5 October 2015 admin
Sorry for the late update, we posted this on the appropriate day on the Nekro FB page. However, we are proud and excited with that new Lowroller release, especially with the statement he made below :
“I chose this day for a very specific reason: I wanted to release “Turning Point” on my birthday to set a mark, a change…and is no coincidence I’m releasing it today on Nekrolog1k Recordings.
Nekrolog1k was the first label which opened the door when I came knocking and we are family ever since.
In these years I experimented a lot, did some great stuff but also some mistakes like trying to gratify other people at all costs…
When I started this Lowroller thing it was a rebellion against what I didn’t like and I produced music without considering what “the market will do, say or think” about my tracks.
So what direction am I taking after this Turning Point? Very simple, I will produce whatever I want and lift my middle finger to all these compromises which made me and many other producers unhappy.
Back to square one: my music, my rules.”
LINK TO THE RELEASE : http://www.nekrolog1krecordings.com/?post_type=release&p=1378
1 October 2015 admin
1. Hi Joost, first we must say that we are really happy to have you as our first artist to start the new Agnost1k Era with your Stratification EP.
You released a wide range of releases on many well known labels like Ant-Zen, Vendetta Music, Neurotrope, etc. since 2005. How can you describe your music for our listeners who may don’t know you yet ?
Mono-Amine is an adventurous, intense industrial / hardc ore-noisish electronic music project and live-act. Mono-Amines, as they appear in neurochemistry, are crucial in bringing the brain to a state of adrenaline and euphoric rush, and that is the same effect my music and the proces of creating does to my own brain. Through releasing it and performing live, I’ve found that it has the same effect on some other human beings on this planet and I consider that as a compliment.
Mono-Amine is electronic warfare and is not meant and aimed to be understood by everyone.
2. What is the biggest inspiration for your music ?
On a daily basis, the average person in this time-frame is sleepwalking through life, never questioning anything and swallowing everything that governments, mainstream media, religion and next of kin monopolize as the truth. It pisses me off. Creating music is my way of staying sane and being able to cope with this reality.
Next to this, I have uncontrollable urge to create new things, music for me is the most powerful way to do this. In my mind, there is always this kind of atmosphere filled with sounds and rythmes that need to be transformed into music. I think it will never end and I love that. Using technology helps achieving this goal and this is also a lot of fun for me. I have a brain which allows me to visualize (its called “synaesthesia”) and most of the times its distracting. But when I make music, it all comes together.
For me industrial is not ‘a’ or ‘some ‘music genres. For me, it is a way of approaching music, defying dogmas in sound, tempo and rythm. It’s also a way to scream ‘fuck off’ to the world we live in, while at the same time having a lot of fun just enjoying music in all ways possible, preferably involving layers of distortion !
4. If we discuss now more about technical aspects. How important is technology to your creative process ?
Technology is very important for me. I am a big sound nerd and many evenings when people are going out, I am at home figuring out new workflows, reading manuals and finding new ways to put my brainwaves into music. The process is more important than the result for me. It’s never ending and addictive. I work both with new digital methods alongside old analog methods. I have a studio in which I can choose how I want to work at that moment, and choose for the new tight editable way (I LOVE sampling and re-sampling with a computer) or the old playful analog way. Combining it makes me a happy musician. In all events, everything ends up in the computer for processing and mixing. Ableton is the sequencer and master-clock I always work with, I love it. Though there are a few little things that need to get fixed so I am eagerly waiting for Ableton 10 !
5. Can you tell us what did you use for your STRATIFICATION EP ?
During the process of creating these tracks, I had to move my studio so it is hard to exactly explain the workflow. In general, I recorded some unique single hit samples, processed them several times, put them from my computer into the analog world again to be processed, then record them in Ableton again and have them sequenced. Some old analog gear like the Pearl Syncussion SY1 and the filter of the Yamaha CS10 were used as well, next to a bunch of distortion and compression pedals. I just bought my Elektron Analog Rythme at the time, so a few sounds come from it (while I was learning the machine at the same time). There are some noises from my modular synth too. I used my Allen and Heath zed428 to record into Ableton and used Ableton drum-racks with many effect chains extensively.
