- Posted September 17, 2012 by
HUBA & SILICA - THE FUTURE OF MUSIC
Huba. We use mainly Analog gear and love the sound of the Lp, but we are conscious about the fact that we live in a changing world.
Ernesto. We use as much analog as we can afford, but we surely use digital for many many tasks. There's also so many cool digital stuff in the modular world, that's a remarkable shift and it's surely bringing a lot of new sonic opportunities. One thing we've been doing a lot is sampling whatever good analogue or old digital drum machines we step upon and building huge drum racks in ableton live that we keep available for every production or live session, thats kind of the perfect example of a balanced mix between. I love the one knob per function approach of analog synths tho… it helps you to get intimate with the instrument and certainly more creative with it.
2. How to use music as a public activism....
Huba. Ok let´s define Activism, which is not the act of incite or start riots, is more about causing changes, in that sense music is the conversation that motivates the change.
Ernesto. In that very same line, music, even the instrumental one, can and does, in fact, carry huge messages as part of a cultural conversation. Marry that with other artistic tools as photo, design or video and the vocabulary increases… so the whole thing here is to keep the conversation alive, interesting, and nurturing.
3. You are electronica or electronic music? Wheres electronica heading...
Huba. For me, we are Electronic Music. And regarding electronica, it is heading to a journey with more than roads, paths or tracks, is a cycle a human experience related to science and development. Some will choose the darkside others the light.
Ernesto. Yeah, Electronic Music, which is more related to the creative process than to a certain genre. Genres are like colors of a much more ample palette. Precisely, electronica is heading to more and more mixtures in order to achieve deeper or more specific feelings. There's some surprisingly good drum&bass and jungle popping out lately, exciting new stuff.
4. How did your music making process changed?
Huba. Sometimes is focused on what feels right other times is more about a song that we visualize so we just make it that way and it goes back and forth. Is like cooking the ingredients, the mixture of elements, the result and the taste
Ernesto. It has changed a lot in these 4 years. At the beginning it was more like putting the best ideas we two previously had before knowing each other and make them work together. Then we turned into finishing the best tracks we created together in the early years, as so not to let them die. And now it's all about coming up with new stuff, one song at the time. We still take our time to built things up, many months for each tune, trying a lot of stuff with the synthesizers, recording, testing, deleting and testing again… the same with vocals.
5. Whats the best thing about Live gigs?
Huba. Is the whole experience including the interaction with the audience, their reaction, the girls, friends, the execution of the music, for me is a rite that elevate the frequency of the heartbeat generating life.
Ernesto. Playing live, is great. The more we play, the more risks we take and the more we learn on how to build sets that flow more elastically with our mood and the audience's. It can be a joyride to play for a crowd that knows and love your music but it is also exciting to play new audiences that does not know our stuff, but gets hooked by the feeling and the energy of the live experience. We love when we get the change to play 2+ hour sets, that's when you can really create a narration and switch from electro to drum&bass naturally… longer sets are always better.
photo by Pablo Murillo & Suzi Love
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