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- Propulsion Records
- descentmusik.com






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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 during 2001.

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 at all?

I can't say I do, unless I'm spinning or performing.

What made you decide to become a producer?

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 music?

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 of it.

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, its right!

Tell us what you're working on right now and what you have lined up for the future.

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 forward too.

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




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