Emotional journey with Soulful Traveller

From the depths of emotions, she comes. From the depths of his soul, she comes. She comes… his music. So full of emotions, so deeply touching our souls with sweet, lovely whispering lyrics of all his mixes. She tells us a story about love, emotions, feelings. About how important love is. About how important is who you are. And there he is – Soulful Traveller (Nikolay Panov).

This time I don’t want to follow the conception of introducing someone with his biography. This time I want to represent an amazing person, with big P, via his music only. I will just tell you that he is from Sofia, Bulgaria. As he says, he’s not a DJ, he’s just music addicted and represents his feelings and emotions with the music. He also works in the field of aviation, which is his passion after music. If you have already listened to some of Soulful Traveller’s mixes, then you know for sure about his love of music and the way he represents his feelings. I have the greatest pleasure to present to you his latest mix and I can say as always he will lead you for a unique musical journey through the valleys of Afro, Deep, Dub and Soulful House music! In case you’re tired of the radio hit list and hit charts, here you are in the right place to get your dose of amazing underground tunes and some rare & unreleased productions/remixes!

The specific in his mixes is his affinity for Afro Deep Sounds which is kind of exotic for me. Because of these deep vibes, while listening to some of his afro deep mixes, I feel like I am on a safari in Africa. There are so many different natural sounds – birds, animals, water, air… like you can feel every sensuous, perfectly matched tune from the beginning till the end of the mix like it comes from inside of you. His music is so close to me, and I bet – to everyone too, so I can say for sure that this music reminds me that I am a human being and the most important thing for me is not to forget my human nature – to love other people, to love nature, to love animals, just to feel and love from the depths of my heart and soul.

The new mix begins smooth, then soulful and Deep and again smooth at the end. It’s a little bit different from the typical Soulful Travellers’ Afro Deep style. It is inspired by soulful lyrics, instruments, life as we know it, love and especially how the music could totally change a person and what you are possible to do when you fall in love. How the words of one man transmitted through music lead him to a new emotional beginning again and again.
About his music Nikolay says: “I always try to find and mix not so much familiar tracks in my mixes, to stay away from any charts, etc., and I think that there isn’t new or old music; it is just one that touches your soul and brings you a wonderful mixture of feelings.” There is one track in this mix – “Hear my soul”. I wonder, listening to it, how many young people today live a trully spiritual life; how much they are focused on the material as they have forgotten how nice and pure it is to love somebody. Where has the true emotions of music, of going out with friends at night gone away… How many young people today want their soul to be heard, understood? How many of them want to show their true feelings…”
To the question what makes him happy when he releases a new mix, he answers “For me it is not important to have a billion fans. It’s enough for me and makes me happy if just one person finds out himself into any of my mixes. For some people maybe my work is not good enough, for others maybe is the best, but the main idea is to represent to the world a mixture of different feelings and emotions in my mixes. And this rule doesn’t work only for me, it is the same for all the artists in the world”.
I would like to wish you to find out a piece of you in the mix “Rejoice of Life” by Soulful Traveller and your day to be fulfilled with possitive emotions and as he says: “Open you minds and your souls. Let the music and lyrics take you on a spiritual journey and lead you to your inner, to your hidden soul and do not forget that life is beautiful! Love, peace & music forever!”  http://soulfiction.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-21T14_46_28-07_00  http://soulfiction.podomatic.com/

/Published March 22, 2012, europeanyouthvoice.eu/


2 in 1 – Engineer and DJ or just Jivko Yordanov a.k.a. Artone

Artone is the nickname of the young and talented producer and DJ from Sofia, Bulgaria – Engineer Jivko Yordanov. Original, deep, related and interesting are just a very small part of all the definitions of his style. He has many musical projects behind his back and with these projects he has assembled a remarkable “guard” of musicians. He works with Bulgarian and World’s labels like FLC Records (BG), Funktion Music (BG), Bastardos United (BG), Artefact Records (MK), Fairlads Digital (HU), Bloodsugar Records (DE), Sony Music Entertainment (DE) and etc. He started his monthly radio show on Vibes Radio with the name “All I need”. “All I need” is also the name of his upcoming first author’s album, which is expected in 2012.

