Valeri Ivanov “Timmo” was born in Pleven, Bulgaria (1989). His talent in music was first sparked at the age of fourteen when he started composing music in popular genres. Despite the fact he was sixteen, he was drawn and fascinated by the underground clubbing scene. This new interest had an immediate impact on his own music productions.
By the end of 2009 Timmo got his first break in the music industry. His collaboration with his good friend PHM won the “WE LOVE SPACE…” contest and their remix of TRNSSTR’ “The Joker” was released on Timo Garcia’s Berwick Street. The remix was featured in Carl Cox Global and was one of the top arsenals of Timo Garcia’s own sets for a long time.
Timmo’s career was full speed ahead as he found his new home in the name of the dutch techno label co-founded by Remy and duo On/Off – Fone Audio. After numerous releases, played and supported by the likes of Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joseph Capriati, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, among many others, Timmo scored his first record to Sian’s Octopus Recordings. That was clearly not enough, as he also mixed a VA Compilation for the imprint, including tracks by Slam, Juan Sanchez, himself and more. To finish 2013 at top level, Valeri made appearance on Markantonio’s Analytictrail with his 3-tracker “Bermuda”.
We should also mention numerous remixes he did for artists such as Sam Paganini, Jewel Kid, The Junkies and Worakls to name a few.
In 2014 things got pretty serious for the 24year old Bulgarian, as he signed his first record to the most successful and honored techno label – Drumcode. All four tracks made it to the Beatport charts, as “Canvas” was Timmo’s all-time best. It was not only played by the biggest names in the techno scene like Adam Beyer, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin and Sasha, but also found place in the mixes of Tiësto, Above & Beyond and Roger Sanchez among others.
In 2016 Timmo returned to Drumcode for the outstanding 20 years anniversary edition of A-Sides, which represented a massive selection from the label’s top artists by Adam Beyer.
The success Timmo had with his music, quickly started to give its fruits. For the past years, he spread his sound over some highly rated clubs such as Sugarfactory in Amsterdam, La Guacara Taina (The Cave) in Santo Domingo, which is one of the most interesting clubbing locations in the world, as the club is an actual underground cave. Timmo joined the legendary D! Club in Lausanne, Douala in Ravensburg, Cabaret Aleatoire in Marseille and festivals such as Contact Munich, Marvellous Island, Isle of Summer and many other locations around the globe in countries like Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Malta, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and more.
2017 starts the best way possible, as Timmo made his 3rd appearance on Drumcode with his 4-track full EP “System”. “Intensify” (part of the release) was played on the biggest festivals such as Awakenings, and earned its spot in the Beatport Top10.
Timmo also teamed up with Coyu, for the “Back To Oblivion” appearance on Suara.
Summer of 2017 is hot for the Bulgarian, as he made a mind-blowing remix for Clint Stewart’s “Breathe”, which got released on Monika Kruse’s Terminal M.
And just few months after “System”, Timmo is ready to get back on Drumcode, with his track “Muzik”, appearing on the new A-Sides compilation by Adam Beyer.
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hey guys, first I’m very happy to be part of your family now. For today’s podcast you can expect some fresh vibes, which I recorded on my South American tour in August. This one’s taken from my show at Stadium, Mar del Plata in Argentina, which was proper!
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
Last month (August) I had my 5th release on Drumcode, which also marked 10 years since I’m in the scene. It’s the 3rd full EP I release on the label, and its concept is to take you on a trip to space, a trip out of this world.
Which release was the one that gave you the most attention so far?
I don’t think I’ve had a release that stands out from the others. I can say that every release on Drumcode has given me something special, and it has made its way around the scene and beyond.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned?
For now I plan to spend as much time as I can in the studio. I want to focus on making new, fresh and interesting music.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience. What is your favourite city or country and why?
Yes, things are way different right now for me, than they were in the beginning. My top spot to play in the past years is definitely Marseille in France. I played few times already there and it was always great. The energy from the people is super positive and it’s always crazy! I will be back in Marseille in November for the Halloween party in Dock Des Suds.
Apart from that, I think the techno crowd itself is great. Every place I visited has its own vibe and is unique.
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
I wouldn’t go with that, as I don’t want to forget somebody, haha. But I can name few experiences for me that stand out as a highlight in my career so far and that’s definitely Contact Festival in Munich, D! Club in Lausanne which is incredible, Marvellous Island in Paris this year was off the hook and of course my first tour to South America, which was totally new experience for me.
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Introversion – Laika – Arts
Thomas Schumacher – When I Rock – the remix
Adam Beyer, Layton Giordani, Green Velvet – Space Date [Drumcode]
Dotdat – Exile [Odd Recordings]
Superstrobe – Neverending
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars
Live recorded at Delirium Madness, Stadium Mar del Plata (ARG)