people, places and production with Pixelord
We spoke to Moscow-based producer, Alexey Devyanin, aka Pixelord, about his inspirations, production process as well as plans for 2017. Be sure to check out Pixelord's newly released Human.exe VIP with the first track - Gear Soul VIP - below, as well as his forthcoming EP with Juke Ellington.
So you’ve been quite busy in the last couple of years releasing a lot of music, what does 2017 hold for you?
Of course, expect some EPs and side project releases as well as collaborations, although I don't want to reveal too much about my plans.
I regularly collaborate with other artists, but mostly its unsuccessful. It's hard to work with other people, unless you find someone who's a fit with your ideas and you both go in same direction. That definitely happened with my friend Juke Ellington and we've finished two really good tracks with an EP that will be out soon. I think we'll continue to collaborate while it works and the results are good.
In terms of future collaborations, I would love to collaborate with anyone from my huge list of my favourite artists, but as i said I'm not sure it can always work out well, sometimes you just can't fit together your ideas, no matter how cool your collaborator is.
What about your live shows, any plans to tour?
I don't have any certain plans but hopefully. I want to play in the EU more and maybe in China again. I always change my live shows and add new tracks. I also change the way I play old tunes from my albums. My live show is constantly evolving because its fun, I can't play the same set over and over
I couldn't name my favourite place to play as there have been a lot of amazing countries and clubs. Maybe Boiler Room was the most emotional, because of the format and online stream. I really want to play some festivals like Sonar and Dimensions as they usually have such sick line ups and good crowds.
Moscow has a special scene with its own micro climate with a lot of new young producers. Other places such as the EU or cities in the US mostly have established scenes, but Moscow and Russia is just somewhere at the start so it's a good time to be here doing what we do.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
All of the so called IDM music and ambient and experimental artists from the 2000s. Also some rave/trance/breakbeat/jungle artists from the 90s. It's mostly what I'd call geek music. I've never really listened to any classical or rock music.
Are there any new up and coming artists that you've been following?
I like Glacci, FJAAK and Cadeu
What got you into making electronic music? What are your earliest memories of making music?
I was listening to a lot of electronic music on tapes, experimenting with dubbing tapes, slowing down, sampling them and recording loops and layers on a tape. I wondered if I could produce something as good as some of the releases on Warp Records, but maybe it was just a young mind and curiosity that drove me. I spent a lot of time exploring the world through DIY music making, using what I had, an old PC, some tracker programs, a TV for recording loops and phrases. For me, it was as fun as playing video games.
What inspires your music?
These days people and places inspire me. I meet new people when I travel with my music and often we try to make music together, mostly online. I draw a lot of inspiration from listening to new music from my friends as well as the Russian electronic music community. It's already my way of life, my main thing, I have to make music, artwork or animations.
Human.exe is darker than Places, because I had a concept behind it. We had a robot suit and started to work on the Human.exe video and I was in the process on recording the tracks, so I had the story and conceptual style in mind. I didn't want Human.exe to sound as chilled or happy as Places.
When I was creating Places, I was just collecting old and new tracks and trying to connect them with travelling and the cities i have visited as well as some tunes I really started during travelling.
Your music seems to incorporate elements of many genres, do you feel it’s important to be open minded in this regard and not stick to one particular style of music?
It's not necessarily intentional, its just my very wide taste in electronic music. I always want to try different styles and search for my own sound, mixing genres. I'm not sure its a good way for everyone who wants to create music and play gigs and have audience. Certain DJs might need to stick to one genre to be more clear to the public about their music. I don't really care about genres, I just do what I feel and then try to fit it into one of my projects, that's why I have few aliases.