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Todays artist interview sees us sit down with ToMix, its good to get him on Miami Encode for a few questions after his latest release hit the shops.

Q: What’s the most profound musical experience you’ve ever had, and how has it influenced your creative output?

A: I think it was me sitting in my room and listening to Skrillex for the first time. that was the time I really fell in love with electronic music, it gave me the inspiration and the spark for creating music, which I’m doing for over a decade now.

Q: In your opinion, what’s the most underrated electronic music subgenre, and why do you feel it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves?

A: Definitely Bass House, I think it’s a really great genre and it probably doesn’t get trendy as techno or pop music because the mainstream crowd is just not quite ready for it yet. clearly, Bass house is a pretty specific niche that is also pretty “aggressive” / “not subtle” / contains “weird sounds” that not everyone can connect with. also gotta remember that it combines the house & dubstep music worlds together (pretty different worlds and most of the Bass House listeners probably like them both), and I think that when you combine two music worlds like that you can easily get a lower amount of people who enjoy the genre.

Q: Can you tell us about a particularly memorable gig you played, and what made it stand out for you?

A: I & my past music partner (Genish) played in “The Block” club which was the biggest club in Tel Aviv, the place was all about Psy-Trance & Techno and the crowd & owners were very strict about that. we decided to do an experiment and drop a Bass House set, in Tel-Aviv bass house is still not that familiar, and we had no idea how the crowd would react. and I remember we filled the room completely that night and the people absolutely LOVED IT! I think that night really stood out for me because that moment I realized & felt that the Bass House energy is just unresistible.

Q: If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?

A: Again, it’s gonna be Skrillex. he’s the main reason I create music, and still my favorite artist after 13 years from then.

Q: What’s the most unusual sound you’ve ever used in a track, and how did you go about incorporating it?

A: I think the most unusual sounds I used were in my track “Weird”, I was experimenting with different synths and made some random stuff until I got the weird stuff that was happening there.

Q: How has your musical style evolved over the years, and what factors have contributed to those changes?

A: First I created everything electronic and really liked it! I made trap, dubstep, dnb, moombahton, etc… 8 years ago me & Genish (my past music partner, which was a friend from school) created “ToMix & Genish”, an Israeli Psy-trance duo – and we created music that gained millions of views while performing with the BIGGEST artists in the country. 5 years ago I discovered Tech House & Bass House through Skrillex’s boiler room set and fell in love with it. I started to enjoy the Confession & Gold Digger label, and artists such as Chris Lake, Malaa, and AC Slater… and started my housey way.

Q: What’s your creative process like, from start to finish, and how has it changed over time?

A: I guess back in the day I was starting with a melody or solid idea, and then creating bass and drums, etc… nowadays I usually start with creating the drums or creating a really cool & original synth, or just start playing with stuff until I get something that feels unique to me. I really care about my music not being “regular”, I hear a lot of banal stuff and it’s boring.

Q: Can you tell us about a particularly challenging moment in your career, and how you overcame it?

A: The corona, like many others, took me to a very long period of time without any new good music ideas & projects. and it was very challenging mostly because it was the longest time I didn’t work on new music since I can remember myself. I do overcome this and what helped me a lot was: 1. not to overthink/fight this, and let it be gone in its own natural way, 2. I got myself busy with other stuff, watching new tv series, playing some games, hanging out with friends… give yourself some time as well because you’re first a person, a human, and only after a music artist.

Q: How do you see electronic music evolving over the next decade, and where do you see yourself fitting into that picture?

A: Probably be a lot of new genres, people will invent new stuff & new music combinations, people will get bored with the current trendy ones and old genres that are not cool anymore will become cool again. but if there’s something I learned about the electronic music scene & about life is that it’s unpredictable. I really don’t know what genres will even be or what music I’m gonna do a decade from now, but I do know that it will be something that I really love doing & hearing, that’s for sure.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: I’m gonna keep doing my thing, doing better & better music, getting bigger & bigger, and *most important* – will stay happy and full the entire process, I feel like I already made it anyways.

Written by: Alejandro Serrano

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