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Your EDM Q&A: Does Canadian Techno Artist The GOAT Stay As much as His Title With His New Album? [Video]

Vancouver-based producer The GOAT has been tirelessly releasing more and more heavier and weirder industrial techno since he started making EDM in 2016. One must if one needed to be seen as the best of all time, wouldn’t one? Effectively, identical to something within the music world, Chris Marcinikiewicz’s chosen moniker isn’t precisely because it appears. With all his work, together with The Particulars Are Obscure, his debut album on Groundwerk Recordings, launched earlier this month, The GOAT simply needs to make us dance.

Coming from a thrash and punk drumming background, Marcinikiewicz’s earlier musical years had been spent touring Europe, particularly Germany, and influenced by the techno sounds there but in addition experimental punk bands like Fugazi, Unhealthy Brains and Minor Risk. This explains the heavy and sometimes analog drum remedies The GOAT’s digital productions get, and sure why his techno comes off sounding extra industrial than large room, a rarity these days in North America.

The GOAT has nonetheless managed to garner loads of assist each regionally and overseas, hitting the highest 100 on Beatport’s techno charts along with his first EP, Flout, and the highest ten on the ambient chart as properly. After this early success, he attached with Groundwerk Recordings and its founder Joel West to supply much more groundbreaking work and put out a document variety of tracks and EPs since then and now. With a mode so distinctive and area of interest, it’s a very good factor The GOAT has this kind of work ethic, as a result of he’s just about created this ambient/industrial/techno sound/style on his personal.

With the small print of how he got here to seek out this sound, the tech of this kind of techno and how much cocky motherfucker really names himself The GOAT being obscure, we went to Marcinikiewicz looking for the solutions and located greater than the small print. We found an artist who works from his coronary heart and whose dedication will be felt in each monitor (and the explanations behind the title), so learn on and pay attention as all is clarified and revealed.

You appear to have picked one hell of a specialty by way of a distinct segment model, particularly within the North American scene. How did you get began making beats and when/why did you resolve to go industrial techno?

I used to be very lucky as a younger child to have the chance to see electronics and sequencers and issues at an early age. I can credit score that to 2 older household pals, one in all which had a 90s midi residence studio and was so affected person in exhibiting me find out how to get began on making loops and in the end tracks. The opposite household buddy confirmed me and his youthful brother industrial music within the early and mid 90s. It was all that Wax Trax stuff. It immediately seemed like one thing I needed to discover ways to do. I kinda got here full circle to it as a result of I performed in punk bands and experimented with synthesizers for a few years. I simply discovered the place the place it could actually all meld collectively.

To that finish, how do you’re feeling your work has been acquired in North America? Clearly you’re charted on Beatport, however do you discover it’s more durable to interrupt the scene right here versus Europe the place Rammstein and different heavy techno acts are so standard?

The reception of the album has been good. I’m completely happy that The Particulars Are Obscure  is being supported and acquired in addition to it’s. To reply your second query, it’s a little bit of a double edged sword. I really feel like in North America, or possibly the place I play, techno is a misused time period. It’s a little bit of a catch-all for the time being, and sort of the “cool phrase,” however most individuals are enjoying deep home or no matter. Issues are marketed as “techno” but it surely’s not that. So yeah, I don’t know, I’m possibly thought-about area of interest right here, however in Europe, there are such a lot of individuals doing it that it could be harder to face out. Finally, I’m simply writing music I need to hear. And if it strikes you, if it resonates, lets dance collectively.

Except for the above-mentioned apparent, what acts had been your predominant influences to create this sort of techno? What do you like concerning the sound that retains you going?

For me, Its within the method. Going again to punk, a band like Fugazi or At The Drive In, their fearlessness is what conjures up me. Clearly industrial acts, and goth acts assist the sonics and the imagery, however these two I discussed really stick out as a result of I really feel like they’ve a signature sound, however they all the time challenged it of their method. There was all the time a “what’s subsequent?” side when phrase obtained out that new music was coming from Fugazi. I like loads of totally different types of music so I’m leaving rather a lot out; that’s only one instance of a very good method.

Time to get techy: there are loads of experimental and dissonant components constructed into the sound design on The Particulars are Obscure, just like the ambient pipe sounds beneath the primary music on “Faraway from Service” or the ambient, beatless construction on “You Missed the Forest for the Timber.” How a lot of this album was pure experimentation for you and what attracts you to the science of sound?

I had objectives with what I needed to perform with the sound. I needed it to really feel human, however techno is inherently mechanical. This being my debut LP, I needed to tip my hat to the sounds that impressed me after I first began with electronics within the mid-90s, so experimentation with a function was key. I had many sound designing classes, some extra guided than others, however I needed to let the machines converse. I needed to be a conduit for them.

