Hi Yotam, welcome to Techno Mood. How are you?
I am very well gang – thank you.
How would you introduce yourself as a human being, as simply Yotam?
Funny, Creative, Melancholic.
And then how would you define yourself as an artist?
I’m a House & Techno producer who likes to add Oriental, World Music motives as a signature to his work.
Congratulations on the recent release of your debut album ‘Was Here’ on Kompakt. Can you talk to us about this project and the creative process that went into making it?
For 4 intense months I wrote and recorded tracks inspired by Detroit Techno albums I loved in my teenage years, mixed with Jazz and World Music motives and Instruments as my own extra favorite flavor to add. I thought about classic Techno studio albums in the 90s that were somewhat less apologetic in the difference between dj-tool, sound experimentation and home listening. I pushed myself to experiment by trying to do a whole track with no kick drum, using musical instruments as percussion’s, flirting between electro and acoustic music in different ways.
What was your technical approach? What gear did you use, what hardware, what software?
I’m a FL-Studio fanboy. I like to start my ideas there. I don’t own any fancy equipment at home, I like to use different studios for different projects. For this project I have used tons of acoustic instruments as well as Polysix, Juno and Moog synths.
How do you think the music industry has changed most significantly since you started out?
I remember a time before Internet, when producers were actually making good living without touring. But growing up seeing the music industry collapsing you soon realized that wont be the case in years to come. A lot has changed in terms of technology and media, but the music and the core structure is basically stable and the same.
We’re obviously living through some very strange times right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. What have you been doing to pass the time during lockdown?
Got depressed and fat, but made alot of new music.
Do you have a lot more time to spend in the studio at the moment?
Yes nowdays I’m working on new music and remixes that I can’t speak of yet.
What’s next for you in 2020?
A 5 years compilation of tracks from different labels I passed by. A rap album in Hebrew and my own new label.
Last but not least, do you have any final words for our Techno Mood readers?
Hope you will like my album Feel free to contact me on social media many thanks 🙂