The current wave of electronic artists range from the wickedly fresh to the bizarre; with genres that occupy the umbrella of worldwide sounds coming together on a dance it can be difficult to find a stand-alone identity in the midst of it all. Then there’s Egyptrixx, a Toronto-based producer that has made massive steps in securing a dark, foreboding sound in supposedly house tempos. While he’s been on a fantastic remix tip (ranging from Subeena, The Aikiu, Brodinski) it’s his original productions that spark up something…different on a floor (i.e. “Liberation Front). The sound embodied is dark, moody and powerful, striking chords with people who want something more out of their night on the floor. With a rampant international fanbase, Egyptrixx plays out constantly live and each performance changes from the next, with something to look forward to every time out. Finally, in 2011, his album Bible Eyes will be released on the almighty Night Slugs label. Luckily for URB, Egyptrixx not only took the time to answer a few questions, but also premiere a scintillating music video highlighting a piece from his upcoming album. Check out “Start From The Beginning” and the interview after the jump.
URB: What are the origins of Egyptrixx?
EGYPTRIXX: I started this project a few years ago out of boredom basically; A band I had been playing in dissolved so I decided to make music on my own for a bit. Around the same time I was listening to some house and techno records a friend had left at my house. Initially, it was a very part-time project…experimenting with different sounds and production techniques whenever I had spare time from my studies. Its grown from there. I’ll be releasing my first LP early in the new year, which was loosely written as a tribute to my great-grandmother – the only other musician in my lineage. She was an impressive woman who supported her disabled husband (struck twice by lightning) and (very large) family during the depression by playing the organ at funerals.
URB: Your sound is definitely out on its own, individual and always evolving; how did you shift from the past couple of years into your current sound?
E: I’m not sure how to articulate personal preference other than to say that my only goal has always been to make music that feels right based on what I’m hearing, sounds I enjoy and the state of my life. I’ve deliberately kept this project as vaguely defined as possible so that I can take it wherever.
URB: Aside from your individualistic sound, your live show is also something to behold. What do you think differentiates you doing live shows from other people’s DJ set?
E: My aim in designing a live set was to create something very personal and expressive, I wanted to present my music in the best way possible. Also frankly, I’m not really coming from the background of a DJ, so something more performance-centered feels natural. I like knowing that every night could be a total flop and I like not having the ability to adapt.
URB: Your album is being released on both Night how did you come about releasing it through the label and why?
E: I’m totally excited to be doing the record with Night Slugs; I love this label as a fan and as a musician.
URB: Elaborate on the video that you just worked on, and is video going to be part of something bigger for Egyptrixx?
E: The video is by Andreas Fischer aka DATDATDAT, who I’ve been a big fan of for ages. I went to his studio in Berlin to hang out and chat about possibly working together and played him some stuff from the album. He immediately liked Start from the Beginning and the rest was history. Andreas works primarily with shareware and free software. I love the idea of an A/V performance – for example, Audion’s A/V “Hecatomb” tour was brilliant – but i don’t have any concrete plans right now. I’ll do it when it makes sense conceptually and pragmatically.