Talking with Ital's 'Voice of Nature'
Reported by Jessica Alici
Submitted 21-01-19 17:54
Daniel Gonzalo Carcur Arredondo is Chillean Psychedelic Trance artist - Ital! Known for his unique blend of full-on and atmospheric grooves, Ital has a killer new album ‘Voice of Nature’ due to be unleashed on the masses via Iono-Music on in 28th January 2019! We wanted to find out more about this fresh release from the maker himself so decided to grab Dani to tell all…
You started your music journey playing the guitar, how did this come about? Are you from a musical family; were you self-taught or did music play a big part in your school days?
Hi there, well yes...as with many Psytrance producers, I started my connection with music when I was very young. I starting playing the guitar when I was 14 years old creating a band with friends at school. We loved playing rock, punk and even some psychedelic rock music. A couple of years later when I was 16, i started to DJ all kinds of popular music at parties at the school, in many clubs and also at private parties at people's houses, so this was where I began my career as a DJ.
How did you discover electronic music, and psychedelic trance?
I discovered electronic music around 1996-1997 when some of my friends showed me some acid techno music that they had brought from international travels with their families. I'm from Chile in South America, and back in those days it was very difficult for me to get any cassettes, vinyls or CDs of electronic music, so little by little I was discovering this electronic world. One of the first electronic musicians I heard was Plastic Man, and I loved it so much that I started get into this world very soon after that.
Later in the year 2001, I got in touch with the psychedelic goa trance happening in Ecuador. There were some really good underground parties happening on the beaches in a place called Montañitas. It was here I found some German DJ playing some Goa trance tunes. Also, during that travelling period I met my friend and later my partner for our “Metatron“ Project; so that was the beginning of my life into producing Goa and later Psytrance Music.
You started off experimenting with samplers and hardware synths. Do you still use these in your studio set up today?
Yes, I started producing with Fruityloops software with an old PC computer plus some samplers and old school synthesizers; such as the Roland 303 sequencer. These days I’m still using some external hardware like the awesome Virus TI, Nord Lead 2x and MS2000 synth from Korg.
How has your sound changed over the years?
Sound is evolution, as humans we also change, all of life changes; in fact everything is impermanent, so everything is changing every day. My sound had been evolving every year, but always keeping the key essence and roots of psychedelic music. Keeping it groovy, psychedelic, atmospheric and most of all, I feel, keeping the spiritual essence of our Psytrance roots.
What inspires you and what drives you?
What makes me flow and continue on this path is the message that we need to give through the music. For me, music is a way of channelling the energy, the one we can send to our world and people. To inspire souls is part of my mission, to make their lives more connected to divinity, and music is a way to re connect our souls to the universe and its mystery. I live in the hills in Santiago de Chile, so I'm fortunately always connected to nature for the last 10 years, so this is my main inspiration, plus the love from my family, my wife and all of our friends around the world.
Your new album ‘Voice of Nature’ will be released on Iono-Music on the 28th of January 2019. Tell us about the album. Was there a concept behind it? Talk us through the tracks? What are the stand out tracks for you?
This is my 7th studio album, and I wanted to make it special, with a warm connection with many friends around the globe. I did some tracks with friends bringing energies from Brazil, England, Japan, India, Spain, Switzerland and Argentina. 6 Collaboration tracks plus 2 remixes and 1 original track from me. About the concept, I was inspired by nature, and nature is calling us with her voice to reconnect our self - to our mother, Earth. She is talking to us every day, but unfortunately often we don’t listen to the signs. This album is made specially to try to listen to our mother and her knowledge. Taking care of her in any act we do, giving our love to her and she will then feedback to us all her universal love.
What equipment did you use to make the album? What was the process? How long did it take to make?
I was around two years making all the tracks, playing them around the world and checking every single detail and sound to be in a special synchrony with the people on every dance floor. I use Logic Pro Plus as my main DAW, plus some external synthesizers. I love to create some music with my friends and give this music as a present to all of you.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so; how do you deal with this? If no, what’s your secret?
Well not really, I'm just flowing with the energy that surrounds us! Some days I am more creative and productive then others of course. Some days I'm just more relaxed and lazy, lol. Some days I don’t want to get in touch with the machines (the computers), but I do try every day to go in the studio and record at least some sounds.
What goes through your mind when you’re playing a DJ or live set?
I try to send all my inspiration and spiritual connection to the people on the dancefloor, to heal our body, mind and soul through the dance and the sounds.
What is music to you?
A way of channelling the universal energy.
What are your other passions in life?
Other things I love are working in my garden, cooking delicious meals, and being in nature, doing sport and giving love to my family, wife and friends.
What are the best parts of your career?
Having a platform to be able to give my message to the people out there.
What are the worst parts of your career?
Travelling so much and being far away from home a lot. This can be tough at times.
What advice can you give to aspiring artists?
If music is your passion, just go for it. Everything is possible, just believe in your dreams, you have to really believe.
If a film was made about your life, which actor would you choose to play you and why?
I don’t know. I love films but I'm really bad with names hahaha.
What are your hopes, dreams and wishes for the future?
To continue expanding my message through music and reconnecting humans to divinity and to our roots!
Ital - many thanks for taking the time to do this interview! Good luck with the album release X
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