Tetrameth (Zenon Records, Australia)
Article posted by TweeKUniT on 23/06/2005 9:41AM
JK: Hey Peteâ€¦
JK : Now I donâ€™t think I need to ask if you enjoyed Cairnsâ€¦ I was chilling with you up here, and you were on the buzzâ€¦ Tell us a few memories of your first trip up here... â€œPressure Optimalâ€ in Cairns was your first set outside of Melbourne wasnâ€™t it? What was the reaction like?
Tetrameth: Spectacular dude, I couldnâ€™t have asked for more. The people, the party, the tunesâ€¦â€¦ Fuck yes!
JK: Your music has an amazingly fresh sound man. A level of musicality not seen in a lot of trance these daysâ€¦ Tell us about your musical background? Your in a couple of bands too yer?
Tetrameth: Iâ€™ve been studying music most of my life. After graduating at the â€œConservatorium of Musicâ€ studying mostly jazz/fusion, I ended up playing guitar in several bands before finally hooking up with some musoâ€™s in Byron Bay & we formed the band â€œSevenâ€ in â€™97-98â€™.
JK: When did you first discover trance music? Who made an early impact on you in psytrance?
Tetrameth: About the same time I guess,Iâ€™d have to say Cosmosis-There 1st album. Early Atmos, Space Tribe & Ollie Wisdom was some of the earliest stuff I can remember getting into.
JK: Your bro James is cutting sick now as Shadow FX as wellâ€¦ Did u guys start making trance together?
Tetrameth: I introduced him to it years ago, and he was super prompt about getting his own set up, and got strait into it. I was working with bands, etc and was only able to co-pilot (so to speak) till my own set up was viable. So heâ€™s got a year or 2 ahead of me in production skills (cheeky swine ha, ha!).
JK: You got an album in the pipeline on Zenon Records. Can you tell the people out there who havenâ€™t heard your sound (youâ€™ve only got one release at the moment) what to expect?
Tetrameth: I like to think of my style â€œTechnical Progressive.â€ A rumbling wooden progressive under sound, with a strong layer of technical musicality that can keep a dance floor crackinâ€™, yet still entertain the most educated & open minded of musicians. The idea of psy trance (I believe) is to engage the listener on a level that is just a stimulant for a good time and a damn good stomp (though these are crucial factors.) I believe psy trance un-like many other styles of music is a â€œcognition of thoughtâ€, an Instigator of ideas. And this is what I want Tetrameth to represent.
JK: Iâ€™ve seen one of your tunes is about to be released on New Zealand based label Cosmic Conspiracyâ€¦ Any other compilation releases in the pipeline?
Tetrameth: A north coast compilation is happening later this year with Sun Control, Sensient, Shadow Fx, Lost Keys & a couple of others.
JK: Who are your favourite artists within the trance industry at the moment?
Tetrameth: I played the â€œPeoples Partyâ€ on the North Coast, and Iâ€™d have to say â€œLost Keysâ€(from north coast). Heâ€™s a fresh face to the scene, and heâ€™s got fresh tracks to back that shit up. Very tasty, check him out.
JK: What about not in trance? Any outside influences on you musically?
Tetrameth: Oh shit yeah,where do I start. Tool, Mr Bungle, Mike Patton, Frank Zappaâ€¦I also try to draw a lot of inspiration from other forms of art-Alex Grey, Bill Hicks & Terence Mckeena are an enormous influence on both my music and my life/life style.
JK: What is in your studio setup? What would you recommend to anyone wanted to start producing professional level trance music?
Tetrameth: â€œThe Access Virusâ€ No doubt about it dude, itâ€™s the toughest sounding hardware synth since Stevie Wonder 1st released â€œSuperstitonâ€. If youâ€™re writing psy trance and Havenâ€™t one of those is a mighty good head start.
JK: Where do you hope to go with the Tetrameth project, it must be hard being involved in so many musical ventures? Do you see it as a main career path, or is more like a side-project?
Tetrameth: Hell no, I see as one of my many career paths. Iâ€™ve had heaps of musical projects. But this one has become a beast of its own, on its own. An un-ignorable entity I must persue. And that has definitely created that â€œcognition of thoughtâ€ for me.
JK: Got any gigs coming up bro? Any travel planned? Can we expect you up north anytime soon?
Tetrameth: Hopefully for Audiogasm, I think thatâ€™s the plan.
JK: Any thank-yous bro, or people who have made an impact on you? Any last words?
Tetrameth: Canâ€™t get back to the land of the snake gun and the beautiful unocin ofâ€œWhittikaâ€
JK: Thanks bro, champion. Catchya in the woodlands somewhereâ€¦