15.08.2019 | Words by: JP Enfant
Daniel and I met about 6 years ago when our mutual friend Casper, also known as the artist Volte-Face, introduced us. Back then, I knew him from his Drone Logic
-album, his first LP which consisted of powerful and well-made acid infused indie dance tracks. I was quite surprised about his interest for the deeper techno I was making back then, but when I listen back to Drone Logic now, we seem closer attached musically than I thought at first. It shares this ever-evolving hypnotic quality, which is even more present on his last album; Songs for Alpha
Over the years we stayed in touch, mainly over Facebook-chat (hail the internet), to talk and share music. But we only met 2 or 3 times in person over the past years. Saturday we both play in our beloved basement. In anticipation of that night I asked him some questions about Inspiration, touring and progression.
Q: So first of all Daniel, how are you right now?
A: Hello. The usual summer cocktail of extreme elation and utter exhaustion. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Q: You’re touring a lot at the moment, which must be a lot of fun, but can also be exhausting and can invoke homesickness. What do you like and miss most during periods of long tours?
A: The wheel turns so quickly during the summer but there’s never a dull moment. It’s these times when I feel the most alive. I love the sound of a festival as you approach from afar – that never gets boring. What do I miss? Some sleep would be nice but I’m not complaining.
Q: We’ve been knowing each other for a while now, I think 5 or 6 years. When we just met, your musical direction was a bit different from where it’s heading at the moment. I would describe it as deeper and more melancholic than before maybe? What evoked this change for you, and do you see it as something that happened naturally or was it a very deliberate choice?
A: Yeah it’s been a while now eh. I still play your track Dreaming Backwards and I was really happy to include Sirens on my DJ-Kicks mix. I love your style so I have a great feeling about this night. It’s interesting when people ask me about a change in style because it’s not something I have particularly noticed from the inside but, saying that, I’m glad there’s been a shift – I would be very worried if I still sounded the same as I did five years ago. I guess you could put it down to more experience as a producer and being able to more deeply explore some of the sounds and ideas that were already in my head. I’ve always been fascinated with ambient and drone music so I’ve definitely pushed those influences harder in recent years. I love the moments where those styles intersect with club music.
Q: In extension to that: do you feel it’s evolving in another, specific direction at the moment?
A: I’m definitely continuing to push those influences harder than before. I love clubs and DJing but for me I feel that my truest expressions come out of the studio. I’m still making techno, but also much more outside of that world. I’m very excited about the next phases.
Q: Is there anything new that inspires you at this moment, especially in relation of the evolvement of your musical track?
A: Song For Alpha was about me trying to find a breathing space between a life on the road and the quiet moments away from it. Both are huge parts of my life and equally as important, but they often battle each other. I feel like this search is still a huge inspiration to me and one that shifts every day.
Q: You were also involved in a project called Rote together with Volte-Face. Can you tell a bit more about what sparked you two to start the project and what the philosophy is?
A: Casper and I have been friends for a long time; we’d always talked about making music together. Rote eventually came to be an escape for both of us. We had both hit a creative wall so decided to get in the studio together with no pressure, no preconceptions. It was an amazing release and I’m proud of everything we made. The new ideas we have are far more experimental and I’m looking about getting them out into the world.
Q: You are a true london night live oy. How have you seen it change over the years?
A: I love the energy of London at night, there’s nothing like it. Clubs come and clubs go, but that feeling is always in the air. It feels as exciting now as it always has.Daniel Avery and JP Enfant play our basement together this Saturday. Tickets are still available here and at the door.