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INTERVIEW: Good Skills

Drum Tales is a new name in the Lithuanian alternative scene. “Distorted Faces” is their debut on Good Skills, an EP that will be released in June 2023. Three very different original songs and remixes from greats, which require no further introduction: Autarkic & Zillas on Acid.

Three originals showcase a full spectrum of dance music and perfectly sum up the sound of Vilnius today. We have the indie track with vintage vibe lyrics “Distorted Faces”, a great room track “Inner Voices” influenced by the Vilnius uptown scene and “Waiting for the Sun” which is somewhere in between.

We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.

How did Good Skills come about?

Last summer I was searching for a home for my freshly made EP, it was very different from everything that I have made before, because I was heavily influenced by the clubing scene of Lithuania, so I thought that it should try to push it towards a Lithuanian lable that I have stumbled uppon a few days prior.

How much has the Lithuanian scene influenced the creation of this work? How do you see the current Lithuanian scene?

The influence is there for sure! I feel like each song has some elements that Lithuanians dance to in clubs or listen to on the streets. I think the dance music scene really depends from the city, Vilnius is known for dark disco and subtle elctronica, Kaunas for harsher techno and house, and the seaside is better known for quality disco music.

What do you want to convey with your latest work?

I really didn’t think too much about it, I was just having fun, I always had my friends in mind, while I was creating the songs I had a vision in my head where we were dancing to those tracks.

How much has your sound evolved to reach Good Skills? And where is your musical criteria heading?

It wasn’t a direct attempt to reach Good Skills, so I would say it evolved a lot but on different terms. Since I’ve started DJing now I’m heading towards a club oriented sound.

What can you say about the Autarkic & Zillas remixes on Acid? How has your relationship with the artists been?

The remixes bring a completely different twist on the EP, it was a great experience hearing those tracks live on huge sounds systems. It’s a profesional relationship I didn’t have the chance to meet the artists in person since we live in far apart.

What other projects are you working on?

Currently I have two in mind, one is creating enough dance music so I could play DJ sets entirely from tracks that I have created myself, the other is a lowkey ambient music EP that I will premiere on on of my friends radio shows.

Do you have any last words of wisdom?

If you’re a fan of electronic music Lithuania is the place that you should consider coming to. Every year you can see a missive leap in the growing scene.

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