Bertalan Baglyas aka. “Giash” a new talent on the Archipel roster, gives an insightful Interview along his ‘270 Degrees’ release! Young producer from a small town in Hungary, he quickly left for Berlin where he is able to pursue his artistic expression through music and analog photography.
– Hi! How are you? Could you please tell me who you are, where you are from, what you have been doing?
G: Hi there! Thanks for asking, I am really well! I just got back from my holiday with my girlfriend. Who am I? It is actually good question and I have been looking for the answer through my musical expression of the past 7 years under the name Giash. Regarding my roots, I am from a small village next to the southern Hugarian border. Otherwise I am currently living in Berlin where my job is.
– How do you like to spend your spare time? What are your passions and hobbies?
G: I really like to shoot pictures with analog cameras. It is a true passion for me. The best thing, for me, with analog photography, is that I never know how the result will be, so it gives me the chance to create something different, unique and unrepeatable every time I shoot. It is absolutely the same way in which I make music. I think that in the creative process itself, I am only an equipment, like any other machine or instrument. The biggest things happen randomly, and I am just trying to catch them through random creative expression.
– What are your current and future projects?
G: After my ‘270 Degrees’ album on Archipel (ARCH108) back in June, I made music and sound design for one of my best friend’s animations. At the moment I am working on a new EP, collecting sounds and producing loops for my upcoming live performance.
– What has been your focus for this release on Archipel?
G: That time was a really big change in my life and it was quite strange. It was the first time that I had left the country where I was born for so long (still now). So under this process I remembered a lot about the places where I grew up. Therefore my only goal was that I let my imagination run as free as possible.
– The 008 Archipel Podcast was created with Volca Keys, correct me if I am wrong, what else did you use? Is it your usual set-up?
G: Yes, you are right. I used my Volca Keys for this live performance but not too much. I didn’t want to put too much focus on it. This is because I wanted a sequence of the best motives from the ‘270 Degrees’ album in the main line. Basically that is why I did not “synced” it and just made some random things with it. By the way I have a Volca Beats as well, a Nanokontrol and a Launchpad for MIDI controlling.
– Is there significance behind the title name 270 degrees ? The track names are interesting as well, what does it all mean?
G: Of course! The title and the whole release embody a really huge turn in my life. I am really glad to have found Archipel. Thanks to this now I can produce music that I have always wanted, and this music is what literally describes my mind. I never felt that good at music making yet. ‘270 degrees’, for me, also means “three-quarters”. I need three things in my life, which are what give me perfect entirety. I need work that keeps me on the ground. I need to create what keeps me above the clouds. And I need love. This is what keeps me alive. My family name means a man who works with owls. Owls are really important to me, they are a symbol of consciousness. Otus Scops and Tyto Alba are the 2 most beautiful species, and it is also good to know that owls can turn their heads to 270 degrees. 🙂
– Tell me about the artwork (the one made for your podcast), how do you feel it incorporates what you wanted to express? What is your own interpretation of it?
G: It is a great mixed-technique painting from my great friend Roland Kazi. It is an owl with death’s-head and smooth colors. It expresses some strange and not necessarily nice things. It exemplifies that not only the lovely things can be great. Sad and offbeat things also have deep meanings in a different ways, but that maybe they just takes a little bit more time to be understood.
– What is the artist’s name? Is it a close relationship of yours?
G: Exactly! It comes from my family name, and that’s why the perfect pronunciation is a little bit different as you think. Not a big deal! You just have to pronounce the “G” as you do when you say “good” for example. 🙂
– How is the electronic music scene in Hungary? Have you been collaborating with other labels? Do you also Dj or only lives?
G: I can say that the Hungarian electronic music scene is entirely OK. Hungary is a quite small country, but even here, there are a lot of possibilities for good parties with great talents from all over the world. Mostly in our lovely capital, Budapest. This city is really incredible because the nightlife is really fizzy every day of the week. Our electronic music scene has an already existing and truly unique flow, what actually any words cannot describe. Most of Dj’s, Producers and Promoters do not recognize that. They are trying to imitate something else. I guess the biggest miracle would be if somebody dared to express the real self. I have not really been collaborating with other labels in Hungary because it was at a time where I was not known to them. I have collected digital music for many years, and gladly play DJ sets from CD players but I also like to play with sounds a lot in live performances.
– Is there anything you would like to add, comment, anything else you feel is worth mentioning?
G: Not really. I just would like to say thanks to you for the interview and say thanks to everybody for paying attention to me. 🙂
Interview By: PH PARADIS.
Photography: Yoan Pochet
Painting: Roland Kazi