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.
Bogtrotter – Dark Matter EP — Buy on Additech Records
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.”
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.”
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.”