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Alex Deusan: Hi and welcome to Electronic Republika interview series! First of all please tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Rebecca Goldberg. I am a multi-disciplinary artist based in Detroit, USA. I produce and perform electronic music as well as DJ around the world. I love exploring cultures and linguistics and food from different places. I am also a freelance graphic designer. I specialize in creating flyers, event marketing, album art, travel posters, pop art and more.
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?
It started young for me with collecting music as a kid! I collected tapes, CDs and listened to the radio. Some of it was what my parents had and when I could start buying for myself I would go pick out things I had heard or read about and wanted to hear. I started collecting vinyl records when I started DJing in 2010. Every single moment has been equally important.
Alex Deusan: What are your big influences as a DJ as well as a music producer? Name five artists.
My influences are uniqueness, DIY project execution, extreme and regular sounds of all kinds.
The Future Sound of London
Tadd Mullinix/JTC/Charles Manier etc. etc.
Alex Deusan: How do you describe your style?
Free from boundaries.
Alex Deusan: What are the things that inspire you for your music and mixes?
Nature, noise, industry, abandoned buildings, travel, disruption, sound effects, field recording.
Alex Deusan: How is your searching for new tracks process and from where you take your tracks?
I work at Detroit Threads record store and I see a lot of new and old things especially worth revisiting pass through. These days you can get into wormholes very easily diving through credits and samples. There are still liner notes! Not always in the physical sense, but they are there. I love to find out about something new via word of mouth, or a trusted friend. I am very aware of music and sounds out in the world, my ears are always open.
Alex Deusan: What is wrong and what is right in techno music?
Thinking there is a wrong or a right is any style of music is the inherent issue.
Alex Deusan: The perfect day for you is…
Wake up early, do my chores right away. Exercise. Spend the day listening to music and working on creative projects – usually some sort of graphic design or manual work packaging, planning… Delicious meals and intermittent visits from family/friends. It happens like this as often as I can.
Alex Deusan: How do you like your music? Vinyl or digital?
Depends on the music. I collect all formats.
Alex Deusan: What is your DJ setup? How about your studio setup?
Ideally, I like the option to have turntables and CDJs for digital needs.
My studio is growing! I am very fond of the Roland Aira series. I’m still learning the TR8-S and have always loved the versatility of the TB-3 for sound design.
11. 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?
Even amongst all the technology, distraction, anxiety and oversaturation, when it comes down to it, it’s still just you and the moment with the people on the floor. Every aspect has an easy and hard side.
Alex Deusan: Your favorite food and drink?
Favorite food is Greek salad and favorite drink is sparkling water or fresh orange juice.
Alex Deusan: How about films and books?
Children of Men
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Alex Deusan: Samples or originals for your music production?
Alex Deusan: Last track that blew your mind?
Ali Berger’s “Sump Pump” on Spectral Sound
Alex Deusan: What do you want to happen with your music career in the future?
Release more music, perform original happenings, keep meeting amazing people around the world!
Alex Deusan: What is next for you?
One year anniversary of my monthly party SOUND SPACE at Deluxx Fluxx in Detroit coming up in October. A November tour in Europe, then spending winter in my studio to work on a new record project!
Alex Deusan: Any last thoughts?
Alex Deusan: Thanks and take care!