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INTERVIEW: Pixel82 presents "Infinity" [Blossom Kollektiv]

For today's interview on Chromatic, we had the pleasure to sit down with an artist whos forthcoming album has been on full repeat in our office, Pixel82 are about to release their Infinity, lets find out more...

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

It’s been a while since I’ve started in the music business. Around 20 years now actually.. Starting off with punk/industrial & metal bands in my teens, I went to produce, release and Dj electronic music till nowadays. I also used to own and be the music curator for Plano B club in Porto, I teach music production, have a studio called Porto Beats where I create my music and work with other artists as well. Oh and had a couple record labels in the middle of this: LDRecords and Cubo Records :)

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

I’m from Porto, Portugal. I've also lived about 5 years in London, something which had a major influence on me and my sound, more than my own city i would say.

What artists and genres do you enjoy most right now?

Anything by Kessler, Fasme, Earth Trax, t e s t p r e s s, Steve Rachmad, Logic 1000, lately i've just been loving them. Genre wise I would say I'm more into melodic and hypnotic house and techno with a bit of breaks at the moment.

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

The concept for Infinity is the continuum of life, of a constant loop that evolves over time. It is a discovery of myself musically, a rediscovery of the past to find the future.

During a period of forced introspection (pandemic), the idea for the album Infinity came actually after I finished the track Alien World. I suddenly felt I was into something. I wanted to create a record that is introspective and uplifting, organic and digital, without the pressure from pleasing the dance-floor, but with it in mind and heart at all times.

Closed in the studio, I found myself experimenting freely with all kinds of sounds and musical ideas. This introspection and rediscovery, together with new experiences from being a first time dad, expressed themselves in Infinity, which I feel represents me quite well at the moment.

Has your sound changed a lot in recent years?

I think my sound used to be more raw and aggressive, but I’ve always loved melodies at heart and this is very present in Infinity. I would not say my sound is more polished as I still love noise, but there's a definite positive vibe about this album that I wanted to convey.

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

Funny you ask, as I’m starting a new project under my name Filipe Galante for more organic and experimental music. I guess we’ll find out hehe.

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

Yes, for me no doubt that it has, and in many ways. On a positive note it allowed amazing artists that could not afford before, to be able to express themselves with not much more than access to a laptop or even a smart phone. On a less positive note, I think the amount of music technology that exists nowadays is so overwhelming, that it’s harder to create a unique sound. There’s so many options, I think for someone starting, sometimes it may be hard to realize what to start with.

In the end I think one has to remember that it's never about the tools, but about the artist.

Can you tell us what's next for you?

I’m finishing my first A/V live act to present my album with synths and responsive visuals. I am also starting the initial ideas for a new, more organic and experimental music project under my name Filipe Galante. I also am turning my studio Porto Beats into a production and teaching platform hub for other artists. All this while I keep on DJing and producing as Pixel82.

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