Exclusive interview featuring Eva Swan.

Another chapter of our beloved Living Techno Interview series is out, this time with an exclusive featuring Eva Swan.

Hailing from Belgium, Eva Swan has paved her own way thus far. Her entry point into electronic music came through working in clubs such as Belgium’s famous Café d’Anvers and Kompass Club, along with EGG London and travelling the world.

Later, Eva moved to Ibiza, and as promoter on the white isle, she became immersed in the scene, becoming well-acquainted with clubs, DJ’s and the variation of sounds around her, accelerating her propensity for club-geared sounds. Teaming this with her early proficiency for classical forms and instruments, Eva’s sound encompasses a distinct appreciation for raw music elements.

She also runs her own ‘Eva Swan Records” in which so far she has released some very interesting records. Recently the label announced the release of Eva’s new mesmerizing single titled ‘RED’. due for september 2021.

Read below the full exclusive interview we had with Eva, in which she talks about her upcoming release on her imprint, as well as some aspects of her career.

  1. Hello Eva, thanks for chatting with us. First of all, how are you and where in the world are you taking this interview?

For me it’s an honor. Thank you very much for taking some time to make this interview. I am currently in Bruges, Belgium. I’m fine.

  1. What led you to start your career in the electronic music scene, how did you get
    involved and in what year?

It was in the summer of 2014. I fell in love with the DJ equipment. It fascinated me enormously that I decided to learn and take Djing lessons. Since then, everything has gone into many different roles: Party promoter, selecting the best tracks, rotating vinyl, discovering the program Traktor, all mixers from RODEX to Allen & Heath and Pioneer fully studied. True Love.

  1. How’s this and the last year been for you, all things considered?

It was an intense year. Many challenges. I think 2020 and 2021 for every artist / musician / creative  took an unforeseen turn. At the moment I found balance in the chaos and I am grateful that there is a positive outlook.

  1. Do you think the music industry, especially the one that relies on gigs and nightclubs, is going to be fully restored by next year?

Hard to predict this. If I look at how it is currently going, I’m very happy that clubs in Belgium are going to be able to re-open doors again from October 1st, 2021. Let’s hope that we can meet a flowering summer in 2022.

  1. Congrats on your upcoming release ‘Red’, Can you tell us about the production
    processes and inspiration behind it?

Thank you. It was not easy. My personal life was out-of-place. Still I managed to produce music every day and did very short sessions in the studio. Ultimately, it has been successful to finish this track. The goal was to make the music as minimalist as possible and experiment with acid sounds, and the Roland Cloud TB-303.

In terms of inspiration, I stopped all the frustration of the Lockdown in this track. I missed the dance floor enormously and with this single I wanted to transform the pain into what I wanted to feel: Party, party and even more party.

  1. What the listener can expect to hear with ‘Red’?

Little breaks, a sturdy beat, varied percussion and a fat bass line.

  1. Tell us something about your label ‘Eva Swan Records’, are there any other releases planned to come out this year that you can tell us a little about?

In 2021, two artists were released: Yves Elegeert with his single ‘Fake’, and Axiki with his EP ‘The Aftermath’. I wanted to give these promising artists a push. After my own release ‘Red’, it’s still exciting to wait for what is coming.  

  1. Since your first release on your label ‘Equality’ back in 2019, tell us about some of the highs and lows of running a label and what have you learned that you can share?

It’s fantastic to be able to offer Artists a platform, it’s also delicious when the release is finally there and you can share the new sounds with the whole world. On the other hand, it takes a lot of time and energy. But it is always worth it.

  1. What do you like/enjoy the most, Producing music or DJing?

Djing. Producing music feels like coming home, being into a safe place where I can be myself. But when I DJ, I feel the unconditional love that makes me want to give fans the best time of their lives. This gives you such a big drive. It’s magic when you see that the tracks that you choose together with the mix that you create with your heart and soul, takes place, and belongs to the fans, completely releases them. Priceless. 

  1. How often do you play your own records when you’re doing your thing Djing?  

It depends. Some moments I put two tracks from myself in the set, other moments just one, and sometimes I think you do not need to play your own records. Purely on feeling.  

  1. How would you describe the sound and style in your tracks, does it fit into a specific genre, does it change?

Genre: Techno. If I compare all my tracks, I hear a difference only in terms of sub genres. In every production I make, I give myself the space to listen and feel which sounds I like and which sounds need to be erased. That ensures that I always start my creations with great sense and curiosity. It’s always a surprise what the end result will be. Then based on that result, I also make innovative combinations.

  1. What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio or at a gig?

Spend time with family and friends, reading, beach walks, meditating, yin yoga, comedy shows on Netflix.

  1. What music do you listen to besides electronic music? ¿Can you recommend some artists to follow?

I love piano music enormously. Especially classical music: J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, Ludwig von Beethoven, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich…

Eva Swan

Interview with answers in original language.

