*Written by Keyframe for Reality Sandwich*
Utilising sacred bass tones, mind-bending sound design and ethnic world music flavours, TRIBONE brews a sonic elixir of the purest quality.
TRIBONE provides a musical offering that is drenched in psychedelia, and serves as a potent reminder to our more primal roots, a remembering of our tribal heritage.
After releasing through Merkaba Music, Maia Brasil Records and Mycelium Music and more, he has now found his place in the Shanti Planti Collective, where he continues to explore and hone his craft.
Keyframe caught up with TRIBONE to discuss music inspirations, creative process and upcoming projects.
Tell us about your musical journey. What first drew you to the music you’re now creating?
I’ve always had a deep love for music and went to a lot of psytrance festivals. But there was a special moment during Merkaba’s Sunset set at Universo Parallelo in Brazil. That’s when I decided I was going to start producing my own electronic music.
What are your earlier music influences?
My earliest influences include psytrance staples like Tetrameth, Sensient, Shadow FX and other Zenon artists. Sun in Aquarius and the rest of the Enigmatik Records crew really opened my eyes to the possibilities of bass music.
How did you choose your artist name? The branding?
I felt that my music would have a huge Tribal influence to it, so I wanted my artist name to emulate that as well. I thought of a word-play that goes from ‘ One Tribe ‘ to ‘Tribe One’. That eventually led into TRIBONE and that led to the tribal bones branding.
Your song titles often reference spiritual and metaphysical concepts. What is the intention of your music?
The main intention of my music is to make people dance their ass off on a dancefloor. The spiritual references come from various experiences in my life that showed me something new and amazing. I want to share those feelings with the listener.
You have an Israeli background. How has that impacted your musical journey?
The psytrance scene is huge in Israel. I actually started with creating 4X4 music. When I went to my first glitch party called ‘Glitch Beach’ in Israel, I was inspired by the sounds I heard there. I got into a whole phase of IDM and extreme sound designing. After that, I merged all of my influences together into one project.
What is your creative process like? From inspiration to production.
It depends. Sometimes I’ll randomly come up with a cool idea for a track and record it in my phone just so I don’t forget. Other times I play around with a basic rhythm or concept that is stirring in my mind, and the tracks evolve from there.
Tell us about how you came to be released through Merkaba Music and Shanti Planti.
I sent Merkaba Music a demo to the label, just as anyone else would. When I started to produce more Psybass, and when the “The Chant” EP came alive, I knew Merkaba Music was my first goal.
After that I got an offer to join the Shanti Planti gang alongside Halfred & Ecometric. Both of these labels are the perfect place for me and my music. I love all the music these labels are putting out.
You’ve done remixes with artists like Desert Dwellers, Whitebear and Somatoast. How did these collaborations come about?
Most of the time, it came from me reaching out to other artists that I admired and wanted to work with. I also have a lot of cool remixes coming up, and some more Whitebear & TRIBONE collaborations.
Which festivals have you performed at? What are some of your favorite and/or memorable performances, and why?
Last summer, I performed at a couple of European festivals such as Lost Theory, Mo:Dem Festival, Psy-Fi Festival, Human Evolution. I also played in Israel at Doof Festival and Glitch Beach .
My most memorable performance was at the Groove Secret Chamber stage at Lost Theory Festival, for sure! It was a crazy, rainy day with an amazing lineup. I played right after Kalya Scintilla and before Whitebear. This stage had an awesome vibe during the whole festival. However, that specific day somehow surpassed every other.
Which festivals would you like to perform at?
There are many I’d love to perform at. The top of the list would definitely be Boom Festival, Burning Man, Symbiosis, and all of the Australian summer festivals!
What do you think the artist’s role is in today’s society?
I think every artist is trying to share his own experience in a way that others can connect and relate to, and get inspired by.
Do you have other projects you’re working on?
I have a new Dark Progressive project I’m working on called “Chunk”.
My first official release of “Chunk” came out on the Australian bush progressive label No Qualms latest V/A. I have a lot of new unreleased tunes coming up and a small EP that will be released later this year.
What are your future goals?
My future goals are to keep on producing music and playing shows wherever I can and as much as I can. Getting a full-length TRIBONE album done this year wouldn’t be so bad, but who knows
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m super excited to be in America for the first time this summer, and play in cities across the country. I cannot wait to see the country, connect with new people, and to share my music!
TRIBONE will be performing at Keyframe’s party in San Francisco’s F8 on April 7th! Get your tickets here:
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