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Technimatic: Not having any kids together makes things easier

02. 11. 2014
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As the second Authentic Music Night is Storm Club Prague is getting closer, we bring you the interview with the headlining duo, Technimatic.

If you didn't follow the scene very carefully, you could easily put Technimatic into the wrong bracket. Their music sounds like they made it ages ago, and refused to accept newer trends. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. Technimatic is fairly fresh name in the scene, and they are making waves by bringing back that older type drum & bass sound.

They are also wicked DJs who like to go for variety. You can witness that in person on 21st November in Prague. Technimatic are playing in Storm Club, and the entry is free until 10 pm (Facebook event). After that you'll get in for lovely 100 CZK.

 

questions were asked by Panorama

 

How much direction was there from the label for your album? Did they comment on early sketches and picked the ones you worked on, was the choice all yours, or how was it?

For the most part, Shogun left us very much to it. The majority of the work was done under our own steam, making each decision along the way. As the album began to properly take shape, we had various meetings with Friction and K-Tee, and they gave their opinion on the tracks they felt were strongest, and what we might think about concentrating on with other tunes. But overall, we had almost total freedom. One of the things we found at the beginning was giving the album a very pre-defined template and feel before we begun writing actually worked to our disadvantage. It wasn't until we completely let go of all preconceptions and expectations that it really started to take shape. 

 

In an earlier interview you said that you naturally worked your way towards Shogun. Do you think that the album would sound differently if it came out on a different label?

We guess that’s an impossible question to answer, as this is path we’ve followed. What we can say is, our sound has developed very naturally, through the music we have listened to and lives we have lived, and we’ve never worried about trying to fit into any particular musical bracket. We just try to write the best music we can that stays true to both us as artists and as listeners of the music. From there you just have to hope that other people can connect to it and enjoy it in the same way. One thing we are sure of though is that we have no regrets and are extremely proud of it.

Authentic Music Night

 

Have you heard of the artist's dilemma? It says then when you create a best seller, that might be a work you might not surpass... Do you ever feel afraid that you've already done your best work?

Well firstly, we’re not sure if Desire Paths can be classed as a ‘best seller’! But we know what you mean. And yes, we’ve had those kinds of worries from time to time, and not just with this album. It’s natural to sometimes question where you are in your life. But we’ve always backed ourselves to make good music. And also, ‘best work’ is a hugely subjective term. What might be good for us, might not be the same for everyone else. 

 

How does it feel to have a new album out? Sometimes it's hard to judge your stuff right after it's been finished and only a bigger pause helps you to gain perspective. Would you do something differently if you worked on the album now?

Yeah after finishing the album, because we’d been so close to it for so long, we had no sense of objectivity about it. We couldn’t see it for what it was. That’s beginning to change, but it’s still quite hard to gauge it. We did our very best when making it though, putting everything we could into it, and there’s nothing we would change about the process. It's always interesting for us to imagine who has listened to it, in what situations it's being played and what bits people are enjoying. 

 

You said that you guys rarely meet in a studio, and that the production process is slightly weird. Could you go into detail about how you collaborate with each other?

Due to commitments with our ‘real lives’, we don’t spend much time together in the studio, face-to-face, so much of our work is done by sending files back and forth, and chatting on the phone or email. We’ll try and get in the studio together wherever possible, but most of it is done remotely. It has meant that sometimes things take longer than say, a duo who are in the studio together every single day, but in a lot of respects it actually works better because you have time to take a step back and let ideas breathe for a while. With us, a lot of ideas begin from a sketch that one of us has made and then we keep passing that sketch backwards and forwards as a complete file, each adding our own bits and pieces to it.

 

What are your biggest influences within drum & bass? Your stuff reminds me a lot of liquid era around 2004-2006 which was when that stuff peaked for me.

That era definitely had a major effect on us. It was a golden-age for deep and musical drum & bass. Calibre, High Contrast, Logistics, all the stuff on Soul:R, Innerground, etc, made for a rich and very creative time. 

Technimatic

Why did you decide to merge under one name? From marketing point of view that seems like a bigger commitment than marriage... If you ever decide to split, the process will be so much more painful.

Well we haven’t had any kids, so that makes things easier. And we don’t have a mortgage together either, so I think we’ll be OK! We realised that writing together was becoming more popular than our solo material and also people naturally started calling us 'Technimatic'. When we first signed with Shogun we all had a meeting to discuss all of this and decided going forwards this would be the best form of attack. Fresh start, clean slate and a new name in which to write under.

 

What can people expect from your set which takes place 21st of November in Storm Club in Prague? You often seem to venture even into way harder territories than your production might suggest.

Yeah I guess if people just took our music as a reflection of what we might play as DJs, they might be surprised. But we’re lovers of all styles of drum & bass, from all different eras. We feel the most exciting DJs out there are the ones that have variety, that take you in lots of different directions, and maybe surprise you along the way, too. If we just played 2 hours of smooth liquid funk at the same pitch, that would be pretty boring. Plus, who doesn’t love a filthy bassline every now and again?

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