Born Eyal Federman in Israel 27 years
ago, Descent moved to Los Angeles when
he was still a baby and been here ever
since. He's been making music for more
than nine years and DJing as "DJ
Eyal" but its only more recently
that his productions have really begun
to ascend the charts and been earning
spins by the likes of Oakenfold, Sasha,
Seb Fontaine and Paul van Dyk. His biggest
hit so far was the massive "Gravity
Drop/Fusion" which took the #1 spot
on Tune Inn Records End of Year Chart
last year, also hitting #8 on the influential
Balance Record Pools Chart and #5 on Release
Records Chart. And that's just one of
his many, many releases. Descent's dancefloor
knowledge comes from a solid background
and many years of DJing: his mixing skills
landed him behind the helm of the fifth
in the Trance Global Nation compilation
series, and set him off on a world tour
So what's he been up to lately? Raves.com
wanted to know! Though Descent still lives
in Los Angeles, he preferred to answer
our questions via email from the comfort
of his studio that he says is "heaven
sent" (see photo, below left) though
we were able to tempt him out into the
underground for an exclusive photo shoot!
Here's what he replied:
Jennifer: What is your
earliest memory that involves music?
Descent: I would have to say it
was when I was 4 or 5 years old and there
were constructions workers outside my
house. I took it upon myself to D for
them for about an hour or two and I vividly
remember the joy that the music brought
to them and to me, this was a real moment
in my life.
What was the first instrument you
learned to play?
Definitely the piano. As far as I can
remember, I would hear something and have
to head for the piano and see if I could
play the same melody.
Did you study music in school/college?
What kind of classes did you take?
Yes, I definitely tried to keep music
in my daily agenda and in college I took
a few classes like Music History, Jazz
Classics & Electronica 101.
What was the first rave or club that
you went to and what was it like?
I couldn't tell you the name, but I can
tell you it was very interesting and very
fun! It was over 10 years ago.
Do you go out to raves or clubs now
I can't say I do, unless I'm spinning
What made you decide to become a
Definitely the love for the music and
thinking I can make a difference.
How do you think being a DJ affects
your production work?
Actually I think my DJ'ing experience
gives me a big heads up towards producing.
I also believe that producer that don't
have a DJ'ing background seem to lack
a bit of something when writing 4/4 dancefloor
tracks. I mixed "Trance Global Nation
#5" and have played at many many
raves. Only lately have I taken a step
back to pursue production full on.
What was attracted you to making electronic
I don't know exactly. Probably the feeling
of making a really good track.
To someone who's never heard your
music, how would you describe it?
Slick, sleek, plastic, groovy and driving
all wrapped up in a bubble.
What kind of hardware and software
do you use to produce, and how did you
learn how to use it?
I use Logic 6 on a Mac G4 dual Processor
and have every plugin and soft synth under
the sun. I sacrificed many days and nights
to learn how to use it.
How has what you use to produce music
changed since you first started?
I started using all hardware. Now I
mainly use software aside from my outboard
processing and mastering hardware.
Is there something that you do when
you produce music that is different than
anyone else you know? (Like maybe you
get inspired by hanging upside down in
a pair of gravity boots or have to eat
Doritos during the entire creative process)?
Or is there something quirky about you
or your studio that is unique?
I actually get my inspiration from listening
to really original music and feeding off
How did you end up making music for
a Nike commercial?
It was just one of those things. I knew
a producer that I had worked with in the
past and he offered me the opportunity
of a lifetime. I gladly took it.
How was that different from creating
a regular track?
Well, the time frame is the biggest difference.
Its difficult to stick all your ideas
and try to get your expression into 30
seconds. You have to audition a lot of
textures and sounds but when its right,
Tell us what you're working on right
now and what you have lined up for the
I just finished a remix and I am starting
to work with a very talented singer which
I am excited about. I also have "Round
Midnight"coming out on Fade Record,
"Electric Storm"coming out on
Propulsion Records, "Addicted"on
Stellar Records, and "Virtual"
on Tune Inn so there is a lot to look
What do you want to accomplish with
all that you do?
Just write banging tracks.
What's the best/worst part about
being interviewed by email?
The best part is the intimacy and the
worst part is the typing!
Thanks Descent!! We look forward to
hearing all of Descent's upcoming releases
and you should too!
-- written by Jennifer Warner