So, Eddie Mis... Thank you for taking some time out of your schedule for this interview. I have to start by asking the question thatís on everyoneís mind when they hear your nameÖwhat have you been up to these days?
Eddie: For the past five years, Iíve been living in San Francisco and started my new label called Acix Recordings http://www.acixmastering.com. Right now Iím promoting my latest album Rabbit Dream, which is a project thatís been in the works for the past 2 years. Iíve also been working as a mastering engineer through my company Acix Mastering http://www.acixmastering.com, where Iíve been supporting and assisting other artists in getting the most out of their productions and helping them to achieve their dreams, which has been very satisfying and fulfilling work, especially when I see these artists start to really take off in their musical careers.
What made you make the move from Israel to San Francisco?
Eddie: I always wanted to explore America and to challenge myself with a bigger country where trance is not the main musical export. Iím a curious person who wants to explore artistic boundaries in all directions and the US is definitely the place to do that, particularly San Francisco. So many creative expressions are generated here. Iíve had a great 5 years in a very inspiring environment and Rabbit Dream is the result of all of this creative inspiration.
You made one of the most legendary albums in the psychedelic trance scene, which put Israel on the map as the epicenter of Psytrance. Many people have been wondering why you stopped making what is commonly referred to as Pyschedelic Trance? Whatís your answer?
Eddie: Over time, I started to feel like Trance music doesnít apply to me anymore. I started to get bored listening to other Trance productions and I started to lose interested the whole ďfull onĒ idea in terms of my music. I achieved the highest level that a producer can get in Trance music back in the day. I played the most uplifting and fulfilling gig at Kikar Rabin, the Trance Demonstration. 40,000 participants is hard to beat in the middle of Tel Aviv. From í93 I possibly sold enough albums to get a gold record if I would have been in mainstream music. I gave my share, got the cookies and appreciation and I understood that it was time for me to move on to new frontiers.
When I started expressing myself through music in the late eighties, my goal was to make something new and to explore new sounds and experiences. This brought me to the point of becoming a pioneer of Trance and fulfilling one of my dreams. The journey within the psychedelic scene became a spiritual experience for me, so the album The Promised Land embodied a deep spiritual awakening that I havenít felt in Trance music since then.
I still love to dance and this is what moves me more than anything. I even dance in my studio when Iím making music. I have a hard time moving naturally with the full-on Psytrance tempos these days. Itís not the BPM of my heart anymore. The original Trance that I partied with back in the early nineties was around 120 BPM and this definitely allowed the heart room to breathe and expand; creating a strong and uplifting psychedelic experience. The faster BPM of full on Trance always gave the feeling that I was working too hard to keep up with it and didnít feel like a natural experience anymore and in a way, missed the target for me. Eventually the full on music didnít seem to provide me with the driving force and spiritual expansion that I was seeking.
So if you say your music is still psychedelic and still induces trance states, you're basically still making Psychedelic Trance, even if people name it differently?
Eddie: Trance is a matter of expression and experience. I still do psychedelic music and as far as Iím concerned, Iíve always done Trance. For me, Trance represents a state of mind and not necessarily the 145 bpm full on Psytrance. So, in a way, the answer to your question is yes, Iím doing AcidTech or AcixTrance depending on how you want to see it.
Do you ever miss the ďgood old daysĒ? Are there any memories that stand out for you?
Eddie: Yes, sometimes I do. There were a lot of good times and the memories were so strong that they are a still a part of me and even appear in my music today. Youíll probably hear some of my trance melodies and influences in my new music. I still have a deep connection to that part of my past. I embrace the past because it was a really great experience. I had a hell of a ride and it brought me to where I am today.
Any memories that stand out? Too many to mention! This would probably need a whole book to give a full answer.
What attracts you to Minimal Techno or Acid Tech, as you describe your sound?
Eddie: I find it to have a great groove, the BPM feels easy and natural. I have a lot of space and freedom to express myself. Mostly the people who are around me at the parties and in the studio are in my age group and I find them to be easier to connect with, it feels to me like a more sincere expression. I guess Iíve mellowed out and I like the idea.
