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MORPHEUS MUSIC INTERVIEW - UNOCCUPIED

05.01.09 - on release of Everyday Life.

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Q: What are your musical background stories?   Nadav: I’m a self-taught musician, and I started playing all sorts of rock bands, mainly as a bass & guitar player. Later I got into electronic music and into production, engineering, mastering and other studio work.   Q:  How did the Unoccupied project come into existence?   Nadav: We’re childhood friends, we studied together in school and then our path separated. About three years ago we met by coincidence and started a track together. We liked what came out and it just developed into a project.

Eitan: Nadav came into my old studio in Kiryat Bilalik (a small town in the North of Israel), which I used to share with a famous Israeli rock band drummer,one day three years ago. He heard some of my early tunes and some time later I went over to listen to his stuff. We thought we should try and make music just for fun and see what happens.

   
             
Q:  What is this project really about?
  Eitan: Everyday life ? It was made in winter and in a small place (where we live), where life is really simple. I think it shows the bright side of a dull and easygoing day.

Nadav: The music in this project is a combination of Eitan and myself, and the text relates to every day’s life of all of us.

  Q: How would you describe your sound for those as yet unfamiliar with your music?  

Eitan: Experimental downtempo electronica.

Nadav: Atmosphere, pure atmosphere.

             
Q:  Where do you do your writing and playing?  

Eitan: We used to do it in Nadav’s studio and in my studio, which are very close to each other. Sometimes, when I was out of the country on tour with my dancefloor project, we used to write the tracks using The Internet, sending files back and forth. But even then, we would always finish the track together, finalizing things together in the studio.

  Q:  How did you come to work with Aleph Zero and how do you think that you fit with the label?   Nadav: We sent four tracks to few record labels, Aleph Zero was one of those who liked it and asked to hear more. We went on working till we finalized the album and then they offered us a contract and we signed with them. They deal with electronic music and mainly downtempo and ambient, Unoccupied is a little different than what they have released so far, but there is a common thing- the atmosphere in the music.

Eitan: Well the Label is very open-minded and diverse. I think we fit together because of the people involved, not only the music. When you are working with people, it’s important to enjoy it too…
An important part in making this happen was a mutual friend of us, Yuli Fershtat (Perfect Stranger), who helped establish the contact between us.

             
 
     
Q:  Can you share with us some of your recording techniques - how do you get your sound?   Nadav: My approach when I’m recording is that I need to create a situation in which I can hear the recorded session and get a picture of 3/4 of the mix, meaning that every channel, even before the mix, has to sound as I want it to sound in the end, and I don’t wait for the mixing.

Eitan: Whether it’s my synth work or Nadav’s amazing recording and mixing skills, all the things we do are results of lots of experience and experimenting. Keeping an open mind is always important.

  Q:  What other musical projects are you currently involved with?   Eitan: Loud - an international Psychedelic Trance act, and making my own downtempo electronica and chillout for Aleph Zero and Minimal Techno under my own name - Eitan Reiter.

Nadav: These days I’m also working on my own album, also to be released on Aleph Zero, it will be different from Unoccupied and will have more songs in it.

             
Q:  How would you describe your tastes when it comes to listening to music?   Nadav: I like to listen mainly to alternative and indie music, rock, electronic music, psychedelic stuff…

Eitan: Anything Goes!!! A N Y T H I N G! But I always look for things I haven’t heard before. Finding new styles of music or even sounds I haven’t heard before can be a major inspiration.

  Q:  What part of the music process do you enjoy the most and why?   Nadav: The recording stage, because it’s always surprising how the track is being build and something new is created. It still excites me every time.

Eitan: Listening to the track when it’s done, and when you know you like it!

 

           
Q:  What future plans do you have currently?
  Eitan: To keep making music and promoting it and get more people to listen to it, and also to try and have fun on the way. Maybe build a serious professional studio in the near future.

Nadav: Keep working on my own album, and develop myself as a sound technician and producer.

       

Thanks to Eitan and Nadav AKA Unoccupied for allowing us that interview.

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