INTERVIEW Denis Horvat

Having released on the hottest labels such as InnervisionsAEONObjektivity or Sum Over Histories, Denis Horvat alias Tlak has left quite an impression in 2016 and turned from a demo-sending producer to one of the scene shaping acts whose latest and upcoming releases have been heavily supported by Dixon & Âme.

So I started spamming them with my demos – and sooner or later, they gave in I’ve always been a big fan of Innervisions because of the sound, and the artists.

Torture the Artist: Dixon & Ame have been constant supporters of your recent works. How did the cooperation with them and Innervisions come about and how has working with Innervisions influenced your music?                                                                                                             


Denis Horvat: Well, ever since my “Cedevita” release, Dixon & Âme have given me a lot of support on pretty much everything I do. It gave me courage to get in touch with them, and try to get inside the Innervisons family. So I started spamming them with my demos – and sooner or later, they gave in I’ve always been a big fan of Innervisions because of the sound, and the artists. And I actually never thought, that I would fit in. Innervisions doesn’t have a specific sound, they just release quality music with a wide range of genres. So I can’t say that I’m influenced by the label, I just do what I think sounds good.

Torture the Artist: You kicked off your side-project Tlak with releases on Frankey & Sandrino‘s label ‘Sum Over Histories‘ and on Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Objektivity‘ – probably not the worst labels to start with. What made you come up with your Tlak project and what are the reasons you release music under two different pseudonyms?

Denis Horvat: Tlak started as a ‘just-for-fun‘ project. I had some demos whose sound wasn‘t the right sound for ‘Denis Horvat‘. So Tlak was born. I try not to aim in too many directions with my Denis Horvat pseudonym, and I also had the need to start something new. Something I could build up in a proper way, with some good labels. I‘ve never thought that Tlak would get so much attention to be honest.

Torture the Artist: Releasing on Innervisions, Objektivity, Sum Over Histories, Aeon is quite an accolade for your production skills. Are there any imprints you would love to place your music in the future or are you even planning an own label?

I create melodies, and I think electronic music can be really boring, if it is not catchy.

Denis Horvat: The labels you’re mentioning are my favourite labels. I don’t desire to be on every top label out there. As long as my music and me as an artist get the right exposure – that satisfies me. I don’t have any plans for an own label. I am busy just with my own projects – as for now

Torture the Artist: On your artists page you state ‘Melodies….. I love melodies….. I really do!‘. Is that the key-ingredient for your music? Do vocals have a subordinate or nearly no meaning to you?

Denis Horvat: I create melodies, and I think electronic music can be really boring, if it is not catchy. There are some good ‘loop-house‘-tunes out there, but if I were the crowd, I‘d get really bored just listening to beats. I do love vocals, but I’ve just been too lazy to get in touch with some vocalists.

Torture the Artist: You call yourself a ‘Danish bred‘ even though you have Croatian roots. What is the story behind this?

Denis Horvat: Actually I was born and raised in Denmark. But since my parents were born in Croatia, but moved to Denmark in their teenage years, I see myself as a Croatian dane – Croatian born, Danish bred.

I use a lot of Croatian words as track titles.

Torture the Artist: What‘s your Croatian influence in your music?

Denis Horvat: I don’t think there‘s any Croatian influence in my music itself, but I use a lot of Croatian words as track titles ‘Cedevita‘ is a Croatian drink, while ‘Momak‘ means ‘dude‘ or ‘stud‘. I have more of these titles coming in 2017.

Torture the Artist: Except for your studio at what places can you be found in Copenhagen for a proper club night, a dinner and a drink?

Denis Horvat: Culture Box is my favourite electronic venue in Copenhagen. I used to play there very often, but not so much recently. They book some really good international acts – and the club is just really nice and cosy in general. There are so many great places to eat and drink, I don’t know where to begin. One place I really like is The Union Kitchen. They are meatball specialists – and it‘s rather affordable! The meatpacking district is also really nice for dining, but also for drinking. I’d say it‘s Copenhagens most visited area.

Torture the Artist: What are your secret weapons at the moment to rock any dance floor?

Denis Horvat: I have some unreleased gems, I can’t talk too much about. But they will be released in early 2017. But if I had pick one track, that has gotten a lot of positive feedback, it would be a track from Alex Niggemann. And again, it will be released in 2017.

Torture the Artist: What releases from your side can we look forward to within the next couple of weeks or months?

Denis Horvat: I have a few EPs and remixes ready for 2017. I’m trying not to release too much – mostly 3-4 EPs per year. So now I’m pretty much working on stuff for 2018.

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