The 45th episode of our 12 Questions segment features Canadian producer Biologik.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Biologik: There were a few songs that swayed me into electronic music. They range from The Cybordelics’ The Adventures of Dama to Kode IV’s Near to the Divine. However, it wasn’t until I heard Cygnus-X’s Hypermertical album, particularly The Orange Theme, that I went all in. It was 95 or 96 and the melodies and song structure were so captivating that I was completely hooked from then on.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Biologik: I’ve never had a DJ gig (I don’t spin), but my first Live PA must have been for a high school talent show in 1997. I had an MC-303 and an MPC-2000 I think! My last Live PA was in March 2014 in Toronto. I was using my Elektron A4, Access Virus Snow, Lemur, and Maschine. I’ve sure come a long way since 1997!
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Biologik: I never had any intentions on being a DJ so I never accumulated much vinyl. That being said, my first vinyl purchase was Herbie Hancock’s Rockit. My last vinyl purchase was either Hybrid’s Unfinished Symphony (single?) or the whole album (Wide Angle). From then on I decided not to buy vinyl and focus on hardware synths instead.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Biologik: That’s a tough one! I have a few really proud moments in my career so far. But, if I had to choose only one, it would be being selected as one of the best artist albums of 2013 by Beatport (Biologik – Two [Stellar Fountain]).
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Biologik: I’m a big science nerd.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Biologik: There are many artists that I feel deserve more recognition than what they get, but I don’t think I’m in touch enough with the scene to know any undiscovered geniuses!
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Biologik: Right now I’m loving stuff from Microtrauma. I love their live act especially. So inspiring!
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Biologik: The answer to both question is the same artist. I’d love to remix and be remixed by FSOL (The Future Sounds of London)!
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Bilogik: I’m a big fan of many of the Proton family labels and I’d say 95% of my releases go there (eg. Proton Music, Sleepless Nights, Particles, Lowbit, Stellar Fountain, Media Blackout, Silk, etc) . A lot of great quality labels! On more of what I’d consider to be the forefront of music, I really enjoy Traum and Kompakt. On the “never gets it wrong” club-music side of things there’s labels like Sudbeat and microCastle.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Biologik: I really love the Sasha and Digweed Norhtern Exposure series, but my all-time favorite mix is Sasha’s Involver. When Sasha brings in the lead from Petter’s These Days over UNKLE’s What Are You To Me? something magical happens. It’s such a perfect mix and it gets me every single time.
Listen for yourself: http://youtu.be/ECNEXh6AziA
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Drink: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Beer
TV Show: Breaking Bad (just starting season 5!)
Movie: The Usual Suspects
Video Game: Portal 2
Album: Max Cooper – Human
Track / Song: Tim Penner – Ride Til Dawn (Proton Music)
Producer / Band: Microtrauma and Dual Shaman
Record Label: Too many!
Nightclub: Toika in Toronto keeps the alive!
DJ: For some reason, I’ve been listening to a lot of Richie Hawtin recently
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Biologik: Biologik – Silence [Conquer]. This is one of my favorite productions and I find it so sad that it slipped through the cracks. It’s so peaceful and I would love to end with it!
Biologik & Shane Robinson ‘Dublin’ is out now on Sleepless Nights Recordings, you can purchase the release: here