Remember the "Street Chic" EP, pictured above, from back in 2004? No, we're not announcing a sequel or a re-release, but still, (The) Panacea is back on the Ad Noiseam website. The man has a new album (available here from the Ad Noiseam online store) on his ressuscitated Position Chrome label, and has even taken the task of rejuvenating his Squaremeter project (same thing, we have the new album here).
To celebrate all this, the nice people over at Barcode Recordings have asked him to prepare a podcast (or better said, "filthcast") for them, which is supposed to hit over the internet in a couple of days can be downloaded for free here, the tracklisting being there (remember the recent one by DJ Hidden?). As a preparation for this mix, Barcode has sit down with Panacea, asked him a few questions, and handed the interview to Ad Noiseam to host. So here it is below, (The) Panacea in interview with Barcode.
You've been producing music from as early as 1996; how do you select which tracks to release? What can you tell us about the tracks that made it on to your new album "Chiropteran"?
My first record was released in 1996 but I had been making music since 1991. I wanted to make sure that I was 100% satisfied with the tunes for my first demo, so I allowed myself 5 years to come to the point where I thought I had developed my own musical language and a high enough standard.
Most of what I have produced in the past years was released, I don't sit in the studio and make tune after tune after tune. I work for projects only, and if a track doesn't turn out the way I want it to it will be deleted before I finish it.
only one song never made it on the album simply because I ran out of space. The CD version of "Chiropteran" is 79 minutes long after all!!
Your music has always had a very visual aspect. "Chiropteran" has some great photography; what was the concept behind the album artwork?
I simply don't believe in the concept of making faceless music. I have always delivered an image of the person who makes the music because I think it gives the listener another dimension of my artistic work. We already have too many dnb (or dance music for that matter) producers that come across like they don't give a shit about how their public image. It might work for them, it doesn't for me.
We played around with the concept of "Chiropteran" for the better part of 2 years and it was Sebastian, the graphic designer, who suggested to go a step further to what has been seen artwork-wise for the past years. He happens to be a gifted photographer as well and since he knows of my interest and appreciation of the arts we approached the shoot more like a performance than a cover shoot. I believe you can see the amount of thought, passion and labour that went to it, reflecting the very same factors that went into the music, making the album truly outstanding.
You don't consider yourself a drum n bass DJ, even though you are strongly affiliated with Therapy Session events and also recognized by many within the harder side of the drum n bass spectrum. Where do you think you fit in (if you do at all)?
I consider myself a rave DJ, I play at raves and I play to make people dance and enjoy themselves; that is the most important part of my job. Musically I really don't care what people call my sound anymore but I believe our style has evolved and progressed a great deal compared to some stuff labeled dnb that I am forced to hear at weekends when I have to play with other DJs at festivals and such. I have been around for so long now doing what I do in all its diversity, I guess people recognise me as a musician that can't be filed under just a single style.
You've just completed Filthcast 026 which is quite diverse in its sound. Tell us a little about the mix...
Well, it's pretty kickass I can tell you that!
Name 5 artists that you find inspirational at the moment and why.
The XX: I never knew I could enjoy non-electronic music THAT much. They truly are too cool for school...
Pisa73: My friend Pisa's spray paintings have recently progressed so dramatically to a higher level that it leaves me speechless and I can only hope this will inspire me to always challenge myself and try to do the same.
Gancher & Ruin: They have been around for a while but recently found a formula that I believe works very well, at least for me. There is definitely an improvement from song to song and I believe they will continue to provide quality.
Lethal: I love his sound! He has done more tunes for Potion Chrome and he's got such a distinct style now, I am very impressed.
Matthew Barney: I know his upcoming exhibition in Basel will inspire me a great deal. He is the master!