Untold Sequence Interviews Bleak

miércoles, 24 de octubre de 2012

USQ: What setup did you use to record the USQMX and why you prefer that setup?

I used 2 common technics 2010 sl mk2 and 2 cdj´s 800 pioneers to create this set. It´s a classic balance to mix tracks that are unreleased and hard to find vinyl records

USQ: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Originally from spain and now living in Sweden. I´m a very musical and technical person that always tries to progress with my own sound. I like to see myself as an ordinary open minded but also mysterious person, with the need to share new ideas in contemporary original styles with music lovers with good taste.

USQ: How long have you been involved in the world of Techno?

Spend pretty much a life time surrounded by the electronic music scene since the last 15 years.

USQ: What is your music background? Do you consider influences by your background music when creating and playing your music?

Actually I´ve been listening to mostly everything. But I was really influenced in ethnic percussion, the dubby reggae sound and it´s reverbs and spring delays, uk garage and deep house. At the same time I understood the similarities and differences in every musical style, searching more of hypnotical tendencies within.Until I found a way to connect the sound of my ideas that would go along with the underground techno and house from the 90´s that I was so fascinated with.

USQ: If you have to describe your sound, how would you do it?

Bleak but full of life! I would describe my style as two specific stylistic approaches; skeletalism and massification. A basic stripped down, raw sound. Just drums, basslines and funky grooves and only what's essential mixed with a little magic. I was adding and creating sounds with heavily layered rhythmic soundscapes from other common musical styles that surround us. I took the classic hardware sound of legendary drum machines and analogue synthesizers of original techno and house, mixed it up with futuristic ideas without breaking the original concept in them, hoping to make it sound even better. In fact, I struggled a long time to actually find a proper sound that I could identify myself with. And I will still keep on struggling until I finally can say that I have made a timeless track.

USQ: What do you think about the digitalization issues, production and mixing. Digital is a good way to innovate or tools will always be better to use analog?

I think that nowadays we have a great opportunity to combine old analog techniques and machines together with digital revolutions in modern electronic music. But in my opinion the analog sound and sequencing in classic legendary synths and drum machines are not replaceable in my opinion.

USQ: Last year you released yourself very strong with your EP on DRH. Tell us a little of the history of how you finished editing at this important label and how is your relationship with Cyril Etienne?

Well It was thanks to Elias Landberg (Skudge) that shared a few of my tracks with Dj Deep and we really came along with the same taste in ideas and sound for this project. Apart from this, Cyril is one of the most innovative and impressive dj´s that I have met, and we have build up a warm and professional relationship between each other..

USQ: How do you see the electronic music scene in Sweden this moment? Tell us and cons for you?

The swedish electronic music scene has pretty much techno and house influenced parties all over right now. Even though we don´t have so many important and cool places to go, we have a strong underground rave scene.

USQ: What’s coming Bleak the next months?

Remixes for Krill Records and Markus Suckut aswell as the Kern compilation from DRH with Tresor that will appear soon and a fresh first Ep release on the new Animal Farm Record label. apart from some strong surprises that will be revealed on the right time.

USQ: Top 5 of best tracks ever for you?

Jeff Mills – the fly guy (Our Man In Havana EP)
Jeff Mills – Late Night (Mills Mix) – Tresor 183
Night of the jaguar - Aztec mystic - Dj Rolando
Underground resistance - the final frontier
Rhythm & sound w/ cornell campbell - king in my empire