How long have you been producing?
P: I have been devoted to music production for a bit longer than Jano – it is already hard for me to remember when exactly I started – with FL Studio itself, I must have been around 15-16 years old. But it certainly became full-fledged when me and Jano met and found out that we have the same hobby. After that, we realised that we liked the same music and gradually began producing, learning new things, the rules, sound engineering and so on. And it all lead to our collaboration on various projects in 2011.
J: That’s right … just to add, that moment was sometime in 2008/2009, which was also the moment when I finally found some courage to be more active at FL Studio. By then, I knew FL Studio for quite some time, but I was paralyzed because of all the possibilities if offered. I was afraid to take the step. One more fun fact –we were both relatively active since 2008 but in terms of collaboration we only matured in the 2011. Until then, we have commented on each other’s projects, probably all of them, but the idea of collaboration was unthinkable, because our opinions regarding music were completely different. Eventually, it turned out to be a huge advantage, and actually the main purpose of our collaboration.
Production duo from Slovakia, loving atmospheres, details and beautiful melodies penetrated by strong deep bass. The duo joined forces and in 2013 released 16 tracks on such a labels as Blu Mar Ten Music, Loodma Recordings or Liquid Brilliants
Do you also produce music of other genres, apart from drum&bass?
P: Of course, our production isn’t taking just one specific direction. Apart from downbeat, drum&bass and other experimental electronic music, we are doing other music styles such as hip-hop or soundtrack music. Creativity has no limits and music genre is not a decisive element. Everything depends on the idea, if we start doing a track that is sad and deep, we finish it in a way that preserves the atmosphere.
J: The last year or two, I had the impression that we produce everything but DNB :D It resulted from the fact that we do things the way we feel and don’t produce DNB, just because it is DNB. Emotions have no boundaries in music and when choosing BPM, the producers should not have them ether. It’s all about current feelings. In any case, I am extremely pleased that we can contribute two DNB track to the EP… because for me, this genre has always been, and perhaps always will be, something special. It’s like my mobile home.
New Progress LTD label released your EP, what could you tell us about it?
P: Since with Jano we both like unusual things, we decided to show it this time. The EP is titled Everyone’s Different. The name itself is sort of a metaphor. This is because the tracks are all different from each other. Although the sound remains the same, they differ in the genre as well as the mood and atmosphere. What we’re trying to say is that despite the fact that everyone is different, in our essence we are all the same, although at the same time completely unalike.
J: Exactly. The name explains everything. I see this EP as a mix of four totally different animals, each with its particularities…coexisting under one roof, where their disparities contribute to, as I hope, an interesting result as a whole.
How was year 2014 for you? When can we expect the new tracks to be out?
P: Given that we both went through a lot of things that year, music-wise, 2014 was relatively calm. We released only one EP and we had no opportunities for other releases throughout the year. Nevertheless, Jano managed one extraordinary thing – to have his track released on a compilation by Med School label. Hopefully, this year will bring a change and it will be better – we are starting well – with this new EP. We already have some news at the production line – expect something different and novel for sure.
J: For me, 2014 was a year dedicated to finishing an absolute production revival (form sound design to building my own samples). According to how it went, I guess that 2015 will be a year of going into even deeper waters of sound design and audio engineering – the deepest. What will probably reflect in terms of the number of releases, but sound-wise, expect the unexpected :)
What would be your TOP 5 tracks of 2014?
P: That’s a very difficult question… 2014 was a year full of quality releases. I don’t want to be too specific, I’ll praise few albums though – the first one is Etherwood’s album with a corresponding name, which totally touched my heart and I consider it to be one of the best electronic music albums ever. Then, I was also pleasantly surprised by albums Logistics – Polyphony and Technimatic – Desire Paths, which are full of quality, energetic tracks. I also really liked music by InsideInfo or Enei, tracks like InsideInfo & Smooth – Hear me roar, or Enei – Prometheus.
J: I would never expect that I will say this, but for me, one of the TOP albums was Fred V & Grafix – Recognize. It is varied, well balanced, production-wise very developed and playful at the same time. Functionally combined modern electronic music with live instruments. Kimyan Law presented a surreal album, Bop and Culprate as well. Apart from that, traditionally InsideInfo…each track is a gem. I also have to mention State of Mind wth their very strong album and Tokyo Prose, whose liquid is so liquidy, that it gets me relaxed immediately, it has an incredibly soothing energy. Things by Hugh Hardie also grabbed my attention.
Which artist(s) influenced you the most and why?
P: I remember my 7-year older brother listening to prodigy in our room when I was just a child, and I remember how fascinated I was by the energy of the music. Until around 2003, I listened to anything, but then I received a track by FSOL – Papua New Guinea (High Contrast remix). From that moment, I started checking out this music genre, which later affected my entire production. High Contrast, Calyx & Teebe or later Bachelors of Science, Bop and Enei, just to name a few.
J: This question would be best answered by my subconscious, but I will give it a go. Initially, probably ATB and his atmospheric house, later it was melodic metal like Deftones, A Perfect Circle…and then Drum & Bass appeared in my life. Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix), Apex – Space Between, D&B Arena Mix by Andy C, Hospital production from 2003-2008 – and it was clear :) Anyway, I constantly find new exceptional music, which helps me develop and grow in a way, Bop, Billain, Joe Ford…thankfully, there is a lot of it :)
Thank you for this great interview!