Berlin based Joris Biesmans has already made waves with releases on Aeon and Correspondant with his unique take on melodic House & Techno. He makes a welcome debut on Constant Circles with “Zelda” consisting of his trademark analogue sound, experimental yet filled with melody & emotion, part of our forthcoming SPIRALS compilation. We invited him along for an interview & a guest slot on the radio show.
What is your background and how did you get into music?
I started to make music when I was 13 (this was in 96’). My brother got this software called “Fastracker” from a friend and I got quite quickly hooked on this. It wasn’t until 2003 I got the money to get myself some decent speakers and some gear.
Where are you based and how has your home country or town influenced your music & career?
I live in Berlin since 2013 now. I come from a small village in Belgium called “Waltwilder” and I’m not sure how this influenced me although it obviously did! I guess growing up in a small village shuts you off a bit from what’s going on in the hip and cool places which gives you maybe less outside influence or something. I’m very sure it has its pro’s and cons!
How would you describe your sound – do you think your music falls into a particular genre?
mmmm… Colorful? I’m definitely not making music in a specific genre! I love exploring and experiment with melody as a key element.
You are making your debut on Constant Circles with “Zelda” – how did you approach this project and how did the idea come together?
This particular track came to life after a little jam with me Korg Volca’s. The bass comes from the Volca Bass and the synth is the Volca Keys. The little riff in the end comes from the ms 20 and when I was recording it, a friend of mine passed by. He was laughing because it reminded him of the game “Zelda”.
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What is your production process – is each project different? And what are your key pieces of studio kit?
Well I never start from a template and I often change my routine so in that way, each project is different yes but I do have a set of equipment I’m always using. I love to work with hardware and my studio workhorses are the MS20, Moog Grandmother, Juno 106 and the Korg Radias alongside some analog delays and effects. When I use plugins, it’s usually the Arturia stuff. These are really good! As you can see I LOVE the vintage sounds.
What is your dream label to release on?
There are a few but if I had to choose 1 it might be Permanent Vacation
Can you tell us something most people won’t know about you?
On my left ear I hear about 60% of my right ear. Unfortunately I also have tinnitus on that side.
What do you have coming up in terms of releases and gigs?
I’m actually finishing a few EP’s (but I cannot say too much yet) . I’m doing a single on Future disco in July and I did a remix for Dharma on “Nothing Is Real” which should be out by the end of May.
How did you put together your guest mix for the radio show & what have you included – any exclusives or surprises?
I like to showcase a wide variety of music so I like to start slow at 105bpm an build up towards 125bpm. From ambient to techno, a bit for everyone. There is 1 exclusive bootleg version from Nina Simone in there by my friend and very talented producer Alex Medina!