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Alex Deusan: Hi and welcome to Electronic Republika interview series! First of all please tell us a bit about yourself.
Rave Syndicate: Thanks for having us! We are a Wilkes-Barre, PA (US) based duo. We met back in 2015 and decided to launch Rave Syndicate a few years later.
Alex Deusan: How do you start your musical journey and what do you think was the most important moment until now? When did you decide to be a DJ?
Eric: I have always been into music but did not decide to learn production until around late 2016 or so. As far as techno the first show I ever saw was Carl Cox at Space Ibiza in 2008. I was hooked after that and shortly after started to learn how to DJ.
Yale: Started exploring the rave/club scene in NYC and Philadelphia back in the late 90’s which lead to a serious passion for techno, DJing, and throwing raves.
To date, we would say getting support from Richie Hawtin dropping our track was a pretty cool/important moment. We hope to have many more in the future.
Alex Deusan: What are your big influences as a DJ as well as a music producer? Name five artists.
1. Dax J
2. D.A.V.E. The Drummer
3. Richie Hawtin
4. Yan Cook
Alex Deusan: What are the things that inspire you for your music and mixes?
Rave Syndicate: For production, its usually mood. Things throughout daily life, even the smallest things can influence your creativity and direction. This is something we try to embrace. As DJ’s its the crowd. We have been fortunate enough to play some pretty wild parties and we feed off that energy. We love having a crowd up close and personal because it really motivates us.
Alex Deusan: How is your searching for new tracks process and from where you take your tracks?
Rave Syndicate: We have some preferred labels of course, but we also search by BPM too sometimes. We might not be looking for a BPM specifically but a lot of times it can help us pinpoint and we find new artists/labels by narrowing searches.
Alex Deusan: The perfect day for you is…
Eric: Techno, Coffee, and Cigarettes with Ableton.
Yale: Techno, Cannabis, working in my garden and playing with my dachshunds followed by a night time rave.
Alex Deusan: How do you like your music? Vinyl or digital?
Rave Syndicate: We are currently digital, so we have to go with that if we have any ounce of integrity. We do love vinyl however and appreciate it.
Alex Deusan: What is your DJ setup? How about your studio setup?
Rave Syndicate: The DJ setup is relatively standard. At the moment we use an Allen and Heath Xone 92 with Pioneer CDJ’s, and an RMX-1000 sometimes. The studio is simple actually, we use a PC, sub, monitors, and AIAIAI studio headphones. We are looking to implement some hardware as soon as possible though.
Alex Deusan: What are the best and worst things about being a DJ/Producer in 2019? What do you consider to be the easiest and hardest things?
Rave Syndicate: The best thing is the ability to network. We are able to communicate with artists and fans all over the world. It’s easier to be heard I think. The hardest thing is hearing rumors of people buying tracks they did not produce, buying their way into lineups or buying themselves into the charts. I guess in reality you just have to keep pushing and ignore things like that. On the plus side of it, we think it takes true passion to consistently create so maybe people doing this will not stick around too long?
Alex Deusan: Your favorite food and drink?
Eric: Buffalo Wings and German Hefeweizen’s
Yale: Pizza or Steak and German Hefeweizen’s
Alex Deusan: How about films and books?
Eric: Anything history related. I am a history nerd
Yale: Love classic gangster movies and documentaries. Books about cooking and wellness.
Alex Deusan: Samples or originals for your music production?
Rave Syndicate: Both. We would say its a mix for us although we manipulate just about everything. We also enjoy re-sampling because you can generate some pretty unique sounds.
Alex Deusan: Last track that blew your mind?
Rave Syndicate: Wisna – Herd Of Ravers. Almost all of Wisna’s tracks have been pretty mind blowing lately.
Alex Deusan: What do you want to happen with your music career in the future?
Rave Syndicate: We just want to continue working, meet new people, and see places we would have never had the opportunity to see without music
Alex Deusan: What is next for you?
Rave Syndicate: We have a ton of releases coming out soon. Eclipse Recordings, Dolma Rec, Gain Records, and Fresh Cut to name a few. We are also planning to hit South America soon, maybe we will be fortunante enough to hit Europe soon as well.
Alex Deusan: Any last thoughts?
Rave Syndicate: Thank you for having us, and we appreciate the support from everyone!
Alex Deusan: Thanks and take care!