Hello Eva, thanks for chatting with us. First of all, how are you and where in the world are you taking this interview?

Het is mijn eer. Heel erg bedankt om tijd te maken voor dit interview. Ik bevind me momenteel in Brugge, België. Het gaat goed met me.

What led you to start your career in the electronic music scene, how did you get involved and in what year?

In de zomer van 2014. Ik werd verliefd op de DJ installatie. Het fascineerde me enorm en ik besloot hierdoor om lessen te volgen. Sindsdien is de bal aan het rollen gegaan: feestjes afstuimen, de beste tracks selecteren, vinyl draaien, programma Traktor ontdekken, alle mixers van Rodex tot Allen&Heath en Pioneer volledig bestuderen.True love.

How’s this and the last year been for you, all things considered?


Het was een intens jaar. Veel uitdagingen. Ik denk dat 2020 en 2021 voor iedere artiest/muzikant/creatieve duizendpoot een onvoorziene wending nam. Op dit moment heb ik balans gevonden in de chaos en ben ik dankbaar dat er positieve vooruitzichten zijn.

Do you think the music industry, especially the one that relies on gigs and nightclubs, is going to be fully restored by next year?

Moeilijk om dit te voorspellen en zo ver vooruit te blikken. Als ik kijk hoe het op dit moment gaat, ben ik dolgelukkig dat clubs in België opnieuw de deuren mogen openen op 1 oktober 2021. Laten we hopen dat we een bloeiende zomer tegemoet kunnen gaan in 2022.

Congrats on your upcoming release ‘Red’, Can you tell us about the production processes and inspiration behind it?

Dank je. Het ging niet gemakkelijk. Op persoonlijk vlak ging het minder, daardoor probeerde ik iedere dag heel kort even aan muziek te werken. Uiteindelijk is het gelukt om deze track af te werken. Het doel was om de muziek zo minimalistisch mogelijk te maken en te experimenteren met acid sounds, nl. Roland Cloud TB-303. Qua inspiratie heb ik alle frustratie van de lockdown in deze track gestopt. Ik miste de dansvloer enorm en met deze single wou ik de pijn transformeren in hetgeen wat ik wou voelen: party, party en nog meer party.

What the listener can expect to hear with ‘Red’?

Weinig pauzes, een stevige beat, gevarieerde percussie en een vette bass line.

Tell us something about your label ‘Eva Swan Records’, are there any other releases planned to come out this year that you can tell us a little about?

In 2021 zijn er twee artiesten gereleased: Yves Elegeert met de single ‘Fake’ en Axiki met de EP ‘The Aftermath’. Deze belovende artiesten wou ik een duw in de rug geven. Na mijn eigen release ‘Red’ is het nog even spannend afwachten wat het vervolg zal brengen.

Since your first release on your label ‘Equality’ back in 2019, tell us about some of the highs and lows of running a label and what have you learned that you can share?

Fantastisch om artiesten een platform te kunnen aanbieden, heerlijk wanneer de release er eindelijk is en je de nieuwe sounds met heel de wereld kunt delen. Aan de andere kant, het neemt veel tijd en energie in beslag. Maar het is steeds de moeite waard.

What do you like/enjoy the most, Producing music or DJing?

DJing. Producen voelt als thuiskomen, de veilige basis waar ik mezelf kan zijn. Maar als ik DJ, dan voel ik die onvoorwaardelijke liefde om de fans de beste tijd van hun leven te bezorgen. Het geeft je zo’n grote kick. Magisch om te zien dat de tracks die je kiest samen met de mix waar je hart en ziel in legt, bij hen toekomt en ze volledig losgaan. Onbetaalbaar.

How often do you play your own records when you’re doing your thing Djing?

Het hangt ervan af. Sommige momenten stop ik 2 tracks van mezelf in de set, andere momenten 1 en soms heb ik behoefte om eens geen eigen records te draaien. Puur op gevoel.

How would you describe the sound and style in your tracks, does it fit into a specific genre, does it change?

Genre is techno. Als ik alle tracks met elkaar vergelijk, hoor ik een verschil qua subgenres. Ik geef mezelf bij iedere productie de ruimte om te luisteren en te voelen welke klanken en richting ik uitwil. Het zorgt ervoor dat ik steeds weer met veel zin en nieuwsgierigheid aan nieuwe creaties begin. Altijd een verrassing wat het eindresultaat zal zijn. Plus hierdoor maak ik ook innoverende combinaties.

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio or at a gig?

Tijd spenderen met familie en vrienden, lezen, strandwandelingen, mediteren, yin yoga, comedy shows bekijken op Netflix.

What music do you listen to besides electronic music? ¿Can you recommend some artists to follow?

Ik houd enorm van pianomuziek. Vooral de klassieke muziek: J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, Ludwig von Beethoven, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, …

Posted in