This is the second part of my rubric about Bulgarian electronic music and Bulgarian DJs. I started this article with a description of Jivko Yordanov a.k.a. Artone. But before I tell you more about his music, I want to tell you how much I am surprised at the fact that he is an engineer and a DJ at the same time. Lots of math in engineering and lots of feelings, sounds, lyrics, love. He is one of my good friends and he always tells me that music and love are one and the same thing. So that’s why his Deep and Soulful style, with lots of lovely lyrics and female vocals, makes me feel like I want to be in love all the time.

The most special thing about his work is his passion to make music not only with digital sounds, but also with real instruments. Artone is not only a DJ, he is a producer, and he knows very well how to make the perfect sound with the mixture of digital, electronic sounds, live instruments and voice. Because of his work as a producer, he has got more tracks than mixes. But this is not a problem for him, because he has a big success in Europe as you can see in his biography.

I asked him to describe the feeling before standing behind the DJ deck, and he said “You know .. for me every single time, but every single time when I go onto the stage and behind the decks … ALWAYS but always I have the same feeling .. like I will do it for the first time for people! My legs are trembling, my hands are sweating, my eyes are playing, all shaking, my heart is beating frenetically, my breath stops.. every time when I go onto the stage .. For the first time!”

For him the feeling to be there among the people, to take care of their good mood, to touch them with his music, to show them his love, to sink them deep into themselves and their emotions, thoughts and sensitivity… this feeling cannot be recreated from anything else .. Just relax, dance .. Allow the music to show you who you are. This is the true beauty of being a DJ, to create this music, to create a harmony of the simplest sounds.

Jivko Yordanov a.k.a. Artone is a talented young producer and DJ from Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been into music since he was 16. He has gone through hip-hop, jazz, lounge which can be explained with his passion for live instruments (and they do take part in his projects). But in 2007 he decided that house music is what he will concentrate on for the future.
Artone’s style cannot be defined accurately, because he works very well with live instruments, as well as with digital sounds. He likes to experiment, sometimes without knowing what the final product will be. At times his music resembles Soulful and Funky House, other times he emphasizes on the deep melancholic moods.

His first serious house project is “The Butterfly EP” in which all instruments except the drums and violins were recorded live and then skillfully arranged by Artone, who tells us one so’ full of love story. He himself has played the piano and bass parts, accompanied by flute, guitar and vocals.

Artone, however, has another side in his music which is so close yet so far from his lyrical Soulful side. That is his deeper, his more silent side – a side which expresses itself, blending live sound with the sounds of the future – the Deep House side.
He also likes to chill the things down by producing lounge and trip-hop. In these fields he is known as “The Wetwax project”.
To the question if he defines himself as a musician, Artone replies: “Keeping in mind that I barely know the notes, no, I’m not a musician. I am one guy who makes music with a pc.”

Have a nice day with Artone’s music http://soundcloud.com/artone/tracks

Picture by Petar Draganov, MEM Studio
/Published on 14 February, 2012, europeanyouthvoice.eu/

A sacrifice in the name of love or something else

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Day turns into night. Summer fades into fall. We know in our hearts so much as we would wish it otherwise. In a world set within time, there can be no beginning without an end.

It’s the same with the holidays. We feel this way after Christmas, New Year’s Eve… Like too much noise for too much silence after the party. Life is like a party. Has a beginning, has a pick time, has good and bad sides, some of the “party people” are cool, other are just only for the party. After the party you can see not much people who are helping you to clean the party place. But it really doesn’t mater that you might be disappointed by some people or your life or Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve party or Valentine’s day. As human beings we want good moments all the time. We want party all the time. We dream of the perfect Christmas present from Santa, we imagine the perfect dress for the next event, we dream of the perfect guy. We are in a battle with ourselves, because sometimes it is too difficult to accept that life is a circle of good and bad moments, party and work. We want our life to be our imaginary reality. We live in our imagination, but we come back to the reality because we can’t live in a “dreaming-of-everything” condition all the time. Trade a fantasy for reality, and you might feel like Alice back from Wonderland. The world may not sparkle and shine, but the ground will always be solid beneath your feet, and your eyes will be open to all the adventures that wait right for you in the real world.

