An unforeseen acquaintance that soon turned into a creative union, Valencian duo Deeplomat & Dublatov made an impressive debut on Sincopat, and now join the Constant Circles roster with a dynamic leftfield cut “Frida” on our forthcoming SPIRALS series. To celebrate this we invited them along for a chat and a guest mix on the radio show.
What is your background and how did you get into music?
Max: I was studying in a diplomatic academy for 7 years, hence the artistic name. It is during that time when I found out that my true passion is music and with a twist of fate I got a job at a music radio station. I’ve been creating ever since, developing various music projects and learning the ways of the synthesizers.
Rost: I’ve been fascinated with the sci-fi and the computer technology since pretty much always and from there came love to electronic music. In the late 90s I’ve been making some music on an old clunker of a computer (VST wasn’t even a word back then) and performing in local clubs. In 00s while living in the US, I was earning some real money and that allowed me to buy my first hardware synths. With that gear I made progressive house tunes and was moderately successful under my Delikate Imposters moniker. Since then I took a loooong break but now I’m back!
Where are you based and how has your home country or town influenced your music & career?
We are based in Valencia, Spain. Even though we both are not originally from this area, we got to know each other here and started our D&D project soon thereafter. It is a beautiful city with a very rich culture, including that of electronic music (just remember the era of EBM and a parade of labels and clubs in Valencia!). These days there is a whole new generation of musicians in the city. It is a thriving music community a part of which is label Sincopat, where we released our first tunes as Deeplomat & Dublatov.
How would you describe your sound – do you think your music falls into a particular genre?
At the base of all our productions lies an inspired and ever-changing sound. A cascade of structures, unexpected turns of events and unlikely developments are what we’re after. Using the arsenal of gear we have, and the tricks we’ve learned over the years we think we are getting closer to that ideal, little by little. We don’t conform to any styles directly, but still we are mainly producing in the dance music sphere so far.
You will be releasing your debut track “Frida” on Constant Circles – how did you approach this project and how did the idea come together?
At first we actually had made a different track, called “Ida”. At that point we decided that we want to make a pairing track for it, sort of a friend if you will and from that came the code name “Friend of Ida”, which later was shortened to “Frida”. Musically though it turned out to be quite different. We started with a lyrical motiv and spiced it up with a polyrhythmic set of percussion instruments, which we cooked on our modular sequencers. As we were pretty much into making musical plays at the time, we decided that we need a new scene to develop the piece. We wrote a new lead for it, changed the groove and fused with what we had already. It turned into this sort of a journey, a story of “Frida” indeed.
What is your production process – is each project different? And what are your key pieces of studio kit?
Without a doubt every track is unique for us. Every time we start we try to use something new we never had tried before. A new piece of gear, a new approach to this or that, a new knowledge. Sometimes it’s just an overall mood we have that guides the process and dictates the final product. As for the studio, we lean towards using hardware synthesizers and samplers. We’ve got descent package of devices which consists from an array of modular synthesizers, an almost complete pack of Elektron gear and a bunch of can’t-live-without-them effect pedals. On the side we also have a few Roland synths that we use here and there and some controllers. We glue it all together in Ableton Live, which we use for the post production.
How do you work as a duo – do you each have different roles, in the studio and on stage?
In the studio and on the stage we basically have two domains. Max is mainly commanding the Elektron army and Rost is cooking things on the modular synths. Right now, we are actually in the process of building a new live project, which will use those machines as a core. We feel like that kind of combination: the unique and almighty interfaces of Elektron and the wild raw power of modular synths is what brings the balance and allows us to achieve interesting results. Stay tuned!
Which of you has the most annoying habit, and what is it?
Not that we remember. 🙂
What do you have coming up in terms of releases and gigs?
The newest in the pipeline is the release with you guys, on Constant Circles. Other than that there are some on-going negotiations concerning the other tracks we have, but the details will be disclosed later.
How did you put together your guest mix for the radio show & what have you included – any exclusives or surprises?
Well, for one the exclusive is our very own “Frida” :). It is going to be heard for the first time outside of the studio walls. As far as the music discovery or “crate digging” process goes… We don’t have any particular set of rules. The tone is initially set by one or more of our own tracks, that we are going to use in the mix. Later, we surround them with the keen and inspiring music from our favourite artists and labels or the new stuff we find while browsing certain distribution platforms. It’s is all kind of ad-hoc and very liquid.
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