Xsetra aka Ed joins me to have a chat about his release with Monarch, Bands and the Doof scene. Xsetra's release "Ether EP" is Monarch's third release, a deep, dark and massive EP, making waves in the local dnb scene!

MR
So firstly, thanks for releasing with Monarch, it has been an absolute please man!
Tell me about your musical history, did you teach yourself music production?

 

Ed
Hey dude! Very happy to be onboard with you lot. I am self taught been doing it for about 9 years, first starting out on the guitar in high school playing in bands then later moving into electronic productions in my later teens.

 

MR
That’s awesome man, I wish I picked up and stuck to music in school, one of my biggest regrets. I've had to re-learn all of the theory! What bands were you into in school?

 

Ed
I was big on Queens of the Stone Age, Steely Dan, Joe Bonamassa and much more.

 

MR
Nice nice, I was a fan of QOTSA too. What were the first electronic genres you were interested in? Did you produce any other genres in your earlier years?

 

Ed
Well the first dose of electronic music I liked probably was Aphex Twin when I was about 15 then moved into square pusher and the ball started rolling from there. It wasn't until I went out to a dubstep gig in Sydney in the early 2000's that really sparked my interested in producing, i started with a project called Boudi Bass it was a duo with a mate of mine, we played at Void, Petes Ridge Festival and a few other events.

 

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MR
I just had a cheeky listen to Boudi Bass on Soundcloud 😉
Are there any stand out musical experiences, gigs/shows that turned the light on for producing?

 

Ed
Most of the early Void shows at the Phoenix bar in Sydney really got it going, one in particular was a Casper gig he played some crazy shit and really influenced my early productions.

 

MR
Sweet man, I went to a few Void gigs, a bit hazy on memories though lol
So your productions are super tight and really clean, you mentioned you've been producing for 9 years, have you ever thought about dabbling in any wildly different genres? Like techno, house?

 

Ed
Well I have been producing a couple of different genres including Techno for a long time, I've just never released any of it yet. Early next year in February I'll be launching my side project, it’s a strange mixture of down tempo and psychedelic dub so really looking forward to it.

 

MR
Ohhhhh that sounds really interesting.
So you're pretty well involved in the doof scene, tell me about that, what draws you to that scene?

 

Ed
The Doof scene has always had my attention, for me it's a really nice environment for the arts and music of all sorts. The atmosphere of these Doofs are unmatchable and performing my music at some of Australia's finest bush party's has been a delight. Most psytrance I'm not a massive fan of, although the slow Zenon prog sound is where it's at! For me anyway, it's funky, chunky, and psychedelic. Just the wide variety of music to experience at these events is a real attraction not to mention the decor!

 

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Ed
The great thing is DnB is slowly moving into the Doof scene and it's exciting.

 

MR
I must admit, I'm a doof virgin, but I meet so many of the people who are involved, and they are some of the nicest people I know. I've always been meaning to go to one!

 

Ed
Well I really recommend going! You won't be disappointed, it's true most folk a generally very nice.

 

MR
SO the tunes. Wow, what a huge release, it’s really struck a chord with the dnb locals, so much great feedback. Ether in particular really resonated with me, nice and dark and deep. The short sharp drum samples, the low warm bass line. I get a such a deep and intriguing vibe, like I'm looking into a dark room with sounds reaching out to me and retracting.

What was the inspiration for your tunes, Ether, Fujita and Rank?

 

Ed
Thanks bro! Rank was inspired from an unknown half time tune I heard early in the year, unfortunately I still haven't found the name of that tune! I just liked the deep vibe it has going on. Ether was just a random day where I woke up one morning and jumped in the studio for a solid 14hrs by the end of the session I was in no way good to judge my work so I slept on it. The next day when I woke to this tune I was very happy, my brain was fried from the long session and trying to fit my day job in I felt like I could be in the "ether" lol hence why I named the tune that. Fujita is a completely random name, it felt good when I rolled it off the tongue one day and I liked the look of the spelling so I went for it haha. To be honest most time when I produce I don't have much inspiration I just jump in and go for it.

 

MR
That’s really interesting! They all have consistency man, I think you've really sharpened your unique sound.

What musical influences would you say have played a part in recent years?

 

Ed
Thank you, a great deal of inspiration in the DnB production has been from a few including, DLR, Disprove, Lynx and I might as well as the old Mefjus! For other favoured producers I've been influenced by Quanta (Shanti Planti music) Grouch, Louis Flores and loads of others.

 

MR
A nice variety there
So I'll finish up here, last question 🙂 I've asked everyone this, as I'm really interested in seeing the different responses haha

Are you digging any other Monarch releases?

 

Ed
Yes I really love the D-Vide Riot tune, it's large! Almost got that DLR vibe going on a very nice tune.

 

MR
Awesome man!
Well thanks heaps for spending some time with me, really appreciate it man!

 

Ed
No problem mate, it was a pleasure to chat with you.

 

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