Wallin aka Human Blues music represents whats best about
the psy-trance scene: glorious morning sunrises and emotional rushes
on the dancefloor. Sometimes progressive, sometimes grooving, but
always classic, timeless trance. Neerav caught up with him, whilst
working on his new album Electrolüx to bring you this exclusive
you give us some background information, how long making music,
labels released on etc?
Ive been around the scene for approximately
10 years but Ive been working with electronic music much
longer than that, composing music has been a part of my life for
more then 20 years.
My first release was a 12 on spiral trax in 97 and
after that Ive been working with a lot of labels, Transient
Rec, Medium Rec (Midijum nowadays..), Iboga Rec, Flow Rec to name
a few. Ive also made 3 albums for Spiral tracks. Ice
in 99, a second album Electric roundabout, in
2002 and now the third.
sound has matured a great deal since your first album. How did you start
making music, how did you evolve and what do you use now to make your
basically started with the piano at five and kept on playing that for
many years. I still enjoy playing it. When I became a teenager , I got
my first synthesizer and I slowly started to make my own tracks. My
inspiration came mostly from pop but I was very interested in synthesizer
music and this has affected me a lot I think. (Still do if you listen
closely to some of my tracks).
When the acid house and techno first came out in the late 80s I fell
for it totally and starting making covers of it in my home studio.
When I then was introduced to trance music, in 93 I think, everything
was perfectly clear to me. This kind of music had everything from the
synth pop to the techno with something very deep in it that
reminded me about native peoples way of working/expressing
Something else that has affected my way of producing is probably all
the gigs Ive had over the years. Every gig I do Im trying
to learn what people like, how they want their perfect dance track,
what it takes to build energy with only sound shapes and music. Its
not easy but I think Im closer to the truth today than five years
would you describe the Human Blue sound?
Its really hard for me to do that but I can give it a try. I guess
most of my tracks are quite different from each other. When theyre
finished I dont hear them as tracks anymore, they are more like
paintings to me I think. One things for shore though, Ive
always liked funky stuff in music. If this doesnt show from the
basslines of my tracks, you might find it in the percussion or
why not in the melody (If there is one..). Maybe there are some funky
chords doing this and that
exactly is a Human Blue where is the name from?
a mix of things that makes life important to me. Some examples, blue
is my favourite colour, the colour of water is mostly painted and thought
of as blue, the sky is blue, my eyes are almost blue. Feeling
blue is something we all do from time to time. Human is a little
bit harder to explain. I guess my thought with human in
Human blue was that I wished for my music to never become too stiff.
Ive always liked funky stuff in music and to me, this is what
makes music human.
been with Spiral Trax for sometime now. How do you get on with the other
main artists of the label, S-Range, Atmos etc and Anti and Bakke who
run the show?
we all know each other more or less personally. I think Thomas (Atmos)
is the closest, since we used to live in the same small city. Ive
done gigs together with all of them over the years and we get along
really good I think. I dont think I have to tell you whos
the most stressed one of them
Just joking. Anti is really honest
and trustable and for me this is very important. Hes
also quite handy with his business, always finds new ways
of doing things, getting more releases and stuff like that. I feel that
I can really trust him with my music. (A little slow with money sometimes
but who isnt??)
you ever share the studio with the other artists or do you prefer to
think its healthy for the creative part of me to share the studio
with someone else every now and then, to see how they think to see how
they solve a problem.
is the scene in Sweden?
be honest I dont hang out in the trance scene nowadays.
One really great thing with Sweden is probably all the nature we have
here, where you can have those really great parties without getting
disturbed or without disturbing anyone.
you DJ yourself? If not, how do you test your tracks?
is always a little problem for me as I normally dont DJ. I sometimes
get DJ friends to test them but mostly I try them out on parties where
I play. Because of this, theres always one, two or sometimes even
three new tracks in every liveset.
ambient compositions get a lot of play in my house! Any plans for an
actually been working a lot with ambient/downbeat music this Autumn
and it feels really nice to work with something else for a change. I
just sent away a little CD demo with some new fresh productions. A full
album would surely be a challenge and maybe some day, why not?
heard your studio got broken into. How did you recover from this situation?
not sure Ive recovered yet to be honest. All the stuff I had collected
over the years. Today I do almost everything with software, but I still
mix my tracks as analogue as possible. From my pulsar system I use D/A
converters out to my 24-channel mixing desk. This works really great
for me now but sometimes I really, really miss my old equipment like