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MORPHEUS MUSIC INTERVIEW - EITAN REITER

01.07.10 - on release of Places I Miss That I Haven't Been To.

 
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Q: You’ve been making music in a variety of forms for some time now – what got you started?   I grew up in a musical house. My father is a classical guitar player from the music academy in Israel. Don't laugh, but Rap music was the first thing I produced :-) I was using programs like Impulse Tracker and tried to reproduce some 2Pac songs when I was like 12 years old.
I used to also try and rap on them. Later on Erez from Infected Mushroom (was called Shidapu back than) influenced me a lot to go into the psytrance world. He was the first artist I got in touch with and asked about programs and producing. He basically got me started
From Infected Mushroom (my neighborhood local band, that was not known at all at that time), I moved on to other electronic music and just fell in love with the whole concept.
  Q:  Would you say you have a preferred genre or stylistic approach? Why – or why not?   Well it really changes every time. These days I listen to stuff like Gorillaz, Massive Attack (and all sorts of UK Trip Hop), Air, Faithless, The Knife and some more.
I love music of all kinds, lately I have been writing some classical music for films, which is a challenge for me, but when it comes to taste- no rules. If I like it I like it, and usually I like everything that has heart in it and a lot of effort was put into the making of.
     
             
Q: Your current album Places I Miss That I Haven’t Been To – what was the starting point?   It started at a studio that I rented with a drummer from an Israeli rock band (Stella Marris). I used that studio to work on my psytance project- LOUD (together with Kobi Toledano). Chillout and electronica was my personal escape from the hard dancefloor 4/4 of the psytrance.
I also fell in love with all the talented musicians I met in that studio, and had to work with some of them. The best part in making music for me is that you get to work with people, and in such a great, fun and exciting way! The first bit of the album started from a jam session with a guitarist named Hagai Perez, he had a melody in his mind of overtones with his guitar (the one in the end of the track Coffee), we recorded it and it was like 6:00 AM, went for coffee and that was the name of the track. After he left the studio I gave that guitar part a 5 minute electronic abstract into, and that started this whole album.
  Q: Did you have a particular vision in mind as you began work on the album?  

I wanted it to feel like one track, I actually even started to write it as one track, but it's not that easy when you are such a vibe changing person like me. But in the end it kind of got that feeling because of the arrangement of the tracks as an album.
I also never sat down to produce anything for this project unless I was LOADED with muse and was after a special experience/moment I had to let out and express musically. This album was my personal project and I felt I had to be 100% true to it.

             
Q:  Can you tell us something about your writing/recording methods?    

I love learning. I am blessed with good friends (There is even a track called friends in the album) that mostly supported me mentally in the creation process (when you need to believe things will be ok and have questions about whether or not you can make a living from music and if it's the right to do).
There were also some friends who I learned a great deal from about recording and sound techniques, some even actually helped me record or mix, some gave advice. I was surrounded by many people who believed in me, and without them the album would never sound the way it does

  Q:  Is there a story behind the unfolding of the music that listeners might appreciate knowing about? Or perhaps the artwork?   The artwork is based on a drawing by Andy Kehoe that I found with the help of Shahar & Yaniv (my label managers from Aleph Zero) in an artist's website (http://www.andykehoe.net). We liked it and licensed it. Inside the cover there is a photo of a painting that I had done (painting used to be my job before the music). This was a painting that in some way reminded me the album. Sometimes you have soundtracks for visuals, this was the opposite case.

About a story, its not one… Everything I have been through in the years of making this album is in there, all that I have felt. I can say it was a time of great experiences, living life to the fullest, no rules, making the most of every moment and a lot of hope. I had an amazing time period when I wrote this album, and if people that listen to it will absorb even a bit of it, than my job is done ;)
             
 
     
Q:  Are there any interesting anecdotes or incidents that occurred during the making of Places?
  Like I mentioned before, it was made in 4 years in which I was mainly traveling the world as a DJ! I have moved 3 studios until I got this album done, released 3 dancefloor albums, went in and out from two relationships, and saw half of the world. I can't really put my finger on one incident.
But whenever I did have the muse to make a track for this project, it was complete meditation for me, it was one of the only things keeping me balanced! Most of my inspiration for anything really came from this creation.
  Q:  Where do you make your music – what is your studio like?
  It's a mess right now, I have some great analog synths, a computer, amazing monitors and everything a basic studio needs. Now I am in my 3rd Studio, which is for the 1st time at my house.
In a weird way it is the place I got best results from. I like listening to my work in the car or at as many other studios that I can, just to get some perspective.

 

             
Q: For your own interest – what music do you find enjoyable or inspiring?   Classical, trip hop, rap, rock, MTV pop hits, chillout, old psytrance, some techno, Arabic, Indian, Brazilan, African, Should I go on or stop?   Q:  Do you have any other projects currently on the horizon that you would like to share?   There's an EP with different remixes to the track Smile from the album expected in Aleph Zero soon, with remixes by J.Viewz, Bluetech, Perfect Stranger and another remixer and a bonus track that was not in the album.
Before that a remix I did hosting DJ Shahar from Aleph Zero to a Shulman track will be released on the next Aleph Zero compilation.
These Days I am also working on my techno project... There are some big plans, but I don't think its the right time to expand about it. Also we are working on a remix project for LOUD, whit lots of world known electronic artists. Thanks for The Interview and I hope you enjoy the album!

 

           
 

Thanks to Eitan and Aleph Zero for allowing us that interview.

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