Tell us about your early life and your eventual transition into a full-time musician.
I come from a refugee family that didn't had the tools or money to give me a solid start in life and this music thing. I always worked my ass off for less and needed to hustle to survive and provide for me and my family. This only increased when my parents got a divorce, but I've made peace with my roll in everything. That's just how it is. Change can only be made by yourself.
When I was a kid, I played a lot of soccer but it was when I started going out with friends that I fell in love with the nightlife and everything involved with it. My musical preferences where urban-like and that really showed in the collection that I was playing out when I started DJing.
You've since cleaned all of your pre-Ghetto Mainstream tracks off of your Soundcloud profile and have embraced the bass house scene wholeheartedly. What caused this sharp shift in musical direction?
After while, the team that surrounded the Ibranovski project from the start split up which left me feeling like an orphan in the big room scene. At the time, big room was still doing well, but I wasn't happy with the whole situation I was in. I knew I had to keep Ibranovski alive and so the Hustle kept going, but I needed to reboot Ibranovski to something I felt most comfortable with.
I embraced the house scene because the songs I started making felt like something that I created from my own purest preferences. I'm not big ashamed of my big room days, but I do feel like it wasn't the pure Ibranovski.
Looking back from the shift from big room to bass house, how do you feel the crowds and atmospheres of these two scenes are different?
When I was playing big room music, I felt like just a pawn in the industry. Contrast that to now for the house shows, it feels like I'm one of the people in the crowd and it feels pure because it's the sound that truly is me. House is certainly more intimate and underground, whereas big room is still like arena-type of music and to me, it's just played out at this point. No disrespect to the genre, but I think it's boorish in my music life and preferences. In the end. the sound at a lot of festivals and parties is twisting and changing every year, so anything could be hot at some time on these stages.
What should we expect from the next chapter of Ibranovski post-Ghetto Mainstream?
There is still going to be a lot of Ghetto Mainstream and house music coming from me in the future. Right now, I'm exploring a lot of styles that are close to house music but I don't want to get into which specific styles just yet. Just know that this will be an evolution of my recent tracks. I also have a lot of cool collaborations and songs coming up. I've been hanging out with my homie, VLADO, in the studio and he will be the next big thing, I can guarantee you that. For 2019, I'm planning on dropping a lot of music coming year, like a-real-fucking-lot. So stay tuned.
A huge thanks to Ibranovski for taking the time to answer our questions. Be sure to follow him in his journey and check out his social media pages if you haven't already!
High 'n' Rich
Luane de Lima
DJ Natalia Moon