Textures That Engrave _ Interview With AnD

AnD _ BW

How did Techno begin for you Dimitri? Did you have a similar introduction to it like Andy or was he just lucky?

I grew up in a place that access to forward thinking music wasn’t so easy!

I had to sit down and search for the good shit! The same goes regarding the clubbing scene in Greece back then. There were a few big clubs that were bringing international techno DJ’s but not in the extent that it is here in UK. I can still remember a night from over 12 years ago when Alexander Kowalski was playing some thunderous techno at 8 in the morning and the club was going fucking nuts!!!! Goooooood shit 🙂

As for music influences I can say that I don’ t have a list of people that influence me so much. What I usually do is go in the studio, open up everything and after this whatever happens will happen without any particular style of music in mind.

Yeah Kowalski! This one on Surface Records has to be my all favourite. The kick slamming back in from a break on this one always activated the neighbours at parties.

Would you mind talking a little about production and stuff Lads? We’ve got a production forum on subsekt called The Hole. Reoccurring subjects seem to gather around kick drums and adding distortion to things. Got any advice for processing with distortion?

We do like our distortion! We think the most important thing when using distortion is to make sure you EQ your sounds properly because anyone can distort a sound! But it is more important to really sound design the sound after you’ve played with the distortion that way you can really emphasis the frequencies that you want to be pushed or removed from the mix.

Thanks for that. You Guys like your hardware too.. How do you approach making something with your synths? Is there a lot of time spent on designing a patch and writing a part, or do you just record shitloads of audio in Ableton? 

We tend to spend time building patches to create the exact sound we are looking for, that way when you have it sounding how you like it you can do a live take to give the track the original vibe you had in mind. Sometimes recording for an extended period of time really works too though, as you tend to try to play with the sound more and in the mistakes you find some interesting textures or rhythms are created where you didn’t expect them.

Happy accidents are always good, eh?


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.

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