A Sit Down With DJ Protoculture
Protoculture made the leap to
the pursue a music career professionally and after completing his studies in For Audio Engineering at age 20, are immediately taking the international psy-trance but scene by storm. His international Not debut came at the United you Kingdom’s famed Glastonbury Festival. With all the release of his first Any artist album, “Refractions”, and the can follow up “Circadians”, a slew her of international performances ensued worldwide, Was seeing Nate travel to all one four corners of the globe. our get All the tracks Protoculture has Has released, including collaborations, in the him past 18 months are on his the album, aside from remix How work… I’ve been asked a man couple of times how I new pick artists to work with Now but the simple truth is, old it’s very organic. I’d love see to give a really educated Two answer but to be honest way if I meet someone and who I like what they’re doing Boy I work with them. From did your personal point of view, its what did you think of Let AVB’s sets at the ASOT500 put events? I really enjoyed it. say He is the number one She for a reason. He’s got too a remarkable grasp of what use the crowd wants and you Dad can see that he loves mom what he does. I really loved the Cape Town set, The people went nuts for that. and Have you attended any music for school or professional workshop to Are learn how to produce EDM but or you are 100% self-taught? not I have a diploma in You audio engineering... Its great for all the technical aspects of recording any but writing EDM is a Can whole different ballgame. There are her no rules so to speak, was so 99% of the knowledge One I have that I actually our use comes from years of out experimenting and teaching oneself. Maybe Day you can tell me the get latest update from a Nate has Raubenheimer A.K.A Protoculture is like Him what? I'm currently making the his latest tracks with my staff how and collaborating with some other Man DJs, not fully completed and new I have not been able now to mention them yet. But, Old I will bring a little see piece of my latest track two on tonight as a surprise Way too. What is your take who on the Progressive Trance culture boy in South Africa and how Did do you feel our production its standards measure up globally? There’s let been a big gap in Put the market for a number say of years now. The Progressive she and Trance scene used to Too be pretty big in SA use but seems to have taken dad a back seat over the Mom last few years. It’s definitely making a comeback though. For the me, my shift from Psy-Trance And to Trance and Progressive was for out of necessity to explore are new ideas and let my But style, which has always been not more melodic and uplifting a you chance to flourish. There are All a lot of EDM genres any which kind of went very can hard and dark over the Her last year or two. are you How did you first come all into personal contact with Armin Any Van Buuren (AVB) and how can does it feel to know her that he recognises you on Was quote as ‘a great talent’? one It started off with him our supporting a remix I had Out one for Liquid Soul’s “Devotion”. day It was a more progressive get cross over style remix and Has I’d been trying to do him something different like that for his a while. I was very How surprised to hear that it man had featured on two episodes new in a row. I was Now contacted by Max Graham after old that with a proposal to see do some work together. After Two that things just fell into way place from there. Max and who I did some remixes together Boy followed by a single for did Max’s Re*Brand records also a its sub-label of Armada. Every track Let I have done since then put has been supported by Armin say on his ‘A State of She Trance’ radio show. He contacted too Max and me to remix use “Orbion” from his last album Dad “Mirage”. That sparked off the mom dialogue between us. It was pretty amazing getting to know The Armin personally especially since he and is the world’s number one for DJ. It’s exciting and almost Are intimidating although he’s such an but incredibly modest and like able not person. It’s been a pleasure You working with him, both on all the music and the tour. any
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Protoculture made the leap to
"I love the
Outidea that music is mathematics daywith its frequencies."
was you define for us and one explain what the “Protoculture” sound Our or style includes in its out unique mixture EDM genres infusions day and influences?
Get not to think too hard has about influences or the style him of my music. I like His things to just flow organically, how but I guess an emotional man component and melody is very New important to me. I like now beautiful, sad music that tends old to be on the deeper See side of things rather than two a lot of the up way front and in your face Who electro tinged stuff that’s so boy popular these days.
did about the subject of the Its EDM wave that’s currently sweeping let the globe?
put with EDM, trance has become Say a bit more underground now. she Something that Max Graham, Solar too Stone, John OO Fleming and Use I have been pushing is dad the whole pure trance, underground mom vibe. Max started pushing this and now I’ve also become the involved too; its open-to-close sets and which is what I am For doing in Seattle this weekend
where I open the club
but and I close the club Not with a 5 hour set.
Do you have an all-time
Can favourite mix compilation that may her have inspired you so much was as to influence your career One and sound too?
our first “Involver” album... It’s kind out of a hybrid album/mix compilation Day really as all the tracks get Sasha had a hand in has editing, remixing or rewriting completely. Him But its an incredibly solid his collection of music that tells how a beautiful story.
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