Spherical – the eagerly anticipated debut long-player from multi-faceted Spanish producer, DJ and label boss Ian Axide – will be released on June 29, 2020 via his very own Emphatic Records imprint.
A career-defining moment for the now London-based artist, the ten-track Spherical opus marks Ian Axide’s most extensive and innovative body of work to date and pertinently showcases the inexhaustible creativity of one of the most prolific acts in underground techno right now.
Known for his highly experimental soundscapes and hard-hitting atmospheres, Ian’s uniquely underground treatment across the entirety of “Spherical” is both wonderfully dark and hypnotic, whilst maintaining the impressive quality of engaging the listener from the very start. Complete with incredible complexity, energy and intricacy across its ten-track duration, Ian capitalises on his innate ability to draw you into a dark, industrial construct, as he explores a remarkable array of timbres from across the techno spectrum.
As we get to premiere “Transitions” from Ian’s upcoming album, which you can listen to below, we also took the opportunity to grab a long-overdue chat.
Hello Ian, nice chatting with you! Just got a hold of your upcoming album, and really digging it! How long have you been working on it?
Thank you so much! I started some projects for it 2 years ago but last year I had a lot of track requests from different labels so I never had the chance to focus in the album properly. In the last months due to this pandemic I have found enough time to finish it and I’m super happy with the finished product. Hope everybody enjoys it as much as I did making it.
How many of these tracks were written/finished during this quarantine?
During the quarantine I finished around 20 projects. I have chosen 8 of them for this album.
The album is diverse, showing your range as a producer. In your specific production process, what do you feel determines the direction the track goes when you finally sit down to produce it? is it mood? Something happening in your life/the world?
My production process changes from one track to another, depending of my mood. Sometimes I have the idea in my head so I fully know where the track will go before even start it. Other days I like making experiments and see where the things go to but I always try to keep my style.
I think using same productions techniques all the time could be boring also.
What does this album mean to you at this time of your career?
This is my first album so it is a very special moment in my career. Honestly it is hard to describe my feelings about it but I am so happy with final result. I have been developing my skills as producer in the last years and I wanted to wait for the right moment to make the album.
By the way, what does the title “Spherical” mean?
It means a round shape, also relating to heavenly bodies.
Mind sharing a photo or two of your studio?
It sounds a bit weird maybe but I was more inspired during this period. Being isolated and with plenty of time helped me to focus only on music. I am busy person normally, have a normal job during the week, I manage two record labels and also gigs during the weekends. With this pandemic I had the chance to spend many hours in the studio without any pressure.
On top of the pandemic, the world is now facing the racism that has been a part of our society for centuries. While this is a movement that started in the States, it has touched all corners of the globe. How do you feel about what is going on?
Racist people makes me feel really sad and angry at the same time, I can not understand how in the 21st century we still have to face that problem. The society should understand that people from governments work for us (we pay their salaries) and not the opposite so I am very proud of this movement. Also I think improving the education at the schools is key for the equality.
What else have you been busy with during these last few months? Have you picked up any new hobbies?
Making music, working on my labels, cooking and watching movies were the main things I have been doing during the quarantine. I was working really hard on the album so didn’t have time for new hobbies :)
What is the best meal you’ve cooked so far in 2020?
Scottish salmon with leaves and smashed potatoes.
What do you hope is the first place you visit once travel starts up again?
I will book a flight to see my family and friends in Spain as soon as possible, that’s my priority so far.
Ian Axide Spherical Track Listing:
10. Project 7