KrisInterview Kris Dubinsky

How do you define yourself?

Oh, in many different ways I think. As a dad, researcher, musician, music lover, long-distance runner, lover, son … yeah so many roles we play. Music wise I define myself as a dub techno artist. I think its good to define yourself in various ways, it can make life more clear when you know who you are and also limit yourself in some way, which also can be good and inspire creativity. I also into spiritual stuff were you actually try to un-identify with all your identities, so I guess the ultimate definition of myself would be some kind of all embracing consciousness, or something like that although it is very hard to remember just that, and stay in that space. I keep on trying

Which digital or analog instrument do you like to use?

I really like electrons machines a lot, except the knobs but they are really good for coming in a flow when you make music, and they have so much possibilities. Really cleverly constructed instruments in so many ways. When it comes to drums I prefer analogue machines, and currently use a Jomox XBASE 888. Wonderful and perfect base drum on that machine! And also, not to forget, my computer is a amazing instrument. I use it a lot for playing around with samples, and also like the VST Atmosphere a for pads and other stuff. For reverb effects I use the stompbox Strymon Big Sky a lot at the moment, I use at least a little bit on almost every sound a make. Another machine I must mention is the SPL Tube Vitalizer. I use it a lot on sounds, I just think almost everything that comes out if sound better, and warmer. Its a bit of a love story actually.

Which is your favourite production? What does it means to you?

The Hope for a Generation EP by the music collective Fat Freddy´s drop has a very unique affect on me. It reminds me of being 20 and hitch-hiking around New Zealand, meeting cool people and experiencing some truly magical times. So that means a lot to me. Music production wise I love Clutchy Hopkins and Lord Kenjamins album Music Is My Medicine, they have such a warm analogue sound, like old dub style. That album reminds me of what music is about, and also reminds of having fun when making music and not be so serious about it.

What has been your experience with the labels?

Well, both good and bad experiences. I really like when a label listen carefully and give honest feedback. I also like when a label involve you a lot in the process of releasing the music. Not just that you send some demos and then get back some mastered tracks. I like to have some close personal contact with the people who release the music, and some kind of trust that they will really care for the music. It is like letting go of your children in some sense. And its so many parts of the process in which you can be creativy, like with artwork, track order and how the mastering is done. Michel on Kabalion Records has been amazing to work with on so many levels, and also the mastering engineer Roel (Early Reflections) for Shimmering Mood Records has been great in involving me and giving different options for mastering.

Do you feel supported by the people around you?

Yes, I do. I have many people in my life who believe in my and supports me on so many levels. I guess I tend to distance me from people who takes a lot energy from me, or drags me down in various ways. So time weeds out your personal contacts I think. It just gets better the older I become Regarding the music community, I think the dub techno scene is quite unique that its not so much prestige and stuff getting hold of the scene. Its also may people in the scene that is so kind and invite people to collaborate and create forums and blogs for the dub techno community. That is great because it created this feeling of unity and feeling of belonging. And I think that is reallt important, not least for musicians, which often spends so much time on their own creating music. Echogarden, Spiel:Field, Sub Spiele, the dub techo blog, Arctic Dub, are great in this aspect, to just mention a few. And not to forget, you guys on MuzaikFM, which site I just recently found out about.

What is your opinion of the electronic scene in Sweden?

It’s a lot of dedicated and serious musicians around I think. Im really not so involved in anything that could be called the Swedish electronic music scene or so, I just have some closed friends which I like to make music and hang out with. I like a lot of Swedish electronic music like Minilogue, Dorisburg, Esko Barba, Atmos, and so on, but I do not tend to focus on which nationality the artist have. But sure it, the environment in which the artist live surely colour the music in various ways. Also, because it is very hard drug laws in Sweden, meaning you can be arrested for having illegal drugs in your blood, I think the electronic party scene often have a hard time to grow. I have experienced parties out in nature, in which police comes with helicopter. That is a bit crazy, and creates a somewhat stiff environment filled with fear. Opposite to what a party is about. Therefore I think many Swedes go to other countries for partying. But it is still some good underground forestparties, and clubs, but usually small.

What would you like to change about electronic music in your country?

Well, a good change would be if the police let people party in peace. =) I do not understand why playing good music and hanging out in the forest creates this strong reaction from the community. Its just becomes more and more weird to me. I think it is really important for us as humans to get together, hang out, and dance to good music together. I helps us reconnect to ourself, each other, and nature. Just what is needed at the present time! We have always been doing, surely for the last 99 % of human history or so, and yeah we still doing out, so I guess it is 100 % of human history. Definitely something worth living for. Also creating music gets so much more important for me when you can share it directly with people. When you and them are actually there in real person. So if Sweden as a whole could be more tolerant to music gatherings, I think it would make a huge difference for the electronic music scene as a whole. Increasing the feeling of purpuse and meaning in what you do as a electronic musician.

K R I S  D U B I N S K I , Sweden Muzaik, since 2014


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