Get To Know: TRACE7000
Emerging from a sleepy suburban town outside Eindhoven, Netherlands, TRACE7000 is the alias of 22-year-old Ferdous Dehzad. Enriched by time spent DJing in and around Rotterdam, TRACE7000’s brand of forceful house and techno manages to be equally playful and unrelenting. It was this sound that caught the attention of Tiga who not only dropped his track in several DJ sets but went one step further and decided to release his EP on his legendary label Turbo Recordings. ‘Acid Habits’ is available right now on Traxsource:
To celebrate his release, we caught up with TRACE7000 to chat about the project & much more in this feature interview.
Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you are and how you are feeling right now.
It is my pleasure. At the moment, I’m in London. I’m feeling grateful, exhausted, also very excited. I feel different every five seconds. Now I feel manic.
Obviously, the topic for today is your ‘Acid Habits’ release – tell us in your words a little bit about how you hooked up with Turbo and what you were trying to convey to your listeners…
I had been messaging back and forth with them for a while after I sent some demos, and eventually they wanted to sign an EP. I don’t like to be tied to any specific style or genre, and I guess that’s the main thing I wanted to convey with this EP. Not to mention making people dance of course! I hope that worked.
Where does your artist name emanate from, what’s its meaning & why did you choose it?
Doesn’t really have a meaning, just like the way it looks and sounds.
What is the one machine, program, sound or technique that characterizes your sound?
My main focus is getting the drum sounds as solid as possible, rather than getting a melody. Also, I like messing around with delays and recording my own samples, whether it’s percussion or random vocals.
Do you consider yourself more of a Producer or DJ? Or both?
Definitely a producer. I love DJing as well but my heart is with production and always has been.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
That I shouldn’t overthink the music I make. Easier said than done of course, but making music is simply a lot more fun if you just don’t overthink it. It’s also a very good way to avoid major depression.
Hardware, Software or both? Which ones?
Both! I use Reason, together with some older microphones, an ancient M-Audio keyboard, and an MS-20 mini.
What is your dream project?
Tell us something we don’t know about YOU…
I’m a huge fan of chamomile tea, drink it almost every day.
TRACE7000 latest release “Acid Habits EP” is out now on Traxsource.