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INTERVIEW: Champagne Drip

Hi Sam, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi VENTS! I’ve been really well. I’m crazy busy but it’s rewarding.

Can you talk to us more about your latest release “Obelisk EP”? What inspired you to create this body of work?

This body of work is a collection of music that I wrote between the end of 2017 up through spring 2018. The music has a bit of a psychedelic foundation and most of it comes from experimentation in my studio. I don’t always have a clear path that I intend on going down when I write. I mostly just try to push my tools and see what kinds of vibes and sounds I come up with.

What’s the story behind the EP title?

When I’m creating or listening to music I’ll have visions in my minds eye, something akin to synesthesia. When writing Axis Mundi I was thinking about our experience and how things are connected. I imagined an obelisk as a metaphor of connected different realms of consciousness. It’s all really psychedelic and abstract. I like to convey imagery through music.

Let’s talk about the recording and writing process. What are some of the common challenges you face, and how did you overcome them during the creation of this EP?

For me there are two common challenges. One is making sounds that are cool and cutting edge. I like to use interesting and new sounds. Creating them from scratch takes a lot of self critizism as well as trial and error. Once I have sounds and start to create a vibe, I have to arrange and carve out space for everything to shine.  Since the sounds I use tend to be big, it’s hard to fit everything together where things aren’t competing or overwhelming.

Any favourite bits of gear/equipment for creating those stellar synths I’m hearing?

I use Ableton Live and my favorite synth is Serum. I also like to run my sounds through the Virtual Mix Rack by Slate.

You’re also known for your remixes for Bassnectar and Zeds Dead & Diplo. Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or remixing someone else rather than on your own?

It’s not that different of an approach. The only difference is that I have a vocal and maybe a chord progression or melody already to build the track around.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I’m on the road a lot, almost every week from the end of this summer leading into winter.

What else is happening next in Champagne Drip’s world?

I’m nearly done with my next EP. I’m just trying to stay super focused on writing new music that moves people and bringing an energetic live performance.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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