INTERVIEW Echonomist

Echonomist has been a constant in the electronic music scene for the past years with quality output on various labels such as Connaisseur Recordings. Now the Greek wonderboy is ready to release his debut album on Upon You Records that features ten cuts from Petros, as good friends call him. Torture the Artist had the chance to chat with the DJ and producer about the genesis of the album as well as his playlist when cleaning up his room.

I hope they’ll experience an imaginary intergalactic space travel.

Torture the Artist: Imagine that making music is a long-term relationship, describe your first date!

Echonomist: My knees were trembling, my heart was beating fast and I had butterflies in my stomach. It was love at first sight!

Torture the Artist: What past influences of yours have seen a revival on your album ‘Nebula‘?

Echonomist: There are a few past influences that can be heard on my album such as psychedelic ‘70’s rock on ‘Cosmos & Perasma’, early 2000’s ‘Boards of Canada’ electronica on ‘Metamorphosis’. As for the rest and more dancefloor oriented tracks, Carl Craig‘s Detroit sound was my main inspiration.

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Having a clear vision as you can hear on Echonomist’s debut album!

Torture the Artist: Who do you want to remix a track of yours from the album?

Echonomist: I am really fond of the emerging music scene form Israel, like Red Axes and Moscoman, so it would be great if they could put their touch on one of my tracks.

Carl Craig‘s Detroit sound was my main inspiration.

Torture the Artist: What do you want people to experience when listening to your album?

Echonomist: I hope they’ll experience an imaginary intergalactic space travel, through feelings and images that only music can bring on.

Torture the Artist: If you were to compare your music with a food dish, what would it be and why?

Echonomist: Probably a kind of dish that might seem common and simple in the beginning but surprises you afterwards as your tongue experiences a taste that awakes all your senses as if a warm, sugary bath of chocolate has taken over your mouth.

Torture the Artist: What‘s on your playlist when you clean your place?

Echonomist: Fortunately somebody else does it for me …but in the event that I do clean it myself, I would probably listen to random songs on the radio, as sometimes I need a short break.

Torture the Artist: If you could work with any artist in the future, who would it be and why?

Echonomist: I can’t think of anyone else besides Vangelis Papathanasiou. Not only because he’s Greek, but because he’s managed to combine mythology, science, art and space exploration within the music he creates.

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Echonomist favors rising artists such as Red Axes & Moscoman! Let’s see who’s remixing a track from the album.

Torture the Artist: What should a good track never be without?

Echonomist: I always try to start with a hook that can penetrate peoples mind, body and soul.

Torture the Artist: What sound or beat in a track are you tired of hearing?

Echonomist: I am fed up with every “tech house” tune’s rolling snares on the drop of the track.

I have the luxury to do what I love most, surrounded by people who believe in me

Torture the Artist: What type of people do you hope to draw to your gigs?

Echonomist: I hope to draw out people who are open-minded and are up for listening to something different and new. People who don’t really mind attending a gig where they won’t necessarily hear well known hits.

Torture the Artist: What makes you happy?

Echonomist: I am happy for every day that I wake up healthy, but I’m also happy when I travel and spend quality time with friends and family. All these give me strength to continue my dream of producing music with a clear mind and a peaceful soul.

Torture the Artist: What do you appreciate most about your life?

Echonomist: I have the luxury to do what I love most, surrounded by people who believe in me and live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.