That’s why everything that has a beginning has an ending. Just as every ending creates space for something new to begin… The wonder of second chance, the miracle of new life, the joy of new love. Because I started with “life” and “party”, may be you are trying to catch my mind. My point is that all holidays are basically connected with great sacrifice. And we celebrate the sacrifices because they give us a chance to believe and to live. I would like to say something about Valentine’s Day. We celebrate the Day of love – the 14th of February. But not much of us know that Valentine’s Day isn’t only the day of love, but it is also the day of people with epilepsy. Saint Valentine has been the keeper of the epileptics. He has been helping them. But according to one legend, St. Valentine’s Day is meant for people to remember a brave man, a martyr whose name was Valentine.

He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudius who persecuted the church at that particular time. He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died.

Polygamy would have been much more popular than just one woman and one man living together. And yet some of them seemed to be attracted to Christian faith. But obviously the church thought that marriage was very sacred between one man and one woman for their life and that it was to be encouraged. And so it immediately presented the problem to the Christian church of what to do about this.

The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.

Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of Emperor Claudius the second. There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison.

One of the men who were to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”

Although it is not known whether this legend is factually true, it is a good story anyway. It is nice to think of someone who believed in marriage and was willing to risk death to do what he believed was right.

/Published europeanyouthvoice.eu, February 1, 2012/

Quest for music with George Quest


When someone speaks about their country, they usually focus on the nature, the people, or the most beautiful places. But I want to share with you something different; something unusual; something about the music in my homeland – Bulgaria. “Why is this so unusual?” you would ask. It is, because I will tell you not about our national folk music, but rather about our electronic music.

Have you ever felt, while listening to music, that the sounds and lyrics elevate you and take you flying? You fly inside your dreams and visit amazing places, experience great love, and enjoy precious moments… Sounds so beautiful, doesn’t it? I have got my music and my music makes me feel awesome! This music is deep and soulful and is mixed by my favorite DJ, who is from Bulgaria, and his name is George Quest. If you want to know how his mixes make me feel so great and how he does it, I will tell you – with love.

You will agree that his music is made with lots of love. “Somewhat Lovely” is a good example and is, in fact, one of my favorite George Quest’s mixes. His music is a very special blend of R&B, soul, jazz, funk, hip hop, house and other electronic sounds, which is amazing, because of the unique mixture of so many and so different genres. That, in itself, is sufficient proof that the ability to feel the rhythm and the music is a gift from God.

Before telling you more about him, I will speak a little bit more about his mixes. Why with love? Because if you’re not in love you cannot make deep and soulful music. You don’t have to be in love with somebody. I think it’s enough to be in love with the music. So, for me George Quest has the sense to feel the music. In the mix “Quintessential” you can find a different point of view about the vision of life and nature. There is one phrase “Think green”. When I heard this phrase for the first time I started to think about nature and how precious our planet is. I started to think about the woods, the beaches, the mountains… It was amazing!

When I was a little girl I played the violin and everybody asked me how it was possible for me to do it. I always told them “I can, because I’m inspired by my love for music!” I fell in love with the violin from first sight, and I think George feels the same way about his music. For me there is something cosmic and impressive to make mixes. Maybe because I can’t do it myself, but it’s difficult to believe that somebody else does it with such ease… it seems like George has been doing it since he was born! The sensation that flows through my body when all tracks sound so compatible is very nice. It can be said that all the tracks in George’s mixes are brothers. Tune to tune, sound to sound, lyric to lyric – it is a very special mixture from the music genres to the idea behind the mix. Even though the emotional charge of the lyrics is usually the most important thing for me, if you really listen to his mixes, you will hear every sensual, perfectly matched, lovely, deep and soulful part between and within the tracks.

