Karmon’s vision has always been bringing new sounds to the dance floor. His meticulously crafted signature style is what brought him into the spotlight to begin with, as he started on his path into electronic music. He sees music as a journey, an exploration that takes its due time. By approaching it as a craft, he imprints his tracks with a hypnotic groove that draws the listener in. While the studio has always been the playground where he could relentlessly perfect his productions, taking his music to the dance floor is what established him as a recognizable DJ with a worldwide fan base. Playing on five continents, from intimate club parties to large festivals, he gathered new experiences and emotions from the crowd. Becoming part of the Diynamic family in 2013 has allowed him to grow uninhibited alongside a talented crew of musicians. And the journey continues for Karmon, in the studio and around the world, as every new experience is a piece of inspiration.
What was your first experience with music and when did you decide to really go for it all?
It started all when I first picked up the guitar when I was little, can’t remember the age but I wasn’t able to lift the guitar myself. I was pulling some strings on the fret board, trying some things out. A few years later at around the age of 14 my brother came after buying some vinyl. Not long after that also 2 turntables and a mixer. I was finding that very interesting and I also wanted to try that out. That was the first time I ever mixed a record. I decided to go for it a long time ago. I knew music was my thing. It’s just hard to earn enough money with it and make it your main occupation since there is so much great music on the market.
Do you think this also helped in some way to make music?
Yes for sure. In the Moluccan side of the family almost everybody can play an instrument or can sing. They are all very musical people with a good feel of rhythm. I have also learned allot of things from my family members.
If we listen to your tracks we hear a fresh sound with edgy bass lines and funky synths inspired by the indie/nu disco sound. Who inspires you when you are making music?
I am a music lover and have listened to a lot of music, varying from jazz to hard rock. There are a lot of parts/riffs/chords or just certain kind of sounds that I will keep in my head forever, so it’s not just a band or an artist that give me the inspiration but a combination of all kinds of different elements that I have gotten to know trough the years. The music that I make now has also to do with the way I feel and it’s coming out as soon as I hit the studio and start making music. So you can say life is a good inspiration.
What do you enjoy the most? Producing or DJ’ing?
Producing is something I really like to do. I can put all my feelings into a track. When I finish a track I can keep listening to it over and over again. You get this satisfaction and smile on your face, if it’s a good track haha. Playing the track in front of the crowd and seeing all those people dancing and enjoying your music that is also very enjoyable. So I can’t make a choice here.
What are your primary inspirations or who inspires you the most when you are the studio?
The reaction has been great so far. Of course there are also negative comments. It would be wrong if those weren’t there, nobody is perfect.
In the studio things just come naturally from time to time. I think my equipment helps keep me constantly inspired. Artists who have a refreshing and unique sound also inspire me and, I guess, all the music I ever listened to.
How did you approach it, were all the tracks written to be listened to as one whole, do they relate to one another?
The EP explores a series of different moods. As a whole, it dissolves rather than building up so I think that creates an interesting listening experience. But most of the tracks are dance floor oriented and work well on their own.
What gear did you use? Is that important? Do you care about the tools of your trade?
Most of the sounds were create internal. I used for instance a Mini Brute and a Eventide Space with a Really Nice Compressor (that’s the actual name of the compressor) for Brutus Jam. Created some of the hi-hats and percussion sounds from the Nord Drum. To keep it interesting, external gear is important, at least for me. It takes me away from the screen and I enjoy a hands-on approach to music making. It’s different.
Why do you use the setup you do? Why do you prefer it?
You build your own studio in the way that it works best for you. However the setup also evolves; you buy a lot of gear and sell the gear that doesn’t fit in your process. This takes years and is a never ending story.