Sep 27, 2021
Genix Celebrates Debut Artist Album '199X' & Tour
Today we’re joined by Anjunabeats star Genix to celebrate '199X'. His debut artist album is self described as a “lifelong ambition and a dream to produce,” and the passion shines through in the music! Read on for an inside look at bringing all of his experiences as a music fan, DJ, and producer into the tracks, building a milestone celebratory set for the landmark ABGT450 show at The Drumsheds, and of course a massive album tour that is now underway!
Genix, thanks so much for joining us to celebrate your new album! Can you discuss your decision to name your album 199X? How do the tracks on the album reflect this title?
The title 199X is paying homage to the '90s when I grew up. I was in my teenage years and really discovered dance music in all of its forms. The tracks I produced are all influenced from that era, it really was an exciting time in my life!
As an artist, where have you been drawing inspiration from over the past year and half? What has it been like without a dancefloor to test your music on and connect with fans across the world? Did this influence the type of music on the album at all?
It’s been tough to be inspired during the pandemic, so I came up with an idea. As this is my first artist album and I have produced literally hundreds of club tracks, I really wanted to showcase where I came from musically. I listened to the first albums I bought, listened to the order they were all sequenced on those vinyls, and most importantly how it made me feel. Those feelings I tried to put into the album project. It’s really personal to be honest! I was inspired by music itself, and all of my old records I’ve had for many years. At the end of the day, I’m just a music fan like anyone else. As for connecting with people during the pandemic, I did a weekly live stream, so I still got the chance to play a few tunes to people and connect in the chat, etc.
In previous discussions about the album, you’ve mentioned that the music is a love letter to ‘90s rave culture. Thinking back, can you highlight a few of your favorite experiences, friendships, or memories from that time?
To be honest there are way too many to list, but I started off as a fan, and really wanted to learn how to produce music. I set myself goals from the early 2000s, like playing at my local super club, Passion, which was a huge clubbing institution in the UK. I remember going to that venue as a clubber – it was amazing. The atmosphere and just the fact there were so many people passionate about music. It was really amazing to see. At this time, the UK had an amazing club scene in most major cities. Anyhow, I went on to become a Passion resident which was very prestigious! Other goals were playing at iconic Ibiza club Amnesia, that was a lifelong ambition which I fulfilled on numerous occasions! So many of these memories and experiences have led me to where I am today.
Can you pick out a track from the album and tell us about the production process that went into it? How did you go from the idea/sketch to the final version for this one?
To be honest, all of my production processes are the same. I start every track from scratch, in the same way. I can only describe it as a blank artist's canvas and just painting. The actual music and sounds I chose depended on my mood. Music is an extension of emotion in my opinion. As mentioned, I have been inspired by listening to old records and found that to be the catalyst. Basically, I sketch out a rough idea; when I have the bones of the track I work in the details. I generally focus my music around the kick and the bass. I get that sounding super tight and build the rest of the music around that. Then comes the tedious part... the tweaks!!! This bit can take a long time. Pre-pandemic, I got to play tracks out to gauge reaction and could hear how they sounded, but in this case, I just had to go with gut feeling. I spent so much time listening to my album tracks over and over. I work on the mixdown a lot, it’s very important. I bounce the stems of each channel and finetune them as much as my ears allow.
Is there any song that is especially meaningful to you or one you are particularly proud of? Why?
To be honest, I see this as a collection of work, I’m immensely proud of the whole project! It’s been a lifelong ambition and a dream to produce it. I genuinely put everything I had into it – my 20 years of experience working in the music industry and as a clubber, my years of DJing and visiting clubs and festivals all over the world have gone into it. As mentioned I’m a huge music fan, I have thousands of records and I have studied them!
You’re just off a massive set at ABGT450. What was the overall experience like?
ABGT450 was amazing, to be back DJing again was quite special! I feel though that this event was extra special for more reasons. It is one of the first large-scale events since the pandemic; to see so many people in one space with smiles on their faces is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. But it was also a huge honour to play at such a landmark event! And to play many of my new album tracks to such a big crowd are memories that I will cherish.
Looking closer at the tracklist for that set, what’s the process like to pick only a select group of music for what can easily be considered your most important set of the year? Do you feel more pressure going into that set compared to a normal club show?
There’s always pressure at any set, and I always try to deliver the right music at the right time. I’ve been DJing for 18 years so I didn’t feel pressure in that respect. I just had butterflies, excitement, and that’s totally normal! Like I said I was so excited to play my new tracks!
You’re also kicking off a massive US album tour. What can concertgoers expect from those shows? Do you have any particular tour dates circled on your calendar?
Indeed! It’s not just the USA, there are a bunch in Canada, and the UK too. The tour is my album tour, so expect album music, plus some other unreleased tracks that I have produced... and maybe a couple of oldies haha! All dates are on my website genixmusic.com.
In your live sets, what’s one track from the album that you are most excited to play live each set?
All of them!! There have been no gigs, normally I only have one or two new tracks, but now I’m touring again with a whole album plus some other material! I have really enjoyed playing “What You Do To Me” at the last couple of gigs though. It’s something I would go nuts to on a dancefloor for sure.
And as we look ahead, what’s keeping you motivated and driven on a daily basis?
I’ve always been an immensely driven person, and you have to be in the music scene or else you get left behind. Always try and think ahead too. I get driven by my passion for music, and sharing my work with people, and ultimately them enjoying it. It’s priceless.
Genix’s debut album ‘199X’ is out now on Anjunabeats. Buy / Stream at https://anjunabeats.ffm.to/
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