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Sometimes on Disco Droppings, I create relationships with producers I’ve never met in person. We develop this connection that carries on long after a feature is written. This interview on the other hand is with a very close friend of mine. Max Taylor and I have played a bunch of shows together in Bellingham and Seattle, Washington. I can say that in addition to being a gifted producer, he’s an admirable human being. I’m excited to give him the spotlight. His now self-released Into The Deep EP is so good, I wish I released it myself on 7 Deadly Records. But don’t fear, you may see him on my label in a big way soon! Now, onto our conversation about his mindset, the EP, his recent shows and plans for the near future..

 

DD How did your productions sound in the first stages. and how has it evolved to today? I’ve noticed a big evolution into more of a distinct style pretty quickly.

MT Well, when I started producing I was only sixteen and at that time I was still taking piano lessons. This is significant because, at the time, my first productions seemed so formulaic. I ended up discontinuing the lessons because I felt that, in a way, I wanted to be close to my music but at the same time as far away as possible; it’s the way I approach my music right now. Like, I would rather be focused on making music without feeling pressure to make it dance-y, or anything. I just want it to happen. Escaping those external forces has been a big part of my evolution, but not all of it.

DD We talked somewhat recently while I was visiting your area of Bellingham, Washington. It was after a show we played together, and I think I mentioned creating sets and productions exactly the way you want, represent what you love the most, not necessarily what you think people want to hear…and that eventually that energy will attract like minded people. You seem to be running with that now.

MT Absolutely, I remember having that talk. I want to create an emotion, a mood, a feeling. Each sound, synth, chord, percussion has its place in the mix; my live set up right now enables me to individually trigger each piece, so if I feel like jamming on the same minor chord for longer I can. It’s exciting, and that’s what keeps me interested.

DD I’ve been hearing great things about your recent shows..

MT They’ve been going well, I’m glad you’ve heard good things! Where more variables are present, I guess.. there’s more room for failure. So it presents challenges at times. For example at a recent show, I couldn’t figure out why the Rhodes was feeding back so much! Luckily the problem was solved, but it just goes to show that anything can happen… and I really like that in music. I think, that spontaneity, has made my sets more musical. Generally people have told me they like my sets.

DD This Into The Deep EP is incredibly smooth. The use of space and reverb creates a vast and soulful feel. Feels like drifting slow motion through life. The editing of this release as well is perfect I’d say; no filler, diversity and a definite statement. A complete idea. What was your mindset about this specific release? Any influences musical or not that you’d like to mention?

MT I wanted to go as deep as I could into something I don’t exactly know how to describe. I’m not even sure if I know what that thing is. I wanted to set a mood with the music, and honestly I feel like it was a little more diverse than I had anticipated. I think in the future my tracks will be much less composed, if you know what I mean? I tend to love tracks more than artists across the board, like “93 Days in China” by Omma, the klar and pf mix of “Only This Moment”, I really like what Darkside has been doing. Before I sold my technics I used to play “Shake it Mama” by Jupiterjazz in every single set… almost.

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DD We’ve been friends for a little while now. I remember meeting you at Q for the first time in Seattle (the above picture is from the first night we met at said club aww), and feeling an instant connection, a kindred spirit in a way. Knowing your personality and energy, I can feel it coming out in your newest productions crystal clear. Do you feel more vulnerable in a way with this new music of yours, does it feel more personal?

MT It does, it is also a tough pill to swallow for some people, as opposed to playing tracks I already know are great and loved. As a DJ, I always felt like a great selector, it’s a different situation to test previously untested material. I guess that’s where I come in and trust myself in the studio.

DD What’s next for you? The EP’s out now and your working on the live show?

MT Yes, I’ve been working with a friend who’s playing electric guitar and the Moog, and it’s just been so fun. I mean, just making the most intense noise that fills every space in a venue; you just can’t do that with just ableton and a midi controller. What’s next is just finding time..turns out working at hospital takes up a lot of that, and energy, but somehow I manage to have reserve left over.

Artwork credit: Sensebellum

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– Jimi Jaxon

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This guy brings the party. Such high energy music, I love it! Astronomar has releases on Top Billin and Mad Decent Jeffree’s, which are ace. Grab his recent mp3 ” courtesy of XLR8R – Interview below

DD Whatsup Astronomar? I believe the first time we talked (at the Rye Rye show?) you connected me with Michael Grunden of George Bashington Productions. I helped promote a few of his shows and ended up opening his Boysnoize Records showcase in Seattle. First off, thank you for introducing us! What are you up to? 

A No problem, Mike is the guy! Recently I’ve been working on music and trying to eat lots of fruits & veggies, haha! Trying to narrow down my remix work , though I am always experimenting on original tracks and also have a couple collabs in the works. June 25th my colab EP titled “Horse Code” with Swick (Australia) comes out on Enchufada, J-Wow from Buraka Som Sistema’s label.

 

DD Your first release “Had To Move On” is rad. I realized that I included that track in my tribal set for my label, 7 Deadly Records release party last December. Were you expecting such a positive reaction from this release? 

A Thanks man glad you like it! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was definitely hoping for the best. Though I was blown away when I saw a video of Crookers playing it at I Love Techno. its extremely inspiring to get support from any of your musical heros.

DD There are so many Astronomar tracks and remixes on your Soundcloud. Going back to your first attempts at producing, did you have a period when you thought you’d never get the hang of it? Were their certain producers and/or tutorials that helped you along the way? I bet their are some new producers reading this..

A Yeah, I think we all have those moments when we feel stuck in some way or another, but as long as you think it out and continue to work, you will progress. I didn’t really watch tutorials to learn techniques, the way I do things is a bit backwards and is mainly a result of trial and error.

DD You’ve had some very innovative producers feature your tracks in their mixes, including Crookers, Diplo, A- Trak and Cedaa. Whose done your favorite mix with a production of yours? 

A Yeah man it feels great to get their support! I can’t pick a favorite tho, I really enjoyed all those mixes and not only because they featured my tracks. Those are all guys I respect and would be happy to check out their mixes anyways.

DD From your experience playing shows in Seattle and getting to know the electronic community around here, is there anything you’d like to see more of? Certain styles getting more attention and such? 

A From my observation, there are a lot of talented people doing electronic music in Seattle, in a multitude of genres. It actually seems as though the artists outnumber the audience most of the time. So I’d have to say Seattle’s electronic music community would greatly benefit from having more open minded folks on the dancefloors.

 

DD The “Ya’ll Know EP” you put out on Top Billin is very very cool. I saw a funny ep teaser video for the release, did you have any input on the direction of this video? 

A Thanks man, happy you like it! Yeah my good friend Timbre made that video. I sent him a few silly clips to give him an idea of what I was aiming for, and he took it to a whole new level!

 

DD Brenmar, Four Color Zach yourself and others will be playing at Lo-Fi in Seattle on July 13th, 2012. How would you describe the overall feel of this show, for those thinking about stopping by?

A It will be really dope! We have a very musically diverse & talented line up, and its at a cool spot with cheap drinks. We just had Jubilee last month and that was really dope. 

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– Jimi Jaxon