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INTERVIEW: Addi Stefansson & Electroblaze

Chromatic Club present today artist interview, and its good on.

Can you tell us a little about your experience and your background in the music business?

EB: I experienced quite a musical upbringing and childhood. As a rebel and free spirit I started at 13 as a rapper iun the Golden Hip Hop Era. At some point I had enough of the scene and lost myself on the steep coast of Mallorca, Spain in the electronic.

Addi: Got into music in my teens playing guitar and singing. After I started clubbing and going to music festivals on a regular basis I found my passion for electronic music and started producing and DJing. I moved to Berlin for a few years to study Music Production and audioengineering. Im currently focusing on my career as a producer and audio engineer.

Where are you from? do you feel that has a big impact on your sound?

EB: Where I come from and where I've been, yes definitely. I have lived as a restaurateur in many spectacular places until 2020 and have produced music everywhere with minimal EQ and firmly believe that every station had a musical influence on me. I have also named songs after places where I made music.

Addi: I'm from Reykjavík, Iceland. I don't think it has a major impact on my sound. Maybe subconsciously. I do however feel like living in Berlin has impacted my sound.

What artists and genres do you enjoy most right now?

EB: At the moment I listen privately, in the kitchen while cooking or on the road rather relaxed things, often without the 4 on the floor.

Addi: I tend to listen to a lot of house music. I’ve really been enjoying listening to Aemone and Uncle Knows lately. Outside of House music I've been listening to Jazz lately, to the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

What is the story behind your new release? how did it come together?

EB: We have a really good weekly jam session here in Wiesbaden where I am often a guest. Janet Taylor was on stage asking the audience for tips for the Corona-battered musicians when I happened to have my Tascam recorder at the ready. that was the birth of "Tip Jar".

Addi: A few months back, Electroblaze and I decided to collaborate on a track and release it on his label Nesh Recordings. The concept is basically turning a jam session into a full track and combining our different styles.Has your sound changed a lot in recent years?

EB: No, not really but it is more mature and sophisticated

Addi: Yes, it has changed with time. Let’s say that it has evolved in a good way in the same genre.

Especially after starting to use more hardware synths.

Do you feel you can have a more experimental sound in the modern scene?

EB: In any case, there will always be a strong scene that appreciate and promote music outside the unit price.

Addi: Yes, for sure. ‘’Experimental’’ sound is always good. It brings freshness and stands out from the rest and can potentially attract new and a wider audience. Although getting to experimental might do the opposite of that.

We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?

EB: I think it has increased the possibilities and therefore also the creativity. How creatively you use the new technologies is up to you, and that's a good thing.

Addi: No, I don't think so. Creativity will always find its way.

Can you tell us what's next for you?

EB: At the moment I'm working on the first 3 tracks of my Minimal Techno EP and on modern electronic dubbing of black and white silent movies I got from a TV archive. This is very time consuming but also very exciting and a nice challenge for me.

Addi: I’m currently working on two Ep’s which I plan to release in 2023.


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