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Cosmosis Interview 2008 by Videotrance.com - Brazil
Cosmosis interviewed by Videotrance.com October 2008 during his Brazilian tour
As years go by in your personal career which has been your favorite album out of the ones your wrote?
That's a difficult question. It changes. I've released Cosmosis 7 artist albums to date. I like them all in their own way as each one represented a period of my life. I would say that my second album "Synergy" (released in 1998) maybe my overall favourite album from the point of view of it's musical scope, each track is different from the others and it works overall as an album.
However in terms of straightforward dancefloor friendliness I would also rate my last album "Psychedelica Melodica." It probably contains the best collection of fat, pumping dancefloor winners along with a decent amount of musical ideas to keep it interesting to listen to all the way through.
In the events you play in, is the sensation the same or does it vary?
Do you mean my internal sensation? Well that's pretty consistent. I always have a lot of fun when I play.
But you see it's really not about me or my internal sensations. I've been consistently playing trance parties all over the world for the past 13 years so I've completely got over it being about me a long time ago. In my view it's all about the people on the dancefloor, and that's my main focus.
You see, my intention when I play is to get the dancefloor to have a good time. And just as a by product I get to have fun too.
Whenever I play I make sure to put on my party head and generate fun. No matter what the external circumstances. Having a good time comes from inside and not from external circumstances, and from having a real commitment to party.
Because that is what parties are all about for me, partying. A celebration of life. Some of the most memorable moments at parties for me have happened when I have been with a bunch of good friends on the dancefloor, dancing to some killer tracks, maybe close to a speaker stack, with a good DJ on the decks in a beautiful outdoor party location...
which are the biggest differences in your live when you play with or without your guitar?
Well, probably the biggest difference is that when I don't play my guitar, then there's no live guitar :)
I play the original versions of the tracks instead of the live tracks which have the guitar parts removed. These days, I almost always play guitar in my live shows.
I do enjoy playing guitar live, it's a fun thing to do. I have a big background in live playing. I've been in many live rock, blues, funk, jazz and soul bands in the past, playing in and around the London music scene.
In that incarnation I also played some international tours, did some radio and TV shows and other stuff before I got completely charmed by the possibilities in creating electronic dance music.
What was the feeling when you played @ respect last weekend?
Well I had a lot of fun and so did the people on the dancefloor. We had a good party together :) Also it's always nice to play on a good stage where I can see everybody. The party was well organised too. I also really enjoyed the Maracatu drummers playing there in the "chill out". Brazil is brimming full of musical and fiesta culture and is always enjoyable for me to sample it up close.
Do you have a parallel project alongside your main one?
Not at the moment. I used to also produce the project Mumbo Jumbo (album: Speaking In Tongues) but my partner in that project now lives in Australia and I live in Switzerland, so as you can imagine, it's quite difficult for us to get together in the studio.
Are there any plans for a cd launch next year?
Yes, I'm working on another Cosmosis album as we speak.
Which has been your favorite event whilst in Brazil and what was the biggest factor that made it such enjoyable gig?
Well I enjoyed Universo Paralello the best. By quite a long margin too. I played the last 3 U.P editions and each time it was fabulous. Both in terms of vibe, the company I was with and the location. I also have a lot of respect for the holistic approach the U.P team take, organizing and integrating the local community into the party so they also benefit, as well as their total commitment to making the party in an environmental friendly way. It's a win/win scenarion for all involved.
In addition it's always nice to sneak away from the cold winter in Europe to play on a sunny tropical beach under coconut palms.
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