I think all artists have that feeling and can admit there is nothing more satisfying when you have that flow and everything falls into place in your creation process.”
D-Addiction the progressive psytrance producer talks about his new album Out Of Sync, the things he’s learned about the psy trance scene, the art of collaboration and more. D-Addiction is signed to renowned, benchmark setting psy and prog trance label Nano Records. He’s also well known for being one half of the Quantize duo, and of course he is no stranger to the Beatport charts having produced some of the biggest floor fillers in recent times.
Five years into the project that is D-Addiction and you have a DJ career and sound that is forward thinking and of superb prog psy quality. The global music industry along with the psytrance scene has also grown in that time. What is it that you’ve learned about yourself and the scene that you’d be keen to share?
D-Addiction Interview: Still learning [laughs]. The main thing I’m realising lately is how fast everything is growing and changing. I see it a lot in terms of the crowd that attends those events, the music that has no boundaries, seems like the last few years all electronic genres just happen to mash and fuse with each other. Take for example the fact that huge electronic names like Paul Oakenfold, Armin Van Buuren, Porter Robinson and I’m sure there are many others who constantly play Psytrance tracks in their sets and invite artists from our Psytrance scene to be featured in huge edm events. I think looking back to a few years ago if I told you that Paul Oakenfold plays Psytrance in his show when most of the tracks played on the show are really far from that style I’m pretty sure you would not believe me or think I’m joking. So that’s pretty much my latest observation and realising that this is happening now more than ever. I’m sure many have pros and cons about that, and like everything in life I personally think there is good and bad with this evolving process that’s constantly in motion.
Your new album ‘Out Of Sync’ out on Nano Records is a rich palette of collaborations with each track representing something significantly reflective of your innovative streak. What was the most challenging part of putting together this body of work and what was the best/easiest part of it all?
D-Addiction Interview: The hard part is always the same one for me whether it’s an album in the making or a single track. Finding that new personal boundary to break from, bringing that extra new thing I never did before in my music, that’s the hard part. Obviously with the album my goal was to touch all the things I like but still while trying to get away from patterns and things I have done already, and bringing a new feel and different vibe to every track in the album. I was really challenged with the making of the album but then again if it’s easy it’s not fun.
It’s like a Lego game, I always laugh about it because once I get that idea and know what I want to do it’s all arranging like in the matrix; suddenly I know exactly what I need to make and from there the creation process is so much fun and flowing. Sometimes you and the machines work kind of in sync and you can get exactly what you want in terms of sound or creation as you go along.
You’re good friends with Sad Paradise aka James Copeland and you guys enjoy an inspirational collaborative relationship too, given that the track you did with him for this album ‘Out Of Sync’ is the title of the release. Why do you think you two get on as well as you do and how do you reckon you influence each other?
D-Addiction Interview: The track with my mate James is indeed special to me. I can’t point out something specific, there is just this thing when making music with someone else, that moment where both of the artists sort of complete each other in terms of the writing process. Each one brings his own colour and expertise to the track and slowly it builds up. With James it was easy and lots of fun seeing that we knew exactly what we wanted this track to sound like. You can think of it as when you’re building something, once you get a hold of it everything just falls into place and you’re moving along completing the building/creation process from one step to another without anything in your way. I’m sure we’ve all had that proud feeling of building something or creating something in a smooth flow with no setbacks, leaving you filled with happiness and pride, that’s more or less that feeling in my opinion.
I have insider info that says that the track ‘High On’ is one of your absolute favourites on the new album. Do tell all of us why so we can get in on the story too?
D-Addiction Interview: Indeed it is. This track was made with my good friends Vini Vici while on a tour in Brazil so already the vibe was different. I was not at home so that already contributed a lot to my state of mind. I think the session with the guys was sort of a ping pong idea of madness, this obviously connects to what I said earlier with artists completing each other and sort of getting in sync. That was exactly the case with the guys, the creation process was super-fast we just knew each time what’s needed and just laid so many ideas together. In two days all the ideas and material was there. The rest was a bit slower in producing it and making it sound like it did seeing it was done on the road.
You’ve chosen to base yourself in Israel; what do you enjoy most about living there and how and why do you feel it’s the just the right place for you to be?
D-Addiction Interview: Love the warm vibe, the warm weather, and I was born here and lived in more than four other countries besides my travels previous to my artistic career. I’m seeing and experiencing lots of countries and ways of life and still this is home. It’s the place I feel most comfortable in. It’s where I have my beloved family and friends, my studio which is always a place I love coming to this is the place where I feel safe and relaxed.
One of the best things an artist can do for their captive audience is to spring in a surprise here and there, especially on new releases. What could possibly be holding some delicious surprise with any of your new work for your fans?
D-Addiction: Several surprises are in the making process; let’s keep it interesting [winks].
Not too long ago you touched ground over here in South Africa, a place you are no stranger to and played at the Alien Safari Masqued Ball. Thinking about your set at the festival, what would you like to say to all of your SA fans and the people who went crazy during your performance?
D-Addiction Interview: It’s no secret I’m in love with South Africa and Cape Town specifically. The crowd at the Masqued Ball and generally at the South African gigs I’ve had, always blew my mind. You guys have so much joy and energy it’s so beautiful to watch from the stage. I think feeling that vibe of people enjoying your music and getting all those energies from the crowd is what makes me so in love with the South African psy scene. I would like to thank all of you guys for rocking it, keep on it and see you all soon!
Out Of Sync by D-Addiction is available on Beatport