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Bogtrotter – Dark Matter EP | Plus Artist Interview

Bogtrotter Dark Matter

by Kyle Taylor |

Electronic music is constantly evolving. Artists steadily striving for new depths, implementing their own twisted perspectives of sound. The psychedelic sound movement is far from a new phenomenon, still it remains one of the most promising. Electing to experiment with less-versed compositions, brilliantly original sound design, and deep inflections of withering noise, artists such as Bogtrotter are consistently setting new standards for the state of music.

With an already impressive arsenal of contorted noise under his belt- including the Jamais Vu, Catawompus, and Sonic Visions EPs- Bogtrotter has proved himself a key player in the ceaselessly unfolding world of futuristic beats. An eclectic set of inspirations and influences have set the Minneapolis producer on a path of blissful originality. The name Bogtrotter seems fitting to say the least, with a stylistic approach that will leave your ears feeling as though they’re trudging through the thickest layers of an audio swamp.

A founding member of the undeniably progressive label Shanti Planti, Bogtrotter turns to Additech Records for his newest release, the Dark Matter EP. Unveiling the release’s debut and self-titled single before this past weekend’s Infrasound Music Festival, Curtis Czock (Bogtrotter) further doused the waiting masses of the festival with selections from the new EP. With the 2015 festival marking Bogtrotter’s fourth consecutive performance, his haunting, future bass sound has become a staple of the Infrasond experience.

With the official release yesterday, we can now revel in the full splendor of Bogtrotter’s latest concoction. Calling upon sounds both digital and organic, Bogtrotter once again douses eardrums with torrential waves of psychedelic noise. Developing thick atmospheres infiltrated with glitch-inspired treble penetrations, the EP relies more on its sound design than actual percussion for its punctuation. Once again residing in creeping breaths of gurgling sound, the Dark Matter EP still finds plenty of firm footing in original thought.

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Funkadelphia: “Where are you originally from, and where have you spent your life up until now?”
Bogtrotter: “I’m originally from Delano, Minnesota, a small suburb of Minneapolis you’ve probably never heard of. But I’ve been living in Minneapolis for the better part of five years and have come accustomed to frequent and extended road trips across the U.S., mostly in the western half.”

Funkadelphia: “When did you first become interested in actually making music?”
Bogtrotter: “I’ve been interested in making music since I can remember, basically. My older brother bought his first guitar when I was about eight years old. I really wanted to jam with my big bro so I wanted to learn the drums. My parents told me I’d have to take piano for two years before they subjected themselves to the annoyances of buying a ten year old a drum set (I don’t blame them), and I happily agreed. I’ve been pretty musically active ever since, playing in a few bands throughout high school and middle school and eventually attending college for an audio technology degree, which fed my interest for producing and recording.”

Funkadelphia: “Is anyone else in your family strongly associated with music in any way?”
Bogtrotter: “Honestly aside from my brother being a guitarist, my family is not the most musically inclined. My Dad can sing pretty well when he wants to as well I suppose, but other than that, not really.”
Funkadelphia: “What other artists and musicians, producers or otherwise, do you feel have been a particularly strong influence on you?”
Bogtrotter: “There are countless artists over the years that I have been inspired by from all different genres. Some particular artists that have stood out over the years though are Dave Tipper, Tool, Metallica, Lamb of God, Hiromi Trio, Pnuma Trio, Sun in Aquarius, and more recently, all of my Shanti Planti homies who are constantly raising the bar in psychedelic electronic music.”
Funkadelphia: “What made you choose Additech Records for the new EP release, rather than Shanti Planti?”
Bogtrotter: “Given that I’ve already released two EPs on Shanti Planti, I felt that I needed to continue expanding my horizons and reach out to another respected label that I felt fit the sound of this EP. That absolutely doesn’t mean that I won’t be releasing on Shanti Planti again in the future. I have lots of love for all those guys. I just wanted to switch it up a bit.”
Funkadelphia: “Is there a lot of interaction and discussion between the Shanti Planti artists in regards to sharing music and bouncing ideas off one another?”
Bogtrotter: “I would say the interaction and discussion between the artists pertains more to management of the cooperative label and what direction we’re heading rather than bouncing musical ideas of one another. Though that does occasionally happen as well and is definitely encouraged. Most of us are more than willing to share our music with each other too.”
Funkadelphia: “Do you care to try to put your own words to the feeling or atmosphere of the EP?”
Bogtrotter: “Dark, heavy, wet….swampy.”
Funkadelphia: “Did you try to approach this new release in any different way than your prior releases?”
Bogtrotter: “In a way yes I think I was definitely fixating on a different type of vibe for these tunes. But I approach every release that way. I never want to make the same EP twice.”
Funkadelphia: “What are your currently using in the studio, both software and hardware?”
Bogtrotter: “Currently I am using Ableton Live 9 for performance and production, along with a bunch of third party vst’s and an Access Virus. I also recently purchased a roland hand sonic for live performances, but I’m still working out the kinks on how to go full beast on it.”
Funkadelphia: “How did you come up with the name Bogtrotter?”
Bogtrotter: “Long story short, my friend was telling me a story about a kid whose last name was Bogtrotter and it just sort of clicked. I was attempting to make heavy dubstep at the time and I thought it sounded like a cool name. Over time though, the music seems to have evolved to fit the name quite nicely. I think I just got lucky.”

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