The Sound of Garuda: Mixed By Gareth Emery

We chat to Darude

We chat to Darude

We chat to Sean Tyas

We chat to Sean Tyas

We chat toAndy Moor

We chat to Andy Moor

We chat to Alex Morph

We chat to Alex Morph

We chat to Tritonal

We chat to Tritonal

We chat to Matt Lange

We chat to Matt Lange


We Chat To JES

Haezer Interview

We Chat To Haezer

Double Adapter Interview

We Chat To Double Adapter

Tania Zygar Interview

We Chat To Tania Zygar

Giuseppe Ottaviani Interview

We Chat To Giuseppe Ottaviani

Fergie (Robert Ferguson) Interview

We Chat To Fergie

Cristina Soto Interview

We chat to Cristina Soto

Bjorn Akesson Interview

We Chat To Bjorn Akesson

Ronski Speed Interview

We Chat To Ronski Speed

Double Adapter Interview

"We chat to double adapter about broken ribs, a little film making and why you're about to have a new favorite dj act"

Dan (Apter) & Tim (Apter) = Double Adapter… that’s quite a clever play on words… it always surprises me to see how siblings get the same sort of influence, yet go into different directions when it comes to their personalities, passions and what makes them tick… yet with you guys, it seems that you share quite a few passions… was that just  how the cookie crumbled, or have you guys always been really close?

D: Yeah I guess we have always shared the same interests and have both always had a passion for music and visual elements, ie. film and art. iv always leaned more to the visual side and Tim more towards the audio. We have always been pretty close, our family is pretty small so we never had cousins and relatives around all the time so we had to amuse each other. Tim thought pulling my pants down and pushing me in a bush on occasion was pretty amusing.

T: Oh yes, that happened.


You guys recently played an incredible set at “grietfest” with the super talented Haezer… and one thing you have in common, other than a similar style of music,  is the fact that you both (all 3 of you) studied film or visual arts in some way, do you think there’s something particular that makes film & Electro Trash work so well together, or do you feel this is purely coincidence?

D: Ha Ha, thats something that iv always noticed myself. While touring europe a lot of the other DJ's we met had an interest in film. Its certainly interesting but most likely coincidence i think.

T: I think its coincidence, but obviously there are big similarities between film and music - they are both about creating certain emotions through your medium, and they seem to attract similar types of minds, so I guess the overlap is inevitable.

On an International stage, there is no doubt that you guys have been making a huge impact overseas. Yet it seems that South Africa and your home town of Johannesburg, is only now realizing who you guys are… with brands like MK, taking an interest. how long do you think it’ll take for Acts like yourself, and the emerging underground dance scene to spill over on to a more commercial stage… let’s say, something random like H20 or opening for Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto or Paul Van Dyk  when they play SA? And is that something you want? Or is the “underground” part of the appeal?

D: i dont think the Underground dance scene is going to stay underground for too much longer to be honest and i think its something that is spreading really quickly through out the country. we would LOVE to play at H2O its something that we have been talking about for a really long time in fact. We love playing to new crowds that have never heard of us and go fuck! thats awesome! so there is definitely  an appeal to the commercial scene but at the same time we will always love the underground!

T: I've never really bought into the "commercial" or "underground" mindset... to me, its always been better to look at it like "upcoming" and "established" scenes - you get the types of people who enjoy discovering new sounds (the so called underground) and then you get the type of people who are more into hearing stuff when its more established (commercial) - so I think its logical that as our genre of music grows and we become a more established act, we'll eventually start spilling over into the ears of the commercial scene -  we decided long ago to let H2O be our litmus test of whether popular music taste is changing and evolving - it'll be fun to see if it ever pans out! :)


Where can we see some of the work you guys have put to film? And have you ever  considered writing scores instead of distorted, buzzing bass driven crowd moving monster tracks?

D: well you can catch a music video i shot for a band called The Stella's currently on the MK top 10.

T: and of course, the Double Adapter Adapt or Die documentary which we made in April this year... its on Youtube as 6 short teaser videos, and 3 long ones of the whole doccie. Interesting that you ask about scores... I'm actually writing a symphony now as a project to test myself and see if I'm just a poser or if I can actually write something serious for a change!


A big part of your stage show is your physical performance or “Stage Antics”. do you guys consciously make a point of going all out, or does it just happen naturally? And have you ever sustained an injury or two because of it?

D: we always go into a show with the attitude of making it fucking awesome and really getting into the performance but after that it just happens naturally and we fuck out to the music that makes us want to fuck out. ha ha, iv cracked 4 ribs from falling off a stage.

T: I've fallen off a lot of stages - I tend to just rock out so hard that I lose my balance. Its fun!


Are there any DJ’s, Producers, artists or acts that you guys specifically look up to, and would love to share a stage with or colab on a track with in future?

D: Yeah definitely, acts such as Soulwax and Digitalism got  me into this scene and it would be a dream to share a stage with them.

T: I'd kill to be on the same bill as Soulwax or Justice. I really look up to anyone making ANY music - good/bad/whatever: its possible to learn from and draw inspiration from anything, even if its a case of what NOT to do.


You guys obviously have creative talents coming out your ears, are there any hidden talents that only a select few know about?

D: well im actually a pretty huge nerd and ill kick your ass at pretty much any Xbox game.

T: I can handle my tequila pretty well... unless I haven't eaten. Then I'm screwed!


Where do you see Dance music in general and especially in South Africa going in the future?

D: well hopefully we can only see it move forward and evolve with the times. id like to see electro move more into the public domain and for more people to experience it.

