Cape Town based Mark Valsecchi and Byron Kleb aka STEREOTYPE are part of the explosive Progressive Psy-Tech movement sweeping outdoor festival Electronic Music in SA. Together they form the DJ/ Producer team that is kick-pumping out some of South Africa’s newest and sexiest Progressive Psy-Tech. When you find yourself ear treating on their tunes expect nothing less than high energy beats and phat bass with emotive chords and progressive lead synths flirting with a taste for Electro, Techno and Psytrance. Ideally, they bring together an attention grabbing sound that makes it nearly impossible to sit down or keep your arms from pumping… Yes Sir.
It’s obvious that there is an underlying meaning behind the name STEREOTYPE, how would you describe this?
We are all STEREOTYPE’s in some way or another. The name is a metaphor for this idea, and our sound shows it by using elements from all genres of electronic music to create something tailored for all STEREOTYPES.
Why Progressive Psy- Tech as your DJ-ing sound of choice?
We just fell in love with it! It has the all the best elements of of all 4/4 music. Phat Bass, Glitched Vocals, Big Drums, Emotive Lead synths, and a dirtiness that just makes you wanna stomp!
Byron’s Deep Filth alias definitely brings the electro edge that we want in our sound. He has this ability to get a synth growling at you like few others out there! Mark’s alias LilPhil brings elements of pitch bending techno and catchy mind altering sound EFX.
Together our skills combine to create a unique performance of Progressive Psy Trance that you wont be able to get without STEREOTYPE on the stage.
What can we expect from STEREOTYPE’s production pot?
We are currently working on a debut album that will be coming out later this year. Stereotypes first release is on a compilation put together by SwiTcHcaChe from PsynOpticz Productions with artists Orca, Zezia, Sub-Zero vs SwiTcHcaChe, Berns, Shockwave & Solar Axis. It will be released on Psyolgy Records. We have a release coming out on Psyology, it’s a brand new label.
What artists have inspired you to choose this sound and where would you like to see your act in the near future?
Artists such as Ace Ventura, Day Din, Audiomatic, Kularis got us into this sound but SA Local artists are great and are pushing boundaries internationally, Gokon Rave, Headroom, Broken Toy, The Commercial Hippies, Deadbeat FM to name a few.
We see STEREOTYPE as a conceptual idea that will utilize the full sensory input of the audience. Currently live visuals are being edited, so when we play at big events our (LIVE) VJ will perform with us on stage. Musically our album is first priority and also getting our Live set down! The LIVE set will only be ready when the album is done, and preparing the set with 2 macs, analogue synth, ipad and Midi controllers its a lot to work out.
Your favorite party memory while you playing a set together?
Rezonance 2011/2o12 NYE! The chemistry of the crowd was awesome and we were loving it so much it took us 4 days to leave!