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Q & A With Protoculture

Author: TranZfusion
Friday, January 14, 2005
Protoculture (Nate Raubenheimer). Age 23, recently engaged, no kids but "generally enjoying wherever the road takes me."

This answer typifies the gentle humour that emanated from Nate throughout the interview. He comes across as playful, intelligent, and as a soul who doesn't take himself too seriously.

He defines his music as "Smiley and fluffy, but with an occasional bad temper...", a genre classification that should have chin strokers everywhere sorting through their classification cards. But his music is definitely on the banging, engaging side. Since his debut 2001 on Spiral Trax and two major league tracks on the last Nanorecords compilations, he has filled many floors worldwide.

"I like to think that there's quite a few people out there that like to enjoy themselves and that's exactly what I want to do when I play, it doesn't matter whether the tracks are what I want or what the crowd wants, as long as they're all dancing." His time playing to the crowds is an integral part of the creative process. "I cant really explain, I guess getting back from a party always inspires you to do new things, its best to just let everything to come naturally."

He lists his influences as "Generally anything that's groovy and makes you smile. But to be specific, Id have top say, Crystal Method, Sasha, Orbital, Astrix, Logic Bomb and a whole bunch of others."

Nate doesn't currently play any residencies, responding with "I'm generally not around long enough to be a regular anywhere." But on touring "I love Brazil and Japan, Oz is great as well cause the folks are quite similar to back home... (and you guys have whiskey and coke in a can... he he he)." Glastonbury has a special place in his mind where some of the local ladies took a liking, doing a Tom Jones and throwing their undies at him.

Music which will get your pants off...

For Rainbow ".... there's a few new surprises but I wont say anymore....I usually put the set together once I'm in the country I'm playing in, it gives you a feel of what people are more likely to respond to.

But to get the tunes out there, Nate works hard in the studio, and obviously loves his work "My proudest moments are for myself in the studio, when you hit a good chord or melody and think... damn that's cool." Like all electronic artists, he has his personal tastes in technology "I got to say I used to use a lot of outboard, but I really into sampled instruments at the moment, such as Atmosphere and Trilogy. I just bought Ultra Focus and Xtreme FX which are both awesome as well."

And if you know what that means, I am sure its very impressive. Any chin strokers out there who can drop me a line-

But modest or not, his music will make sense, playing a headline slot on the main stage at Rainbow at 6:30am Sunday morning - one of the toughest and most exhilarating sets to play. 'm sure he'll do just fine!!