02. We’d love to hear & divulge into the ‘bass’ side of Desaturate a little more. When and how did you discover Drum & Bass and how did you progress with it?
I started producing and playing DnB together with Igor (my partner in crime in the Progress Inn project) sometime in 2003 and ever since then both of us have stayed true to the primarily ‘liquid’ sound. And even though at many points the focus was firmly shifted towards the 4×4 spectrum, DnB and liquid funk have always remained in our hearts as very special and something that we will love, cherish, produce and play for a long time to come.
03. You recently released your debut LP ‘False Dichotomies’ through Bandcamp, which features a whole spectrum of styles from you. Tell us more about the journey in the making of the album.
After many years of producing all sorts of music for various labels around the world, in the second half of 2015 I decided to shift my focus on writing my first artist album. Thus, ‘False Dichotomies’ was conceived, a concept for an album that would portray a slightly different side to my productions. The name signifies the falsity of many of our views and discussions about music and the arts, as well as many other wide ranging issues.
I approached the album with no restrictions and simply created beautiful music that will hopefully stand the test of time and still sound interesting for many years to come!
04.’Slow Burner’ & ‘Pure’ are the only two Drum & Bass tracks featured in this album, any particular memories & moments attached to them?
A: ‘Slow Burner’ was born from an older idea I created back in 2010 which I never really finished. So when the time came for me to write the album I revisited that idea and everything just flowed perfectly and I managed to finish it within two days. ‘Pure’ brings together the worlds of progressive and DnB. To me progressive has a lot to do with the journey the listener takes when listening to such music and not much to do with often used sounds or repeating patterns. So this would be progressive DnB if I really had to classify it (I steer away from ‘genre mentality’). It’s a pure expression of my love for those two musical directions and the emotions that can be conveyed by the story telling entwined through them.
05. You’ve released a lot more ‘Progressive House’ & ‘Techno’ material under the Desaturate name, would we be seeing more bass-oriented releases from you on Beatport & the likes?
06. For the tech-geeks, what’s your music production set-up like?
07. Can you list 3 ‘bass’ tunes you are feeling right now.
2. Lenzman – Cherry Blossom
3. Zero T – Piano Clap
08. With the ever growing expansion of features & possibilities in Traktor, especially with the new STEMS format, could we expect you to do a ‘live’ interpretation of ‘Desaturate’ in the near future?
09. What’s the funniest / craziest thing that has ever happened to you during a gig?
10. If you weren’t in the music business, what would your alternate career choice be and why?
11. You just found out that your last gig ever is tomorrow, what would be your closing track?
2. Calibre – All You Got [Signature]
3. Lenzman – Cherry Blossom [Metalheadz]
4. Anile & Blu Mar Ten – Lyssakses [Medschool]
5. Phors – Holding On [Fokuz Recordings]
6. dBridge & Calibre – Ponderosa [Exit Records]
7. Actraiser – Altima [Fokuz Recordings]
8. Beta 2 & Zero Tolerance – Perseverance [Liquid V]
9. SpectraSoul – Dark Hour [Critical Music]
10. Break – Late Drop [Critical Music]
11. BCee & Lomax – Unbreakable [Intrinsic Recordings]
12. The Vanguard Project – Driftwood [Spearhead Records]
13. BCee feat. David Boomah – Typical Description (Calibre Remix) [Spearhead Records]