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Antiworld Indoor Festival Preview: Interview with Domestic

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on January 2, 2007

Domestic has captured the world of psytrance with his album ‘Art Making Machine’. It’s hard to imagine a psy-trance DJ today who does not have a track or two from Domestic in his or her record box. Ido Ophir aka Domestic has trained his ears in his mastering studio and it is obvious in his album. In this interview he explains the detail that one needs to keep while mastering a track.

Which is the best track on your album 'Art making machine'? Does any track have an emotional connection to your life?

 I think the best track on the album is 'Limited addiction’. I really connect to this style, which is full on with some kind of techno elements and some Goa feeling to it. I also like 'Quake' alot. 'Quake' kind of reminds me of why I started making trance music and why I like trance. Quake is actually a track I made about 5 years ago with a lot of inspiration from Delta and X-Dream and I remade it for the album because I felt it had to be on it.

You have collaborated with some of the best artists, including your house mate, Pixel. How do you manage to keep focus on your style with another musician in the house? 

Another musician in the house is always good, we exchange a lot of information and techniques. I think it’s a good way to grow and learn new things. The style always remains unique because we all have different minds. Even though we work together, Pixel and I have very different styles and it gives both of us a lot of inspiration.

Without actually going to the mastering studio, how can artists balance tracks in their house studio?

The best way for artists to learn and balance their own tracks is by referring it to other mastered tracks. Listen to well-mastered tracks and try to understand the frequencies and dynamics of it. But if you want the best results you better go to a mastering studio. Mastering requires immense knowledge and a suitable studio and has totally different techniques than mixing a track. Even if you are very talented but you don't have a good studio for mastering you won’t get the right results. It's always good to experience and try to learn whatever you can just by trying different things. The best way to learn is to teach yourself by experiencing.

Domestic studios are mentioned on almost every HOMmega CD. Define the art of audio mastering.

Mastering is the art of compromising. You have to learn how to improve without ruining the track. For example, sometimes you can push some high frequencies on the track that fits well on the highs, but ruins other lower frequencies. On the other hand make a compression that makes the track really punchy but ruins other transients and dynamics. The thing is to know the right balance and learn how to use your sources such as plugins or hardware right. It's important to use quality hardware and plugins to get good results.        

What are you expecting from the Antiworld party?

As I heard the first Antiworld party of the year is more hectic and more noisy than the regular ones. So I expect a crowded venue with many happy faces and hands in the air all the way!

Interview by SIREN

Thanks to Domestic & HOMmega Productions (

Supported by Antiworld Events