Mikael Delta on how music can transform our lives

Lauren Krieger

Prepare for Mikael Delta’s exclusive Diversions guest mix through his essential words.

Mikael Delta is intertwined with the evolution of electronic music, a globally influential Greek artist who has been changing the aural landscape for over 20 years. The messages and energy that he shares through his layered and thoughtful music transcends the usual, taking listeners deep into their own stories and revealing the universal connection we all share.

Mikael’s music career began in 1994 as a member the band Stereo Nova, who caught the attention of MTV Europe. His solo releases “The Picture” on Belgian techno label R & S Records, and “Blue 2015 delta_finalEmotions” on Glasgow Underground Records, solidified his place as a name to look out for across Europe and beyond. His 2001 album “Halcyon Days” released by French label Distance Records hit the best albums of the year list, with “Vulnerable” following soon after, making Mikael even more widely known as a producer. His production schedule hasn’t slowed down since, as Mikael continued to release albums in 2004 (“Dancing with an Angel”), 2005 (“Deep Inside”), 2006 (“Timeless Beauty”), 2007 (“Forbidden Poetry”), 2010 (“Tech Me Away”) and 2014 (“Inner City Light”) with many individual releases and EPs, compositions for films, theatre, and for the European Games Ceremony. His most recent album release “Life is Now” continues Mikael’s journey, proving that his musical talent and passion continues to thrive.

His attitude towards and perspective on the music brings a refreshing yet familiar atmosphere to his sound, while his production skill, studio knowledge, and innate talent creates music that takes you beyond the ordinary. You will be able to hear this for yourself with his upcoming 2-hour exclusive guest mix on Rob Keith’s Diversions, airing Sunday Feburary 28th at 2PM EST [convert timezone].

Before listening, get to know Mikael through his words, where he provides us with interesting and insightful messages:

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If there was one thing you hope to communicate through your music, what would it be?

Through music I always realise that we’re part of the Whole.

We can receive and give unconditional love without been trapped by the Egoic Collective Mind which produces fear, negativity, separation,consuming desperation and loneliness.

Music teaches me how to transform all the distorted emotions I feel in my ordinary life and become what  deeply I am, a Free Spirit. It gives me the Key to self awareness and inner peace.
I hope my music could make others to influence their lives positively in such ways.

What do you think is the most important aspect of producing quality music?

I think there are two important aspects of producing quality music.

The first is to be focused on the creative power of the moment. The awareness of creativity has it’s own quality and helps me to express  my deepest  feelings and find the inner space to unfold the first idea, the main concept of a project. Also, showing kindness and being grateful to the session musicians I work with, is a basic axis of producing quality music.

On the other hand, we can’t talk about quality music if we don’t work with a basic hardware equipment and real instruments for the final production.

Actually it’s sounds silly to me when someone claims that software instruments are good enough to replace a traditional quartet or the instrument players. Since I was twenty, I had the chance to grow up and study next to great sound engineers. So far I have learned a lot about mixing and producing good music in the best professional studios of Athens and abroad.

Can you give us a little inside look into your studio setup? What is your favorite piece of “go-to” gear?

I use Logic pro X for recording and editing, Dynaudio Acoustics Studio Monitors, Fireface 400,Yamaha Piano M1, Evolver Mono, Doepfer A-100 and A-155 Analog Trigger Sequencer, Roland Juno-106, Akai 6000, AIRA System-1 & Tr8, Roland MC-505, Roland XP50, Yamaha SY77, MiniKorg and Volca-Beats, Novation Bass Station, Novation X-Station and some African percussions.

My favorite “go-to” gear is Doepfer A-100 and Roland Juno-106.

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How did the idea of creating the “Life is Now” album first come about?

The first idea was captured in Kreuzberg 3 years ago. Berlin is an evolving and very inspiring city for me, especially for it’s architecture. At that time, I was influenced by my country’s crisis, Greece. I needed to keep a distance to encourage myself and being able to have a crystal clear point of you about all the political social and financial conflicts, that made Greeks suffer so much for the first time after the second world war.

Therefore, I decided to make an album that wishfully could be experienced  as a 45 minutes meditation. A listening experience which could help the listener to release negative thoughts and turn into himself where all the answers are.

I’m talking about the  experience of stop thinking too much, allowing myself to be peaceful, just listening to music, throwing away all the mental noise that mind produces, such fear, insecurities, anger. Being more conscious and living in the Now empowers me to transform what it seems negative to everything I deserve in my life’s journey.

The first 2 years I worked on some piano and cello themes and melodies and almost a year later I added the extra glitchy rhythms and sounds, shaping the final composition of the album. It took me one more year for the  mixing and finalizing.

How would you describe the essence of the album?

“Life Is Now” album reflects the power of living in the Present Moment.

What do you think is the most challenging part of the production process, and how do you overcome it?

I will tell you one of the most interesting experience I had in the production process. In 2009 I was working with a high quality analog studio in Athens. It took me more than two months to complete the album arrangements and the final mixing. It was an exhausting period of time, I was sleeping only 4-5  hours per day. My relationship with the sound engineer was really good. Before we finalize all the tracks at the studio I decided to listen to the whole work making for the first time a track list. I was at my studio that day.

Feeling comfortable I shut down on my studio chair,with a glass of wine, I closed my eyes and I push the play button. When the music stopped I smoked a cigarette and almost upset I said loud, “This is ridiculous. It’s the worst album I’ve ever done so far, uninspiring, outdated, it doesn’t tell me anything!” I called the engineer afterwards and told him that I couldn’t continue the project anymore. I payed almost 7.000 euros for the studio cost. The next day I started working on a new project from scratch at my own studio and after a year I made an album which was exactly as I wanted to be.

In other words, I believe that the most challenging part of the production process is to give to yourself the opportunity to be the observer of your work, to criticize it from a distance, not as the composer but just like a listener would do.

What can listeners expect to hear on your FRISKY mix?

On my FRISKY mix listeners can hear various beloved songs among some of my favourites instrumental tracks. A cross-path between neo-romantic, atmospheric Jazz, electronica and emotional soundtrack themes. I also made extra sound design just to give more intense to the whole story. Thank you very much for giving me the chance to share this essential podcast on FRISKY Radio. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thank you for sharing your words and music, Mikael!

Lovers of music and explorations into the connections of sound and mind will truly appreciate this 2 hour journey from Mikael Delta. Set aside some time to go deep and enjoy, and join the global FRISKY community during the premiere broadcast on Sunday Feburary 28th at 2PM EST [convert timezone] or listen on demand anytime after.

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