first of all you have to understand that for me this was not an actual
switch. For me the progressive sound has always been there, I have just
realised that the sound I like to play does not fit at your average
trance party. I got into dance music in 1989, then there were no things
such as progressive or psychedelic trance, it was all about acid-house.
When I started DJ-ing the year after, acid-house was what I was playing.
A couple of years down the line and after a few excursions into jungle
and early British hardcore I first got in touch with German trance music
(Dance to Trance, Eye Q, Superstition, Frankfurt Beat etc) and realised
that this was the sound for me. At the same time I also went to my first
goa party in Denmark. In those days you could still hear
a variety of styles at such a party, something that made that whole
scene very interesting then (and the lack of it being the reason why
it is not interesting at all anymore). There were tracks from Underground
Resistance, Prodigy and LFO being played next to German trance, early
Dragonfly releases and a lot of stuff from the first wave of UK progressive
house. Labels like Limbo and Guerilla and acts like Leftfield, Fluke
and Spooky were a huge influence for me then. If you listen to really
early trance (and psy-trance) releases the groove sounds surprisingly
housey compared to today. Throughout the years this is the soundscapes
I have tried to re-create while playing.
You were considered one of the top representatives (dj wise and label wise) of the minimal "Swedish" sound, which was unique at the time, does that classic sound still exist, or has it mutated into a more "international" progressive style?
The progressive psychedelic trance sound or Scandinavian trance is more or less dead for me. All the artists that I respect have moved on from the stereotyped off-bass sound. Just listen to Son Kite, Ticon, Atmos, Vibrasphere and SBK, they are all making more or less progressive house-influenced tracks or have side projects for it. Apart from those there are only a very few acts that are interesting, such as Andromeda and the upcoming Spiral Trax act Gaudium. I am focusing on the ACDC label for now and at the moment there are only a very few releases planned for Spiral Trax this year. It could be everything from chill-out through progressive to commercial trance, but NO psychedelic trance.
CD copying and sharing of music files being standard practice now, how
is it possible for any independent label to survive? Or do you finance
the label through your DJ fees?
I am currently working on a singles compilation CD with a bonus CD mixed by me that will be out in March. In April I am planning to release a double mix CD with a lot of unreleased goodies. I have spent a lot of time going through stacks of music for that one. And finally there is the debut album by Swiss progressive house maestro, Greed that also will be backed up by a couple of singles. Greed are also behind SOG Records that have been releasing one classic after the other, but still decided to give his debut album to ACDC. Much respect!
do you decide who gets advance copies of your unreleased titles for
testing and how did you decide on who to remix which track of your latest
releases? How did Hernan, Chris and Barry get involved?
in your opinion, are the up and coming prog house DJs and artists we
should be keeping an eye out for?
you give us an overview of the scene in general as you see it at this
point, where it is coming from, and where it might be going?
you ever come across people that say: "I like progressive, just
as long as it's not too housey!"? If so, what do you say to them,
and what are your feelings on the topic?
here in Montreal are still talking about the set you played when you
came to town several years ago. Do you get a lot of feedback regarding
your work, or are you largely in the dark about how it affects people?
last words for the people?