With their upcoming South African Wake Your Mind Tour dates this week, here’s a little Q&A with the guys of Cosmic Gate – plus, why they couldn’t just pick ten songs for their TVR playlist. Enjoy!
The Vinyl Riot: Hi. It’s such an incredible thing to be able to interview such legends of EDM. What would you guys be doing if you weren’t producing music?
Cosmic Gate: Good question, we have no clue what else we could be doing, we have been DJing and producing music kind of for ever now, and we could not imagine do do another job than what we do now! J
TVR: You’ve been around for over 10 years and have worked on solo projects in between. What would you say is more challenging – working in a team or working alone?
CG: Both [are] challenging in a different way. To work together sure has the big benefit to when you are not sure about a production fact. You always have a second opinion right away to support or maybe to tell you [that you’re] wrong – this for sure is the biggest advantage in cooperating: to bring in two tastes and combine it to one!
TVR: You also feature vocalists on many of your tracks, but one name that has become synonymous with Cosmic Gate has been Emma Hewitt, who will be joining you on tour in South Africa. What do you think it is about Emma’s voice that gels so well with your sound?
CG: What can we say, it fits so well when we cooperate. Emma is simply one of the most talented singers and songwriters out there in our eyes, and her sound colour and angelic kind of voice seems to be made for our beats and sound structures. On top [of that], her stage present is amazing, and she is a great person and much fun to hang out with. We are sure there is more to come in the future form her and us…
TVR: While your unique Cosmic Gate sound can still be heard in your tracks, how would you say your music has evolved since the early days of tracks like ‘Firewire’ and ‘Exploration of Space’?
CG: Music is never the same, it always develops, and so does our sound. Now, in 2012, it sure sounds way more progressive or even bit housey from the beats, but we always have our Cosmic Gate handwriting to make our tracks hopefully stand out from others.
TVR: EDM has become a massive movement across the globe and you’ve got over 45 000 fans on Twitter alone! How do you think social networks like Twitter and Facebook have allowed you to expose your music to a wider audience?
CG: Social networks have changed a lot in the music industry, [like] the marketing of an artists, but also for events [it’s] total different to how it was years before and is bringing big benefits to both the artist [and] the fan, who, these days, [is] way closer to the artist than ever before – which makes the whole Twitter and Facebook [thing] so interesting for both sides.
TVR: You’ve won numerous spots on lists such as the DJ Mag Top 100. Which list (music or otherwise) would you like to appear on?
CG: If one day there comes a list with maybe 100 most important trance tunes of all times, [it’d] be good to find one of our tunes on it. J
TVR: If you could pick 10 of your fave songs to make a mix tape, what would they be and why?
CG: This would actually not be a mix tape, as most music would not be from the EDM genre. It would be a wide genre mix from ’80s music to today, and what would be on it can change every day, depending on the mood we are in, so please allow us here not to pick 10 tunes. There is so much fantastic music around that makes us happy every day listening to it [again]!
Catch Cosmic Gate at Trinity in Cape Town on 19 April, at Origin in Durban on 20 April and Skyraiders in Jo’burg on 21 April. Plus, follow and RT me on Twitter for a chance to win double tickets to their gig in Jo’burg this Saturday.