E-Clip Interview ahead of Alien Safari Sprung 2015
To be honest, I’m not so sure I’m making progressive at all.”
E-Clip was first booked to play in South Africa in 2014 but sadly due to illness he never made it out here. Lucky Alien Safari as they have grabbed the opportunity to fly the Serbian psytrance producer out for his first ever appearance on our sunny shores.
And sunny shores they shall be. The weather report for the weekend is forecast to be in the mid to high 20 degrees Celsius for Saturday and Sunday. It looks like the trance gods have blessed this event… here’s hoping!
E-Clip will play two sets at Sprung 2015. He will DJ on the Saturday evening and after chatting to him, I’m intrigued to hear his set. He will also be closing the party on Sunday afternoon with his LIVE set and fans will no doubt be salivating at the idea of his lush, layered psychedelic sounds and rolling basslines massaging the dancefloor ‘till the very end.
We chatted briefly ahead of his first visit and I reckon he’s pretty excited. Just wait until he experiences an SA dancefloor though….
Sadly you missed your previous booking in South Africa at the Groovy Troopers party. I know many people we very excited and naturally disappointed. I heard you were quite ill the last time?
E-Clip: Yes, last time was big problem. I’d gotten stomach ache and doctors were afraid it was an appendix infection, so they strictly told me that I couldn’t fly; they were worried that my appendix could burst while in the air and I could die since the appendix needs to be removed really quickly if this happens. So, yes, I couldn’t take that flight. I was pretty disappointed.
Did you wonder after that if you’d missed your chance to play here?
E-Clip: Yes I was pretty disappointed to have lost the chance to finally get to SA and Cape Town, but I was sure that a new opportunity would arise, and guess what, I was right. [Smiles]
Your name E-Clip was influenced by the Solar Eclipse. Was there a specific solar eclipse festival you attended somewhere that left this big impression on you?
E-Clip: No, not actually. It was just that when I started E-Clip and it was time to give the project name I thought that something about stars and universe would make sense, since I do believe that objects from space have a big influence on us.
Your musical influences seem to be a combination of psychedelic rock and far out electronica [Jean Michel Jarre, Pink Floyd, Klaus Shultze etc]. Clearly you’ve always enjoyed trippy music. Was psytrance the first electronic dance music genre that you found yourself drawn to or did you grow up going to house raves etc?
E-Clip: As a youngster in Serbia getting new music and experimenting wasn’t so easy. That’s why those names are my influences, as these bands and artist were easily accessible.
When I started we were still on dial-up modems and slow internet, so basically I got most of my music from music shops and street markets. I was into rock music when I was younger, but I’d met some people that were going to raves at the end of 90s.
When I went to my first rave parties it was NYE event in 2000; Astral Projection played together with our biggest techno DJ, Marko Nastic. In those days parties here were only raves; Psytrance and Techno together. So techno had a big influence on me as well, but after the great albums that came out in 2003 it became only psytrance for me.
Why progressive psytrance and not full-on or night time or any of the other styles?
E-Clip: To be honest, I’m not so sure I’m making progressive at all. My idea was to do the same thing I was doing before just at a lower bpm. When I started with E-Clip there was not much of this kind of music. I believe I’ve always made slower full-on music. For me progressive psytrance is the music that was made at the beginning of the millennium by Atmos, Gaudium, Son Kite and others.
Progressive for me must have the same repeated parts that develop slowly in the track. Music with uplifting moments, I don’t feel is progressive. To clarify, this music with these big builds and drops – ‘big moments’ – that’s not progressive to me.
You’ve had a great relationship with IONO Records. Would you say they were instrumental in helping you create a career out of music?
E-Clip: Yes I would say that. I think that at one stage I realised that IONO and my career were a perfect match and I think I was right. The music style and relationship that we have together I believe is really important.
I know there has been a psy scene in Serbia for many years now. What’s it like at the moment?
E-Clip: We had a huge psytrance scene before but the in the last few years it hasn’t been that good as before. I believe that the tough economic situation has brought everything down, the psy scene included in Serbia.
Around 2010 it seemed that progressive trance was dominated by two sounds; the Hamburg 2-note bassline style and the Israeli minimal psy-tech sound. I know you have always focused on rolling basslines and a more traditionally layered psychedelic sound. Would you agree that over the past 12 -18 months there seems to be a move by most progressive artists back toward more layered music, similar to daytime full-on, but of course slower?
E-Clip: Yes, I would agree with you totally. 3-note rolling bass line music was always the core of psytrance; there were and will always be some new trends that pop out and they become popular for a time. There are also those who try and make psytrance a bit more commercial, but it always goes back to what it was. Psy can’t get commercialised, because people loves it as it is.
You’re closing Alien Safari – Sprung with your live set and you’re also doing a DJ set on the Saturday night. Are your DJ sets similar to your live; i.e. same style or do you find your taste in music a lot different to the style you write?
E-Clip: I always bear it in mind that I would like to share my music, but as an artist for me it is not that easy to find the music that I would like to play and that fits my concept. But yes I do play a similar style to my live set. I like to mix it up, using my tracks and mixing them with others people’s music. I don’t want just to show off my music in my DJ sets. I check out the mood of the dancefloor and then try to bring out the best in people as I believe that my job is not to push my music on them when DJing. I believe my job is to give people a good time when I play.
What country stands out for you as one that you love to return and play in?
E-Clip: There is no specific country, but if I would need to name one, I always look forward to playing in Australia.
Finally. How do you like to get your buzz on at parties?
E-Clip: Usually by hanging with cool people I know and have met all around the world. And drinking alcohol can give a good buzz as well [laughs].
WITH E CLIP