March 01, 2013
Student wins Bulgarian nightlife award
In his six years of making music, Andon Kiryazov, a computer networking sophomore, has played at clubs across Europe, heard his music on the popular British radio station BBC 1, and amassed thousands of fans through the Internet. But his biggest musical accomplishment to date is his recent recognition as one of Bulgaria’s top D.J.s.
In January 2012, a Bulgarian awards organization presented a series of nightlife awards and named Kiryazov “Best Trance / Progressive DJ of the Year.” Kiryazov couldn’t attend the ceremony in Sofia, Bulgaria, because of classes, but he felt the impact of the award immediately.
“The reactions and feedback I received were more than overwhelming,” Kiryazov said. “All my social media websites were exploding, my phone was blowing up, and I couldn't get rid of the grin on my face for a few days.”
The nightlife award competition and ceremony is hosted by Awards.BG and intended to support the Bulgarian music authors, artists, and D.J.s and promote their work to the best clubs. For Kiryazov, it was a wake-up call to how far-reaching music can be.
“Winning was very motivational for me to improve my productions and also made me realize the enormous amount of people who love what I make and show their support.”
Kiryazov, who was born and raised in Bulgaria, first started to experiment with music software in 2007, after years of playing around on his family’s computer.
Fast forward to today, and Kiryazov, who goes by the stage name Andski, now creates electronic dance songs, remixes, podcasts, and D.J. sets. His music can be heard online, on the radio, and in clubs.
“I’m just a sucker for melody,” Kiryazov said. “As long as it has that ‘big room feel’ that gets the stadium jumping.”
Kiryazov says it takes about 12 hours to make a remix and even longer to make a new song, but the positive feedback—and now an award—make it worth it.
“The best part of D.J.ing would be the day before when I’m exporting a brand-new remix and I can’t wait to test it out,” Kiryazov said. “And then seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they hear it.”
To listen to Kiryazov’s music, visit: https://soundcloud.com/andski.
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