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Interview + Exclusive Track Stream: Livio & Roby

Published On 14/10/2016 | Interviews

Celebrating 10 years at the forefront of Romania’s robust techno scene, Livio & Roby have recently unveiled a mysterious new album project.

Connecting with audiences via via highly influential outlets such as Desolat, Vakant, Cecille, VIVa, Saved and Fumakilla, Livio & Roby’s dynamic DJ sets, innovative live performances, album projects, and constant flow of cutting edge productions remain one of their nation’s leading lights in the field. For those who may not be familiar, Romania’s spirit is evident in all aspects of the duo’s music; from tribal rhythms to penetrate the psyche, to organic instrumentation meant for the spirit, ultimately spreading Livio & Roby’s unique blueprint throughout Europe, and the rest of the world.

Now, the duo has released “Phantom Circle,” via Desolat, a concept album filled with mystery yet never not focused on music. The album consists of 11 original tracks, co produced by Livio & Roby, and 10 highly respected producers who’s track names have been kept under wraps to encourage us to listen to the piece in full without any preconceptions, and without skipping to the tracks of our favourite artists. The collaborators involved are: tINI, Enzo Siragusa, Martin Buttrich, Guti, Julian Perez, Hector, Ryan Crosson, Cesar Merveille, Andrea Oliva & Premiesku.

Today at the digital release, the full track listing will be revealed.

With the album NOW AVAILABLE we caught up with Livio & Roby for a substantive talk on the creative vision and process that went into the making of the album. Plus, as an added bonus, at its conclusion you’ll find an exclusive FIRST PLAY stream of ‘Capsule’ an 11 minute journey into the heart of dance.

“It’s very interesting to see how people work and their approach to different angles, to make compromises, and to find a way to finish music…without making a mess.”

With your LP “Phantom Circle” being release soon, what was the very first aspect of what would become the final product that came to you? Was it a certain theme? Collaboration? Sound?
Everything started couple of years ago when we came up with the idea of making an album, but at the same time was very difficult to start as couldn’t really find the right moment because of traveling. However because we had so much time on the road, this gave us the time to explore new ideas for this project and at some point the puzzle became a real picture and ‘Phantom Circle’ concept was born.

Speaking on collaborations, the LP is full of them, from Enzo Siragusa to tINI to Martin Buttrich, and more. How did you go through the process of choosing your collaborators?
The main criteria in choosing the collaborators was based on friendship, it is usually very important to have a certain vibe in the creation process and we feel it works so much better if you have a special bond when you do something together like this.

Actually, why did you feel such a collaboration heavy album was you wanted to do? Why did you decide to keep the specific collaborators anonymous on the track listings?
We wanted to experience more about collaboration in general, to get more experience and at the same time have fun with friends. It’s very interesting to see how people work and their approach to different angles, to make compromises, and to find a way to finish music with all the ideas compiled without making a mess. We cooperated with a bunch of amazing talented people, but at the same time we did not want the listener to fall under the weight of names. Let’s leave the music say it. We also thought that it woul be quite fun to distinguish or identify theartists by listening anonymous tracks.

How has your relationship with Desolat evolved over the years? Why is this still the best destination for “Phantom Circle” to release on?
Desolat and Loco Dice have always supported our work, plus they are always open for new experiments. Concurrently a big amount of the artists that we collaborated with are Desolat as well, so it made the most sense.

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Steve comes to Amsterdam by way of Brooklyn, Connecticut, Mumbai, and Tokyo. He researches media culture at UvA, while already holding degrees from UCONN (CT) and The New School (NYC). Aside from DHA, Steve is the Senior Editor for cinema platform IndieNYC.com, and writes on issues relating to film, culture, politics & electronic music. Every so often he also dabbles in photography and filmmaking.