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DJ Feel

"Sun in the sky, you know how I feel," is how the old Nina Simone record goes, right? Could that be what Philip Belikov aka DJ Feel was listening to when he decided on a DJ name? Perhaps. Though, it's more likely he was vibing out to the sort of hands-in-the-air trance that attracts 100,000 Russians wearing florescent glasses, crammed like sardines into football stadiums… because that's what he's all about. 2010 has proved this, more so than any other year.
"My main project has been the launch of Trancemission, the biggest trance festival in Russia," Philip explains. "So far we have booked Armin, Paul Van Dyk and Ferry Corsten to play in the major Russian cities. At each event, I will play too."
As well as playing as part of Tiësto's Russian tour, which brought the first-ever dance music event to Red Square in Moscow, he has also set up Trancemission as a label for up-and-coming progressive and trance producers in Russia. As it happens, things are looking up for DJ Feel and Russian trance, for that matter.
"I launched the label this summer and it is for artists who are little known outside of Russia," he says. "It is a really exciting time at the moment. We have got many talented artists and DJs in trance from Russia."