There must be something in the water that runs through Tel-Aviv and its surroundings, as over the years it has proven the birthplace of some of the biggest names in the trance scene.
One such name unites brothers Ohad and Golan Aharony, keeping their unique sound in the family as the duo SUB6. Having graced our shores several years ago, they’ll be returning to explore the minds of local partygoers with their grooves – new and old – that have been getting the world’s attention over the past decade. Their excitement to hit the decks at Labyrinth ‘Alive’ on 13 July at Trinity is difficult to miss.
“We had a great experience last time and left with a sense of freedom,” say the brothers in our recent cyber back-and-forth, “We are excited to get back there as soon as possible!”
Having been in the music biz for 12 years together, their history is rooted in rock ‘n roll before their transition from amplifiers to synthesisers in the 2000s. Despite the conflict that is to be expected between siblings, they never let it break their stride.
“[It] can lead to friction for sure, but there are advantages too. We each have the same musical background and each of us brings in our own twist. We know each other well enough to solve any friction before it becomes an issue,” say the two, “We still have to go to the same family dinners!” [Laughs].
Their sound can be described as a hybrid between friendly progressive beats and pure psychedelia, although the duo resists boxing their tunes into a genre.
”… You can feel every place by its local music,
and yours is very connected to us in many ways.”
“We prefer not to label our music and just concentrate on keeping it coming”. And we can only thank them for that, with their latest [November 2012] album Future Kids Material which includes 8 new Sub6 tracks and a B-Side of previously unreleased SUB6 remixes by top notch artists such as Vertical Mode, Zen Mechanics and countless other regular party bangers. But they aren’t all for keeping things familiar and have included the work of newcomers to the scene.
“Along with crowd favourites, it was important to us to release [remixes] from lesser known artists like Mr.What, ON3 and Outsiders. Everyone did a great job and we are happy with the result!”
When asked what it is they aim to convey to the crowd through their roaring kicks and infectious melodies they both agree,
“The emotion in music is very important to us. We put great effort in creating a unique atmosphere to the track. A kick-bass drop after a hysteric riser is cool – we do it too – but we try to find the balance between moving the dance floor and making people feel something and remembering the music.”
Through this methodology they have undoubtedly had a huge influence on the trance scene’s emergence from its underground origins to the light of the public eye, crediting this on their approach to their productions.
“We think it’s because our sound is less aggressive to people who don’t listen to psytrance as much. Our use of vocals in our first years was kind of new to the scene and we didn’t expect to get the reaction we did at the time.”
With the global growth of the trance industry bringing in larger crowds, bigger atmospheres and taller stacks, they can’t help but feel the same eagerness for their return to the Mother City that they felt the first time they drew in our crowds.
“This is the very happy evolution of the party people and the music lovers! It’s a blessing – we are just as curious as before our first time there. We could always feel the SA scene with great artists like Headroom, Rinkadink and Protoculture. You can feel every place by its local music, and yours is very connected to us in many ways.”
For those of us itching for some fresh SUB6, you can be on the lookout for the launch of respective Astrix and Ticon remixes courtesy of the duo. If that doesn’t put you at enough ease, they’re also whispering about their next release – promising it will feature some “unusual collaborators from the wide musical spectrum that intrigues [them]”.
Some things just aren’t set to change; amongst these is the high standard of work we can expect from SUB6 in the future.
Another is the electricity that we’re all set out to experience at their next show. We’ll be there, will you?
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