Cubicolor is a name that all Deep house and progressive music fans are definitely aware of. Hailing from the Netherlands, they are known for producing electronic music that never fails to stir one’s emotions. Don’t believe us? Hear “Dead End Thrills” and come back to have this discussion with us again. Apart from playing wonderful DJ sets, they also perform live, with a band, vocalist and all the flair, which in itself is a treat to witness live. We had the opportunity to catch them play live at Vh1 Supersonic and sit down with them for a short conversation about their experience in India, their impending album and a lot more!
Finally the 3 of you have come down together. How are you guys doing? How was the set tonight? Did you like the vibe?
The vibe was amazing, really enjoyed it. I’ve always loved India so it’s great. It’s Tim’s first time here. It’s his first time playing music in India and it has been an amazing experience. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to go to any country and play some music, you know? But then there is something so special about India, the way people react to music here is pretty special I think.
When did you guys decide on the Live Show concept?
It was always there, but, Tim really likes to play live and I think at one point we made the decision to start trying it out and now we are here, so it has been pretty good and that is how it happened!
What are some of the challenges that you guys face when doing Live Acoustic renditions of your own tracks?
First of all, you need a good drummer (laughs). And we got that covered! Richard Spayvan is quite amazing and for me, he does sound like the best drummer in the world and now we are so privileged to play with him in Cubicolor. We really enjoyed playing with him. I think it’s just about finding a way for the tunes to kind of land and reimagine them if you need to in a live kind of context and stuff. It’s been a real journey to get here.
So you’ll did the show in Amsterdam last year and now you are here as well! Will we see more festival appearances in the future?
We are coming with a second album. At least, we are working on it (laughs). Soon we’ll have some new stuff. And we hope to start performing more at festivals as well, with the band and the live crew. Try to evolve that into something we can do all across the world.
Any plans of putting out an Acoustic Album in the future?
No, never thought about that, but maybe it’s a good idea (laughs). There definitely is a way to play all the songs acoustically. That’s always something we have really loved about Cubicolor music is that, we think good electronic music is just good music. It’s doesn’t matter if it is not electronic or if you can hear the musicianship. Any good electronic music ideally, it’s here and you can strip it down and play it in an acoustic format. You have given us something here, it’s a good idea!
Having toured India regularly since a few years have you noticed any significant changes in the scene?
Oh Absolutely! The first time I came here, I remember the first time I played here in Delhi, there we maybe two people. The time I came after that, you know, I just loved the country, loved the food and that’s why I keep coming back and keep supporting the people who I think really deserve to be supported here in this country, and kept on playing in clubs here even if it was in the beginning not really big or so. But with the whole Anjunadeep scene picking up, people get a lot more music to play from themselves through the internet and they really can choose. With spotify, it’s not really forced upto you. You can choose yourself and I think it’s a really big important thing, especially with Cubicolor. If you discover it yourself, you are way more connected to something instead of something that is pushed into your face. And I think India is a perfect example for that. So yeah, thank you India!
So do you guys think that the whole rise of streaming services like Apple music and Spotify etc, is good or bad for the sales of a musicians work?
I think, if it means that more people are listening to more music, that certainly will be a good thing. I think it takes the power away from major labels with massive marketing budgets and places much more in kind of, a demographic space, and I think certainly in London, where I am from, Spotify has kind of replaced radio for a lot of people. A lot of mainstream listeners of course still listen to the main radio stations, but, there are a lot of things that happen on spotify and their curating I think has got much better algorithm and things like that. They come as a really good way to discover music as well as go find the music you want. You discover music in a much more organic way. You get suggested similar artists and anything that is just spreading more music around is a good thing. I gave my mom spotify and she is so obsessed with it now and has found that “this person has not changed their listening material since the 80’s”. And now she is listening to all kinds of new things. It helped my mom listen to newer stuff, so yeah, it’s good for everybody.
What do your brainstorming sessions normally look like?
We sit on the couch, we have a laptop and we are basically watching a movie or a documentary and we are making beats and then we hand over the laptop which just goes around a little bit. And then of course we are working with Peter in Amsterdam as well. It’s a different thing, I mean, we start differently but it’s all about the whole vibe you create and the sound that you create, like feeling the vibe out there and enjoying it. I’ve learnt a lot since I’ve been working with Ariaan, I used to think that everything needed to be technologically perfect, for example, be with the best speakers you can, the best compressors, the best hardware. And actually, music is just about the vibe within and about passion. And you can have that with two people just sitting and making music on a laptop, which most producers would say never mix online. We don’t mix on it, but you know, you don’t need to have proper equipment around. That is what the beauty of making, in particular, electronic music is. Anyone on a laptop can sit on a sofa and make a tune. And we have been making lots of music that way. It comes from us just having fun, not caring too much about how it’s sounding perfectly. We just want to make music.
And any inside information on the upcoming album?
No (Laughs). It’s going to be great and we hope it’s out this year though!