Bite into this hard candy
The Capital just swayed to the heady tunes of DJ Helen Swan (one half of the famous DJ duo Hard Candies). Elena Lebedeva, a musician and remixer, loves doing what she’s best - making the crowd dance. Pangeae partied the night away but we stole a chance to get candid with her. Read on...
Tell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?
We are from Ukraine, Kyiv. We used to work before our DJ career. Before DJ DUO Hard Candies came together, I used to play alone and I was a resident DJ in couple of clubs in Kyiv. And I knew Natalie from a long time and she was also obsessed with music and that's how Hard Candies came into being. So we decided to combine
Fashion along with high quality DJing.
What was the first big break for you guys?
Our most interesting gig after which we became recognizable in Ukraine took place at UEFA EURO 2012 and after this we started to perform at various fashion shows and parties in Ukraine. This allowed us to become the Resident DJane’s of one of the best Ukrainian Radio-Station DJFM 96.8 with Lets Go Radio-Show.
How would you define your musical philosophy?
A DJ never should forget that he/she plays for the people/crowd. And you have to combine your favorites with the peoples favorite tracks even if it's not our style of music.
How easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?
In India, the people are more hungry for music and parties and this makes it easier for and artiste/DJ to reach out and communicate with the crowd via music.
Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you guys?
As sound producers we create more big room sounds but like every DJ we also want to create something new and interesting so waiting for our new releases.
What/Who inspires you?
There are many on the list, but the first artiste who came to our mind is Fat Boy Slim. He is an example to us that inspires us that there is no limit for music. Even today he has immense energy and can keep the energy level of a party at its max.
Tell us about your best tracks
To be honest, we think that if a DJ says his/her track is perfect, it means the end of his career because, one must keep improving all the time. And even if all the people tell us our track is amazing, we still feel that we can and have to do better.
What songs top your playlist right now?
It is always a difficulty answering this question for us, because if you are a DJ, you have to listen to many tracks in order to make a perfect playlist, in short, every track is good.
What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?
Listen to your heart and never be afraid of trying something new.
How has Delhi been for you guys?
Delhi has been very kind to us and we love the, thank you for the love and support.