Bulgarian DJ & producer Gallya is one of the newest and most interesting names in techno. Whether a rolling techno bassline or a dynamic film score project, Gallya’s ability to consistently churn out dark and immersive yet vibrant tracks has made her a force to be reckoned with in the scene.
In 2015, she launched her own label ‘Set About’ in partnership with Metodi Hristov. Though it’s only a few years old, Set About is already touted as one of the most highly respected labels in techno, releasing artists like GusGus, Hatzler, Teenage Mutants, Maksim Dark, and DJ Lion. The label has given her a platform not only to release her own music, but to share that platform with techno artists that she’s passionate about from all over the world.
Gallya’s breakthrough moment in 2016 was her nomination of Beatport’s Top Tech House Artist. By releasing a slew of highly successful EPs on labels like Set About, Off Recordings, Kinetika, Deeperfect, and El Row Records, she broke through noise and placed herself at the forefront of mind-bending techno and dark, driving tech-house. Through label showcases in South America and Europe, Gallya was able to take her talents on the road to build a strong, international fan-base.
Her evolution into a well-respected and sought after techno act continued through 2017, as she dropped Eps like Detroit, Felicity, and Control on Set About, Funk’n Deep Records and Say What? Records respectively. Each EP carved the way for an even bigger, more distinctive sound.
The title track of her March 2017 EP Machines broke the Beatport Techno Top 100, peaking at #16, and remained in the charts for an entire month. “Machines” gained the support of top techno DJs including Deadmau5 who played it in BBC Radio One residency, which led to Gallya signing to his label mau5trap for several 2018 releases.
Along with the popularity of “Machines” in the DJ world, it was also picked up for a scene in a major movie – this opportunity fuelled Gallya inspiration to work on some longer-term production goals of scoring horror movies.
Through continued growth in 2018, Gallya hopes to push her boundaries even further through both music and touring worldwide. With her debut mau5trap EP, a collaboration with Juliet Fox on Set About, and an EP with Metodi Hristov on Octopus Recordings already under her belt, she continues to be one of the hardest working, most prolific and promising sounds in techno.
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hello, I’ve just returned from my first trip to Japan last week, which was really exciting for me. My plans today are to take the day off and lay on the couch haha.
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
My latest release was on my label Set About. It was a single, “In Between”, which is one of my favorite tracks I’ve made so far. It works really well on the dance floor, so I always play it. I remember when I was making the track, I worked on it for two days non-stop, like fourteen hours a day because I was so excited and energized by it.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
Definitely the official remix of Deadmau5 I did as part of his Mau5ville album on Mau5trap last Novenber. People were super excited about the track and it really expanded my fan base and introduced my sound to so many new people.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned?
Yes, next month i have an EP coming out on Octopus. I’m a big fan of the label and it’s an honour for me to be part of it. This will be my second release with them, after my collaborative White Lines EP with Metodi Hristov last year. Also I’m super excited about my EP on Mau5trap in July! The tracks I’m releasing there are super special to me.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience. What is your favourite city or country and why?
Yes I love touring, this is one of the things about being an artist thar makes me really happy! Exploring new countries and cultures is probably my favorite thing in the world, which is why I love this dj “work” – it can bring you to places you probably wonʼt go as a tourist. As I mentioned, I just came back from Japan, and this trip was super exciting and interesting for me. It’s been top of my list of places I wanted to see for a long time. I love the culture there and their food is amazing. unfortunately I could only stay four days but next time I will spend more time exploring. Also I really love Uruguay and their beaches – that country is magic!
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Metodi Hristov – Detection (Unreleased)
Eemus – Valhalla (Teenage Mutants Remix)
Yan Cook – Koot (Original Mix)
Oiza – Connect (Original Mix)
Umek – Brethren (Original Mix)
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars