Interview #14: Hard Rock Sofa

By: Forward Musiq
Hard Rock Sofa recently conceded us an interview. Read on to discover what they’re all about.
Hailing from Russia, Alexander, Denis and Sergey came together in 2005 to form Hard Rock Sofa with one mission in mind, to produce house music for the world. They have collaborated countless times with Swanky Tunes to produce hits such as Steam Gun, I Wanna Be Your Dog, Phantom and their most successful song to date, Sendin’ My Love. Hard Rock Sofa will start this year with a bang by releasing their second single on Axtone Records, Quasar. Read on to see what they have to say.

Names: Alexander Shapovalov, Denis Chepikov, Sergey Zuev
Genres: House, Progressive House, Electro House
Years as Djs: 2005
Social Media: Official Website, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Youtube, Kronos,

Forward Musiq: What motivated you to come together as Hard Rock Sofa? What influenced you to choose the name?
Hard Rock Sofa: Starting as separate djs and musicians we came together to create something greater than we did before. Each participant brings into music what he is best at. The name for our project was chosen occasionally ’cause it sounds and looks cool in our opinion.

FM: It’s been a long time since you formed. How have things changed since then?
HRS: A lot of things changed since then. Style, sound, we ourselves…..The latest change is that we have gigs in Europe and US now.

FM: Do you remember your first gig? How was it?
HRS: Yeah! It was a hard trip to Ulyanovsk (Russia) in 2005. 24 hour journey by train with the guitar, the keyboard and the whole rack of equipment. But still it was fun.

FM: How about your favorite one?
HRS: There was a great sum of luxurious shows. Each of them is good as itself.

FM: What is your standard procedure for producing music? Does each one of you separately work on a part of the song, or do all of you three work together?
HRS: As a rule three of us  are in the studio. Sometimes one comes with a thought of a track and  we develop it together.

FM: We’ve heard that you’ll be opening to 2012 with a bang by releasing “Quasar” on Axwell’s label, Axtone. Which DJs have already showed support for Quasar? What are your expectations for the success of this single?
HRS: First it was of course SHM that supported this track. We really hope “Quasar” will be a bomb for world clubbers. And for us, been released on such a label as Axtone is already a success.

FM: About how long does it take you to make a track?
HRS: It can take a week or a month or even a couple of days…It depends.

FM: You’re characterized for your massive big-room drops and your hard hitting synths. Even so, how would you describe your sound at the moment of producing?
HRS: Sound is changing all the time during producing. Sometimes we can’t remember what we started from.

FM: Which artists have served you as musical pillars of inspiration?
HRS: We are not inspired by people but by the music they make.

FM: What is the best thing about being a DJ? How about the worst?
HRS: Every week is a new city, new people, new impressions. Isn’t it cool? And the worst things are long flights and jet lag .

FM: When performing, what is something you always carry with you?
HRS: Nothing special, as any other dj we always have cds , flashcards and earphones with us.

FM: In your opinion, what is the best track to get the crowd going?
HRS: To our opinion there are some track of such a kind. For instance Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes – Feedback, Michael Calfin – Resurrection, Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji – Pressure ( Alesso Remix).

FM: Production-wise, what has so far been the best track of 2011?
HRS: James Blunt – Dangerous ( Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix).

FM: Of all the tracks you’ve made, which is your favorite one? Why?
HRS:Blow Up” with St Brothers is still our favorite one. It took us 2 or 3 days to make the track and the collab came out to be huge!

FM: If you could collaborate on a track and spend one day with any DJ/Producer, who would it be? Why?
HRS: There are so many worthy artists and producers  that we want to collab with. So it’s really hard to decide.

FM: Where do you think you will be 10 years from now? How about electronic dance music as a whole?
HRS: In 10 years we see ourselves doing the same stuff as we do now if only not the end of the world in 2012 :). We love the way electronic dance music goes on and we are ready to follow.

FM: What goals do you have for 2012?
HRS: First of all we’ve got great plans for “Quasar” also we gonna have 2 more tracks with our friends Swanky Tunes.

FM: Are there any other things you enjoy apart from producing music?
HRS: We are humans and we enjoy ordinary things such as watching movies with our friends, taking a walk about the city and so on.

FM: What was your childhood dream? Did it have anything to do with where you are now?
HRS: Each of us had his own dream but they all are tightly connected with music. So we can say our dreams came true.

FM: Where do you stand regarding music piracy? Are you in favor of it, or against it?
HRS: Of course, we could earn more money if not music piracy. But the situation won’t change if we love it or not.

FM: Thank you very much for your time guys, I’m a huge fan! Any lasts words of advice towards your Puerto Rican fans? Ever thought about coming to visit the island?
HRS: Peace to all our Puerto Rican fans. We love you guys. Looking forward to visiting your place!


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