After launching the mix series with E-roott, we have another sunny Jamaican vibes selector with us this week. Meet Tafari, or Edgaras, whom you have already heard if you are a listener to Neringa FM. Tafari and his mates host a weekly radio show dedicated to all things Jamaican, roots and reggae called Aidi Aidi, or Echoes Echoes. His air time is every Monday. We started our relationship with Edgaras last summer, but he will tell you all about it himself in the interview. Hit the play button and immerse yourself in the mix!
How familiar are you with the concept of a DJ set on the beach? Do your remember your first one?
It’s always a pleasure to play in unusual places, and in festivals I usually find myself in beach stages near lakes. The Beachball FEST is very important for me no only for its magnificent location at the sea but also because I’ll be celebrating my 25th birthday there!
My first beach gig was in Satta Outside in 2013, it was probably one of the most memorable in the 7 years of my DJ career.
The most serious one was in Karkle in 2014, which was particularly stormy. It had rained all night and continued to do so in the morning, and I was the first to play by the sea. It was dark outside because of the heavy storm! The stage was closed right after my gig, and my tent in the camping area was completely ruined.
What’s the best track to wave goodbye to the sun – and then to meet it in the morning?
This one’s for dusk:
And this one’s for dawn:
Does the music sound and make you feel differently in fresh air, compared to a club?
I feel more free when playing outside, the sounds become alive and the music is not restricted by anything. Inside, everything depends on the resonating sound and so on.
Do you remember your first contact with Neringa FM? How close are you to the radio station?
I went to Nida in 2015 to play in the Kupolas beach bar. I decided to stay longer after that because Neringa FM were hosting a volleyball weekender. E-roott introduced me to Adomas, the music editor of the station, and in some 15 minutes he offered me to host a Jamaican-inspired radioshow. I have been doing that for 28 weeks now!
Sports! Do you do any? Will you play volleyball during the festival?
Yeah, I palyed baseball for quite a long time. I seldom say no to catch some ball whenever there’s a chance. I can’t predict my relationship with volleyball during the event, but if any of my colleagues from Groove Tribe will express the will to do so, this might happen.
Neringa FM Beachball FEST’16 Promo mix #2: Tafari went ON AIR Wednesday at 22:00 GMT+2. You can listen to it here now: