Dachshund is a DJ and music producer, co-label owner of Clapper and with released music on Poker Flat, Gruuv, Bar 25, Rebellion, 8Bit, Rejected and more.
His latest release comes on Poker Flat in the form of a remix of Greta Levska’s Streets.
Hi, thank you for taking the time to chat with us today! How has the year been treating you so far?
Thank you for having me today! The year has been treating me quite well so far. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to focus on doing what truly makes me happy, which is creating music and sharing it with others. Despite any challenges that have come my way, the ability to pursue my passion has kept me motivated and content. I believe that when you can do what you love, everything falls into place, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come my way this year.
Where do you think the impulse to create music comes from for you?
The pure joy and happiness that music brings is a powerful driving force behind my impulse to create. The process of discovering unique sounds and textures can ignite it. Exploring sounds and the thrilling discoveries that emerge from both intentional experimentation and unexpected accidents can be incredibly inspiring. Sometimes, surprising combinations of sounds or melodies occur, leading to something extraordinary. Sharing my musical creations with others also acts as a powerful motivator. Witnessing the impact on listeners and their connection to the music reinforces my impulse to create.
You used to produce d&b before moving onto house & techno, do you foresee any further developments or switches in the style of music you focus on?
I am open to the possibility of exploring different styles. Evolution and experimentation are essential to me. I have a few drum’n’bass and dub tracks in the works, but I’m not sure if I should share them under a new moniker or include them in a more versatile way, like an album.
Tell us about your current studio setup – any particular bits of go-to kit you find yourself returning to?
I’m a gear enthusiast, and my studio is filled with an extensive collection of musical equipment. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a music store, which has allowed me to collect a variety of old synthesizers and other vintage gear. My studio is a blend of vintage and modern equipment. Lately, I’ve found myself delving into the captivating world of modular synthesizers. One instrument that I’ve been using a lot recently in my production is the Arturia MicroFreak. It’s incredibly handy and easy to program.
What can you tell us about your new remix of “Streets”? Why should we be checking this one out?
I’ve carefully crafted the remix to maintain the mood of the original while infusing it with a more 4/4 focused style. Adding a bit of deepness with dubby stabs and some spices, I hope my remix of “Streets” resonates with both listeners and dancers.
There’s a haunting quality to Greta’s original – which you’ve definitely preserved. Were there any other elements you thought it was important not to lose with your reworking?
I was particularly drawn to the captivating ambiance sounds and effects in the original track, which served as a key inspiration for my remix. While the bass line was a central element in the original track, I made the decision to integrate it in a shorter loop to align with my vision for the remix. It’s always a thrilling challenge, finding the perfect balance between honoring the original and infusing it with my own style.
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Do you find the process of remixing easier than producing something from scratch? Or is it not as black and white as that?
Remixing is not inherently easier just because you have pre-existing elements to work with. Both approaches require creativity, technical skills, and a deep understanding of musical elements. Ultimately, whether remixing or producing from scratch, the process of making music is complex.
Which artists are currently exciting or inspiring you?
There are many artists currently exciting and inspiring me, making it difficult to choose just a few. However, at the moment, I find myself drawn to Tom VR for his ability to strike a balance between creating music that is both suitable for the dance floor and interesting to listen to. Additionally, I’m also enjoying the work of Tibi Dabo for his unique blend of captivating sounds and emotive compositions.
What should we expect from you for the rest of 2023?
More music! Stay tuned for exciting releases throughout the rest of 2023.