second album New Moves sees a return to the use of live
guitar in psy-trance - like Dark Soho - made popular by Delta /
Sun Project a few years ago, but adding that special Israeli musicality.
Tom Anteater beamed up to find out more
you tell us a bit about your musical background?
are you and where are you from?
We are Alon Algarsi and Nir Sadon, both 25 years old, from a little
city called Beer Sheva in the south of Israel
long have you been writing trance music?
We started to make music six years ago, but unti we bought our
first synth four years ago, we were more like playing with the
computer. Since then, weve explored more and more the making
We both learned to play guitar for 3 years and organ for 6 years before
we did electronic music. We used to play Metallica and a lot of heavy
metal. We have been into music almost all our lives.
When did you become interested in trance music,
were there particular parties that you went to that turned you on
to the sound?
Our first contact with trance music was in a local club in our city. We
went to this party and we can remember that we were in shock all during
the party, thinking, what are those sounds (DJ Guy Sabag was
playing, who at the time was the best DJ in the scene). A day after the
party, Alons uncle brought us this music on a tape cassette and
since than we knew what we wanted to do.
What then made you start writing it yourselves?
Hearing that this music is with computers (and being good in this area),
we decided to see what was going on. We just played with the computer
and it was not too good. We soon realised we needed more equipment to
reproduce what we were hearing, so we started to buy a lot of modules
( a habit have until this very day).
are two of you, how do you divide the labour in the studio. Who plays
In the studio, we do everything together. We pretty much know what the
other wants because we have known each other since kindergarten, but
if, for example, one of us doesnt like something, we delete it
and move on to the next idea that we both like. Alon is the Psycraft
guitarist because he does it better.
Do you use mainly software or hardware in the
studio (or a mixture ;) )
We used to have a lot of modules and a lot of equipment, but recently,
the programs became so good that they were better than our or any equipment.
So we decided to move and work with the software and since then our
sound has become more and more professional. For example, our track
New Move, from our new album, was made 100% by audio work!
Your new album is scheduled for release early
in 2004. Can you tell us a bit about it? What were you aiming for when
you wrote it? A particular sound?
This album is a bit different from our first album. We were thinking
a lot about the dance floor and we took this album into a more full-on
mode. Loops in the tracks create power that was missing in our first
album, but you can still hear the Psycraft melodies that I think will
stay with us all the way and also you can hear the little details that
we spend a lot of time on. Our sound in this album is 10 times better
than our first album. We spent almost one week on each track, just on
the sound engineering and every party that we played, we came back to
the studio, opened the track again and
did it all over again to be sure that the sound is very good.
other music do you listen to apart from psy-trance and what are your
listens to a lot of guitar players like Steave Vai and Joe Satreani
and a lot of hard rock. Nir also listens to hard rock and a bit of club
stuff (but not the fluffy kind).
Our main psy influences are Simon Posford, Infected Mushroom, Space
Cat, and Dado.
do you think about the current state of the global psychedelic
we have seen recently, the trance scene has become much bigger all around
the world and the awareness of trance music has become very strong.
We hope that it will keep that way, in a few years, who knows where
trance will go!?
you have any particularly memorable experiences from playing live around
is one party that we really liked. It was in Brazil in a festival called
We think the reason we so liked it so much was because it was a HOMmega
event and all of the HOMmega artists were there. We were surrounded
by friends in a very good party, which made it very nice, more like