2. Music vs Sport
Remus started swimming from an early age. He recalls he was around 5 or 6 years old. He was selected to perform at local and national competitions, training daily, even two times per day, and swimming from 8 to 10 km every day. Then, at some point, things went bad with the local swimming club, so at that age he couldn't do anything else besides swimming. Since there was no future in that, Remus decided he’d better leave it and take a different path in his life. ”I started gathering information about electronic music. At that age, I was listening to some 'crazy music', so I started focusing more on that and in a few years (2000-2001), I was collecting vinyl records, then organizing first parties, and first gigs, first bookings, first artists invited here, etc. So from that moment, I went on with my life without sport, without trainings, without healthy food and lifestyle; white nights in clubs, and especially a very sedentary way of life, working at the office every day, etc. So for a big part of my life I wasn't an athlete anymore.”
Maybe it was from some odd back-pains, that in 2012 Remus decided to return to swimming and promised himself never to give up sports again.
”I think that athletes - most of them – spend a big part of their lives training, and most of them are not so much into real music. They are not so deep into complex things about music… I think they use some easy-going and less elaborate music for motivation in sports; some known songs, some hit music, things like that... things that everybody knows and can easily relate to”.
I remember that I ran very fast when I was listening to something that I can connect to very deeply, no matter the style or approach, as long as it had that magic sparkle that was reaching straight to my soul. It could be afro-beat, Indian music, psychedelic rock, jazz, obscure avant-garde, experimental stuff, techno, acid house or any other electronic music hybrid, ambient, love songs. Didn’t really matter; as long as it was on my favorites list, it could act as a great fuel for my body.
For Remus it was different than the other athletes as well. ”The more difficult to understand music is, the more energy I feel inside my body when I perform some races. But in some ways, these things make you feel happy and see the race as a fantastic happy journey so in fact you will not be focused on winning the race anymore, but instead you will enjoy the race as a free man that lives on this planet!”
”Now, being a master athlete again, I use music in some other ways, I stopped spinning records, mixing, improvising with cuts, edits and things like that.” Remus is now more interested in orchestrations and mixing instruments, in compositions, in the technical aspects of music making. ”This is why I also collect rare vinyl records with "library music", "surf-beat-art-progressive-psychedelic-rock", "jazzy" sounds, especially future-jazz, acid-jazz, funk-soul-disco bands, etc. I was too deep into techno & house music, for so many years. I think I understand it very well now, but world music is more challenging, and it needs to be discovered by all of us. Somehow, we learn more as time passes. With music it’s the same - never stop learning new things and discovering new music!”