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Volen Sentir, a Moscow-based duo, have recently received the Best Seller status on Beatport in the Progressive House genre for a second year in a row, and are known the world over for their unique ethnic house sounds on labels like All Day I Dream and Lost & Found. In their short history, the duo has released a number of vinyl EPs and singles, made their way into official compilations from Tomorrowland, Cafe Del Mar and Buddha-Bar and have played all over the world. Read our exclusive interview with them following their spectacular Magic Forest livestream.

Hey guys, thank you for speaking with us today. What have you been getting up to?
Actually at the moment we’re working on the new stuff. Making research for an album concept. There are several releases, upcoming in the nearest future. Also our live show is on the way.

Putting the recent restrictions to the side, what is the scene in Moscow like?
The Moscow scene is alive and moved to the underground a little bit.

We notice you are one of the most popular progressive acts on Beatport. You hold the ‘best seller’ accolade. Why do you think your sound is so popular?
We think that the main point is to be honest with yourself, and the emotions that you give to the world. Not speculating with sounds or genres. Just to be yourself.

The Magic Forest show is so unique. How was it and do you plan to do more?
MF was an interesting journey, as we told before, a live show is our dream that came true.

What other projects are you working on at the moment, can you reveal anything?
Our life is devoted to art and music in different aspects.

How do you think festivals and events will return, do you think there will be a ’new normal’ or do you think the old times will resume, eventually?
From non-memory times humans can’t live without a dance. First of all it is a spiritual thing. A big energy potential is hidden in dance ritual. So, they can’t take it from us. We’ll not allow it.

When you are both in the studio, do you approach every track in the same way, or is each track a brand new experience?
Each track is a new experience. New story and universe.

Who has been the most inspiring artist(s) to you for your sound over the years?
The roots music has a big attitude for us. Classic, Ambient, Jazz, Golden electronic era, a lot of artists to name.