Pavel Iudin is a Russian artist who dropped his debut release on Steve Bug’s label Poker Flat in 2015 as part of a mixed artist EP. Since then he has made a number of releases with much of his output pressed to vinyl on labels such as Berg Audio and Quality Vibe, but he has always kept close ties to the Poker Flat family. Recently he dropped the “Framework EP” which is his most recent release, and to celebrate it he has provided us with this exclusive mix alongside answering a few quick questions…
> Firstly I’d like to say thanks for recording us a podcast; please can you tell us a little bit about the mix, and any concepts that inspired it?
Thanks for the invitation! I am glad to be a guest on your podcast. Basically I just record the mix ‘on the fly’. Most often this is just a reflection of my mind & mood at a given time. I always want to record a good set, which will be interesting to listen to now and in the future. When you have a selection of tracks that you really like, it feels like they could mix with each other in lots of different ways. So you need to find the best combination, which makes the process a lot more interesting as it rarely ends up how you initially planned it.
> How do you compare playing in a club to recording a podcast, is there much of a change in your mixing style and track selections?
The live performance will be different from the podcast recording. When there are a lot of people around, and you are at the turntables, everything is more unpredictable. The choice of tracks depends on many factors – the environment around, your mood, the time of year, etc. With a podcast you can do whatever you want, record some experimental recording, play tracks that you haven’t “checked” at the club, so I just play what I like.
> Recently you dropped a new release on Poker Flat, please can you tell us about this and your relationship with the label?
Yes, it was Framework EP which was released a month ago. This is my third EP in the Poker Flat Wax series. The first was “Waxology” in 2015. I sent Steve about a hundred tracks, imagine how difficult it was to choose the right ones, but he succeeded, he knows how to highlight the “essence” of the track and put together an EP in general. I also like the concept of the Wax Only series, the choice of tracks often falls on simple and classical rhythms and sequences, early sound processing techniques in house and techno genres, but I also always try to create something new. In the future, I would like to continue the tradition with my new tracks for PFR WAX!
> How do the sound of your productions compare to the style of tracks you play in DJ sets?
Honestly, I don’t often play my own tracks, although when I’m making them it is interesting to play them in the club, to check how they technically sound etc. There is a lot of music in the world that I like and which I want to play, so there’s often no place for my tracks 🙂 It’s hard for me to talk about myself. In general, I think there are similarities between what I play and create, since DJing and producing are interconnected in my case.
> What other projects do you have lined up, do you have any new releases or forthcoming gigs we should be watching out for?
At the moment I am working on an EP that is planned to be released at the end of the year, but I would like to say more about this later. As for the gigs, I mainly play locally in St. Petersburg and Moscow, but I hope to expand the territory in the future and I will play on other platforms, I want to see the world, meet people, I’m ready for it!
> Pavel Iudin’s Framework EP is out now on Poker Flat, and you can pick up a copy from HERE