Piezo ‘Antelope Swing’ interview
I spoke to Piezo about the Antelope Swing ep, which features a fine remix by Clearlight & Owl.
DB: What you been up to since we last spoke, over a year ago?
P: I got a job that makes me travel quite a lot, so I’ve visited some new places.
Music-wise I’ve been trying different things, although it’s not always easy to find the right feelings.
DB: Have you noticed any shifts in your sound?
P: Yes definitely. I’m allowing myself to explore in different directions, not necessarily dancefloor oriented or bass driven.
I feel a lot more relaxed from that point of view, but again, you don’t always end up with something interesting in your hands…
DB: Can you take us through ‘Antelope Swing’?
P: ‘Antelope’ is quite an old tune that people like for some reasons.
To be honest I have never been a big fan of it, but I’m happy to receive so many nice feedbacks.
The most interesting thing to me is that vibe shift on the second drop: it was quite a fluke, but I still like that.
DB: How did the Clearlight & Owl remix come about… how special are they? I mean wow!
P: They are my favourite Belgian psychedelic wizards. I just love them.
DB: What recent thing did you see that stunned, alarmed or dismayed you?
P: Club toilets in the UK
DB: Can you take us through the wonderful ‘Happy Blue’?
P: Very simple tune: I found that Indonesian sample somewhere and thought it would work well with a dubby bass and some old hi-hats.
Probably the quickest dubstep tune I’ve ever made.
DB: Dubstep just goes from strength to strength, why do you think this is? Live nights are fire, the personalities are amazing, the music’s full of mystery…
P: I don’t necessarily agree with you mate: at least in the UK my impression is that dubstep is not strong at all unless we talk about a couple of well-known labels/parties.
But it’s fair enough, things need to evolve: one thing that I like about nights here in Bristol is that you can easily listen to three to four… even more different genres during the same night.
People don’t even talk about genres! That’s crucial: you can play whatever you want, as long as it is interesting and somehow works on the crowd which of course has to be receptive.
I’m not sure many dubstep guys have this concept clear in mind.
DB: If you could travel anywhere, where to?
P: Tristan da Cunha
DB: Continuing with ‘Obsidian’ from the ep. I love it’s naive vibe.
P: That was quite hard to make, lots of editing and effects, but at the same time I wanted it to stay very minimal.
The sound is quite abstract, but I hope people will hear a bit of soul through it.
DB: What sounds do you like working with… in an artistic way? What sounds yield great results?
P: It depends, really. Sometimes I just find a cool sample, sometimes I enjoy the process of creating a sound with synths, drum machines and effects.
In the end it’s all about your sensibility as an artist and your ability to make the right choices for a specific purpose.
Anyway, recently I’ve been spending a lot of time on synthesizers. Quite a lot.
DB: Any shouts?
P: My grandma.