Epizode festival launched in Vietnam this month, taking over the idyllic white beaches of Phu Quoc island for 14 days from New Year's Eve onwards.
Set up by Kazantip Republic's "Prime Minister", Tyoma, Epizode brought together big names such as Tiefschwarz, Mike Shannon, Ivan Smagghe and Bushwacka!, lesser-known talent from Russia and Eastern Europe, and the stunning sun, sea and sands of South East Asia.
As resident DJ, Tyoma also played every single day of the festival, at both daytime and nighttime parties. He picked out a few of the finest cuts he dropped over the festival to give a little taste to those who missed out (we'll see you on the beach next year)...
Koala 'Imagine (Original)'
Tyoma '1st (Original)'
"As Epizode was influenced by Kazantip Republic and it's where we started out, I decide to make kind of connection between projects, so special ones from my New Year's set were 'Imagine' — a Kazantip Republic Anthem of 2004, before NY and '1st' right after NY."
David Bowie 'Space Oddity'
"I played few sunsets this year and the main one for me was a sunset before the festival started. It was my birthday, and my first time playing in this new environment. It could sound a bit crazy, but I believe that the very first played record on new location can really enthuse the place with a new energy. And this energy should be right. That's why the first track played was David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'."
Weval 'Thinking Of'
Sepalcure 'See Me Feel Me'
ONUKA 'You Have Such Eyes (Cover)'
"My next sunset set was almost at the end of the festival. This one was special for me, as my DJ set softly moved to live gig for my Tyoma project. I don’t want to mention my tracks again, as every track is special for me, so the main ones from sunset set wer 'Thinking Of', 'See Me Feel Me' and cover ve rsion of famous Russian singer Maya Kristalinskaya by my Ukranian friend, ONUKA."
"iO's 'Jam' from Propaganda records was a key one on my morning set. I really love this record, it always works, and 'X345A' as a next one."
Pedestrian 'Torn Blue'
"At the closing party, it was so hard to choose right record to play after Claptone, but 'Torn Blue' was a perfect transition between Claptone's set and mine."
Mr. Oizo 'Flat Beat'
"Sometimes I really love to play some old records. This time it was Mr. Oizo's 'Flat Beat'. The funniest thing was, as some guys asked me 'Is it a new release?'"
Keep your eyes on the Epizode website for news on the second edition.