That Unintentional Groove: Lost Trax
- Published on Sunday, 04 January 2015 09:54
A “refreshed” and “contemporary” take on “UR and classic acid”, the review goes, which praises techno duo Lost Trax’s EP, “The Saturiun System”. Although this delightfully emotive piece of music was actually released in 2006, Lost Trax's beginnings go way back to the early nineties, which saw both artists playing and producing music under different monikers. The fact that their tracks sound fresh even today, do give indications of dance music classics. With more than a decade of experience and an obvious passion for electronic music, both artists who choose to remain anonymous, use Lost Trax as a platform to produce as well as play music live. It is not about the artist or a genre, but the music, as one half of Lost Trax explained. We see this very clearly in the following interview with the elusive man himself…
Can you describe Lost Trax’s first beginnings? What inspired you to start producing and releasing music together under one name?
Lost Trax started by accident somewhere around 2005 when SCSI-AVs Daz Quayle came to my house and I played him some tracks I had laying around. Among those tracks was Saturnian Sun which I recorded a couple of years earlier but never bothered to play to someone or release. It was one of those accidentally recorded jams you forget and dig up every once in a while. That's how we came up with the name Lost Trax and the idea of not sticking the name to one artist because every artist will have some "Lost Trax" laying around somewhere.
Even though you’ve been together as Lost Trax since the early 2000s, you only decided to enter the social media realm of Facebook this December. What are your thoughts about underground dance music and social media, today?
Oh the setting of Lost Trax goes far beyond us playing together next January. There are others. The two of us have been playing together under different names since the early nineties...
Social media is important these days if you want to keep the attention going but it's, even after recently joining Facebook, not something we focus on for Lost Trax. Lost Trax is about the music, nothing else. Even if this means people forget about Lost Trax after a couple of years cause we're not releasing any newly found or created music.
Is there a particular reason why you’ve decided to remain anonymous? Has it been easy to maintain an unknown identity, considering our present social climate? Do you usually cover yourself when you play music in front of a crowd?
We feel Lost Trax is about music and music only and therefore it hasn't been hard. We're not trying to maintain anonymous, we just don't confirm identities or respond to rumors. We won't cover ourselves either cause that's not what Lost Trax is about, it's not part the act. If you come to our shows you'll see us or you won't, whether you'll be dancing or standing in front of the stage shooting a vid with your phone, it's all good, we hope you'll enjoy the music.
Your first release, The Saturiun System, is a heavily “acidic” piece of music. What makes you attracted to the 808 sound?
It's not the 808 sound that does it for me but its the groove! Every drum machine can do 808 like sounds these days but none have that built in, unintentional groove...
Can you describe what that "unintentional groove” does for you?
The unintentional groove gives it a certain funkiness not found in other machines.
If you had to pick any other sound, of particular significance to you, what would it be?
That's a difficult question... I think anything unexpected. A really deep chord that almost brings you to tears or a snare programmed so sweet it makes you shiver.
Your music has been described as a modern take on the past. What do you think about this statement?
I'm cool with it. The past made the person you are today.
What according to you, have been some of the best years for electronic music in the past?
For me personally it's a 20 year period starting around 1985. Of course you had more of those "what the??!!!" moments when you heard something new in the early days but good music is always out there, you just have to look harder sometimes.
What was it like around the time when you first started working towards your second release, Lost Trax 2? How is this EP special to you?
Let's say it's about the struggle raising a four year old who's not able to understand what's happening around her.
Can you describe your “daily” musical journey? Do you like to experiment with sounds, or do you prefer to head straight to traditional methods?
Depends on my state of mind. I can sit in front of a keyboard playing chords for hours or set my drums up in a matter of minutes. Most Lost Trax I did were done in less than an hour or so.
What reaction do you hope to receive from your listeners with your music?
If they feel anything at all my mission is accomplished.
What attracts you to playing music live? Do you receive different feedback from yourself and from the crowd?
The energetic interaction is what I like about playing live. You try to send a certain vibe into your audience and if they like it, you go a little deeper, if not, you move on. I personally don’t DJ but I can imagine it being sort of the same but having the actual instruments on stage is just a bit more flexible. We built songs as we go and play a lot of stuff live so we can easily alter sounds, drums etc.
Can you describe your set up? How is the work divided between the two of you?
These days we bring as little as possible due to travel expenses and fragile gear. A couple of drum machines, synths, fx and MacBook or something. It varies between gigs.
Usually one is mixing while the other is programming. Who does what depends on the song we play.
Your set up would be incomplete without what piece of musical gear?
My mind and ears, gear is irrelevant.
And lastly, what piece of advice would you give to a Dj/producer, who is just starting out, today?
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