Your first Captain Hook track was a remix, I heard?
Yes, I actually started the project with the remix to “Neelix – Adaption’ then made the track ‘The Jolly Roger’ with Ace Ventura. The ‘Adaption’ remix hit the #1 spot at Beatport and I started to get remix request’s immediately… then it was a roll of like 5-6 remixes in 2 months that I made which started the rise of the project.
Being from Israel I assume you grew up on a staple diet of trance music as a teenager. Who was your favourite growing up?
Damn straight. It was an intense Psytrance scene here when I was 15 years old… Well it’s hard to mention 1 producer, but I loved X dream, Quirk, Tsuyoshi [Suzuki], Deedrah, we’re talking about 14 years ago hey :-). But the most influential later on was from the Swiss – Danish wave of minimal trance, with artists like XV Killist, Paste, Phony Orphants, Bitmonks, as well as Data Bass, a French label with Paps, Yumade & Tripiatrick…
Do you remember the first trance party you attended and who was playing?
I remember it pretty well actually. It was at my parents ‘wedding garden’ (a place which later became a garden for people to get married in, but in that time was only green grass on a beautiful virgin hill…) My big brother made this party together with Asher Haviv (one of the first organizers of ‘Goa wave’ of the late 90’s). On the decks were: Zoo B, Sunshy (one of the founders of Krembo records – the first psytrance label in Tel Aviv, later became USTA ) and Mark Allen (from Quirk ).
There seems to be a resurgence of Israeli progressive trance over the past two years that has the same big kicks as full-on psy but at slower IDM’s – a lot different to the ‘fluffier, dreamier’ progressive trance from Germany and Europe. Would you agree with this? Do Israeli’s still think they are showing us the way forward with psytrance?
I totally agree with that… it’s kinda changed the Progressive scene yeah…. there are lots of people here that make rolling kick bass that reminds me of the full on scene. By the way the full-on scene here is almost dead, so most of the full-on artists are doing more of a ‘Progressive sound’ but it’s not real progressive… Just by making it a 135 [IDM] kick, bass and minimal style doesn’t make it ‘Progressive Trance’ in my opinion, at least. Dunno if the Israeli trance is ‘showing us the way forward’ since I never really listen to any Israeli trance on a regular basis, I was always a fan of the EU progressive, which I was personally more influenced by, but it sure is shaping the Progressive sound that we know today in 2011.
‘Quirk – Pingpong’ or was it ‘Ping’? can’t remember which one of the two options is the correct name, but that’s the track I would like to remix, I actually asked Tim Healy about it, and he said he doesn’t have the files anymore. That track was one of my favourites since it was so techno, minimal, Goa, and psychedelic ( according to 1997 at least).
And if you could remix any famous song (rock, pop, reggae… any style) what track would you choose?
I would say ‘The Doors – The End’
I’m sure Yoni (Ace) has told you how we like to party in South Africa. What are you expecting when you get here?
Hmm… massive gathering, people who love to party, new place I haven’t seen, I’m quite stoked to get there actually!
Lastly, what’s your favourite drink – so we can buy you one to thank you for the phat tunes?
Whisky – Laphroaig 10 years, or Quarter cask heh-heh, depends on how much you’re willing to invest?[Erm, sorry Reshef, I meant what drink can I get you from the bar while you’re playing. 10 year old whisky… pffft, I guess the Alien crew will have to sort that out for you, he he ]
Thanks for having me, see ya on DEC 10TH @ Alien Safari
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INTERVIEW: Dave Mac