I really feel like when {hardware} is concerned, there’s a relationship and a dialog that occurs. Particularly with modular synthesis. You place info in, It speaks, you interpret and make adjustments. All of that was captured. The ultimate synth in “Diminished” was simply that: a stay take that was un-edited, and I like that there’s some drift there, and errors. It feels alive to me. With an album, I’ve discovered, there’s a time to depart all of your tendencies behind. It’s not written the identical approach an EP is. I felt like I may do something.

Constructing on that, what kind of programming or mods did you utilize to get these extra experimental components? How did they match with the primary compositions, or did you provide you with the singular sounds first after which construct the tracks?

Each monitor is constructed totally different. One factor for certain, and you may discuss to Joel West about this as a result of we’ve labored on many tracks collectively, is I really feel just like the enjoyment is find a unique strategy to make the music. So for instance, possibly this sure monitor can solely be achieved utilizing one synthesizer for each side. Or possibly some kind of self-imposed limitation might be put into the session as a way to steer you a sure approach and push you out of the norm. It retains issues contemporary for me. I mixed that with telling the sonic story I needed to inform as a way to program these components. Some tracks had been began very merely with a groove, others had been positively with an experimental side first, after which solid into what I needed it to stay as.

Your time as a drummer touring in Germany and Japanese Europe has clearly influenced how you set your drum traces collectively. How essential are these drums for you? Did you actually need to make them shine on this album?

As a result of I performed drums rising up and I get pleasure from loads of several types of music, I needed to discover that (several types of drum traces). I needed to see if I may discover a place for them on the album. Now, they’re mangled to shit, however that’s the place they match within the document. I additionally had some precise music concepts that I needed to pursue on this too. Due to the pandemic, I felt like I had the time to go down that highway with Nathan and Amanda (Melohalo, on “Alone”). They’re a terrific fucking band before everything, so it was cool to see how we may attain that feeling. You recognize, all of us reaching towards a standard aim. I can’t wait to listen to what they do subsequent. On “Diminished,” it was like second nature, and it actually was cool to work with Jamison (Prystay) once more. We’d performed collectively in bands rising up, so going full circle there felt very pure. Who wouldn’t need to play drums on Rhett’s (Williams) guitar enjoying? He performs with a ton of perspective. I needed analog drums to have their spot on the album that might create the extra apparent human side.

In what different methods do you assume your thrash background influenced the album?

I believe the primary approach thrash and punk have influenced this album Is my tolerance for noise. I’ve left headroom for future exploration of noisier and heavier points, however I’m additionally not gonna draw back from factors on the album like “The Mud Of Humanity” or “Vulcanize.” With out my background, I wouldn’t have been capable of permit the music to go to these locations.

You’ve had a variety of releases with the well-known Vancouver imprint Groundwerk Recordings so clearly there’s a very good relationship there, however why did you resolve to launch the album with them?

Groundwerk is residence. It’s so essential to me as a label, however to people who don’t know, Groundwerk is much more than that. It began out as a listening social gathering the place bed room producers (and producers of all ranges) may submit music, hear it on a membership system, and discuss store with different likeminded people. It was superb for studying from different individuals and networking. It’s only a nice and inclusive place to be. The explanation I say it is because after I was at my most disillusioned about music is when Groundwerk began. I went to their first occasion years again on my own, not realizing anybody, and it modified the whole lot. Like, there are scenes, however not often does a label construct group. From Groundwerk’s group, so many individuals have flourished of their respective disciplines. For them to choose me up with I used to be artistically most weak, It meant rather a lot to me.

Groundwerk the label, Groundwerk the occasion promoter, Groundwerk the (public & Twitch-during-pandemic) listening social gathering, make up the roots of loads of what is occurring, and has occurred within the Vancouver scene within the final, I’d say, 5 years. Individuals have discovered, grown, and even moved on, but it surely’s an establishment.

Okay we gotta ask concerning the title: is it a little bit of cheeky irony, making enjoyable of popular culture, or did you select it since you need to be the Yeezy of techno?

It’s 100% tongue-in-cheek. I liked the thought of The Prodigy’s title being a throw again to the DJ’s and MC’s in early hip-hop; these bigger than life names. I additionally am an enormous fan of fight sports activities, so there’s that. Anybody that is aware of me is aware of it’s a caricature and a joke. But in addition, rising up, my mother used to name me “Kozuka” (Koza) in Polish, which suggests goat. I used to be all the time energetic and all the time discovering methods to stumble into issues and damage myself as a toddler (laughs) so actually, its a nod to that as properly. There ya go, the cat is formally out of the bag!

We’re certain for the time being you’re completely happy celebrating the album lastly being out, however do have any perception on what’s developing subsequent for you? Reveals/excursions/releases?

I’m presently working with promoters lining issues up. So if you need me in your metropolis, head over to and discover my socials there. Attain out and lets dance.

The Particulars Are Obscure is out now on Groundwerk Recordings and will be bought on Beatport or streamed on Spotify.




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