This blog from Poland asked me if i’d do an interview and a podcast for them. I agreed. The interview was written in polish, but i decided to make an english version for you. And while you are reading it enjoy the podcast.
Tobiesobiemiastu: Hi. I remember it was around 2010 when I heard Metai for first time. It was amazing.
Giriu Dvasios: Thanks, it features some of the earliest Giriu Dvasios works so really glad to hear that.
Tobiesobiemiastu: When did you start producing music?
Giriu Dvasios: I have started when i was around 13-14 years, that’s around year 2000. But i started Giriu Dvasios in 2009.
Tobiesobiemiastu: And why did you choose dub?
Giriu Dvasios: I have a friend who used to show me dub techno tracks, i kind of liked them but i wasn’t into it that much. I decided to try to make a dub techno track my self, because i always liked challenges in music. So after i made it i liked it too much and i couldn’t put it under my current moniker at that time (SoulSonic). It sounded too different. So i decided that i need a new artist name for this track, and for my future dub techno tracks, because i knew i’m going to make more. That’s how it started. I chose it because i liked producing it i guess. It’s quite a defined style, so it’s an opportunity to be creative and go beyond the definition.
Tobiesobiemiastu: Recently I spoke with a Polish producer Blazej Malinowski, who is making dub techno. He is one of very few in Poland in this genre. What is the situation in Lithuania?
Giriu Dvasios: Dub Techno scene here is very small. There are only few DJ’s playing dub techno, and only few producers making it. But Giriu Dvasios is somewhat popular here, and that’s unexpected to me. All in all the scene is good in Lithuania, we have a lot of DJ’s and producers, a lot of electronic music festivals, parties, events. There is enough action in electronic music in our country.
Tobiesobiemiastu: And what about your influences?
Giriu Dvasios: when i started making dub techno the biggest influences were “Idei Lahesna” album by Octex, Deepchord and most importantly Rhythm & Sound. I guess Rhythm & Sound is still an influence and inspiration. Right now i’m heavily influenced by lithuanian ethnic songs, chants and music in general. I spend a lot of time studying ancient baltic culture. I feel like i am supposed to know more about my ancestors. I think it’s important to point out that Giriu Dvasios in lithuanian mean Spirits of the Woods, which i think sounds quite archaic.
Tobiesobiemiastu: My girlfriend called dub techno music, music from the forest.
Giriu Dvasios: It’s interesting that a lot of people imagine woods when they hear dub techno.
Tobiesobiemiastu: Are the titles of your tracks and albums lithuanian?
Giriu Dvasios: Yes.
Tobiesobiemiastu: What are your plans for the future?
Giriu Dvasios: I have many ideas and plans, but we’ll see how 2014 unfolds. Right now i might release an EP on vinyl together with another producer. I won’t reveal any more details yet. I am also trying to work out a CD release. I also have an idea of an album with ethnic lithuanian songs. But again, who knows what may happen.
Tobiesobiemiastu: Five favorite albums of all time.
- Brock Van Wey – White Clouds Drift On and On
- ASC – Time Heals All
- Atheus – Compile
- The Tuss – Rushup Edge
- Yagya – Will I Dream During The Process
Tobiesobiemiastu: Thank you for the interview!
Giriu Dvasios: Thank you.
To check out the original polish interview click on the following link: http://tobiesobiemiastu.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/wywiad-giriu-dvasios-2014/