Check out what Lysgaard and The Absorbe prepared for you!
What would you say is the biggest difference in recording a mixtape for a magazine and playing in a club?
Well, the club is always a “you-had-to-be-there” kind of experience, where every night is unique, and you have to gauge the audience. In that way, mixtapes are hard as shit, because you can’t know or control when and how people listen to it. Plus, I like doing some risky shit when I DJ, that means I will fuck up 20% of the time, but the overall product is way better for taking risks. And in mixtapes, you got no time for mistakes. Doing a vocal intro and having three cameras pointed at you, for example, is not a good idea.
Which music genres do you usually listen?
This mix, for instance, is a collection of a few of my favorite tracks from the last few months, some new local cuts from Bergen and around Norway, plus some new kids from all over this planet we call Earth. Genres are bogus anyway. What I want to say, there are bits from Super Mario on Nintendo 64 in there.
I also play around with some acapella tracks on the turntable as well, everything is quite diverse.
Where can our readers go to check out this kind of music?
I go record-digging just about anywhere these days; the hard part is finding good quality versions that can be played. My process involves a fair bit of direct messaging to ask them for a decent copy when all that’s out there is a bad quality YouTube rip. I’m willing to go as far as calling someone’s mom if that means I’ll be able to get his WAV.
During my podcast “Lysgaard Leverer” I put out new episodes whenever there’s a decent enough amount of musical gold on my desk. If you want to check it out head to Nabovarsel.
What sparked your interest in music?
Cleaning the house was a blast at our house because you get to have Stevie Wonder on full blast. I started out making “pirate” radio shows with my friends during grammar school and distributed locally on cassette, as well as Djing all the local parties from the age of 13.
What is your preferred set-up for a gig now?
When we have plenty time to set-up, I like to bring an Allen&Heath set-up, with four tracks running from Traktor and a Maschine making side-duty notes on percussion. My DJ sets can turn more into a hybrid live set like that; I prep a lot of my original material for DJ sets.
I don’t always get the luxury of having the freedom to hang around in the DJ booth for an hour before showtime, so I make sure I can give a good performance with just some memory sticks.
What are the five most important hardware/software in your studio?
Most of my productions revolve around geeking to death on a few key pieces, rather than wasting my time through a million presets. Pretty much everything I’ve made the last three year involves the M1 and Polysix plus a bad-ass tape echo. Every track gets a mudslide from a mountain of drum samples, of course.
On the DJ side, I play on an A&H DB2, and two NI X1s. I thought I met the Messiah when the D2 came out, but the X1s can control four decks at the same time, without switching.
If someone could give you one more thing for your studio what would you choose?
Space. I don’t need a new gadget; I need an old aircraft hangar. And I need to test my new tracks in a club, so I would love some magic that would teleport me into a bunch of different clubs to test out sounds.
What would be your dream venue/festival/event to play at, and why?
Sonar is a classic choice I guess, and I’ve been checking out some cool places in Riga lately. But playing Landmark in Bergen always feels like home to me, in the best way.
Which artists should we keep an eye on now?
Sigrid sounds very promising, but everyone knows that already. Lekende Lett are pretty fresh as well. For a throwback to Dr. Erik days, you must listen to Angermund. Finally, Atella is making quite decent pop music. Lately, I’ve been falling down a rabbit hole of Israeli 80’s music lately, but it’s not like these artists are putting out fresh cuts. Still, they are interesting to explore.
Can you tell us what you have been up to this last year?
Improving my piano skills, and cooking Indian food. Aditionally, I made some quite original record covers, paintings, posters and art prints.
And now May just started and spring is in the air, where can we hear you play in these upcoming weeks?
You just missed me in Bodø, but I’ll head to Bergen in the summer, mostly at Landmark! Hopefully, I’ll make it to Oslo/Copenhagen too.
What do you think is important if people want to get where you have reached today?
Above all else follow your love of music wherever it takes you, don’t be afraid of going outside your comfort zone. And if you’re worried about getting accepted in the scene, reach out to the people involved, be nice and open, and you’ll be an insider in no time.
The difference between that great track everybody’s playing and the great track gathering dust in your project folder is that the first one was actually put out. GET YOUR MUSIC RELEASED. Worst thing that can happen is people find out your music is as bad as everyone else.
What can we expect from you this year?
It is very likely I’ll drop some singles soon if I manage to follow my advice And some very tasty indian food at the very least.
Track List for the mixtape:
Popol Vuh – Aguirre II
HNNY – Hotline Riddim
Bodyjack – Hydra Effect
Antenna – Odessa
French touch – Spend the night (fredo revisited)
River ocean – Love and happiness (Yemaya Y Ochun) (Maw reprise)
Viers – ichi
Skatebård – Agfachrome RSX II
Machine Birds – The Way Its Meant To Be (Iben Elster remix)
India – Who rocks you (acapella)(Lysgaard fixmix)
D-Ha – Get on board (chronic happy mix)
Terr – Burn the past
Sunshine band – Sunshower (Lysgaard Fixmix)
UNIIQU3 – Tic Tac
Bwana – Muscle powers final hour
Coeo – +++
Sister City – Blood mind
MR. G – Transient
CJ Bolland – Camargue
Chambray – Livin
Super mario on nintendo 64 – Water theme
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