My First Gig Axel Karakasis (Greece)

DJ Axel Karakasis at one of his first gigs in Athens
This time Marcy had a chat with the Greek DJ/producer Axel Karakasis. “When you’re that young and you attract a lot of attention, it’s pretty flattering.”

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Marcy Goes Wild interviewed numerous DJ’s about their debut. In December 2015 she had a chat with the Greek techno DJ/producer Axel Karakasis. “When you’re that young and you attract a lot of attention, it’s pretty flattering.”

“The first time I played as a DJ, I instantly was the resident-DJ instead of a guest-DJ. This was quite special, since I was only 17. The gig took place in an Athens’ club, at the end of the eighties.”

Well-balanced boys-to-girls ratio

“Luckily I wasn’t too nervous. On the contrary, I was looking forward to it and very excited. The audience consisted mostly of, on the matter of sexes, a well-balanced boys-to-girls ratio. They were the type of people that was open to the electronic music of those days.”

Vibe

“Did I prepare my set at home? Nope, I never do that. I do listen to all my music very well before using some tracks. But in the end, I always go with the flow and the vibe of the crowd.”

Uncle

“I did have a mentor: my uncle. He guided me while I was taking my first steps on the DJ-path. He wasn’t present during that first gig, but lots of my friends were. They were super happy for me and supported me totally.”

DJ Axel Karakasis at one of his first gigs in Athens

Attention

“As far as I can remember, there was no specific girl at the time whom I wanted to impress. My motivation for playing stemmed completely from my love for the music. On the other hand… when you’re that young and you attract a lot of attention, it’s pretty flattering.”

Comfortable in your skin

“That first gig went great! In hindsight I was very happy about it. The club was full when I played and the people were happy. Of course, I made a few small mistakes, but nothing dramatic went wrong. Everything was just fabulous! What I did learn that first time, is that you perform better when you’re comfortable in your skin.”

“My first performance will always be a treasured memory for me. That positive experience has taught me to build on that. Every single time you perform you learn something new, so it is all a learning curve. Every gig is unique, so the experience is unique, whether it is good, excellent or brilliant! When you do something you love, you give it your 100%.”

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