Faders talks ahead of ESCape Day Night Party
Faders is full power psychedelic trance with maximum groove. Real hands in the air stuff and his performance at Tri-Helix Productions and Vanguard Present Escape is hugely anticipated.
He is performing alongside Brazilian techno wunderkind, Alex Stein, Italian progressive artist, Ilai and our very own psytrance rockstar, Headroom as well as some of Cape Town’s finest techno DJs.
I would like to see more people who connect to the music as opposed to being there for the party and drinking.”
I chatted to him after he landed ahead of his set at ESCape.
Growing up in Israel, where psytrance is so big, what age do most kids first discover the music and when/how did you first hear psytrance?
In Israel psytrance is very main stream. It’s on the radios, its everywhere. People discovered the music at a young as age did I and I started producing. I was 12 yr old when I first listened to psytrance
Do you still remember the first party you went to?
15 years ago I went to a beach party and I think it was Perfect Stranger who was playing.
You started producing Faders music at a time when slower progressive trance became very big and the faster fullon sound was a little less popular. Were you never tempted to write progressive yourself?
I got a lot of influence from the progressive wave and have my Kopel progressive project as well, something I am still pushing. My fullon Faders tracks also have some progressive elements, but my main focus is definitely fullon music above 140 bpm.
Before you began your own music production journey which artists do you feel influenced you the most (psy or otherwise)?
Astral Projection; old school albums, Silicon Sound was also a big influence. I recently remixed Silicon Sound and it’s available for free on my Soundcloud. Astrix was also a big influence of mine, especially his earlier stuff.
You have been to South Africa before. People were raving about the set you played last time. What was your impression of the people and the dancefloor here?
The last party was a really good one, with proper psytrance fans who were there for the music. It was a great intimate experience with everyone very into the music.
I know there are many great parties around the world but outside of Israel, in which country would you say the scene is the strongest at the moment?
Brazil is always strong with big parties and massive crowds. I think all over Europe the scene is growing with more and more parties every year with great productions.
If you could remix one old classic psytrance track which would it be?
Astral Projection – Mahadeva. I have actually already remixed it and will be releasing it soon.
How do you keep yourself entertained at airports and on long flights?
I usually use this time to catch up on sleep, ha!
It’s never about the amount of people. Attendance is not at all a defining factor, sometimes smaller parties are better than the bigger ones. It’s about the timing and connection between everyone.”
These days there are a LOT of collaborations going on. What’s more challenging; writing a new track on your own or working with another producer on a track?
It’s always a challenge to work with someone else who can bring new ideas you may not have thought of. Sometimes it is definitely better to do alone as you prefer your ideas.
If you could change one thing about the global psytrance scene, what would you like to see done better?
I would like to see more people who connect to the music as opposed to being there for the party and drinking.
Do you have a day job or is music a full time job for you?
I run a bar l club in Israel that opens 3 times a week, so a lot of my focus is on that.
Which of your tracks surprised you the most when you first played it out to a dancefloor by how well it was received?
The remix I did for Protonica did well. It was a progressive track that gave a fallen feel to and I feel it did well on dance floors everywhere.
Do you have a personal all-time favourite Faders track?
That’s like asking a mother which kid she likes more ha ha. It’s very hard to say which one I like most. All have different elements I like at certain times.
Given the chance, is there any one specific producer (any genre) you would love to collaborate with on future?
Simon Posford for sure!
What’s the most important thing that makes a party great?
The people, the sound system, the location and of course the overall vibe.
It’s never about the amount of people. Attendance is not at all a defining factor, sometimes smaller parties are better than the bigger ones. It’s about the timing and connection between everyone.