Interview: Elena Savlokhova
Photo: Emelie Sjunnesson
Get 'Macrocosmic Framework' LP here.
How does it feel to finally release your debut album ‘Macrocosmic Framework’? How is the feedback so far?
It feels very exciting and also a bit relieving. There were actually no plans to ever release an LP, but here we are. The feedback is great. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect when putting out music, but I’m very happy for all the kind words and support so far.
What is your personal narrative of the album?
As this is the result of a few months of intense producing with the intention of putting together some demos , there isn’t as much of a narrative as an overall projection of what I felt like doing during that period. Whoever you may be, feelings and emotions are always involved when creating. They’re lurking in your subconscious so you can’t really hide them in your work however badly you may want to. It’s no different with this project.
Could you share the story of how you got involved with music? How did your journey unfold?
To make a lifelong story short: I have always been fascinated by music and sounds for as long as I can remember. it has been a constant part of my life since I was a toddler. I started experimenting with my own music back in 2002-2003 with a copy of reason 1.0 (Thanks Rittowski!), a midi keyboard , a cheap used turntable with a shit needle and a little Promix mixer. Sampled a bunch of my dad’s records and tried to do a bit of everything really. It wasn’t until much later that I got into techno through DJ-ing and clubbing in Malmö.
What is the enemy of creativity and how do you fight it?
There is a DEEP and very philosophical answer to this question, which will take a whole discussion to properly nail down. But, the short answer is, in my opinion, life stress.The arch enemy of every living soul. There is no real way of killing it as it comes and goes, but I guess you’ll have to seize the moments you get doing what you love.
What topic outside of music fascinates you currently?
What excites you the most in what you do?
A few things actually. The process of making a track is ridiculously fun and excites me a lot, especially when the end result is good. The fact that people appreciate and move their bodies to your work, that’s priceless. Performing. I love performing, banging out heavy beats on a big PA to a sweaty crowd of dancers. That’s good stuff and exciting as hell.
How would you describe the ideology behind Corseque Records that you run?
My wife Emma is co-owner of the label and we have similar taste in techno, so decisions are easy to make. Whatever we put out is us meeting in the middle with a common fondness for original elements. When we started in 2015 we just wanted to have my new projects out on vinyl because it was obvious that this was what had to be done in order to get heard. Nowadays we have a clear aim of how we want to run things.
What is your biggest challenge in life?
Trying to understand it, which actually is not that hard anymore. Thankfully.
What’s the music scene in Sweden like? What characteristics make it unique in your opinion?
The music scene in general is thriving as it always has been. There is always someone here with an urge to express themselves through music. What makes Sweden unique would be the countless amounts of hits and hit producers hailing from here. There are so many different theories on why Sweden is such a music country, but there is no definite answer to that and everyone has different opinions.
Why do you think there is an urge to associate techno with darkness?
Because techno is dark. Sometimes it’s noisy, sometimes ravey, sometimes hypnotic, deep and smooth, but always with some kind of dark undertone. There are a few exceptions, but not too many, as it suddenly becomes something else in that case.
What would you rate 10 / 10?
All the people supporting and showing love for my music. That’s a solid 11/10 any day of the week. Incredibly thankful for this.
Things you can’t unthink (things that are constantly on your mind).
Work. Always work work and more work. I’m definitely a workaholic, but I thrive in it and getting better and better at recognizing my mental limits and not forgetting to live a little in between the beats. There is a YouTube clip with Redman in his home studio, explaining the state of mind that many creative souls are in. Type in ”Redman work”, sit back and just soak up the wisdom.
What question would you like to be asked at an interview and what would your answer be?
I”m fairly certain that some might be wondering about this: ”Hey man, where does your weird sound spring from?” This is the short answer:
When I started to play techno as a DJ I knew that’s what I wanted to produce, and make something of, but it wasn’t something I would pick out at home and enjoy while chilling out. I just knew what I loved to be blown away by in a club, so the only connection to it was raves and scouting for new tracks to play in DJ sets. But I never really gave thought to the structures of a typical techno tool in the beginning, besides the obvious ”untz-untz-foundation. There are no rules to this and anything goes as long as you have an ear for what sonically works. I never enter the studio with an idea, but rather a feeling of wanting to create something cool and the outcome can be whatever as long as it’s a banger that makes you move.. A couple of years ago I got the tip to adjust my style to the sound of each label to reach the big ones when sending out demos, which surely works, but it made me really loose track of the passion by doing so and I just became angry and frustrated by the thought of making something generic just to fit in. I have no other way of making music, which is why it’s great to have Corseque Records and release what I want, when I want to, without having to adjust my sound to be accepted into someone else’s catalog.
In the end I’m just really happy that people seem to accept and appreciate my stuff.