Based in New Zealand, brothers Barton and Hayden Strom who make up Antix have been inspired by the nature of their home to come up with a more organic and minimal progressive sound. About to release their debut album on Danish label Iboga, Nigel Photon decided to find out more
Who have been the biggest influences on your current sound and why?

There’s so much to be influenced by, but to name a few that we’ve enjoyed over the last few years, there’s been quite a bit from the progressive scene with artists including DJ Nukem & Chab; Allen & Healy; Chris Cowie; Junk, Infusion; and labels Visual; Vapour; Zero Tolerance and Automatic.

We’ve also enjoyed the Son Kite/Minilogue, Ticon/Ndsa, sound also Bitmonx, and of course Iboga Records.

What production skills do you think you picked up in your early career when you moved to Japan?

While living in Japan, was a huge learning curve, we went there knowing nothing, just fiddling with machines in the stores, buying what we thought would work for us and going from there. We knew no one else making electronic music, so we taught ourselves.

How would you describe your style and how does it reflect your surroundings?

Our style could be described as progressive, organic groove; we enjoy the atmospheres and space in tracks. Because we live so far away from the European party scene things are a little more laid back, and I think this shows in our music.

How do you write a track and have you changed your normal style to write an album?

A track is a track, we usually go through the same process no matter what it’s for. We usually start with a kick and bass, the bass takes us the longest to tune, as it is the heart of the track, from there we build the groove around it with loops, percussion and atmospheres. Then we arrange it. We wrote this album to a fairly tight schedule, so the actual process of finishing one track and then moving straight onto the next was quite exhausting. But we also achieved some of our best work and we were happy with the end result.

How does it compare when you’re playing events like the Boom festival and Rainbow Serpent in Australia?

If there’s more people, there’s more energy and more of a rush!

What do you think comes next for the progressive trance sound around Europe and the world?

I think it’s just going to get better and better. The technology available means the boundaries are always being pushed. There’s less divisions between the genres and people seem to accept more of the different styles.

What’s happening currently in the New Zealand party scene?

Well we have a fairly small psy scene, but with it being small, it’s nice and familiar which can be good and bad. The progressive scene seems to be growing and more of the bigger-name artists playing in clubs here.

What are your plans for the future?

We’re off on tour to Europe, Japan and the US for three months. After that we might set up a studio, working with other artists, trying different styles, doing some mastering and possibly our own label. We’ve been doing a bit of stuff for TV ads and we’d love to do a film score. But ultimately, just to make music and have a good time with friends and family.