T: I think we're definitely going to see a shift away from DJ's being the be all and end all of electronic music - its been so long since a fresh electronic band has found ground in SA and definitely also the world - So I'm hoping we see a shift towards electronic BANDS making dance music and putting on shows that are special to the people that attend them.


What’s playing on your Ipod/Mp3 Player/ Car Radio at the moment?

D: Iv been listening to a lot Monarchy and Metronomy at the moment, both really great bands.

T: I haven't really been listening to much because I've got my own music in my ears all the time, but if you're looking for something super cool and interesting, go to youtube and search "iamamiwhoami" - amazing amazing fusion or art and music.


What can we expect from Double Adapter in the near and distant future?
T: The big focus for the next 6 months will be designing refining and rehearsing our live band show, which we'd like to do exclusively from November onwards... There are plans in the works for more international touring, on three continents, but we don't want to give it away until its confirmed.I'll also be putting a lot of time into studio work over the next month or two.

We also really badly want to try and take electro into the towns in Southern Africa that don't get it a lot, but might have fans there - we get a lot of requests from PE, Potch, Bloem, Durban, and even Namibia and Botswana - so if you would like us in your town, please hit up our facebook page ( or our twitter @double_adapter and most importantly, ask the clubs you like going to to BOOK us!

Tania Zygar Interview

We Chat To the lovely Tania Zygar about Starting her singing career on Fischer Price Toys, Baking Pastries and chances of a full length Artist Album.

 So give us a brief history of Tania Zygar, some info on who you were
before some of the world’s biggest DJs decided that you were the vocalist
they wanted to collaborate with? How did you choose EDM vs. other genres
of music?

I grew up in Europe for part of my childhood and music was always part of
who I was. I was only singing on my Fisher Price karaoke toy and bugging
my parents while I was banging on the keyboard! As far as getting into
EDM, I was doing a lot of writing and playing acoustic guitar when a
friend randomly approached me about doing an EDM-style track. It was a
great experience being able to explore other genres aside from what I had
been accustomed to. I’m constantly seeking to evolve my sound, and EDM has
given me that opportunity to experiment within my sound.

Your vocals have found their way into some of the worlds biggest DJs,
playlists, anyone you would love to work with in future?

I’ve been blessed to work with so many great artists at such an early
point in my career, but if I could choose anyone, I’d definitely love to
work with Wolfgang Gartner, Swedish House Mafia, Martin Solveig and Armin
(that’s a given! haha!)

Every now and then you'll find, a new vocal seems to be the trending
topic among DJs and producers, people like Jan Johnston, Justine Suissa,
Jes, Kirsty Hawkshaw and Tiff Lacey have all had a chance to be the new
girl on the block, and now are established names among the EDM community.
Do you look up to any of them, or is there a specific singer you find
absolutely incredible?

Sarah Howells has a beautiful voice, and Jaren does some amazing writing,
so if I had to pick it would be those two. I also like Fisher's tone of
voice--it's very soothing.

To my surprise I’ve recently realized that Canada has quite a few famous
names when it comes to EDM, people like Arnej, Lazy Rich and Deadmau5 have
all made a huge impact on the world of dance music, how would you compare
the Canadian scene to places like Europe and the USA?

I think some parts of Canada are still conservative when it comes to
listening to newer EDM styles. Other parts, like Toronto & Vancouver are
bursting with talent. I was in Vancouver with tyDi last year, and I was
amazed at how many fans came out to support him. I’m actually moving out
of Ottawa to Toronto, where there are more opportunities to further
advance my career in music.

 Is there a country or event that you have performed at that has
specifically made an impact on you since being part of the EDM community,
and is there a place you would really love to perform in future?

Definitely! One of my favorite performances was this past May, where I
opened up and introduced Armin Van Buuren for thousands of people at a
festival right outside of Montreal. It was very moving to see the crowd
singing back the lyrics that I wrote! The support was amazing--I even got
to autograph my first man-boob! haha! As far as future performances, I
love to travel, but ultimately, I’d love to be able to perform during the
annual Winter Music Conference in Miami! I definitely think that would be
an experience to perform in front of that many fans and peers.

What inspires your lyrics... Is there a certain process you go through?

Some of my best writing usually will come to me very quickly. Intense or
dramatic moments in my life always inspire me to write something that
everyone can relate to. I use my writing as a therapy tool. Once I have
completed a project, I feel like there is closure with the subject at

 What do you like to do when you're not writing or singing? Any hidden

Ask my boyfriend, Simon! ha ha, just kidding. I hope my mom doesn’t read
this and interpret it the wrong way! No, seriously, I enjoy baking
pastries. I love getting back to my French roots and exploring the
culinary arts. There’s nothing more enjoyable (other than music) than
seeing my loved ones enjoy my cooking!

A huge player in EDM at the moment, is the super talented young
how did the collaboration with him come about?

Will Holland from Enhanced Recordings approached me about working with
Arty. After I heard the track, I knew I had to jump on it. I am so excited
about it being officially released! I am very proud of the acoustic
version that I produced which is featured on the EP. It is due for release
very soon! I did the acoustic version in one take, and I think it really
shows a different perspective of my vocal capability, which I am very
excited to show everyone.

What are you listening to right now? Any favourites on your ipod/mp3
player or Car Radio?

Lots of Ellie Goudling, Lights, Imogen Heap, and Metric and ADELE. Those
are my big main influences.

What can we expect from Tania Zygar in the near and distant future?

I'll have more tracks out next year, and I'm ultimately hoping to one day
have a full on Tania Zygar artist album with different DJ's remixing my
stuff. That'd be amazing! I'm working on putting a team together behind my
music right now, so you'll just have to wait and see where the branding
goes! Thank you for offering me this interview; I want to come to South


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