Archipel’s new talent Giash comes back after a deeply textured EP ‘270 degrees’ with this time his actual first ever LP. And Archipel is truly proud to bring you this beautifully crafted, well acclaimed and emotional LP for which occasion Giash is giving us a few words, in addition to a brand new live session podcast (https://soundcloud.com/archipel/archipel-podcast-015-giash-live), one year after our last encounter.
A: Hi Giash! How are you? How are you since our last talk?
G: Hey! Thanks for your question. I am really fine! Everything is ok. I think our last discussion was almost a year ago. Since then many things have changed in my life but thankfully everything seem to be on the right tracks.
A: Are you still shooting pictures? How has that progress in the last 6 months? Is there any link to your works? Maybe you would like to tell us the story of 1 photograph in particular?
G: In the last few months I have been shooting a little bit less of analogue photos. Winter is quite grey and humping here in Berlin. This time of the year it’s simply better to stay in the studio. I have been focusing more on my upcoming music stuff. Of course it does not mean that I gave up photography. It is still very important to me. A few weeks ago I went to a small exhibition on Vivien Maier’s works. Her story is very interesting, she shot more than 1000 pictures in the USA from the early 50’s till the 90’s but she did not show her picture to anyone, never! Actually nobody knew about her photographs. After her death she became one of the most renowned street photographers of the 21st century. Her pictures were very inspiring.
In terms of my shots, I have a Flickr account (https://www.flickr.com/photos/giash/) for my analogue collection, but the pictures are not selected. I am planning to start some sort of blog with my selected photography. I also have a VSCO account (http://lowagiash.vsco.co/grid/1) for my phone picture collection. Sometimes I do not have my analogue camera, and at these times the best way is to shoot with my phone to catch the moment.
A: What have you been up to since ‘270 Degrees’? How did your friend’s animation project go?
G: After my first release on Archipel, my ‘Dream Antonyms’ EP was published on Soul.On Records, Moscow. This release included two wonderful remixes from Sven Laux and Rata. These guys are super talented and did amazing reworks. I am really proud of this release. Minimalistic, melodic and not the least experimental. I am glad that I can do that music, which is what I’ve always sought. I do not produce for the labels or for more gigs. I simply do my stuff for my own pleasure. For the love of music. Actually it means the biggest freedom for me as an artist.
About my friend’s project, after our first successful collaboration I made music and sound design for his animations (https://vimeo.com/99738238). There were three small, stop-motion movie about old Hungarian beliefs. The animations have not been published on the Internet as they are part of an interactive installation. You have to roll a winch to generate electricity to see and hear the movies and getting the small figures to move at the same time. Last year the Várfok Gallery presented this project at the Art Market Budapest art fair and was a great success. With Roland we have known each other since childhood. Despite his young age, he already developed a unique artistic world: he deals with various folk beliefs and superstitions. Behind this thematic choice, the personal motivation is the artists’ rural origin: in the countryside the beliefs are living traditions, and one can easily encounter himself with different folk-ways or witch-stories recalled by the superstitions.
A: What has been your focus for this new release on Archipel? How is it different from the previous one?
G: It has more positive energy I guess. ‘270 Degrees’ is a little bit more deep and dark. Just as a cold rainy night in the wood in the company of some owls far away. With ‘Lovecraft’ I have been focusing on some new solutions in electronic music. I have tried to find new ways which we might never have heard. As always, I tried to forget the old patterns, and let my imagination run free. Instead of a cold rainy night in the wood, we are eating some nice fresh fruits in the Garden of Eden, and getting refreshed by the power of love.
A: This new podcast you have prepared, does it also work as sequence of your best moments from your latest Archipel release?
G: Exactly, but this time there is some sounds from my upcoming EP as well, which is going to be released on Soul.On Records soon. With the album I tried to aim for the golden middle point, between listening and dance music. That’s why I am really happy about Pheek’s solid and clean mastering work. With the podcast I have been trying to go towards more dancefloor orientated stuff.
A: Lovecraft is the craft of love or more something you crafted with love?
G: Love is all! I am crafting everything with love, passion and meekness. With the help of love I have learned to grow up, and how to reach anything in my life – non-material things / what I want. It helps me to stay on course. Love is the oldest source of life. We must not forget it! Just the love will be able to help us to step into a higher level.
A: Tell me about the artwork you chose for your podcast, how do you feel about it?
It is a selected photography from one of my last roll of film I have shot here in Berlin on my favourite film type: Fujicolor Superia 200. This film has amazing gold, green, blue colours and wonderful fine grain. I shot this picture from a train which runs on a lovely line in Berlin.
A: How has your life on the electronic music scene evolved since your last release? What have you learned today that you were not aware of before?
G: I have learned not to worry about the result. I do not worry anymore if my music or what I am creating is bad or good. I cannot clearly decide that and actually as a creator it is not my job. It gives me the biggest freedom ever, and only that way I am able to find the people who honestly love what I do.
A: Summer is coming! Anything in particular you have prepared or you are going to do?
G: I would like to go Paris for a short time. I am really curious about the flow over there. Otherwise I do not have any serious plan for the summer or the nearest future. Just enjoying the nice weather again, and going forward on my own way with music producing.
A: Please tell me what’s your track of the moment?
G: Colleen – Sun Against My Eyes. She is a French musician and I heard a song from her few years ago in a Ritornell set. Actually I was listening to this set all the time when I went to take some photos in the woods. Last week somehow I discovered her again and bought the album ‘Les Ondes Silencieuses’ immediately on iTunes. Such an amazing music!! It is simply majestic. It has the ability to close the whole noisy world out at a glance. I guess I would really like to do such an overwhelming music as well. 🙂
A: Is there anything you would like to add?
G: As an owl I would like to get a human tattoo on my back!
Interview by PH Paradis.