6. We can often see you playing at parties all over Europe. Your live act was really powerful last year at the 2k14 Maschinenfest, but which was your best gig as a performer ?
Ow, that’s a difficult question ! In the last 12 years, I’ve done in between 5 and 20 gigs per year. I dont care if I am in a basement with 50 people or on a 5000 people stage. The thing I do care about is a proper sound-system, no sound limit and a crew who organizes the event for the love of music, not for the money.
I’ve been lucky to play at the Machinenfest festival twice, and both of those gigs will always be remembered ! It’s my favorite festival and they always make sure the sound, the atmosphere and the locations are optimal. I really hope to be back on that stage one day again !
7. Can you tell us a bit more about your live set up ?
I switch setups every few years. When I started, I used to carry a lot of analog equipment, but moving around with it is plain hell, plus it tends to break. On the top of it, traveling with all that stuff by plane is nearly impossible, at least not for a live act like mine (haha), and it would be to expensive for the organizers. I use a laptop with Ableton with several controllers, but I use it in a way I can jam with the music : there’s no set arrangement and I have programmed my controllers to have extensive control so I can freak with the music while performing. To be able to do this, I need to reload my computer a lot because even the newest i7 cpu’s are not even close to be powerful enough to handle a full set the way I work. I use Sony Playstation portables with recorded Mono-Amine soundscapes to make the transitions while I reload my computer. Sometimes I bring some hardware, like a Roland TB303, a hardware filter or a Elektron Octatrack for example, all synchronized to Ableton.
I have been doing some experimentation with full hardware sets again in the studio recently, I might do some of those in the future if the circumstances allow it.
8. About your future, who would you most like to collaborate with ? Do you have a specific project ? Something you want to experiment ?
I don’t like collaborating on tracks, i have tried a couple of times but differences in setup or workflow have not led to tracks which actually got released. I am difficult with what i put out so I hardly do compromises. But who knows what will happen in the future… if Haus Arafna calls to work on a collab, I’ll be happy to do so !
I’ve been experimenting with new workflows which lead to a different sounds recently. Once I believe that it reached a level it can be out, I’ll do some tryout livesets or releases, but it won’t be any less dark or energetic haha
Mostly my focus stays on Mono-Amine, it is part of my soul and will always be so.
9. Finally, what was the last record you discovered and really enjoy ?
I have been enjoying the new Qual album named Sable, it’s William Maybelline’s solo project next to his work for Lebanon Hanover. Great musician. That aside, I am a huge Haus Arafna (and November Novelet) fan, I still play their album “YOU” on a weekly basis, musical brilliance in its purest form.
Thank you Joost for your time, music and dedication to the true underground !
22 September 2015 admin
“The Seminar1sts marked a new beginning for Agnost1k, a New Era…
Mono-Amine builds here a bridge between the past and the future of the label with this new release, by aiming towards a more global Industrial sound and getting rid of the sub-genres confinement and therefore the illusory schemas of the human mind.
One can feel Mono-Amine’s different roots and influences, subtly diluted and mixed during the four tracks of this Stratification EP. A perfect illustration is the 2 part track “Invaded Silence” : as the part 1 has clearly a more hardcorish color, the second clearly part ways with it to freely explore more noizy fields. “Liberties” and “Trying to Free your Mind” inscribe themselves in the continuity of Mono-Amine’s sound, to quote the Artist himself : “dark, distorted, layered, straight in your face and with a sick fresh kind of groove”.
Mono-Amine is an adventurous, intense industrial / hardcore-noisish electronic music project and live-act from Joost G, based in The Haque (NL). He’s been releasing 12inches and albums on various recognised labels and in different so called ‘scenes’ since 2004. The last full album releases have been on Vendetta music USA and Ant-Zen Germany. Mono-Amine is electronic warfare and is not meant and aimed to be understood by everyone. With his (live)music, he explodes the boundaries between noisecore, experimental, hard-breaks and industrial tekno”.
LINK TO THE RELEASE : http://www.nekrolog1krecordings.com/?post_type=release&p=1331
Produced by Joost Gransjean
Mastered by Eric Van Wonterghem
Artwork and design by Neverquiet & Billy S.