Regal is up front about most things. As a musician, the Madrid-based DJ/producer – real name Gabriel Cassina – has spent the past six years or so rocketing to the peak of the European techno scene owing to his propulsive and relentless sets and productions. Already boasting a hefty back catalog of EPs and singles – most of which have been released through his own Involve Records – his twists and turns through big-room techno forms with healthy dashes of acid have earned him a formidable reputation across the board.
He’s also been pretty up front about his interpretations of the scene he works within and the challenges he finds within it. Take for instance, a Facebook post he made back in February that stirred a plethora polarising conversations across the dance music community. In it, Cassina responded to critics who labeled his recent releases on the Suara label as being “too commercial” by saying that maybe techno should be the new mainstream. “It’s not about being rich or changing our sound,” he wrote at the time, “It’s about expanding our sound and make the new generations listen to techno, getting out of the underground mark!”
While many felt that Cassina’s attitude was misguided and intent on ridding the scene of its vital underground roots, he believes he was misinterpreted. “The whole thing was a big misunderstanding,” he says now. “I believe that techno was made somehow to fight against the mainstream shit. However, the problem is that we’re trying to fight against EDM by building walls around ourselves and sticking to this ‘underground’ thing. It’s like trying to fight against bazookas with a couple of stones.”