How People Live _ Interview With Alavux

Goran _ Alavix

Would you mind talking a little about your studio? I see on your site that you have a bit of hardware and share samples that you have created on it. Are you a synth fiend?

Well it’s an addiction. I have Roland Mc505 for years. Probably the best Techno / Electronic rompler and still is! I can see lot of people are sampling 909/808 kits nowadays. See, I predicted what can happen? 🙂

I have also TR707 Drum machine, which I bought that before the hype. A Roland JX8P and Korg ER-1 too. I’ve got a Soundcraft Spirit Folio SX in Belgrade but here I have it’s small cousin 12/2, a Roland R8 and Siel Orchestra, which is the Arp Quartet. It’s all tweakable as you can see and hear. All it needs is a good effect unit.

I read that you started off on trackers and used to sample the shit out of everything. I guess old habits die hard, eh?

Yes, dying hard 🙂

Now I don’t need that. We have the internet. Back then, I just worked on various friends computers so I had to save some time with material where it was almost already there, just to get the basics. So..

Haha Have you spent a lot of time building up personal sample packs so that the creative phase is more fluid?

It’s connected. Sometimes I create a certain sound or a melody or effect chain and if it is not fitting in that song I mix it down or save the presets. Depends where I am working. I can recall it later if I get stuck somewhere and in that moment somethings happening 🙂

Whats the best approach then to making music? Creating sounds or doing it as it happens?

No specific approach. It’s a matter of time space transmat 🙂

Moment and inspiration.

Techno has sidechain. Is there a similar technique in Electro that is controversial?

Sidechain is nice tool , I prefer to avoid it because all those compressing techniques are sound illusions. It’s easy for people to fall on it. Nowadays in Producers techniques, everything is allowed.

War is not fair, eh? Any tools that you can use should be used! Haha

So.. any dates coming up during the summer? Have you any releases coming up with your label E75?

No, nothing planned. We are on a freeze with E75 at the moment, since I’m in other country! And electro has changed in meanwhile..

Well, I really enjoyed that album you released this year – Phutura. I thought the limited edition CD’s that you did were a nice touch. I’ve noticed a few people doing that. I think it has more value for sure. Did you do many gigs with the record?

Gigs? What gigs?!! 🙂

No. No-one offered any dates. I’ve stopped sending emails to people around and saying “hey we have an album.. Can we play at your Club / Festival.. and we’re from fucking far away and bringing Analogue / Digital gear… “

I doubt that they’ve even listened to a few seconds of the Soundcloud or You Tube links. In the last 2 months, there’s been 5,000 plays of the album on Bandcamp, so people are finding it.

It deserves to be heard. Its excellent Goran. Phutura is definitely one of my favourites. It’s epic.. but they are all great. Really good music Man. A solid album.

Anyway.. I’d like to say thank you for the mix. I haven’t listened to it myself yet as I like to tune in on the night of the show and listen to it for the first time with everyone and see the reactions from people on the forums and Facebook. Would you mind telling us a little about it?

Since space here in Skopje is tight, I invaded my daughters room to be able to put my gear somewhere. So no space for turntables. I was forced to do a “mix” in Sony Acid. I tried to present music that I like in the moment and felt deserved to have attention  I usually prefer a mix of vinyl and digital. I will buy Serato soon

Ok, we’re coming to the end of this now. We’ll finish with some quickfire questions, haha – if that’s ok? You can keep them short and snappy if you want..

Who is a hero?

Natasha (my wife)

Who is a zero?

Government

The easiest and most impressive meal you can cook is..

 A Sandwich or a Hot Dog!

What’s the last interesting thing that you read in a book, magazine or newspaper?

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/rave-video-comments-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanity

What’s been your career highlight to date?

The releasing of my album, Phutura and on the beginning of  the “Solo Act”. Also when Dave Clarke charted one of my first releases and played it constantly into his show .

Is there enough cheese in the descriptions and marketing of sample packs?

I don’t like cheese very much..

What track will be playing as you check out?

Elektroids – Midnight Drive

This is how I imagine how people live in Detroit

Brilliant brilliant track! Here’s my one while we’re on the subject haha

Thanks Goran!

 

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http://alavux808.bandcamp.com/album/phutura
http://www.mixcloud.com/Alavux
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alavux/130705446964630
http://www.alavux.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alavux/130705446964630
http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/alavux
https://soundcloud.com/alavux/
https://soundcloud.com/alavux2nd/
https://soundcloud.com/alavux3rd/
https://soundcloud.com/alavux4th/
https://soundcloud.com/alavux5th/


Music production and history are my biggest passions in life. Though people often say that Techno is faceless and should be about the music blah, blah, blah.. I believe in the need to document the people and stories behind it. Techno is a very small world in reality and I think it needs a proper resource. I hope that everyone who is interested in Techno finds this blog accessible in terms of the way that it is written. I personally prefer to hear the artists voice as loud as the music and never enjoy synopsised and pasteurised versions of old conversation; the sort that's peppered with the occasional quote here and there.

One Response to “How People Live _ Interview With Alavux”

  1. Madden Wachsenhoff

    Jun 19. 2013

    Great interview! The next Alavux releases is forthcoming on Vocode Records, out June 30th 2013, 4 tracks of mad Berlin inspired electro entitled ‘Pitch’

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