Lateral is a Melbourne local who steps away from the rhythmic conventions of straight 4/4 kick drums. Something which is heard less and less as Techno evolves.
On top of producing top quality tracks, he is a proficient DJ and has many mixes online to treat your ears to.
Make sure to check out his latest EP here named Piece By Piece. He’s very active on Facebook and Twitter, uploading little snippets and video’s of work in progress.
As well as this, his label’s website is also a great place to go for news, releases as well as more quality techno. D-REX our 9th Bomphcaster is also represented there.
Do you feel like there’s a trend in any particular direction in terms of the sound of Techno
coming out of Melbourne?
Melbourne seems to have a few varied sections of the techno sound within different
groups of people pushing and promoting their style of techno. I have been to many
events that range from the more house based techno all the way to the crazy, “sizzled”
sounds as ranked on the “Bomph meter.”
In terms of “direction” I cannot be too sure myself. It definitely seems to be dependent on
which style of techno you are into. People see techno as an expression. So the guys and
girls that throw these parties usually have a direction that they want to go down, which
isn’t necessarily the same direction another crew would go with. I guess what I’m trying
to say is that there are so many different branches and subgenres of Techno that there
can’t really be a “trend.” I tend to think that techno lovers see themselves as more
individualist rather than trend follower… but hey… I could be wrong 😉
What are a few favorite tools of yours for production?
Lately it has been some steady use of parallel distortion/compression through
send/returns. But not just using it as a clean method to make tracks shine… instead, i
push the distortion plugs or compressors to their limits and dial small amounts back into
the original track. I don’t think i’ve created a track without it in the last year or so. Many
articles on the web will give readers an insight on the particulars of said method.
Other than that, the tools are just a few new synths and drum machines. The new analog
Rytm by Elektron is beautiful. The same goes for the Sub 37 by Moog. These two
machines can push some crazy sounds. I think I will be using them a lot in upcoming
Do you have any favorite venues?
My Aeon for the “Machine” nights which run once a month (usually last weekend of the
month). Andrew TIll and Simon Slieker are the nicest guys in my world of techno. They
are not only good blokes, but are extremely professional and always keep the quality of
their events as high as possible. I don’t think i’ve ever been let down there with the
music. The sound is always incredible with the inhouse funktion one system… so what
else is there to say really!? If you haven’t been to one of their nights then I highly
recommend you do so in the near future.
What makes a great track in your opinion?
If it sounds good to my ears, then it’s a great track! haha!
Seriously though. A good track in my mind needs to push some limits. It has to be
sonically different from all the other generic dribble that tends to reach our ears
commercially. We all know the state of electronic music with the easily accessible
loops/sounds/instruments of this day and age. A lot of people get lazy and try to be
someone they are not. They want to be the next big thing. I think you need to treat your
tracks like an artform, because that’s what music is, ART!
Get lost in experimenting with new things, things that you may not usually use or do.
Make it exciting for yourself and learn, learn, learn. If you never stop learning, then you
will never stop getting better. The music that catches my attention comes from artists
that are pushing in different directions with each track they release. Otherwise it can all
become a bit stale.
Take the broken beat stuff through the first half of my Bomphcast mix for example. Those
are the tracks I can’t really play out all that often as it can be hit and miss on the
dance floor. Not saying that the tracks aren’t good enough to play out! I bloody love them!
It’s just that they can be way too much for the average listener. Too different. Someone
once said to me, “how do I dance to this shit!” and my answer? well, I didn’t really have
one…perhaps like an octopus?
Do you have any career goals or major projects for this coming year?
My plan is to push some releases through my Band Camp page. I’m at that stage of my
life where I get more enjoyment out of making great techno (to my knowledge) and
stashing it away in a folder to quickly move on to the next experiment. This tends to
leave me with all sorts of styles that sometimes don’t fit perfectly together as an EP or
god forbid… an LP! So they just sit there for now, gathering digital dust.
With BandCamp it makes for an easier releasing platform, and people that really dig what
I have made can purchase more directly. Without the “big guys” taking most of the cut. It
will give me more incentive to share what I create. Sure, it won’t be as much publicity, but
that has never really bothered me. I’m a pretty quiet guy.
I would like to have something on wax. I really do like the idea of having something
physical in my hand, and I can say, “I created THIS.” But that may be a project for the
following year! Who knows 🙂
Club or house party?
House party! They can get more wild than a club!
But if I want to listen to great music on a good system, then I will go with Club.
I can choose both no?
How would you describe your production process?
Erratic. I Never do the same thing twice. I don’t even save templates. I have only just
recently started saving instrument patches that I make. But haven’t reused them yet.
Every time I start something I open up Ableton with a blank default page and go from
there. Sometimes I will record straight from hardware. Other times I will start “in the box”
and experiment with Live’s features.
To people who don’t understand techno, how do you tell them about your life blood and passion for music?
That’s a tough one, as the outcome is always the same.
I live in a more rural area of Victoria, so there is definitely no scene out here! When i
mention techno, they think “Sandstorm”. So I just say; “there’s more to it than that!”
Family are usually more understanding, but that is probably because I left home a while
ago and they don’t have to bang their head against the wall anymore.
Regardless of the response I get from people, they usually acknowledge my art form and
give me a pat on the back. They eventually find out that I love what I do… and nothing is
going to stop me from enjoying music.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Having a full time job on top of productions means mostly solo time for me. I’d like to get
into a few more jams with guys pushing their live techno stuff. There are plenty of talents
doing their thing in Melbourne now, and they are getting great recognition for it. It’s just
trying to find the time to get both parties in a room.
I’d like to be able to sit there and record a whole bunch of experimentation sessions, then
get back into the studio and edit the recordings till they are in track form.
I’d like to lock in tracks with ACM (Andy Muscat) or his side project “Tercat” with
Johnathan Terlato. Those boys are doing great things live, and i’d love to have some of it in
track form! But of course they have their own agendas and lives to attend, so who knows if it
is even feasible! (Wink, Wink lads)
There are of course many other artists I’d love to work with more, but the list would be
endless, and time continues to rush us by.
Where’s your favorite kebab joint?
Crazy Kebab at the BP servo at the bottom of Mount Alexander Rd, opposite GH Music.
That is close to the freeway for me and has seen many visits from myself and good
mates on the way home after a big night out. They never disappoint! Everyone loves a
good servo kebab house.
How do you structure a narrative into your sets?
Believe it or not I rarely structure anything for my sets. I of course know what sort of
tracks I will play on any given night. But I will make sure I have enough variety to follow
on from the previous act, and then from there, it’s all dependent on what I feel will work
for the dance floor at the time. I’d probably go into a gig having 50150 tracks at a time.
I commend the DJ’s artists out there that do structure a narrative in their sets, and there
are few that can pull it off continuously, week in week out.
When it comes to recording a set at home, I will usually just select a whole crate of tracks
I’m loving at that moment, and then go with the flow. Much the same as how I play out. I
believe that recording a set should have a natural flow to it, without too much planning
you can go down some paths that you may not usually take. And as I mentioned before, i
like to hear new things sonically. It keeps things interesting.
What are some things outside of music that inspire you?
It might be a cliche thing to be inspired by, but mountaineering is, hands down, one of
the most inspiring things this world has to offer. I work by day abseiling buildings in the
city, and have a fascination for heights rather than a fear of them. And after a recent trip
to the Alps in Europe I started devouring more mountaineering books. (I read a shitload)
Some of the stories mountaineers have will inspire anyone to get off their ass and do
something with their life. You can relate their experiences and lessons to all daily
aspects of your own life.
There is something special in the act of exploring the unknown and pushing your mind
and body to it’s limits.