A Sit Down With DJ Binary Finary
Alongside A-leaguers like Ferry Corsten and Paul van Dyk, UKs Binary Finary is among the true veterans of the trance genre. Nearly 20 years agowhen the sound was reaching its first zeniththey penned the all-time classic anthem 1998. The record encapsulated the heightened emotions that resonated through the early trance scene and have stayed strong to this day.
Binary Finary teamed up with DJ Ernesto to set up their own record label called Future Focus Recordings. The label very quickly managed to become a firm favourite in the Trance scene, and their releases are simply magnificent. Their remix for Alpha Duos featuring Fisher Fight For Love, was a huge success followed by Binary Finary vs Pulse & Sphere High Stress and their latest one Flight of Life. Of course they release remixes and tracks on other labels also, including their very hot-at-the-moment collaboration with Genix on Digital Society recordings, called, Smoking Gun. As it seems the Binary Finary beloved project is back in full force with a series of must-have future trance classics.
"The one thing I keep going back to as the defining point for me personally was that when I changed the mindset of producing and creating music from something that needs to be played out."
Seeing Binary Finary on the lineup for Dreamstate SoCal 2016 & Dreamstate SF 2017 was a dream come true for many fans. What were those experiences like, and how do they compare to trance events in Europe?
There is a really beautiful and lovely feeling around the trance scene in the USA. It was very telling to see it in San Francisco. It reminded me of how the scene was in the UK in the mid 90s. Everyone there for the music, united by it and sharing the experience together. All egos set aside, promoters working together, to the benefit of the scene in general. Thats the biggest thing to take away from the Dreamstate SF experience. It was just wonderful. The production for the event was utterly amazing. Ive not witnessed anything like this before. From the quality of the sound (high power without ringing your ears) to the incredible visuals, the moving lighting rig It really was next level stuff.
Which style of performing do you anticipate doing more frequently, and why?
Well currently we are focusing on the Live side of things. Im more of a producer than a DJ so it suits me better. However thats where Sasha comes in, as he is primarily a DJ, so we have all basses for live covered.
Its been around a decade since you guys relaunched with the new live show (I was there at your NYE show at Sensation in Melbourne). How has this evolved?
That was an amazing show. Funny, because I was being hassled by [Australian DJ and promoter] Sasha Vatoff in 2010 to come back and do events. I wasnt really that interested, but he bugged and bugged me until I said, Okay, but only if you come and join me. Within a few days, he came back with Sensation White for a gig. In terms of the show nowadays, we now DJ the tracks out, but they are mostly our tracks, remakes and edits. We decided to do this to increase the production value of the tracks, because there were some compromises that had to be made to get the whole live angle working. We find the way it works now is better for overall productions. In saying that, it would be good to do the whole live show again; utilizing newer technology than we had back then could really make the live shows work.
How do you feel the Trance genre has changed in the past two decades?
For us, trance hasnt changed. Its still driven by solid melody and driving basslines. Generally, commercialism wrecked it after the 2000s and it never really recovered. Artists who were writing trance music and performing it suddenly didnt want to call their music trance music. The word trance became a dirty word. I cant count the number of times I heard on everyday radio people saying the one main genre of music they hated was trance. It was like it was fashionable and trendy to bag it out. So strange. The ones who count, the real purveyors of the sound kept to their roots and they have our total respect. The ones that went off to EDM and whatever else, are welcome to stay there. It would seem trance has become a bit more trendy these days, so its interesting to see these people come back. Its based on money and commercialism, so when I say interesting, Im just being as polite as possible
Do you believe that you can bring back some of the old school magic back to Trance music?
You know good music, is good music. It doesnt matter when it was written or who wrote it, if people enjoy it, then thats the main thing. If we can inspire anyone in anyway to start writing music, or just to go out and have fun, then well sit back quite contented.
Can you describe what equipment you use while performing live on stage?
We use 2 MacBook pros, networked up with 2 JazzMutant Lemurs and a keyboard, all plugged into a traditional dj mixer. Clips are triggered live from the Lemurs as well as the control of filters and effects.
Binary Finarys presence has had a serious impact on trance scene over the years. What has been your favorite part about this journey as artists?
All of it!. The journey itself has been incredible. There have been some serious lows, but that just makes the highs that much more special. With something thats so personal, in writing and producing music, it really does make the emotion of it so strong. We feel humbled and honoured that we are still able to play our tracks out to this day, and still able to perform out. We are truly lucky.
What inspired you to get back in the scene and what was your approach for doing so ?
Being honest again, when the option for Sensation come about, I thought, well its worth a go for a bit of fun. After the reaction we got, I was blown away, so decided it was time to put a bit more focus into making those types of events happen a bit more frequently. Its all for fun and enjoyment, sure we take our music seriously, but this is just for the buzz of throwing some creatives out loud, and watching the feedback.
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