insider.fm: Hi TX Connect, thanks for joining us here on insider.fm. In 2013 you burst onto the scene with several releases on some high profile labels. How did this come about and how long have you been making music?
TX Connect: I would like to say I got lucky with those releases which to an extent I did, but truly I’ve been working hard on music for quite some time now. Music has been a massive part of my life since I can remember and have always been making it or at least attempting to since I got a guitar in the third grade. I’ve been tinkering with electronic music since early college with natural progressions from Fruity Loops, Cubase, Reason, Ableton, to a hardware-based studio. My first release on L.I.E.S. can be attributed to the man Speculator for putting in a good word for me to the big boss. The release on DABJ I owe to some other nice people; the fellows Kuri & Shawn over at Night Gallery encouraged me to send some tracks I had been working on over to them.
i: You live in Dallas, Texas. What kind of impact do your surroundings (if any) have on your music? Would you say there is an underground scene in Dallas and if so, how involved are you?
TX: I wouldn’t say the physical surroundings of Dallas impact me all that much or possibly they do and I’m not all that cognizant of it. One thing that has changed is that my studio is in a little tiny apartment as opposed to where it used to be in a legitimate rehearsal space where I could get loud as shit at any time of day or night. Back then (about a year and a half ago) I think being able to pound out tracks through huge powered PA speakers led me to make a bit more aggressive music, now that I’m in my apartment and have to make everything on studio monitors or headphones, I find myself making some deeper and more ethereal stuff as of late. As far as the scene goes, we do have a strong underground movement. It is not as centralized as I would like it to be but there are many extremely talented DJs and producers who live here. I try to involve myself as much as I can either DJing or performing live when I get the opportunity. The next step for all of us here is to put all of our heads and efforts together to truly put us on the map and enable ourselves to consistently throw parties that people will remember for years.
i: You have a very clearly-defined sound, defined by analogue hardware. What appeals more to you as a producer - being a ‘torch bearer’ and perfecting your own sound or experimentation and sonic diversity?
TX: I would not consider myself to be a torch bearer but I do find it more important to have a unique voice in the underground that people will hopefully remember. It took me a while to get to where I am in regards to the abilities and equipment I have. I am glad that my sound is considered to be clearly-defined as I feel in this modern-day oversaturated market it’s more important than ever to do what you can to set yourself apart from all the others. When I listen to music of course I love tracks that follow time-proven formulas for great deep house, acid, or techno, but what really gets me going are those tracks that confuse me and don’t really remind of anything else. Being that dance music hasn’t always been in my life I feel I may look at the creation process from a different angle. One thing that is for certain is that when I get behind the desk I never set out to create anything specific. What ever comes out of me at that specific point in time is what it is. I like to capture things as a specific moment in time that can’t really go back and be edited. This is one of the many reasons I prefer to record stereo to tape with no multi-tracking.
i: What came first for you, production or DJing? How often do you get the chance to play out and do you have a specific approach to putting together your crate?
TX: Production most definitely came first. To be honest I have only been DJing for about 4 or 5 years. At the moment I have one monthly event here in Dallas called “Deep Shade” and another bi-weekly event called “Tropic of Sound.” Putting together my crate really just boils down to what I feel like playing that day and what I’ve acquired recently. I do like to keep things mixed up as much as possible and find that balance between what I want to play and what the crowd is or isn’t responding to. You’ll always find a combination of decade-spanning house, deep house, techno, electro, acid, Italo, and disco/boogie in my crates.