What inspires you when you create your music? Have you found your experience living in the US to be influential in your current productions?
Eddie: Iím inspired by so many different things, like the freedom of riding my bike through Golden Gate park, meditation, nature, even walking down the street in my neighborhood in the Lower Haight. There is so much happiness and creativity that is blooming everywhere around me. San Francisco is a huge cultural mix, much more broad than Tel Aviv and still most people here have found their own peace and have discovered a way to live in harmony together. I feel like the Bay Area is the new Atlantis in a lot of ways. It has a lot of creative history and feels like a great place to experience hope and inspiration.
What do you listen to when youíre relaxing at home?
Eddie: Mostly I listen to ambient, really flat ambient. Some with grooves, some without, some are just soundscapes. If it has something unique to offer, it will get my appreciation immediately.
Any recommendations? Ambient and other- things that caught your attention in the last year?
Eddie: Yes, looks like there are a few artists over the years whoíve caught my attention and Iíve followed them, such as Pete Namlook, Biosphere, Mouse on Mars, Simon Berry and of course, the KLF. These artists donít come and go, theyíre just there, timeless yet keep changing with the flow. There is a lot of music coming out now, but the ones that really resonate or transmit a vast experience for me are few.
So, whatís the story behind your new album, Rabbit Dream? What is the dream all about?
Eddie: Well, itís a continuation of my spiritual journey, in a way. The opening track, Rabbit Dream, explores our subconscious fears that haunt us until we are able to confront them with an open heart and embrace all timelines, the past, present and the future as one solid dimension. I try to touch on a lot of different areas of life with this album while still staying true to my own experiences. I had a little more fun with my vocal expression here, which I really enjoyed. For example, City in the Sky has some really psychedelic vocals which people have interpreted in a lot of different and amusing waysÖas if itís channeled from another dimension. Each person seems to have their own interpretation that seems to apply only to them. Itís interesting to hear all the different things that people hear in that track.
On Plastic was inspired by elastic sounds that were stretched out like latex clothes that I saw in a kinky situation on the dance floor. With Just Burn and Funk Channel, I took it to the sexy, groovy, intimate feeling of meeting someone for the first time and feeling that exciting spark of something new. Whoís Tripping explains the whole situation and brought my psychedelic experience full circle. Other tracks without lyrics, or vocal interpretations allowed me to take it further to a techno-trance expression on auto-pilot, flying though portals to a different universe. I definitely had fun on this album and Iím happy that I was able to translate it into music.
I did a nice experiment on the Head-Fi forum promoting my CD and got a very successful response. I was happy to get my music out to new listeners and also received the appreciation of serious audiophiles. It was a nice confirmation that Iím on the right path because most of them have no idea about what Iíve achieved in my past, and thatís okay with me because Iím heading to the future!
Along the years, from Trans Nova Express, through The Promised Land, Funtech and now Rabbit Dream, what has changed and what has stayed the same in your music?
Eddie: I think I will have to leave this for the listener to determine, to allow them the privilege and excitement of discovering these things on their own.
Do you foresee any collaborations with other artists in the near future?
Eddie: Yeah, sure! Iím definitely open to the possibility of working with other artists. I would love to work with artists who can influence me, create a new expression and reach new frontiers in music with our audience. Iím actually already working on a collaboration with another artist on an ambient project that is set to be released in the near future.
What future projects are in the works for you?
Eddie: As I mentioned, Iím working on an ambient project with a sound design engineer and a hip hop artist from SF who brings his turntabling skills to the mix. Itís turning out to be a really interesting experience and something completely new and fun for me. A lot of old school sessions and lots of good times. Iím also doing some experimental recordings with DSM (Dimensional Stereo Microphones) and binaural audio materials to incorporate into my current and future projects. Iím planning to release a couple singles later in the year as a continuation of Rabbit Dream.