The global ambassador for underground trance needs no introduction.
On Saturday the 2nd of June he will be tearing up the decks at Electric Brixton for Halcyon. Here at Trackitdown we are extremely excited about this show and are even more excited to present the man himself in the Guest Reviewer hotseat to tell us all about what we can expect...
Thanks very much for taking time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?
Well, May has been a hectic month with a 5 city tour in Japan during their best holiday – “Golden week” when all workers get an extra salary with only one aim – to spend it during the festive week. From there I journeyed to India for a 3 city tour and now I am on the way back home, spending the day in Frankfurt before getting on the last flight back to Israel.
We’re very excited about your set in London on 2nd June. What have you got in store for us?
I am going to play a new live set with many new tracks. 2011 was dedicated to promote my last album “Red means distortion” and now 2012 is all about new material, new sounds and new show, side by side with the all time favourites that the fans still expect and demand to hear in my sets.
You’ve always had a really great following here in the UK. How do UK crowds compare to the rest of the world and where else do you really enjoy performing at and why?
UK has a special place in my agenda. I consider it a place where the crowd really understands and not just digs the music. I visit UK as much as I can and it always ends up with having a blast of a night with a truly dedicated fan base. UK crowd is up on that list of best crowd along with Japan, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia and so many more destinations where they just love my music. Keep it rolling!
It’s been a while since we had a new album from you sir, what’s been happening in the studio and do you have some new tracks on their way?
Yes, there is a lot of new material cooking in the studio, a new and different track of mine, “Vicious cycles”, will open the new HOMmega compilation – New Order vol.3 compiled by Easy Riders (Ace Ventura & Rocky). There is a remix for Juno Reactor’s classic “Pistolero”, solo psy tracks called “Random Moves” and “Talking Stones”, collaborations with Deedrah and Loud, remixes for Vertical Mode’s “Deep Vibration” and Easy Riders & Symbolic’s “Flashback”. Busy bees!
Obviously your production history has been such an influence on the global trance scene. When did you start making tracks and has the way you make music evolved over the years?
I started make music over a decade ago and for sure my way of making music has evolved over the years. There are different influences integrated in my music as my musical taste evolves and changes as well.
That goes hand in hand with the technical advance of musical instruments, plug inns and computers which always give you a new dimension of sound and production to explore and implement in your own musical productions.
Loads of underground trance DJs and producers are now taking loads of influence from electro, techno and even dubstep scenes in their tracks and sets. Do you listen to a lot of other music and is there anything that’s influencing you right now?
Yes, I try to listen to a wide range of music. At the moment I am very fond of the music from the new generation pioneers like Skrillex and Feed Me, but I don’t let it change my music too much as I feel that my fans don’t want me to change too drastically so I am just playing in the fields of progressive house, progressive trance and full on psy trance, that’s my playground.
Astrix has been rocking the planet for nearly 10 years now. Can you tell us a little about the early days and how you got into the scene? Also which acts got your attention back then?
Well, the beginning was very innocent and full of energy. I feel in love with trance music in an open air party in the nature of Jerusalem’s mountains and have been in love with it ever since. Acts like Hallucinogen, Infected Mushroom, Juno Reactor, Astral Projection and Man With No Name are still carrying a big imprint on the music I make up to this day, only with more upgrades of style and sound productions as the influences widen and the technology advances on.
Israel has had a massive influence on the psy trance scene in particular over the years. What’s the scene like there at the moment and are there any hot new producers we should check out?
Israel is booming, last winter we had indoor trance events for almost every day of the week, and now that summer is around the corner, the open airs are breaking new highs with attendance of 5000 to 10,000 beautiful people really digging hard on pure psy trance. Israel rocks!
Among the new Israeli talents that I really like are Vertical Mode and Symbolic who I feel really embed the psy trance story inside the progressive trance speed and structure, but the list of talents doesn’t stop there and the longer it is, the prouder we all are of it...
Finally, as a festival veteran you must have been to outdoor events in all climates and weather over the years! For the younger readers here who might be going to one for the first time, what are the 3 essential items you recommend they pack and why!?
Passport – can’t get anywhere without it
Money – We all still live in a material world still
Water – The essence of life
All the rest is luxury!
Well that's got us even more excited about the Halcyon party. Thank you Astrix!
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Astrix' Recommendations for you to check out today;
My Idols and Israel’s biggest import to date. I love the fact that they made so many slow bpm tracks on their latest album and this one is really an harmonic high.
A collaboration with the eternal Goa freak and label mate, Pixel. A track that took me some time to finish with him because we were both constantly on the road and that’s why we called it “Here & there”
Full on Psy Trance mania. This is a peak time track and has been tested by me on many dance floors. Works like a charm.