For over 10 years, Bobina (aka Moscow-based DJ & producer Dmitry Almazov) has been at the forefront of Russia’s electronic dance breakout. His DJ adventures have taken him around the planet numerous times, playing tent-pole events including Global Gatherings, A State Of Trance, Trance Energy, and many more. Spinning around 100 block-rock sets every year, it has seen DJ Mag rank and re-rank Bobina as one of the 100 biggest spinners in the world for the last 8 years running. On the production front he has released numerous singles and 5 critically acclaimed artist albums, all of which prompted Armin van Buuren & Ferry Corsten to call Bobina “one of the most talented music producers ever to come out of Russia”.
BOBINA – THE PRODUCER
Taking the name from the Russian word for a reel-to-reel tape, Bobina sprang to life in Moscow in 2004. Moving the act swiftly towards its first album, he released his freshman long-player, ‘Catchy’ (2004). Bobina’s sound spread wildfire-like across his home country, turning ‘Catchy’ into the country’s first #1 electronic dance album. ‘Lazy World’, the first single taken from it was signed to the DeepBlue label in the UK and marked the first international step in Bobina’s career. His 2006 follow-up album ‘Beautiful Friend’ posted week-1 sales in Russia of over 10,000 units and the video for the single of ‘Beautiful Friend’ made the Russian and the UK’s MTV network hotlists. After taking time out to begin establishing himself as a remixer (see below), in mid-2007 Bobina pushed forward with production on his third album, ‘Again’. ‘Lighthouse’, the first single taken from it enjoyed heavy airplay across Europe and earned Bobina the ‘Most Rotated Artist’ accolade at 2007’s RDMA’s (Russian Dance Music Awards). Selling over 40,000 units of ‘Again’ artist album in the first 3 months of release, it became Russia’s best & fastest selling electronic dance album to date. It has gone on to spawn the singles ‘Invisible Touch’, ‘Time & Tide’ & ‘Lighthouse’. In September of 2009 the album for followed by ‘Again Remixed’. Featuring reworks of all the album’s tracks, it prompted DJ/producers like Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Sean Tyas to contribute reworks. This made Bobina the first Russian electronic music artist to release an album outside their home country. 2011 – 2013 with ‘Rocket Ride’ & ‘Same Difference’ studio albums – Bobina took flight and dominated both radio waves and club floors with the singles ‘Angel of the North’, ‘Quattro 372’, ‘Sacramentum’ (with Andrew Rayel), ‘For Who I Am’ (with Ana Criado), ‘Play Fire With Fire’ (with Susana) and of course ‘You Belong To Me’ (with Betsie Larkin). During 2014 Bobina released several club bangers like ‘Refuge’, ‘Winter’, ‘Crunch’ (with Vigel) which got supported by many A-List Deejays from Pete Tong & Nicky Romero to Armin van Buuren & Paul van Dyk plus entered Beatport and iTunes Top Charts . 2015 has started with a release of #Uplifting album based on 138BPM remixes for various Bobina tracks & including the brand new single ‘Flying Kitten’. Aside from his original production work, Bobina has carefully honed his craft as a remixer. He has subsequently remixed artists such as Linkin Park, Lana Del Rey, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Andrew Rayel, Supermode (Axwell & Steve Angello) and for world famous labels such as Ministry of Sound, Armada and Black Hole.
BOBINA – THE DJ
Spinning an evocative, floor-combusting combination of vocal & instrumental progressive house/trance, he’s brought the Bobina sound to tent-pole events like The Winter Music Conference (2006), Trance Energy (2007), Gatecrasher Summer Sound System (2008), A State Of Trance 550 (2012) and Global Gathering (2009-2012). In 2010 he played an estimated audience in excess of 60,000 at the Moscow Day celebration in Lubyanka Square. He was one of only a few deck-practitioners to be handpicked by Tiësto to support him on his ‘In Concert’ tour. In 2008 at the RDMA’s Bobina was recognized as The Audience’s Best DJ. In October of 2009 he took over Moscow’s legendary Gaudi Club for his first spotlight DJ concert. Bobina Extended saw him thrill a home city audience of over 3000 with a 4 hr set performance, making him the first DJ from the country to do so. Notably Bobina was also the first Russian DJ to appear in the DJ Mag Top 100 chart & still the only one from Russia ever entered Top20.
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