Dave Mac talks to Interactive Noise ahead of his SA gigs next month…
SIRIUS kick started their series of indoor events with Phaxe and LISH on 15 June this year and it was certainly a highlight in an already saturated prog trance and techno calendar in Cape Town this winter. Nonetheless, despite being spoilt for choice, Capetonians could not resist the allure of a lineup that included the aforementioned international artist alongside our very own Sad Paradise doing only his second live gig since James Copeland aka Broken Toy launched this progressive project.
The good news is that SIRIUS is back on 9 August at the same killer venue – Bloemendal Durbanville which sports a gorgeous 360° view of Cape Town for a true indoor/outdoor party experience, perfect for dancing [trancing] away the winter blues.
One of the highlights on August 9 will surely be Interactive Noise, a producer who seemingly appeared from nowhere with his unique mixture of progressive and techno beats. Hugo answered us in his best Mexican flavoured English…
From zero to hero. Your sudden rise to ‘fame’ as a producer did happen very quickly although I am sure for you it felt much longer. How long were you producing in your ‘bedroom’ before a track got noticed?
That´s true it felt much longer than it looks; a lot of things happened before Interactive Noise was born which was around 5 years ago… which is when I released my first track. But before I managed to create a professional sound I was really working in different musical genres in my home studio for maybe around 4 years.
Whilst you do use the offbeat a lot (Hamburg signature sound) your bass seems to have more ‘growl’ and be a little sleazier than many of the German ‘offbeat’ producers. I put it down to your Mexican heritage – to me it’s a bit more psychedelic. Do you agree with my observation that your sound is sleazier and more psychedelic than the German stuff?
Yes my bass is different and sleazier; my style is to create certain oscillations between Trance and Techno music with some complicated processes of production that I think creates part of the psychedelic feeling.
Did you grow up on psytrance parties or techno parties? – Your sound is a very interesting mix of the genres…
I grew up in both styles of parties; usually I play in parties which includes different styles of electronic music. Sometimes I do the transition between techno and trance music too.
When you started out making tunes, which artists were your biggest influence?
I really did not have just one influence or guide to create my music. I always listened to all kinds of music and I think there is a lot of good stuff with which we can be influenced so we can bring new things into our music. However in the beginning for trance music I was impressed by the work of Bitmonx & DJ Fabio, Neelix, Daydin, Antix, Ace Ventura, D-Nox & Beckers and Astrix. In fact some of them continue to impress me.
And today… which artists do you think are at the top of their game?
It’s so difficult to say who is at the top. In music there is not something like “absolute truth,” it’s a matter of current taste. There are a lot of very good producers… I think the important point is to make something original. Without doubt this would always put you up in the first positions for me.
What’s the Mexican scene like?
The Mexican electronic scene is big, maybe one of the biggest. A lot of festivals, parties and currently “after parties.” We’re still on the road to getting the perfect festival but for sure we have some really cool parties. On the producer side this is increasing; our ability to create music is getting better and better so undoubtedly we are in a good state.
Any Producers from Mexico we should be looking out for?
There are a lot of producers in Mexico but without doubts Durs, Jiser and Ecliptic are among the most prominent.
In many places worldwide, psytrance (and progressive psytrance) still does not register as part of the electronic music world. E.g. Ibiza does not really have prog trance nights and when people talk about dance music they don’t refer to trance unless it is the type that Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren etc play. How is it in Mexico? Do different styles of producers mix together more?
In Mexico it’s different. Progressive psytrance is growing up in a big way – every weekend there are a lot of parties of psytrance music. I think so much so that I dare to say that over 50% of people who listen to electronic music are listening to trance and I’m not referring to only the names you mention.
You’ve played in South Africa before. What do you remember of the experience?
I have only one word to describe it “Amazing”. In fact I never imagined going to South Africa through this work and it changed my view of a lot of things. There I met great people with such nice vibes and the party was cool. One thing I will never forget in my life is when I touched a lion and a tiger – this was really impressive. I am really looking forward to coming back.
What is the biggest difference to the sound of Interactive Noise in 2013 to when your first breakthrough EP, PLAY, was released in 2010?
I think the project has moved more toward the trance side of things and of course I produce a much higher quality of sound now. I use way more complex production processes.
Last question: if you weren’t a producer playing all over the world, what would your job be?
Doubtless I love my current job but if not had been this one I would have liked to work on industrial design.
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