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‘I always try to be similar in spirit and mood, but not in sound.’

It’s known that gifted children are born in a musician family, and Vladimir Ershov (PROFF) is no exception– his father was a prominent musician. From a young age he showed an ability to read musical notes as well as learning instruments such as the piano and the saxophone.

Once in the company of friends ten year old Vladimir heard electronic music – and since then his attitude to music changed forever. Soon he began to test his strengths in writing dance music. In 2005-2007 the world saw his first tracks.

‘Through a series of musical education, I can understand ‘the mechanism ‘ of creating music.’

Vladimir’s creativity carries the imprint of a musical childhood, and like for most producers of classical music education, melody compositions have great importance to him. Hard work in the studio soon brings results. Tracks from PROFF have become recognizable. Vladimir’s productions are supported by the world’s leading DJ’s – Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Sander Kleinenberg, Marcus Schossow and many others.

As he began touring and performing, production became the main source of inspiration. Friendly contacts imperceptibly grew into the business by starting a series of remixes and collaborations including Above & Beyond pres. Oceanlab – Lonely Girl.

Having worked with several labels, PROFF decided to break through to Western labels. For the first time, the Russian name appeared in the list of releases of the cult British label Anjunadeep. The track ‘My Personal Summer’ [AnjunaDeep] brought Proff a long and enduring relationship with the label.

Firmly established as a bedrock of the progressive and melodic techno sound, Anjunadeep has scaled new heights in the past 12 months with support coming from acts as disparate as UK techno baron Dave Clarke, Laurent Garnier, Eric Prydz, Groove Armadas Andy Cato and stadium-filler

Deadmau5. Inviting some of its most respected producers to collaborate, Anjunadeep celebrates its landmark 100th release with ‘The Collaborations EP’ featuring Jaytech & Soundprank, Michael Cassette & Komytea, Solarity & Stephen J. Kroos and PROFF & Answer42.

In addition to all of the above, PROFF also writes arrangements for compositions of various musical projects which are not always related to the dance music.

At present PROFF actively does studio work, breaking off only for a tour, where he often hears proposals for a residency. Vladimir’s recent live events show that the Russian music market now has a name that is to be reckoned with; an artist, whose performances are worth going to, a producer whose creative work will be interesting to follow.