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2011/06/09 / monteurhulot

INTERVIEW // DATERAPE

Here’s ten questions, with associated answers, for the Warp-y Austrlian witchouse producer, DATERAPE.

What attracts you to the term “witch house” and the witch house scene, to the extent one exists?

I think it’s what attracted me to Dubstep years ago. It’s so broad a genre you can pretty much do anything. The ambient elements in Witch House sounds a bit like Burial to me, and it’s new enough that you can try and influence it yourself. If there’s no strict formula yet, I want to try and make something different to the Witch House I have heard so far. Plus I like weird dark shit in general.

Many American witch house acts seem to be preoccupied with David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Is this something you share?

I think i really need to get on that because to be honest I’ve never seen Twin Peaks yet! I am going to make a mental note to watch some this week. I guess though it’s real eighties and easy to get hold of footage to make a sneaky YouTube vid / slow down vocal? My other thought is that most of the artists in Witch House are American, seemingly, and I’m guessing they we’re kids in the eighties when it aired. So when they try to bring up some 80’s imagery to go with some of those 80’s synth sounds that are fashionable right now it’s a good fit. I’m just guessing here though…

What is your favourite Australian film?

This is a hard question, I found “Bad Boy Bubby” really hard to get through but I watched when I was a kid so I can’t remember too well now, and apparently it’s a classic. But I’ll have to go with Romper Stomper. It was so dark and unlike any films I’d seen before. I watched it when i was outside Australia too so it sorta made me glad I wasn’t there at the time.

With artists like DATERAPE, Seekae, PVT and Paneye, there appear to be more and more quality electronic experimental acts coming out of Australia in the past few years. Do you think this is a relatively new phenomenon in Australia, or just one that is now being heard more widely in the rest of the world? Do you think it is, or has the potential to become, as distinct as, for example, Australian hip-hop is?

(Firstly, i don’t think I’m in the same league as the artists you mentioned above.) I think there have always been quality artists here but they get overlooked locally, and therefore internationally. Because things are a few years behind, being so cut off from the rest of the world. So people here won’t be getting into the styles that say the UK or US underground scenes are getting into till a few years later, when it’s already been through a couple of cycles/evolutions elsewhere. Back to my Dubstep reference people are just getting to know what it is here, outside of a very small scene, and the rest of the world’s already talking about “post-dubstep”. Problem is now they are just getting the most watered down commercialised parts so people are dismissing it. Ain’t met more than maybe 1 person here that knew what Witch House is. Sydney/Melbourne people are probably a bit further ahead of the game though, they get more artists visiting than in Brisbane.

But I guess this distance means people aren’t inspired by the same sounds and artists as elsewhere, so hopefully you’re going to hear something original. Australian hip-hop does set itself apart very well, hopefully we can get our own take on other genres coming through to other shores.

Are you at all inspired by a local musical scene?

Mainly no. I don’t listen to Australian Radio anymore as it’s all just the same tracks being played over again. Get most of my music intake from podcasts on the net, albums i get online and tracks from blogs around the world. That being said I try to keep up to date on some Australasian blogs like Life Aquatic Blog, East To West Blog etc. They seem to dig up decent local stuff, so I’ve been getting some new quality more local stuff through them.
Brisbane’s a small town with very few more alternative venues / nights to choose from. So it’s hard to find anything I’m really into here lately.

With what hardware or software did you first start making music?

Years ago, when I was like, 14 , I used to cut up sounds in a program called Goldwave, and try and sequence the wave files in this other sequencer program, forgot the name, but it was sort of like Sony Acid. Just moving the sounds around after I added effects. I was trying to make Drum ‘n’ Bass then, when I lived in the UK as a kid, and I lost the cassette tapes that resulted. But that’s a good thing as they were wack, but learning how it all works came in handy later when i came back to making music. The fundamentals still apply and I love working with samples.

What vocalist would you most like to collaborate with?

I would really like to do something with vocals of Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well. I’m big fan of his tunes and i love the mixture of r’n’b but with droney reverbed sounds. It would be a challenge doing something that matched that aesthetic.

What’s your favourite track of 2011 so far?

So so hard to answer, there have been so many good tracks already, but i think has to be – Peaking Lights, “Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)”.

9 What aspect of the 21st century are you most looking forward to? Least?

Most: I’m looking forward to being less broke and buying more music shit to play with. Ableton on the iPad maybe?
Least: More and more news stories about carbon emissions.

10. What kind of sandwich would you be, were you to be one?

Metre long subway sandwich, with everything except pickles. + Hot Chilli.

 

You can download DATERAPE’s two EP’s on bandcamp, and watch the cathodecore video for title track “Cold Remains” here:

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