I’ve first met DJ Inko 6 years ago in Thessaloniki, Greece, in one of my favourite bars where he was resident at the time. I was immediately taken by his melodies, I just surrendered myself to the upbeat rhythms of his music and had the urge to hit the dancefloor and keep going until my legs could go no more.
Inko’s musical journey started when he was young studying violin, piano and composition which awoke his passion. As a teenager, he started his vinyl collection with funk, disco and house sounds which later defined his style. But what really stands out is the educational journey he took to pursue his passion and master his craft. From a studying sound engineering and music production at the University of Wales to being a graduate of the department of audio engineering at I.I.E.K AKMI as well as completing ”Electronic Music & Technology” course at the New Conservatory in Thessaloniki.
While he was studying Inko took his first steps as a DJ by playing at some local venues, quickly establishing himself in the music scene as a force to be reckoned with. Set by set his technical ability grew and with it his reputation as DJ which led to releases with labels in the UK, Greece as well as all the way to US, Canada & Mexico.
Kostis decided to move to London a few years ago and further develop his career. London has been and still is home to countless musical legends and amazing talents, which he saw as the perfect opportunity to learn and refine his style. Based now in London, he has been a resident and guest DJ in numerous venues and festivals across Europe.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Kostis Papatzimas aka Dj Inko. I’m a music producer, DJ, audio engineer, a hotel owner but above all a music lover. I make music, travel around the world, work a lot, eat burgers and overall….enjoy life!
What does music mean to you?
Music is my passion, my love and my addiction. It is a way to express & control emotions and thankfully my profession. I consider myself blessed to be involved in the music scene and being able to immerse myself in every aspect of it. Music has allowed me to travel to places that I’ve never been before and that’s a very precious gift. I met many wonderful people through music gigs and I feel very lucky to already have so many memories.
What do you love/hate about your job?
I love to see people enjoy and dance to my music. That makes me feel happy, complete and confident with what I do as an artist & entertainer. But what I really love is to create music…that feeling is indescribable! I don’t like when people who consider themselves professionals don’t communicate openly and sometimes ignore collaborations because they are unable to understand full potentials.
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
After having a brief description of the gig, I try to visualise what music could fit best to the occasion and roughly organise my set. I always keep in mind that my target is to entertain my audience, not just me. Mood and physical condition are very important, so I try to be relaxed, refreshed and eat well before any gig.
Name the most memorable thing that happened to you while in the middle of a set?
Does an unexpected mutual crush at first sight with a beautiful girl count like one? (laughs)
Describe the style of music that you usually choose for your sets.
All dancefloor sounds such as funk, disco, house, tropical and everything in between with an emphasis on remixes is my thing. I like to play many aspects of music depending on the situation. It’s easy to stick to a music policy and fun to get the dancefloor busy.
Don’t invest only in materials, inspiration is not a gear thing.
Do you feel that the English music scene has influenced your work and how?
England has been a great influence since my very first steps into the industry. Most of my favourite music artists are British.Even the way I currently produce music is highly affected by music that has been made in the UK.
Working in London as a DJ has taught me among many others a great lesson – to be on point when performing. London is extremely demanding and the competition is enormous, there’s no space for mistakes or amateur acts.
What kind of advice would you give to the new young people that want to do what you do?
I would say, never stop furthering your skills, be brave and be extremely focused on your “thing”. Live your life to the fullest and don’t let the little things get to you; it’s all part of the journey. Don’t invest only in materials, inspiration is not a gear thing. Keep toxic people out of your life and don’t listen to their opinion. On the other hand, consult trustful people that you are close with, whenever you need an opinion on your work. Never forget…JUST BE HAPPY!
Where can we find you?
I’m currently a resident DJ at Four Degree restaurant at Vauxhall and a regular guest at Made in Brasil – Camden & Hand In Hand – Brixton in London.
Gig dates are announced through my media, so keep an eye on them.