LWE Podcast 76: Anton Zap

Although he has only been releasing for a few years, Muscovite Anton Zap emerged on to the house scene with the presence of a veteran. From the outset it was clear his productions had authenticity stamped all over them; immediately arresting and full of fluid grace, the former resident of Moscow’s famed Propaganda club quickly began to develop his own particular sound. His early EPs for Quintessentials and Underground Quality ticked all of the right boxes for effortlessly hypnotic, deep house; but stood next to his releases for his own Ethereal Sound label, it was clear Zap was only just scratching the surface of his capabilities. These releases have seen Zap dive ever deeper into his sound, exploring a world that is dreamy, aquatic and without a trace of forced behavior. Without a wrong move to his name it seems every release from Zap is not just essential listening, but also an improvement on the last. And to show he’s no one trick pony, his contribution to the Story label found the Russian exploring a completely different kind of house, one that harks back to the days of its very roots. LWE tracked down the producer to coax a mix out of him, which, due to his limited English, does the majority of the talking for our 76th exclusive podcast.

LWE Podcast 76: Anton Zap (48:20)

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01. Benjamin Brunn, “Hero” [Ethereal Sound*]
02. Joe Drive, “Nephti” [Ethereal Sound*]
03. Anton Zap, “Miles and More” [white*]
04. Nenad Marcovic, “Coney Island” [Ethereal Sound*]
05. Vakula, “Uliyanochka” [white*]
06. Yuri Shulgin, “Flow” [Ethereal Sound*]
07. Evgeny Light, “Public Library Square” [Simphonic Silence Inside]
08. Eject Project, “One” [Citadel Records]
* denotes tracks which, as of the time of publishing, are unreleased

Russia is not the sort of place that you usually identify with electronic music. Can you tell us something about where you grew up and how you came to discover electronic music?

Anton Zap: Actually Russia is the place especially for electronic music, but mainly everyone identifies our country as the biggest population of rich people. That’s not true, most of the people are living “under the zero line.” I was born and still live here in Moscow. I have been into music from my childhood. Later in mid 90’s I discovered vinyl shops where I’ve spent most of my time buying and digging and waiting. There were nice record shops like Pitch and Discocsid where I met Vasily Borisov (Magic B) and Vlad Lozinsky (Tetris). Vlad worked in the studio, so every time I was buying new records I heard his hypno sounds from the studio where he and other musicians were working on a new music. Finally I came to the studio and the story begins.

What are the clubs like there? Do you take your influence for your tracks from the music you hear at good clubs or is this through discovering the music from other sources?

Like everywhere. Mostly Russians prefer interiors and drinks. Not like good sound systems or well cooked music program. I would love to not name the good or bad clubs. I could tell you that Moscow night life is huge. You could find whatever you want for your money.

Your tracks have a very pure, analogue sound to them. What gear are you producing on?

My favorite device is Korg Electribe-SX. Most of the analogue sounding tracks were produced [with that].

How long had you been producing before you released a record??

Well, I don’t know what to say. I’ve been always into the music process since 18.

What have been your favorite places to DJ around the world so far?

I like them all! But I’ll never forget the UQ party in Berlin and Terpsiton Kongress in Essen.

Straight away you were releasing on some very good house labels. Did you consider getting in touch with local labels or did you decide to go for international labels straight away?

I decided to not the deal with the local labels because I always wanted my own. Also when we speak about the labels we speak about the people behind them.

And when did the idea for Ethereal Sound come along? Tell us about the plan for the label.

From the beginning actually. Plans… no way! I just wanted to build a nice left-field local scene for electronic musicians and DJs.

You’ve been very well received for your deep aquatic sounding tracks and you seem to be creating a more identifiable sound as you continue. Are you purposefully following a continued theme within your productions?

Thank you, yes.

Compared to your release output, you have very few remixes. Do you have a lot of offers coming in to remix people?

Actually not.

Are there any plans of an Anton Zap album?

I don’t think so.

Tell us about the mix you did for us.

It’s very simple: The tracks I like at the moment and from artists I would love to support.

What can we expect from you over the next year?

More releases on my own imprint Ethereal Sound. Thank you for the questions.

amaury  on March 7, 2011 at 5:21 AM

you’re awesome bro… keep it up :)

Blaqjazz  on March 7, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Deep with a vengeance. Anton Zap’em

Alex Gheorghe  on March 7, 2011 at 8:26 AM

great artist!

Lerato  on March 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM

great stuff from anton and ethereal !!!

ferrispark  on March 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Interiors and drinking…

fader  on March 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

i love this label, i buy almost everything from it. and as i hear what’s coming up, the future looks bright!

Joseph Hallam  on March 7, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Lovely mix. I listened whilst the sun was out this afternoon – it was perfect.

DJ JUS-ED  on March 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM


brawther  on March 8, 2011 at 8:38 AM


Jenifa Mayanja  on March 8, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Love it Anton! keep it deep and real always:)

scott  on March 9, 2011 at 2:04 AM

love anton and ethereal, class releases every time

m50  on March 10, 2011 at 3:53 AM

much love

alex danilov  on March 10, 2011 at 5:01 AM

keep on deep

matéo  on March 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

one of the best new labels around
cheers from rome

Jim BobMcSlaughterhouse  on March 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Love Anton Zap, got a fair few of his records. The guy produces pure class.

markolino  on March 10, 2011 at 1:08 PM

i just finished to listen to your deep trip.


Jamie M.  on March 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Damn, hot mix right here! Thanks Anton.

What is the track at 21 min? its melting me!

Elias  on March 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Nice one !

Sg  on March 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Another fan of Anton’s music. One of the most underrated/overlooked house producers out there in my opinion. Thanks for the mix.

Spider  on March 13, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Serious mix right here! Lovin all Ethereal releases thus far.

Sibonelo Zulu  on March 14, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Another fan from South Africa, Have him on Uzuri, UQ, Ethereal, Millions of Moments…..Still looking for more. Thanks to Steve Mizek & the UQ crew by introducing me to this great producer.

invisible  on March 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM


Lumitecc  on March 22, 2011 at 5:56 AM

great mix like as allways. Antonie ‘s huge

134340  on March 24, 2011 at 2:13 AM

On fire right now! Keep it that way.

eshi  on April 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Любите и уважайте Его ибо он Гуру! Love and honor Him ’cause he’s a Guru!

PeteBlas  on May 31, 2011 at 10:00 PM


harrison  on June 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

the best producer around

AntonZap  on April 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

thank you LWE for the feature and everyone for support!

Beany ernest  on December 10, 2013 at 3:00 AM

As a deep house music producer i realy dig your sound…big fan of anton zap


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