A few of over here on The Dankles decided to make this past Halloween weekend a little special by making a trip from our hub in Colorado; out of the mountains and over to the west coast for some fun and relaxation! Our little jaunt led us out to the sunny California coast right around Santa Barbara. Though Santa Barbara was a pretty nice city we weren’t there for that, we were out there for the Lunacy Music and Art festival! The full moon weekend out at Live Oak Campground was choke full of beautiful people and great music; it also just happened to be where we got to sit down with Andreilien (formerly known as Heyoka) for a little chat about what he has been up to along with some plans he has for the future. Dig on in to what he had to say and check out of some tunes of his along the way.
TD: We’ll kick this off nice and easy: Would you like to introduce yourself to everyone out there?
A: Yes, but I’m going through a bit of a name thing right now. I’m in a transitional phase, going from one name to another, because every hippie has to change their name a few times to keep the confusion going. Otherwise, everyone walks around knowing everyone’s name and that prevents the unpredicted surprises in life.
Sorry, didn’t mean to dance around your question, but my name’s Andrei! I’ve been making music as Heyoka for a long time now, but recently I’ve been transitioning, I’m going by Andreilien now.
TD: Wait, so you’re really just changing your name?
A:Yeah, it’s kind of a long thing; I don’t mean to be vague, but it’s a long story. I kind of had to do it, it is what it is.
TD: Has it brought a smaller crowd out to your sets?
A: You know, it’s kind of hard to tell. I’m still in the early stages of this metamorphosis so I can’t really complain. I’m still doing shows and all that; it might have slowed down a little bit since people have to kind of put two and two together with the name change. But people seem to be pretty tolerant to name changes; I’ve even had some buddies that got away with doing it every few months. Eventually everything will pan out and people will get use to it.
TD: So can we expect any kind of change in your sound then?
A: I mean it won’t be specifically because of the name change, but sound always changes; that’s just how things go. It’s always changing. Right now I’m working on a little down-tempo ambient project–I haven’t been playing any of it live though–but hopefully it will turn into a release at some point.
As for my live sets, I’ll still be playing with more or less the same style–though it does always change a little bit.
TD: Your first Andreilien release had a real bubbly, glitched-out bass vibe throughout it. Do you plan on keeping your tunes wonky and upbeat, or are you wholly moving towards the downtempo path as you mentioned before?
A: I mean the down-tempo project is kind of just on the side. I always have the pressure to make dance tracks because I play a lot and to keep it fun and interesting I always like to have new [dance] tracks to pull out of the bag. I’ll probably get an EP of dance music out before the down-tempo stuff. The first release, Dubiteration, was more of a dub album, so some elements will be carried through into future tunes, as you can imagine.
TD: In terms of an onstage set up, what are you usually rolling with up there?
A: I play on Ableton, and for my midi controller I use an OHM64.
TD: Ever think about incorporating vinyl into your sets?
A: I’m actually a bit of a vinyl geek at home: I listen to a lot of vinyl, but I’m not really a vinyl DJ. For what I do it’s just a little different. When I play my live sets I like to break them up in Ableton to obtain a certain degree of live flexibility. I have never even pressed a vinyl, but I would love to know how. I’m sure that’s a ways down the road, though.
TD: Have you ever had an interest in getting your music pressed on vinyl?
A: Nah, not really. I was going to get it done before the end of the world next month since solar flares might burn out any digital products–but I think I’m more or less content with that not happening, so I can delay the vinyl pressing [laughs].
TD: Any plans for that big day looming on the horizon?
A: I’m gonna be down to a festival in Chichen Itza, Mexico called Synthesis. It’s the weekend of the 21st, so it should be a good time.
TD: It seems like everyone is really trying to go to some “out there” spots for that weekend.
A: Yeah, it’s been a big date for a lot of people and a lot of them want to be doing something about it. Needless to say, I’m happy to be playing that event.
TD: Do you have an opinion on the whole thing?
A: I try not to think about it to the point of making myself crazy or anything. Not to say that any 2012 fanatic out there is crazy, because some very sane people are believers. Being as wrapped up in the system as I am though, flying everywhere and all that, I’d probably burst a vein from all the thoughts.
TD: Any big plans for the rest of the year aside from that festival?
A: I’m going to be out at the Eclipse party in Australia, that will be fun. A lot of good friends will be down there.
TD: How’s the music scene in Australia? From over here, it seems like it’s a great time down there.
A: You’re right, I have always have a great time playing shows down there; lots of good people come out. It’s one of the only other festival circuits outside the west coast that has similar vibes. I mean it’s a lot of the same people too with all the interconnected networks. It’s just a funky scene with good music and people.
TD: Do you have any special affinity for the west coast?
A: Yeah, I mean it’s where I’m from so it’s what I’m uses to. It’s what I’ve been a part of for awhile now.
TD: How’d you wind up getting into this whole scene, this business, in the first place?
A: I started touring festivals with my dad as a teenager. He was a visual artist, so we use to tour all kind of festival on the west coast between 2003-2006. After that, I was kind of stuck on the festival lifestyle. At the time I was still in school, and fortunately they had electronic music classes which I was able to take to get me started there. From then on out, things kind of fell into place.
TD: As far as other outside influences go, where do you draw from?
A: To be honest, when it comes down to it, I draw from everything. I have a really eclectic music collection at home; I listen to a lot of records, older music from all eras really. To a degree I almost like to stay out of the loop with what’s going on to kind of keep myself in my own little bubble. That way I’m making music I like and not gearing myself towards certain styles that are going on.
TD: Do you ever experiment with sounds that you wouldn’t normally produce?
A: Of course! I take influence from everything I hear. There’s always new, cool music coming out; cutting edge stuff. It’s good to not be rigid. I say I like to stay in my bubble, but I’m constantly evolving, so it’s good to take things in from new places. In terms of the music that I make, like the basslines and the melodies, I like to sample multiple genres and make a little smoothie with everything to see how it goes out.
TD: Any other plans for the weekend, or do you get to hang around the festival for a bit?
A: Actually, I’m about to be on my way out soon after this. I’ll be playing Freaker’s Ball in San Francisco tomorrow night. I’ll probably be out of here in like an hour, but I also have a show in Tahoe the night before Halloween.
TD: Big plans for Halloween?
A: I’m actually not playing for the first time, so I’m probably gonna go out for a bit and have some fun.
TD: Have you enjoyed your time down at Lunacy?
A: Yeah, I’m really liking it down here. Seems like a lot of good people turned out. I like that it’s a little bit later in the festival season and people are still getting together for a good time. Not to mention, the weather is real nice this time of year down here; you don’t really get that in Northern California. Sweet spot, cool scene, definitely a good show.
TD: Off the top of your head, do you have a favorite event you usually play?
A: Well, my favorite show in general is Burning Man because it’s so big and crazy, it’s unlike anything else. When a set at Burning Man goes off, it really goes off. There’s a certain kind of energy that comes together out there on the Playa. With all the fire and freaks everything comes together for a out of control mash up.
TD: Are you coming back to Colorado anytime soon?
A: Probably. I think I might play Colorado more than anywhere else. Denver in particular. I love playing out there; there’s a great scene. I usually play Cervantes, but Sonic Bloom is always a good time every year as well.
TD: Any last minute shout outs?
A: Aw, no, I can’t. Once I thank one friend I have to thank them all and I don’t want anyone to feel left out.