Guest Of Honour: Aril Brikha about deep techno soul, odd nights and dirty Asian food

Guest Of Honour: Aril Brikha about deep techno soul, odd nights and dirty Asian food

Mar 22, 2012 |  by  |  Music
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Ridz, advertises, produces indie/electronic music, performs throughout the Netherlands but ultimately always ends up at an Amsterdam based ensemble... then he blogs about all these things.

In the nineties Aril Brikha reacquainted the world with deep techno soul, as his record Groove La Chord crossed generic boundaries after being released by the one and only Derrick May. Is it techno? Is it house? Is it deep house? It was everything and nothing, and Groove La Chord is simply timeless. His live sets have been highly appreciated all the way from DEMF in Detroit to Fabric in London; people love his soulful and funky take on Detroit techno. This Saturday will be your chance to experience it yourself. I asked the Assyrian techno musician some questions in advance.

According to you, who is Aril Brikha and what does he sound like?
“He’s a weird guy who is obsessed with food and should spend more time making music. But the result of it is that the music sounds like something different every time.”

You’ve been to Amsterdam numerous times before, but this off-location party called ‘Next Monday’s Hangover – Garden of Eden’ together with Gabriel Ananda, Solee and Nuno Dos Santos will be a debut for you. Are you looking forward to it?
“Yes I am, I’m always interested in trying something different and I like daytime parties, totally different vibe and hopefully less ‘peak hour’ mentality!” We asked him if he has have any particular connection with Amsterdam by now: “It was one of the first places I visited playing live back in 2000 and the last three or more years I have spent many odd nights there and many more odd evenings having delicious Asian food.”

I noticed you produced an enormous amount of ‘emotional’ tracks over the past years, yet you’ve managed to perform a lot around the world too. Do you prefer to spend time in the studio or on tour?
“Difficult to say.. I do like making music but have a hard time with the discipline of staying in a studio/home working. I need to do something different and still feel like a track I like usually works out on its own. These days I guess I should spend more time in the engineering/tweaking part of the production, or learn those things but I can’t be bothered. I like making music, if it sounds good I usually just go with that and trust my instinct. That being said, the live-gigs do require a bit more ‘oumf’ when it comes to production, so it’s a difficult balance.”

What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment up to now?
“I still consider this as a hobby and I’m making a living off of it. I’m a very lucky guy and I still have to remind myself of that, even though I just spent 32 hours travelling back from Australia.. hmm.”

What was your latest genius discovery that you can share (artist or track)?
“I’m so bad with current electronic music and I’m too jetlagged to think of something just off the top of my head, so I’ll go for my usual boring replies: Thom Yorke. Also, Mathew Jonson and Guy Gerber are names that I keep hearing when I’m asking what track it is that the DJ is playing.”

What are your plans for 2012 and the near future? Where are you taking Aril Brikha next?
“Business as usual. I’m taking Aril Brikha off of msg and pork dishes, I think that will last for about 48 hours. Other than that he’ll most likely be found eating dumplings somewhere in a backstreet at a dirty Chinese joint while humming on the next melody for the upcoming music being released on his own label “Art of Vengeance“. On a more serious note, maybe try to do more collabs/remixes/music like the remix he did for Sailor & I, called Tough Love.”

Lastly, for any aspiring electronic producers out there craving for a career like yours; what advice do you have for them if they want to make it in the ‘dance’ industry?
“Don’t believe the hype. At least try to do something that sounds different. And finally trust your ears, if you like it, that’s all that matters.”

Aril Brikha will be performing LIVE on Saturday for an hour and a half at Next Monday’s Hangover – GARDEN OF EDEN. Go See!

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