Interview: Eric Volta

09 April 2014 - - - The DJ List


Cosmic, psychedelic & extraordinary, ERIC VOLTA’s music is as far out as the man behind it. The architect responsible for one of 2013’s biggest records – ‘Love Your Illusion’ has a unique story to tell. One that is backed with years of hard work and a humbling attitude that has invited people and circumstances into his journey that have lead to this moment.

In literature a ‘volta’ is the moment in a sonnet when everything changes – where the writer turns full circle, switching viewpoint. Without intention, this is the path Volta has naturally chosen to walk and in doing so, has created onto himself something quite unique.

Volta is often looked at as someone who thinks outside the box. He is a native Londoner who grew up traveling, spending the first 20 years of his life wandering through Europe, the Middle East & South East Asia. His varied upbringing and multi cultured exposure helped to fuel his diverse artistic and musical curiosity.

Who first introduced you to electronic music?

Well, perhaps an uncle of mine who used play me some Jean Michael Jarre, but I wasn't really into it. I sort of discovered it on my own through jazz, with HERBIE HANCOCK and crossover descendants in the form of IDM & D&B.

Was there a pivotal moment in your musical upbringing that set you down the path you're on today?

The day I ran on stage for 10 minutes in front of large crowd in a very cool venue in Singapore and had a live jam in front of everyone with my buddies Kamal and Stone.

Can you tell us some of your favorite hardware that you like to use in your studio?

Well, all of it! I love my Voyager and my Juno 60! I think it’s better not to use so much and focus on using less to achieve more. Obviously the mind is a library which is plenty.

Can you tell us about your latest release under No. 19 label, 'Blood Burgundy'? How did you end up working with Gretz?

I work with GAIKA, and the two of them are friends. So one day, Gaika rolls into my studio in Berlin with Gretz. It’s just like that. We jammed, and we got on.

What’s the biggest challenge when collaborating with someone else on new music?

Being comfortable with that person. You have to be able to let yourself go.

What producers do you currently appreciate/look up to at this moment?

I really love Arca. That is someone thinking in a different direction.

Can you tell us what attracts you to the band Mars Volta and what other rock bands do you enjoy listening to?

Rock n’ roll innit. How is that still not the sexiest thing ever? We don't have rock stars right now. We have celebrities who are famous people with no talent and it’s achingly pathetic. Please, and rock star behavior also means those guys perform like a boss on stage and they deliver the very next day.

I've read that you're trying to organize a live band in the near future. How is that progressing and what instruments and equipment do you have in mind for it?

I am still looking. Please if you are a sick, slick cat with skills on percussion I would love to hear from you. Drop me a message on Facebook.

What's your biggest vice?

I don't know if I am allowed to mention this here. I love expanding my mind and I love skin. If you would like to know just how much, ask me personally, I’m not shy about it. Those who know me… know.

What are your upcoming you have planned for 2014?

I have been traveling so much and I am in a very positive headspace from it. But for sure, more remixes. I just did a remix on Subjekt recordings that I absolutely love and there’s a remix for Pets Recordings coming out on a bone shaped USB stick. DOPE right?! Also more music on No.19…

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About the Author

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