As an artist it’s essential to be connected to your heart, to feel what it has to say. I felt my heart telling me in the past two years to connect to the roots of trance of which I grew up on. This path has led me to find my inner child - his passion for music before he became a DJ producer, his desire to consume pure music without fear or expectation of what people are expecting him to create. I've walked with this child together day after day into the studio, listening to his ideas, translating them into music created by a 35 year old man. This was the creation process of my 3rd studio album (2nd as Captain Hook) “Origin”.
Although I grew up in the psytrance culture and genre, influences from techno and bass music played a big role in the formation of my sound. The synthesis of these styles marked the beginning of something new, and the origin of the deep hypnotic progressive sound that is now at the core of my creation. Following my heart to where it was leading me was not always easy, since modern psytrance seems to be pointing producers towards very different soundscape directions. But believing in the path helped me to stay on it despite any doubts – and staying true to my sound allowed me to create my music with sincerity, serenity, and bliss. This internal journey has made it possible to reconnect with this genre all over again, adding a new perspective to it's beautiful spectrum, and to myself.
I am very happy to present to you my upcoming album "Origin", which you can now pre-order as a truly unique 180g, 33RPM triple gatefold vinyl. The album presents 9 new tracks (track 1 has an added intro to welcome you into the Origin sound), and will be released on 29th November.
Thank you all! Your love and support inspires me to create.
The year was 1997, and the great tree of electronic dance music continued to expand and split into various branches and their native tribes. Psychedelic trance was in full swing, with its staccato kick drums, high BPMs, and consciousness-expanding synth patterns. To some, it was more than a music style - it represented a way of life. Thus it was for Emok and Banel, two young Danish DJ/producers who fully leaned in and came together in Copenhagen to establish what would become one of the longest lasting and most universally respected labels in the psy-trance underground. Ace Ventura, Liquid Soul, Captain Hook, just some of the superstars of the scene that have been loyal mainstays on the label's release calendar over the years, but never detracting from the label's ethos of developing new artists through unity, collaboration, and steadfast support. In 2022, Emok and Banel still wake up every day thinking about their core values of connection, passion and ultimately a zest for life. And of course: heart-racing, foot-stomping, and mind-expanding beats!