“As a kid, music could give me the feeling of going into a time capsule where nothing else mattered” says Elias Mazian, and that is something he tries to convey in every DJ set he now plays. The Dutchman has a Moroccan background but grew up in the Netherlands and is now a firm fixture on the capital’s club circuit, as well as being part of the much loved DJ collective Barre Tijden.
Elias openly admits to being passionate, emotional and sensitive, and it shows in his DJ sets which take inspiration for the music around which he grew up – Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder – as well as from more contemporary flames like Moodymann, Pepe Bradock and Tom Trago. To date he has played venerated night spots like Melkweg, Chicago Social Club, Into the Woods, Club Air, Studio 80, 5 Days Off and many others.
“When I make music and I play out, I have to open up my heart and be able to spread the same love that I get when I’m on the dancefloor,” he admits. “That warm feeling that hits my soul is the thing I aim for when producing my tracks or when I play in the club. Music is a highly emotive way of expressing myself, and when people recognize that I’m the happiest person on the planet.”
Though no release have yet surfaced, Elias is working on his debut EP with the same sort of love and understanding that he displays in his DJ sets. It could well land this year, but in the meantime catch the man at any number of his upcoming gigs and prepare to be wowed. “People need to dance more, let themselves go” Elias says. In his capable DJ hands, it would be hard not to.