It's a passion
AGF/Delay album Explode is one the most interesting releases on electronic scene at the moment. For that reason we decide to talk with both artists about their record. There are Vladislav Delay's answers on our questions.
- Why did you decide to record a common album with AGF?
- It was something we wanted to do since a long time and tried every now and then, but it didn't really work out until now, when we felt we're kind of stable enough to challenge each other to make a beautiful record.
- What was the partition of your roles in recording of the album. Did AGF was responsible for texts and you - for music?
- Not so strictly. Of course, it's AGF doing the vocals and mostly also lyrics, but then again I influenced those a lot in post-production and mixing etc. Also musically AGF did lots of early work, which I then added with bass and drums and stuff. It definitely was a collaboration in many layers.
- The most of beats on the album are slow and massive - where was that idea behind?
- We like slow beats. Massive? I don't know about. I thought this album had very subtle and silent stuff. Next album will be massive...
- You used in some of the tracks oldschool hip hop beats. What was fascinating for you in these rhythm structures?
- We're influenced by hip hop a lot, especially me I eat it all day. Nevertheless, I don't see us using any "old-school hiphop beats" on the record. I'm fascinated by rhythm and have a huge respect for it. When I play beats, I try to give a contribution to whatever matter there is I can connect with, but I hardly think or analyze to play certain style or so. I play what and how I feel, I translate myself via beats. On this record we wanted to actually go away from programmed machine-like beats like used in early hiphop/elektro stuff. Most if not all beats were played live without any sequencing or quantizing, likewise bass and any other stuff you hear there. We wanted to have humble and simple beats and structures, live feeling and humanity. Anyway, we take a lot of care to have beats and whatevers sound and feel like we want them to and it's all very fascinating. It's a passion. This hip hop connection is very subtle for me and was totally not conscious decision.
- There are a lot of warm and organic sounds on the album from the one side and there are also a lot of glitch noises and cracks from the other side. Why did you decide to contrast these elements?
- We really don't think about all this, you know? This analyzing belongs exactly here, when the album's done and it has to be explained. But you know, we don't have to explain this stuff to ourselves, when we're making it, it's all very intuitive and feelings-based. We don't calculate or analyze how much glitch and how much delay and whatever there should be. It comes down to having endless options and you just do how you feel at the moment and what your needs are and it somehow just comes together sometimes by itself, sometimes with hard work. I think we both like wide range of stuff and wanna combine things how we feel like and anyway, when there are two persons, who don't cancel each other out, there usually is influence of both there. Maybe the warm stuff is a bit more me, whereas the glitch thing is more a thing of Antye's.
- Why did you reduced a dub elements in your music on the album?
- We decided to try avoiding as much as possible our earlier solo works and our sounds and do something different. About dub elements I don't know, though, as I usually try avoiding them...
- Antye sings in some of the tracks - are you interested in form of traditional song?
- I'm interested in perfect traditional song as much as in an impossibly untraditional one.
- There is a strong critical attitude in the face of modern western civilisation in your texts. Why are you disapointed of current state of our civilisation?
- Aren't you? But really, it seems pretty fucked up all around to me at least. But I don't think there's that much criticism in the album, if you really go through the lyrics. There's observation and there's curiosity for things we don't know so well and stuff, but not that much criticism in my opinion. Lots of issues, though.
- What is the alterantive to the typical western consumer lifestile in your opinion?
- I really don't wanna educate anyone, to each its own, but as I'm coming from nature and wild life and clear air and lots of space for people and stuff and since then been around a lot and seen stuff, I'd say something like that (nature etc.) is not bad for the people. It works wonders for me, when I can have that around me, which is unfortunately not often enough.
- Is love a most important value in the human life for you?
- Something like that.
- It's very complicated issue, which puzzles me a lot. I can't go analyzing it here now, sorry.
- Last track on Explode - From Morning On - is inspired by book - Sculpting In Time - written by famous russian director - Andrey Tarkovski. In his last movie - Sacrifice - she shows that only return to the spiritual way of life - religion and rituals - could save our civilisation from decay. Do you agree with him?
- I believe in individual approach, but I think religion and rituals aren't necessarily the best way for anything, for they've been the major cause for so much bullshit since the day one.
AUTHOR: PAWEL GZYL
PHOTO BY ALEKSEI DUNLOVE
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WYWIADY / RELACJE
+ It's a passion - wywiad z Vladislavem Delayem
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