Chromatic club have the pleasure of a quick chat with Entel ahead of his new LP on Grums Deep State Recordings. Lets find out what makes him tick!
Can you tell us a little about your experience and your background in the music business? - Yes absolutely! I first started out in bands when I was younger, writing & recording in a traditional studio setting. In high school I really started learning how powerful laptops and production software had become, and the abilities they offered. The fact I could create entire songs ‘in the box’ without the need for a band was really groundbreaking for my personal workflow. This led to a love for synthesis and creating wonky sounds. Eventually I just kind of fell into producing house music by the time I was in college. I attended Ohio University for Audio Production, and that’s also where the Entel project began. Over the years I’ve worked on an array of projects from post audio for film, to sound design for video games, or even working within a writing team for other artists. Entel was always my first love though. Everything I’ve done has been with that in mind, and pushing my personal goals forward with respect to what I want to accomplish professionally. I’m really thankful for all the different jobs I’ve had in the industry over the years. The experiences have helped me become the Artist / Audio Engineer that I am today.
Where are you from? do you feel that has a big impact on your sound?
I’m from Columbus, Ohio. I think it absolutely has! I’m fortunate to be from an area that really does get a good blend of genres. We have so many amazing venues that offer the city an array of options on a weekly basis.
We've also got an incredibly passionate local scene pushing underground events too. Some of these events are selling tickets on par with the major events that come through and it just makes me proud to be from a scene that supports its local artist like that. I’m so inspired by what I see going on around me when I’m home, and it’s undeniable it’s had an impact on my story and sound over the years.
What artists and genres do you enjoy most right now?
Progressive House is always at the front of my listening habits, but I enjoy a bit of everything. Artists like Grum, Fehrplay, Dirty South, or Cristoph just have their own melodic sound that I’ve really gravitated towards over the years, and pull a lot of inspiration from. Outside of the progressive house world though, I've been listening to a lot of Khruangbin, Flying Lotus, Swardy, and Tool lately. It’s a bit of an odd grouping of musicians but all influence what I do in their own way.
What is the story behind your new release? how did it come together?
Melodies In Harmony is an album that is about finding balance in life when things get a bit chaotic. It’s a phrase I’ve used over the years to describe my sound, but I never took it much further than that in terms of explanation. I was really just waiting for the right time to bring the story to life, and the opportunity Deep State presented me with seemed like the perfect chance to do so. It truly started to come together over the last year when I began organizing all the demos I had built up over the lockdown period. Deep State has been incredible lending an ear to so many songs, and helped me find a groove in my production that led to the creation of this album.
Has your sound changed a lot in recent years?
I’d like to think it’s just grown with me, rather than changed. My vision for this project has always been progressive & techno styles of music with a focal point on melodies that pull at your emotional strings. The first song I put out in 2015 was a 121 bpm progressive song, and the album is a collection of those same types of sounds I’ve been developing over the years. I’m incredibly grateful for the way Deep State has embraced the music. It has given me the confidence to really hone into a melodic sound that encapsulates where my influences came from, while continuing to push myself as an artist. No matter what though Entel is always going to have a focus on progressive & techno styles of music.
Do you feel you can have a more experimental sound in the modern scene?
Yes I do! I think we’re at a point currently where crowds are really accepting of an artist trying new things and blurring genre lines a bit. I think it’s more up to the artist at this moment how far they want to stray from the sounds they're known for, rather than fans saying “hey we don’t like this, do something else." It’s very exciting to be a part of no matter what side of it you’re on.
We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?
You know, I think I’m a bit fortunate because I come from an era where ‘digital’ was already kind of the norm for creating and producing. If anything I think I’ve benefited from it. It’s how I learned, and adding analog synths & hardware has always been a bonus as I got deeper into it. With where technology is nowadays, I think producers have a lot more advantages to get affordable yet professional standard gear that doesn’t break the bank.
Can you tell us what's next for you? - Not just yet, though I’ve got a few shows coming up I’m very excited to announce. I’m constantly writing new material to test out, but above all I’m definitely in a phase where I’m ready to take this album on the road and make some incredible memories along the way.
Release Date: 05 Aug, 2022 Download : www.beatport.com/label/deep-state/83521