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MORPHEUS MUSIC INTERVIEW - TOR.MA IN DUB

07.07.10 - on release of Jump High.

 
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Q: How did you first get into music - what were your early influences?
 

I started playing drums in several rock bands at the age of 15, you know, from Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains to Megadeth, Sepultura… noizy and fun stuff. Then in 1997 I discovered electronic music and the underground scene, at the beginning house music, but I fell in love with psychedelic trance.
I got involved more and more and collected a fine collection of CDs. So, I sold my drums and replaced them with a mixer and CDJs and started DJing at 2000 for about two years. But then I felt the musical need again, so I started producing psytrance and goa under the name “Factor Mazorca” (corn factor).

At that time my influences were Astral Projection, California Sunshine, MFG, and Neuromotor, to name some, but also on the other hand, Ozric Tentacles, Shpongle, Entheogenic & Abakus.


  Q:  How did Tor.Ma in Dub come into being?  

Well, time passed by so my musical tastes changed and evolved, I started producing progressive psytrance music so I wanted to change the name of my project, but leaving something of the old one because it has an important meaning to me, so I used “facTOR.MAzorca” instead.a
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t the time I continued also listening to lots of chillout music and started working and walking on that path, and then a friend of mine introduced me the beautiful reggae music, I made a connection immediately with the sound, the rhythm and the vibe, so the idea of Tor.Ma in Dub project started.

     
             
Q: What caused you to work in the electronic dub genre - what draws you there?   I was working with chillout tracks in the studio and then I realized that I could add some reggae-dub feeling to them… so I worked to understand and to transmit the flow and my first dub came out: Green Drops, a psydub relaxed tune that was released on a Mexican label. So since I loved the sound I achieved, I wanted to continue working on more and more tracks in this style.   Q: Since your debut album Big Blue Story - what has been shaping your sound?  

I dived deeper in the roots of dub music, I mean, the feeling. Also the bass got less intricate but at the same time with more power. I put more emphasis on the melodies to make it simple, fine, and enjoyable and hopefully get stuck in your mind. You will find some tunes very heavy and deep, others happy but all with lots of feeling. I tried to create a 'modern roots' dub music.

             
Q:  How would you say the new album is different?   

The Big Blue Story I can define as psychill with a heavy influence of dub, I love that album a lot. I like to listen to it in headphones and let the imagination flow with all the details it has. The new one, Jump High (From the Roots to the Stars) I would describe as the opposite, it’s a Dub album heavily influenced by electronic-chill music.
I really like this one to dance to in a nice sound system. I had a great time with this album, making it and playing it live. Definitely Jump High is a little less technical, but a lot more emotive.
By the way, the track “Biocircuit” could easily fit on the BBS album… it isn’t really dub, it’s a crazy tune and I love it but I wanted something like this to finish the concept (from the roots to the stars…)

  Q:  What do you have in your studio - do you have any favourite bits of kit?   Nothing fancy, my laptop with lots of VST’s (I love Rob Papen’s Albinos, I use them a lot!!) Kaoss pad, Korg EA1, midi controllers Nanokontrol and Axiom, M Audio interface, a Djembe, mixer, M Audio monitors, a mic and my beloved melodica.
             
 
     
Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you go about making a track - any tips?
  It depends the style I'm working. With dub, I guess I start with the piano skank then comes the bass and the rhythmic part. It's really important to me that these three got punch, feel and ride. Then comes all the rest: the design of sounds, synths, samples, etc. Finally I prefer to mix and add the effects live to transmit the right vibe and feeling.

If it's chillout or downtempo, usually I start with the motif and bass, or the main idea of the track I have in mind, then usually the tune gets its own life and finishes itself.

I prefer to work fast on the idea and move on, and then when I'm happy with it or I feel I expressed what I want, to go back and make the little tweaks to leave it just right.
  Q:  What inspires you musically - what fuels your creativity?
  I would say everything, my child, my wife, other music, nature, images (mental or physical), experiences, movies, parties, etc. but the sea is a big influence on me.
Also I enjoy a lot to just play in Ableton with some loops and bases without recording anything and then sometimes some sparks come out from it.

 

             
Q: What do you do when you're not in the studio?   I'm a graphic designer so I'm working on the computer either way. I really enjoy what I do, enough to stay until late at night all week.
But when I'm not working I play a lot with my daughter, catch a movie with my wife, hang out with friends or, of course, going to the beach and enjoying it.
  Q:  What are you working on currently and do you have any interesting plans for the future?   I'm working on some new tunes, with all my projects. Just did some remixes that would be out there soon as Tor.Ma in Dub, including a remix to Krusseldorf that will be release on his EP soon with Beats & Pieces. Also working on original material. There are a few chill-downtempo tracks as Tor.Ma for some different labels that are not so dub influenced. And I'm working on my third project Rael Bleep which is a progressive tech trance style.

I'm also preparing some fun and interesting stuff for my next gigs at some festivals here in Mexico.

And last but not least, I’ll start working on a compilation for Beats & Pieces, which I'm very excited about!

There are other plans with some really nice Mexican labels on the horizon

Keep tuned…and turn up the bass!!

 

           
 

Thanks to Tor.Ma in Dub and Beats & Pieces for allowing us that interview.

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