Todays artist interview on Chromatic Club is Rausch, lets find out more about him as an artist and a person, his journey so far, and whats next to come.
1 Can you share a particularly powerful musical moment in your life and discuss how it has influenced your music?
One of the most powerful musical moments in my life was when I first heard Kraftwerk's "The Model." The way they used electronic soundscapes to create such an emotive and impactful track blew my mind. It was a pivotal moment for me as a musician, and it inspired me to explore the possibilities of electronic music further. The minimalism and precision in Kraftwerk's work have stayed with me and continue to influence my music to this day.
2 Which subgenre of electronic music do you believe is underappreciated, and what factors contribute to it being overlooked?
I think electro-funk is an underappreciated subgenre of electronic music. It has a unique and funky sound that is incredibly infectious, yet it often gets overlooked in favor of more mainstream genres like house and techno. I believe this is due in part to the fact that it's not as widely known, and there aren't as many artists producing it. But for those who take the time to delve into the world of electro-funk, it's a genre that can't be ignored.
3 Describe an unforgettable performance you've given or experienced and explain what set it apart from others in your memory.
One of the most unforgettable performances I experienced was a live Massive Attack show in Mexico. The energy was electric, and the crowd was completely in tune with the music until lightning struck very close to the stage and the crowd went absolutely insane. I felt a connection with them that I've never felt before or since. What set it apart was the sheer intensity of the experience. It was a reminder of why I do what I do and how powerful music can be.
4 If you had the opportunity to work with any musician, past or present, who would you choose, and why are you drawn to them?
If I had the chance to work with any musician, I would choose David Bowie. He was an artist who constantly reinvented himself and pushed the boundaries of what was possible in music. His ability to blend different genres and styles was incredible, and I admire his fearlessness in experimenting with new sounds. Working with Bowie would be a dream come true and a chance to learn from a true legend.
5 Tell us about a particularly difficult moment in your career and how you managed to overcome it.
As a Mexican artist writing in English and creating music for a global audience, I've faced some unique challenges. One of the most difficult things has been trying to define my sound while also trying to fit into established genres. It can be a real struggle to create music that is original and innovative while also trying to match the expectations of listeners who are accustomed to specific sounds.
For me, this has been particularly challenging with melodic techno. While I love the genre, it's been tough to create music that doesn't quite fit into its traditional sonic palette. It's a delicate balance between staying true to my own vision and trying to appeal to a wider audience. I want my music to be accessible, but I also want it to be unique and stand out from the crowd.
Another difficulty has been placing my tracks into genre playlists. It's not always an easy task to determine which playlist a particular track should be placed in, especially when it doesn't fit neatly into any specific genre. This can make it challenging to reach new listeners who are searching for specific types of music.
Despite these challenges, I remain committed to creating music that is true to myself while also pushing boundaries and exploring new sounds. It's not always an easy path, but it's a path that I'm passionate about and will continue to navigate as I grow and evolve as an artist.
6 What is the most atypical sound you've ever used in a track, and how did you successfully integrate it?
I once used the sound of a washing machine in one of my tracks. It was a unique and atypical sound that I manipulated and processed to create a rhythmic loop. It worked surprisingly well with the other sounds in the track and added a quirky element that caught people's attention. Sometimes the most unexpected sounds can be the most effective.
7 How has your musical style evolved over time, and what experiences or influences have driven these changes?
My musical style has evolved significantly over the years. I started out in a rock band, later making more traditional techno and house music, but as I was exposed to different genres and styles, my sound became more eclectic. I began incorporating elements of rock, funk, and other genres into my music.
8 Can you guide us through your approach to creating music, from initial concept to final product, and explain how it has developed over the years?
When it comes to creating music, my process is always evolving and a little bit random. It usually starts with a simple theme and I build it through basic songwriting methods, and other times I start with a melody or chord progression that I build on over time. Sometimes I'll start with a beat or a bassline instead - it really depends on the day and what I'm feeling.
As I work on a track, I like to experiment with different sounds and textures, always trying to push my boundaries. I'm not afraid to get a little weird or wacky with my music - after all, that's what makes it fun!
Over the years, my approach to creating music has become more refined. I've learned to trust my instincts and let the music guide me, rather than trying to force it in a certain direction. I also spend more time on the little details - getting the mix just right, adding in subtle effects, and so on. It's all about finding that balance between spontaneity and precision.
9 In your view, what is the most pressing issue facing the electronic music community today, and what steps can be taken to address it?
I think it's important to acknowledge that sometimes genres can become too stuck in their own sounds and trends, which can make it harder for them to evolve and grow over time.
It's easy to fall into the trap of creating music that sounds like what's already popular or what's expected from a particular genre. But this can lead to stagnation and a lack of creativity.
As an artist, I think it's important to push against these trends and create something fresh and unique. That's how genres evolve and stay relevant over time - by constantly pushing the boundaries and exploring new sounds.
Of course, this can be easier said than done, especially when there are so many established sounds and expectations within a particular genre. But I believe that by staying true to our own artistic vision and taking risks, we can create music that's truly innovative and exciting.
So let's keep pushing the boundaries of what's possible in electronic music, and never be afraid to try something new and unexpected!
10 How do you imagine electronic music will develop over the next ten years, and where do you see yourself fitting into that landscape?
It's hard to say exactly how electronic music will develop over the next decade, but I think we'll continue to see a lot of experimentation and innovation. There will always be artists who are pushing the boundaries and exploring new sounds, which is what makes this genre so exciting.
As for where I see myself fitting into that landscape, I hope to continue to evolve and grow as an artist, always pushing myself to try new things and explore new sounds. Whether it's through collaborations, live performances, or new releases, I plan to keep pushing the boundaries and making music that's both fresh and timeless.
11 What can your fans look forward to in the future regarding your music and career?
Fans can expect plenty of new music from me in the coming months and years. I'm constantly working on new tracks and exploring new sounds, so there will always be something fresh and exciting to look forward to. I'm also planning on doing more live shows and performances, so stay tuned for announcements about upcoming gigs and tours.
Overall, I just want to keep making music that's fun, fresh, and a little bit weird. I hope to continue to grow as an artist and push the boundaries of what's possible in electronic music. Thanks for listening!