And now, I want to present to you this great person, let me introduce you to George Quest! George Quest (Georgi Eliseev) is known for his funky touch behind the turntables – he manages to play the funkiest, grooviest music and to create an eclectic mix of various electronic genres that takes people on the dance floor on an eclectic trip. Always modest, he has nevertheless played some of the most noteworthy underground venues in New York, including: Sullivan Room, Love, Purple, Pacha (basement), Shelter (basement), Cafe DeVille, Bembe, Vault at Element, Bar 13, Stay Lounge, National Underground, and so on, and has shared the decks with some of the greatest names in underground house and electronic music, such as Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, Kevin Yost, Joey Youngman, Onionz, Slum Science to name a few.

While his live gigs are usually focused on house music, he has remained true to himself and has continued to create mixes in various genres, always keeping it fresh, eclectic, different, and inspirational.
Have a nice trip with “Somewhat Lovely” by George Quest

/Published in europeanyouthvoice.eu, December 6, 2011/

Say yes to EVS

Usually when something is over we’ve got so many questions like “And now what? What’s next?”. I asked myself the same question after my graduation. And now what? What’s next? When we have just finished school we also ask the same. We all are wondering what we want to study, to work, but may be after the university you really realize that you’re adult and this makes everything quite complicated. The first piece of mind is “Oh my God, I am a grown up person!”, but then you realize that “adult” or “grown up” doesn’t mean “old” and there is no case to be old. Actually you think that you’re just grown up, but adult… I don’t think so.

I had the same dilemma after my graduation. The problem is that you have studied for something 4 years after then you realize that perhaps this “something” isn’t yours. It is more complicated if you have to think about your Master’s degree. What Master’s degree could I choose if I’m not sure that my Bachelor’s degree was what I really wanted to study? And for one moment you find a light in your mind which is not connected with what you want to study… In fact, the point is to find yourself.

Actually one of the most important things in our lifes is exactly to find yourself. What I mean, my point is you can’t continue with nothing in your life if you are not clear with yourself. I saw how important is. And my first “crash” with this was after my Graduation.

It happened that I went to a seminar in France, where I met one Bulgarian volunteer and she had chosen Montpellier for her EVS. Then I decided to ask her to tell me more about EVS. EVS or European Voluntary Service offers young Europeans the chance to make a real difference to the world and to their own lives – through the European Voluntary Service. The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young people with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people’s active citizenship.After all I heard I made my personal point of view that EVS was exactly what I had been searching for and could help me to find myself and to become aware of what I really wanted to do. Evgeniya, the Bulgarian volunteer in France, told me about her experience, difficulties, the good and the bad moments. She told me about how many new people she had met there and that she had explored the French culture very closely. Her words made me understand that “my place” wasn’t my place and I probably needed that kind of adventure.

I was thinking about what would be the most interesting for me and with what I could be helpful if I become a volunteer. It wasn’t difficult for me. I can work with children with health problems like epilepsy. I am also an epileptic and for the last 8 years I have been searching for more and more information about all the medical and non-medical methods of healing and what could be helpful for the children with epilepsy to become more sociable, communicative and the most important thing, to make them feel not sick and not rejected. I decided that I have got the basic and maybe the most important- I know what I want to do and can do as a volunteer and I started to search. My first wish was Italy. But in one moment I started to participate in seminars and conferences too often and there I met volunteers from other countries, and I realized that I want so much to be a volunteer. And then…we came here in Aachen as participants in this seminar in the field of journalism. Groups with
young people from seven countries, visits to Maastricht, Brussels, Cologne, Bonn! Amazing experience, but totally changed my first wish about EVS in Italy.

At this moment I’m writing this article from the room where we all are doing the same thing. I’m watching the participants and I’m wondering that may be Germany is my inspiration or may be I feel the nostalgia because this is our last day in Aachen all together. I’m wondering that maybe it is because of the people and di
fferent cultures. For sure all that makes me feel more confident than I have never been before about what I really want, but my inspiration is still Evgeniya – the girl who was in France for four months, but changed my life only for four days.

/Published in europeanyouthvoice.eu, October 23, 2011/