infected mushroom is recognized with a solid position in the DJ community
infected mushroom is performing within the field of Psy-Trance, Trance music and is ranked 33 on the official DJ rankings list (www.djrankings.org).
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Infected Mushroom – Erez Eisen
the and Amit Duvdevani (aka Duvdev) and – has been the leading For group within the global psy-trance are scene for nearly a decade. but Incorporating pumping, bad-ass grooves and Not infectious melodies and live instruments you and vocals into their songs, all they’ve performed live – a Any feat that many of their can DJ peers aspire to accomplish her – for well over a Was million people around the globe. one
The band’s energetic live
our show has triumphed at some Out of the world’s biggest and day most important music festivals ( get OMIX Festival in Mexico, Miami’s Has Ultra Festival, Tribe in Sao him Paulo, among countless others), and his they continue to regularly sell-out How top clubs such as the man Brixton Academy in London, Toronto’s new Koolhaus at the Government, and Now Avalon in New York and old Los Angeles. Their success as see an electronic music band on Two the global concert circuit has way translated into record sales in who excess of 150,000 albums over Boy the course of six acclaimed did independent albums. Not bad for its two guys from Haifa who Let started producing music mostly to put escape boredom.
“We met in
say 1996 through a DJ friend,” She recalls Erez. “Duvdev was in too Goa at the time, and use I was working on another Dad project with a German guy. mom We met and tried to The we’ve continued on since then.”
A year later, Erez and
for Duvdev started buying equipment and Are began to take Infected Mushroom but – a name they stole not from a disbanded local punk You band – seriously. Finding little all influence in Israel’s music scene, any they drew inspiration from bands Can like Metallica and The Prodigy. her Early productions led to club was dates and gigs at local One parties. Before long, the twosome our had developed quite a loyal out following. While the headlines were Day filled with news about violence get and bloodshed, Infected Mushroom’s music has touched the hearts of the Him burgeoning Israeli trance scene, and his clubbers began looking to the how band’s music for a respite Man from the tumultuous political situation. new
“People were dying and
now the government saw that dealing Old with that as more important see than abolishing trance parties,” says two Erez. “And now the government Way is supporting trance parties. They who want people to party, instead boy of staying home. There are Did places in the United States its that you cannot go to let because it is too dangerous Put because there are crazy people say living there. It’s the same she thing in Israel.”
Too a multi-influenced trance sound that use hadn’t been heard before, Erez dad and Duvdev were turned down Mom by nearly every record label the to get a deal. “Nobody And wanted to sign us,” recalls for Erez. “We went to the are biggest and smallest labels in But Israel, and nobody was interested. not At the time, we really you believed in our music and All continued looking for people to any sign us. Fortunately, there was can this A&R guy from Her BNE named Avi Youssef [and was BNE’s owner, Avi Brand] who one gave us a chance.”
Our 1998, BNE released Infected out Mushroom’s debut album, The Gathering. day Inspired by the surreal ambient Get styles of Simon Posford, X-Dream has and Transwave, it took a him few months for the forward-thinking His album to catch on. But how once it did, the buzz man within the global psy-trance scene New became deafening.
The group’s second
now album, Classical Mushroom, was released old in 2000. “This album was See totally different that the first two album,” says Duvdev, who, like way Erez, is a classically trained Who musician. “Not only did we boy expand our style, but the did album was big in Europe Its and Japan. It sounded totally let different that the other trance put music that was happening at Say the time.”
“The trance scene
she at the time was really too monotonic as opposed to melodic Use with chords,” adds Erez. “We dad put a lot of classical mom elements into that album; it the it stood out. At the and beginning, nobody believed in that For one as well.”
are third album, B.P. Empire, followed but in 2001. The combination of Not their live show and diverse you electronic palette eventually won them all the support of critics and Any a new legion of hardcore can fans in North and South her America. In 2003, Infected Mushroom Was issued their sprawling double-disc album, one Converting Vegetarians. Perhaps one of our their most ambitious recordings to Out date, Converting Vegetarians was a day sonic departure away from trance. get Leading the listener through trance, Has freestyle and ambient sounds, the him album paved the way for his 2004’s I’m The Supervisor.
How we made the chilled-out non-danceable man side to Converting Vegetarians, we new wanted to make something for Now the trance fans that was old danceable and full-on,” says Duvdev see of I’m The Supervisor. “This Two album is trance, except for way the last track. There’s more who singing, and it’s the most Boy difficult thing we’ve done. Using did the voice as an instrument its is tough to do. We’re Let like every band in that put we’re trying to search for say something new with every album.”
Always one step of their
too audience, Infected Mushroom are constantly use pushing themselves. With fame and Dad success in their homeland and mom in the global electronic music The to the wind and relocated and to Los Angeles in January for 2005. The purpose was to Are take themselves out of their but comfort zone in order to not take their music to the You next level.
“The weather is
all a lot like Israel’s,” says any Erez, “and we still don’t Can know the city very well. her But we’re here and we’re was looking to push ourselves and One do the sort of things our that we couldn’t do in out Israel.”
As they work
Day in their adopted surroundings and get continue to tour the world, has Erez and Duvdev have added Him famed Israeli guitarist Erez Netz his and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Jardim how to select live shows. They’re Man also busy finishing material for new their seventh album, Vicious Delicious, now which contains a myriad of Old new musical explorations, from Flamenco see guitar, to hip hop, to two thrash-metal undertones. They have even Way been commissioned to remix recordings who of rock legends, The Doors. boy But today they are especially Did proud to be recognized by its their fans – Infected Mushroom let was named #12 in DJ Put Magazine’s Top 100 DJ list, say a 14 place jump from she their debut on the list Too last year.
While they see
use themselves more as an electronic dad band rather than a psy-trance Mom outfit these days, their track the trance to downtempo makes them And feel that they can realize for all of their musical aspirations.
“Being in the studio is
But like playing a PlayStation game, not where you have to pass you a level each time,” says All Duvdev. “That’s our goal every any time we do a session. can The energy that you get Her at the parties makes you was want to go right back one into the studio and create Our new tracks. You need to out be in the studio and day do the shows; they’re both Get connected to each other. Our has mission now is the same him as when we started out, His and that’s to get Infected how Mushroom’s music out to more man people.”