The times they’re a changing! Three years ago it was an anomaly for a progressive psytrance artist to get booked in South Africa. Nowadays it’s become the norm and happily so. The balanced mix of progressive, night time, high tech and morning full-on is what makes for an excellent overall journey at an outdoor event.
The creators of full on psy project, X-noiZe, Barak Argaman and Nadav Bonen have embraced this new trend for powerful progressive psy by creating a second project specifically for this sound and they call themselves Major 7. They’ve already experienced the power of an SA dancefloor [Rezonance 2013] and can’t wait to get back to rock SA indoors this winter. Dave Mac cyber-chatted to the duo…
Israeli producers have moved from full-on to this new hybrid Israeli ‘psy-tech’ which Major 7 does so well. What made you put the X-noiZe project aside to focus on progressive?
Well the music style has changed and we think it’s great so we have embraced it. We’re still doing X-noiZe tracks, but full on music was on the way out so we found ourselves playing old music in DJ sets with no new tracks from other artists that we liked. Hence we decided to create Major 7 as a progressive trance project. But to create a new project and sound it took us a few tracks to shape our sound. It actually also changed the way we do things in X-noiZe now, so when we do an X-noiZe track it has prog elements in it too.
” South Africa really reminds us of Israel;
young, energized and cheering …”
How long does it take to finish a track?
It can be between a week and 3 weeks, depends on how it flows in the studio and if we have time to work because a lot of the time we’re traveling to and from gigs. Sometimes you finish writing the track in 3 – 4 days, but then it takes a week or more to fix the sound and re edit it; playing a new track at a party teaches you a lot too. We never release a track before we test it a few times at parties.
Is 145 [IDM] dead?
145 is not dead exactly but there is no problem delivering your ideas at lower IDMs. No one will pay attention to how fast it is, what counts is what is inside the track and how it has been edited. We personally think (and we all know it) that you can do a fatter track (more bass) – with a lower IDM.
The great thing about the slower psy-prog is that it works so well indoors too. Have you found that with Major 7 you are able to get a broader variety of bookings than, say with X-noiZe?
Exactly! Major 7 has certainly got us to more places, since psy-prog is a more moderate tempo, it works well in clubs. We’ve been to new places we never got to as X-noiZe; new clubs in Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Europe. Some new territories too such as: Argentina, Canada, as well as South Africa – a place we never visited as X-noiZe. But we do still get bookings for X-noiZe as well [laughs].
Speaking of South Africa. How did you enjoy our dancefloor?
It rocked, the scene and the crowd in South Africa really reminds us of Israel; young , energized and cheering … We have a video we edited from the Rezonance festival and we show it proudly all over the world to promoters that have doubts on “how our music works in a party.” [laughs]
Will there be more X-noiZe in the future?
You actually caught us in the middle of mastering the new X-noiZe EP called On Demand. We are shaping the new sound, giving the project a new image. That’s why we chose Nutek as the label to release on, as the music is tougher and influenced a lot by our Major 7 style. We love the result but we guess in a month’s time …you can judge for yourself.
Any new Major 7 tunes due for release?
Yes! Major 7 & Capital monkey – UnNatural on Iboga. 2 new tracks with D-Addiction: Drugs Remix and From the Speakers, a Liquid Soul remix of Revelation Dawned, another collab with Capital Monkey and a few more tracks we’re busy with in the studio right now.
Do you think we will ever see a psy-prog artist at Tomorrowland or Ultra Music festival?
Not on main floor, no… not “commercial” enough to be on main dancefloor. Let’s try keep it this way.
Catch Major 7 and X-noiZe live at Sacred Technology – Sat 1st June @ Trinity.
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