World renowned psytrance producer Liquid Soul spoke with us about initially discovering psytrance, his musical achievements and aspirations, and how we prepares his performances. Check out our interview with him & his exclusive mixtape below.
This will be your debut in the desert (Arizona). What would you like to see from the AZ crowd?
Indeed, the is the first time I am visiting AZ and I am very excited to see if the crowd will go nuts the same as at EDC or Dreamstate, which were really outstanding experiences for me. So lets rock it underground style!
How did you discover Psytrance? And what made you want to start producing it?
I used to produce and play uplifting trance in the beginning of the 90`s and in the year 2000 a friend of mine took me to a famous Psytrance party in Switzerland called ZOOM. I was blown away by the deep, psychedelic creativity of psytrance and decided straight away to start a new project in which I could be free to follow my feelings, unbound by the limitations of classical trance. Psytrance just affects your mind and body on a different level!
You have been around for quite some time now. What are some things on your musical bucket list that you want to achieve in the future?
Yes, it’s been a long and exciting time so far, and I’ve achieved so many things already which I never would’ve imagined. For example I never expected to become the best selling artist of Iboga Records, win the DJ Awards as Best Psy DJ, or the numerous Beatport awards as best DJ and Best track of the year. My plan for now is to spread the psychedelic side of trance in the USA like in the rest of the world, to show there is more than just commercial EDM, Trap etc…
You have produced a multitude of tracks. What is your most favorite track you have produced? And what is your least favorite?
My all time favorite is “Devotion“. It’s already 9 years old but it still has the true vibes and message that I want to spread, and in my view its a timeless one. It’s hard to choose a least favourite track as I aways try to keep my sound true to myself, so I like them all 😉
Which production of yours was the most challenging for you and why?
I guess it was the remix i did to Paul Van Dyk vs. Jordan Suckley – City of Sound. It was a big challenge to transform an uplifting trance track written by two legends into the psychedelic side of trance. It took me quite a while to find the way, but I guess i nailed it!
In our opinion, your sets are all top notch. When it comes to preparing for a set, what are some of your techniques?
Thank you! I usually prepare some tracks before the gig in
Rekordbox, make a folder with new tracks I got and of course, some
of my own tracks which I wanna play. But when I perform it’s mostly
all freestyle as I check the reaction of the crowd in real time and
decide which track I will play next.
Thank you so much for doing this interview! Do you have any final words and/or shout outs?
Yes, a big thank you for this opportunity! I would like to thank all my fans who have followed and supported me all these years, and I would also like to welcome the new entrants to the scene – you are about to embark on an epic psychedelic trip!