It's time for the 38th Arteq podcast, and we so very honoured to share with you an amazing mix by one of the hottest talents coming through the Melbourne electronic music scene, TALI.
TALI is a unique producer, creating abstract music and forging her own path. We love it. Accompanying her production skills is a tightly refined DJ'ing ability, and we know you will enjoy what she has whipped up for you all.
Oh and by the way, start to finish, this set is all original TALI music. Yep, you read that right.
Thank you TALI, this mix is incredible. You are a super talent. You have created so many amazing tracks. We look forward to watching your journey. We'll be seeing you at an Arteq event real soon, laying it down behind the decks. Enjoy the mix fam <3
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What direction did you take on the podcast?
This is the first time I have ever exposed all original unreleased tracks. So I’m nervous and excited as it's quite a confronting experience.
Why did you decide to go this way?
I decided to do this as I have spent so much time introspecting the past year, as we all have. Throughout this time I spent time working on myself and my music and I am finally at a place where I am confident enough to share my music.
I find it hard to finish tracks. I genuinely have 100 on my computer, unfinished of course… Recording this mix for Arteq gave me a purpose and direction to take with my original stuff, and assisted me in deciding which selection of tracks were worth finishing and cohesive.
What did you use to record this mix?
To record this mix I used CDJ 900s, DJM 800 mixer, Zoom h1 Recorder Interface. All tracks were made with Ableton as a medium for recording but I also used a lot of hardware synths and drum machines combined with midi controllers to trigger samples.
Why did you start your journey as a DJ & producer?
From a young age in the 90s, I remember stealing my older brother and sister’s discman and CDs and listening to Nick Skitz, Tiesto, Godskitchen and the Prodigy. That's really where I found my love for trance, techno DJ'ing and production. When I was 18 I moved to Canberra to “study” and was able to find my place in the Canberra DJ Scene, thanks to a few great mentors. After living there for 2 years I decided to quit university and pursue DJ'ing on a more serious note. Which brought me to Melbourne about 8 years ago. My first gig in Melbourne was at the iconic WAH WAH Lounge (now renamed Storyville). From there I really put the work in to secure gigs and residencies at venues I admired, such as Revolver, Brown Alley, Pawn and Co and New Guernica.
What drives you to create and perform?
In relation to creating, self expression and freedom are two core values that I always need to be fulfilled. There is nothing more freeing than being able to create whatever the hell you want, whenever you want, with whatever message you want. That is powerful and expressive. Performing on the other hand is literally better than any high in the world. The fear before a huge gig, supporting an artist you look up to, the feeling after successfully overcoming the fear, combined with the adrenaline in the moment is genuinely what I live for.
You’re such an exciting producer, you have so much skill. What is your mindset around production at the moment and where do you see it taking you in the next 3-5 years?
It took so long to get to where I am production wise. I am very really enjoying creating outside of Ableton, as it sometimes feels monotonous to first get the idea out just in Ableton.. So I like to start using hardware synths and drum machines. Once I get the groove and rhythm, I'll then involve Ableton, CDJ's and my DJM mixer, creating a kind of hybrid setup. Anthony Rother definitely inspired this. If I had enough money my room would be wall to wall with synths and drum machines and a 48 channel mixer and I'd probably never leave my house.. Goals.. Haha. But seriously you will be seeing me actually releasing music mid year in 2022 but aiming to make the songs unique by doing them all as live hardware jams.
What are you most looking forward to moving on from this moment?
A RAVE!!!!!! It's been too long.. haha
There’s 10 minutes left before the world self-destructs, what song do you put on?
An extremely cheesy answer BUT the track would be;
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence (Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise Remix)
Is there anything on your mind that you would like to say?
Thanks for having me and driving me to be my best! LOVE YOU ALL! SEE YOU ON THE DANCEFLOOR!!!
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