• solipsistic NATION No. 207: Ektoplazm

    11 Sep 2010, 23:31 by solipsisticast


    From time to time I'll ask listeners on Twitter and Facebook which labels I should showcase on solipsistic NATION and time and time again people have demanded that I do a feature on Ektoplazm, a netlabel. Amazingly enough, this is the first all-psytrance show on solipsistic NATION. In fact, I've played next to no psytrance on solipsistic NATION.

    The reason is simple. I'm not a fan of psytrance. Just about every psytrance track I've heard sounds like every psytrance track I've heard. But when I think about it, you could say that about just about every sub genre of electronic music. To people who are not fans of, say, or , it all sounds the same. But if you are a fan then it is very easy to hear the differences.

    I'm glad I asked which labels I should showcase because it takes me out of my comfort zone and exposes me to music I would otherwise never listen to and the music from Ektoplazm is very, very good. …
  • solipsistic NATION No. 194: Forensics, ill.gates & Terminal 11, Live

    4 Jun 2010, 08:08 by solipsisticast


    So here's the deal. When I first started featuring live sets on solipsistic NATION it was a segment I thought I would do from time to time. It took a while but it soon became a regular segment on the show.

    I really like the live segments because on the face of it live electronic music seems like an oxymoron. Artists could easily just press play on their laptop and walk away and that would be the show. But obviously it's more than that and each artist has a different approach to live performances. Their aesthetics are different, their gear is different and the venues are different. It's those variables that make the live segments so engaging, not to mention it's live! There's so much room for improvisation and, gasp, failure!

    But there's the thing, I often found myself scrambling at last minute to get a live set and an interview with the featured artist for the next show. Worse, sometimes I'd have to skip the segment all together because I didn't have anything for the show. …