Shockwave talk about Cosmic Residue, their new EP
Shockwave have released no less than 19 tracks to date on labels such as Solar Tech Records, Phantasm Records, Psyology and Unlimited Music, but the big news is they’ve just signed with Expo Records and have just released their first 2-track EP on the Cape Town based label.
Their straight up brand of wholesome day-time full-on psytrance evolves with each release and if Cosmic Residue is anything to go by, I am looking forward to some more powerful bangers like these, this summer.
The new EP reached No.5 on the Beatport album psytrance charts, their highest charting for a release so far and has been well received.
I chatted to the duo briefly about the two new tracks…
Great work on the EP guys…
The first bit of big news is that you signed to EXPO Records recently. The label seems to have re-awakened quality full-on music in SA again with some pretty impressive releases to date. Is it cool to be able to work with a label close to home?
Shockwave: Yes absolutely, it’s great to be part of Expo records. Full on has been making a massive come back internationally of late. The label is releasing music that is ground breaking and current on the global stage and this makes the full-on sound more accessible to our local scene. It’s a great platform for us to push our sound locally and abroad.
The other news is that you’ve just released your first EP on EXPO called Cosmic Residue. How much involvement does the label have in the direction they want you to take with your music? i.e. are they quite hands on or is it pretty much up to you to produce what you feel like?
Shockwave: The label really liked our sound and felt that it was a good fit for their brand of music. This means we have creative freedom when it comes to what we write and release, but it’s also very important to us that the label is satisfied with the product. We are always happy to take feedback onboard and bounce ideas around.
Transparent Universe reminds me of Cosma from 10 years ago, specifically the bassline and the stabs – that’s a compliment by the way. This style of spacious, psychedelic full-on has been missing from the scene for a while. Are you a fan of Cosma’s music and do you agree with my observations?
Shockwave: Thanks for the massive compliment, one could say Cosma will always be a big part of our Psytrance DNA. His sound was just so ground breaking and ahead of his time.
We have always made the same style of music and our philosophy has never changed. We adapted our sound to the modern style of full on, which is also reintroducing the psychedelic roots of the music..
Rezonance written with Continuum is assumedly named after the New Year’s event. Whose idea was the name?
Shockwave: We were all blessed to play at Rezonance 2015, which was a massive event again this year. We reconnected with Matt [Continuum] at the festival and a few days later we had him in the studio. When the track was finished it was the only name that stuck so it seemed logical.
Rezonance is slightly more urgent and pressing than Transparent Universe. What was it like working with Matt?
Shockwave: The guy is a machine and has an incredible work rate. Matt laid down many of the rhythmic parts and set the energy levels for the track. We then added our style, creating an interesting combination. We are definitely working together again in the near future.
Last question; what’s the master plan to take back the Sunday dance floor from the prog guys?
Shockwave: We have several releases lined up this year on various record labels, so we will have a lot of fresh music for the new outdoor season.
If you look at the way the Cape town season closed out, especially at parties like Vortex and Jungala, one could say that Full on is alive and kicking in the day time already.