by way of his releases on SCI+TEC and transformative live sets featuring all-original material.
Trika will perform live in Brooklyn, NY for Risky Business Presents Check Your Pants At The Door over New Year’s weekend. Since this time of the year tends to skew toward amateur hour, the party will serve as an oasis for those wanting to hear proper techno.
Before Trika ventures to Gotham, we reached out and asked him about his five tracks of the moment.
Catch Johnny Trika along with Risky Business residents DESNA and Chilly Mox and Alex Raouf on Saturday, December 30 at Bogart House. More info here.
1. Fatima Yamaha – “Araya”
This track is one of my all-time favorites. It’s actually pretty new but it is beautifully produced. Fatima is one of my favorite producers. This track opens up a whole new dimension and brings so much inspiration to the music I’ve been making recently.
2. Eminem, Obie Trice & 50 Cent – “Love Me”
I love this one. I also play it when I drive. It reminds me of the old days back in high school and stuff. Really raw rap too — good old days. Rap music really paved and shaped my musical ideology into what I make today.
3. Bulgarian Folklore – “Kaval Svriri”
Surprisingly enough, this vocal folk song was super inspirational to me as soon as I first heard it. I first heard it when I watched Lady Gaga’s documentary Five Foot Two. This song really caught my attention, and I wanted to find out right away what it was. I go back to it every couple of days for inspiration. I will definitely sample it one day for one of my tracks!
4. Bosq of Whiskey Barons feat. Kaleta – “Dem Know”
Recently found this track just randomly watching a Boiler Room from Australia (I forgot who was playing it) but it’s an absolute bomb! It’s more of a summer track but it would erupt every dance floor. I like playing this one in the studio sometimes and just vibing out. It’s one of those tracks that gets you in the right mood.
5. Eric Prydz – “Generate” (Kölsch Remix)
I always max this one in the car…so damn good! Kölsch is another one of my favorite producers. He absolutely murdered this remix in my mind. The progression in the track shows that you don’t need much to make an amazing piece of music. I really admire this one and it inspires me.