Barcelona, Spain
Adrian, 30
DJ and Music Producer
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a bit about Adrian

What are you working on?

I’m working on new music productions under a different alias than usual (driahn). The sounds are more on the minimal side but it has influences from other genres too.

What drives you mad these days?

The stubbornness in people these days. People have become very impatient and want things now, now, now. People need to take a chill pill and relax a little. Life’s too short to be impatient.

What makes you happy?

I really love meeting new people with interesting stories. This is what has made me stay in Barcelona — the diverse amount of people from all over the world. I’ve met most of my best friends in this city which are all from different sides of the globe.

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

I rent a studio with friends so I´m constantly bombarded by new music from the other socios of the studio who are making some real nice music at the moment.

What was the last movie you went to?

Black Mass (Fell asleep during the movie) I find that movies these days are very dull and not very original. What ever happened to the classics?!

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go to do your shopping?

I’m really not a great shopper but if I had to choose where I like buying clothes it would have to be in second hand clothing shops. In Barcelona there is plenty of second hand shops and markets. Humana stores are great places to go, super cheap and I’ve managed to find some really nice vintage stuff in there for no more than 5 euros.

What’s a place in town you feel like only you know about?

Raval is a place I know like the back of my hand. I´ve never lived in Raval but I´ve spent some of the craziest nights in this neighbourhood. Full of bars restaurants and great plazas to chill and bask in the sun. Raval is a little bit of Barcelona madness, but the good kind of madness.

It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

I would most likely be in my studio mixing or making music depending on how lazy I’m feeling. On the way to the studio I would most definitely swing by my local weed association FUM for a few spliffs and a game of ping pong. I’m also a regular at Federal Cafe. It’s a big space with great coffee and small bites to eat.

Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in?

Poblenou has character to it. Some of this area has a really industrial feeling to it and then you have the area where it feels likes your in a small village. I´ve only known it well in the last year after I´ve moved close by. This area is full of great restaurants and art galleries. If you spend enough time walking around this zone you will find some sweet spots to eat and see amazing local art.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city but never actually do?

I always talk with friends about going up to the Tibidabo but never end up going up there. It´s probably because I’m too lazy.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in your city?

There are too many heroes but I would take them first for an a brunch place situated in Pobenou called Can Dende, from there I would take them to Makamaka Beach Bar for some cocktails and for a late lunch we would go for a Ramen at The Red Ant situated in el Bourne.

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

First I would soak the sun in Park Ciutadella, then I would go to Raval, get a few drinks on a terrace bar and drink the day away and no I’m not an alcoholic but drinks and sun go hand in hand.

What’s your go-to café?

Satan’s Coffee has to have the best coffee´s in town. Saying this I don’t get to go there enough. Cappuccinos are the choice for me in this place they are true coffee connoisseurs.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

La llacuna y el parc de Poblenou. This area is just off poblenou and has the warehouse vibe I like. It’s become slowly but surely a popular spot to live in Barcelona because it feels like you’re far from the centre but really your only 15 walk. This area is also very close to the sea.

What’s the place in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Las Ramblas. It’s been a few years now avoiding this street. It always makes me feel anxious and constantly paranoid that someone is going to steal from me.

You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Depends what time of the year. In the winter I would find a bar, for example 33/45. In the summer I would most likely go to the Parc Ciutadella with large amounts of food and drink.

What do you love doing the most that is not work, relationship or family related?

Producing music in the studio or buying records in the local stores, Subwax or Nut Records are the best stores in town in my opinion. Both these stores are run by local collectives that are making great movements in the city in regards to the music scene.

When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place you usually consider going to?

There are various options – Reckon, Kommuna 2 or Checkpoint. These 3 nights are in the forefront of the electronic scene in Barcelona. Reckon is based in a club in Poble Espanyol. Checkpoint is every friday in City Hall which is situated in the centre of the city and Kommuna 2 are a collective that make parties all across the city such as Basements clubs and Warehouses.

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