Russia's DJ Feel, aka Philip Belikov, has been a regular in the Top 100 for the past few years, with his success tied in with burgeoning Russian and Eastern European scenes. "Russian artists are growing," he says, pointing to Arty's recent collaboration with Paul van Dyk 'The Ocean' as evidence. "In 2012, I had around 80 gigs and had a very busy time in the studio preparing my new artist album, tracks and remixes for Armada and other labels.
"He says the album will see the light of day soon, and it'll include his single from this year '24.01.11', his tribute to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Moscow's Domodedovo airport. Otherwise, he's been pushing forward with his Trancemission radio show and festival.
"It's one of the most important things in my life," he says of the brand that he fired up back in 2000. "We now have the most popular trance radio show in Russia, its biggest trance music festival, as well as our own label," he says. He's brought artists to Russia like Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond, as well as showcasing local talent like Alexander Popov, Eximinds and beyond. "I'm happy to be a part of Trancemission."