Clubbersguide: How do you describe the music that you're bringing out right now and where do you look for inspiration?
I label the music we produce right now as TRance... Not Psytrance but Trance. We are looking for insipiration in the old trance roots of 93-95. We feel that it is the proper thing to do as the music has a very deep emotional background and can transport you to a whole new state. :-) But this is the purpose of trance music ... the trip.
Clubbersguide: Being producers as well as a DJs, how much does one influence another, are your productions more influenced by your sets and the tracks you play or is it vice versa?
Well with Micky we always influence one another. As a friendship really is an interactive thing. And yes our sets are deeply influenced by our productions its => not <=>. SO therefore we are FIRST producers and SECOND Dj's.
Clubbersguide: What do you find more chalenging - recording your own tracks, or remixing tracks from other producers?
The most challenging thing is to create a new good track from the beginning. As you must show originality and understanding of music and vibe. The most important thing is the feeling of the track and how you express it. If we like a track very much naturally we want to remix it as to put our own blend into this feeling. For sure, more difficult anyway is to create something new than to rely on the work of other people in order to have the basic idea of one track.
Clubbersguide: When you're in the studio do you try to create the 'perfect' track?
Always... But perfection does not exist in the physical world. Only God is perfect as it is being superior to us.
Nobody can make something "perfect". Perfection does not exist. The fight for perfection improves the music and the strive of perfection and analogy is what makes everything better. Have you ever seen a car with 5 wheels and 2 steering wheels? It would like an abomination. All cars have 4 wheels and 1 steering wheel. The quality of the car matters and the design concept. In order to understand the analogy. ;-)
Clubbersguide: When you're making music, what kind of equipment are you using?
I have alot of stuff in the studio. I like all kinds of studio gear provided they have something to say. That is to make my life and work better. Specifically I have:
Virus TI snow.
CLavia Nordlead I, ROland JP-8080.
UAD with all plugins
SSL Duende DSP card.
And the list goes on and on... I am too bored to list them all anyway.
Clubbersguide: How has your music style changed throughout your career?
Dramatically sometimes as we change through time.We make music we like and has a sentimental effect on us.
Clubbersguide: What producers/labels do you like these days and why?
Umm We try more and more to differ ourselves from the thing that is labelled psytrance of today. Personally I like more and more, Jaia and Silicon Sound, Even 11, Chakra, Vibrasphere, Human Blue, Oforia, Xdream. I like much more the european sound of trance as it is something very original and has character and color. Early Psy Trance called GOA trance is a British Invention and the evolution of German Trance sound.
Clubbersguide: How did you first get into DJing?
Well, Our object in the begining was not to get into absolute DJing and to become producers and not Dj's but these two things in the end are invariably connected to each other. As you definitely need the feedback of the people in order to understand the response and the vibe of a party and act accordingly afterwards.
Clubbersguide: What was your best, and your worst party experience?
My best party experience was when I played in Yokohama Bay Hall in Japan in the year 2002. The party was with Eskimo back then. I slammed Cyclotron into the mix and the party went up in a wildfire. Never in my life I have seen such a response from the people, The club was packed and the people were ecstatic, screaming all the time from the first track. The same thing happened 4 months after in Osaka. As the people in the club told me that this never happened before in trance party, Not after Yoji Biomechanica. All in all both parties were amazing experiences.
I had plenty of bad experiences... but they do not outnumber the good ones. The worst of all was in Mexico as we go to play in a party with
Silicon Sound and we arrive in the club, and NO sound was there, NO people and no promoter. Everything was gone. Of course no money. Good thing I had the return ticket pre issued and just changed the date of departure. This is the worst experience of my life. Mexico is really dangerous if you do not work with the proper people.
Clubbersguide: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen or had happen to you at a gig?
I played in Brasil and when I got down from the DJ booth a Girl comes up to me and starts kissing my hands as if I am Priest, Bishop or whatever. I was shocked. Ahahaha. This is definitely shows appreciation for the music but the response is too much. Hahaha. It was very funny. There were also a lot of crazy things that happened after that, but due to space and time concerns I will refrain from referring.
Clubbersguide: What do you think is more important for a DJ - the mixing technique or the track selection?
Track selection first, buildup is also very important and mixing 2nd.
Clubbersguide: How big of an influence do you think dance culture had on society, if any?
I dont think Dance culture has a very deep impact on society, Modern and westernized world that is. It is an underground culture with really tribalistic primitive roots.
People blow off steam in parties. It allows them to fantasize and escape the confines of their circumstances. Dancing and Partying.
That was the experience for me actually. Partying is great and major clubs try to promote them as a fancy and a fashion affair which is not really. Reality is that it is modern primitivism and sometimes shamanism as the DJ is a channeler of people's energy leading them to escapism. This is great of course as it covers the people's needs for feeling of part of a culture and dance away in front of a big bonfire. (For the sake of analogy hehehe).
Its not luck that trance is instant mainstream in israel as the people there live in very repressing way.
Clubbersguide: What have been your biggest musical influences over the years?
Juno Reactor, X-Dream, Man with No Name, Transwave, Etnica(before the year 2000) to name but a few.
Clubbersguide: What piece of kit can you not live without?
Difficult to say.. I view all equipment as tools for a job. I cannot live without all my tools really :-)
Clubbersguide: If you could pick any career besides a DJs/Producers what would it be?
I would choose the career of an engineer or a philologist.
Clubbersguide: What are your plans for the future?
Try to evolve the sound. It is a difficult task but I feel I am up to it. As I grow older and more experienced I cannot really formulate any plan because in the past years we reached a tremendous peak in our career and everything was used up. I dont know really what I will do in the future.
There are dark clouds in the horizon and a storm is coming ,this is all I can tell about the future.
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