Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Adam Polson0
Exclusive Interview with Eximinds
Hailing all the way from Russia, Eximinds has been blowing up the trance scene this year. With a handful of EPs and remixes under their belt, the Russian duo is set to release a progressive house mix compilation this fall for Enhanced Music alongside fellow newcomer, Juventa. We recently had the privilege of getting the scoop on their new mix compilation, their opinion on the future of trance/progressive music, and much more.
EDM Insider 1. Congratulations on joining the Enhanced Music family! How does it feel to be label mates with huge names within the trance scene such as Tritonal, Daniel Kandi, and Lange?
Eximinds: Thank you! Actually, we have been working exclusively with Enhanced for a little bit over a year and we love it! Will and Harry are really great to work with, and there is a lot of great talent that has emerged from Enhanced over the last few years. We think Enhanced is the best home for us, and defines the future of trance music.
EDM Insider 2. One of the biggest remixes you’ve done was for The Thrillseekers & Fisher’s “Angel,” which MixMag named their Trance Tune of the Month (July 2012), and specifically gave you praise for your mix. Who are some other producers, or even vocalists that you would like to work with in the future?
Eximinds: Currently, we’re doing collaborations with Richard Durand, Aly & Fila, Alexander Popov, and Omnia. As for singers, we’ve got a big one that’s top secret and almost finished, but she will likely announce it before us. She is one of the legendary trance vocalists, so it’s been a big honor to work with her, as is working with big names like Richard and Alexander Popov.
EDM Insider 3. Speaking of The Thrillseekers, you’ve recently signed on to Steve Helpstrip’s (The Thrillseekers) management team. How did your partnership with Steve come about, and can we expect to hear a Thrillseekers & Eximinds collaboration anytime soon?
Eximinds: We were the ones who first got in touch with him, telling him we’d like to do a remix for him. He gave us a chance, and we did the remix to “Angel,” which he really liked. Fortunately it turned out to be a big hit for us, like you stated with MixMag and DJ Mag mentions. We were soon asked if we would be interesting in signing on to his management company, Adjusted Artists, and we’re really happy to have them behind us. As for a Thrillseekers & Eximinds collaboration? We’ll see! Only time will tell.
EDM Insider 4. Having been behind some big remixes this year, you’ve made quite a name for yourselves in 2012. With so many big names and so many tracks in the industry now, how difficult was it for producers to really get to notice your work initially?
Eximinds: It was quite difficult at first. There’s a ton of people trying to do this, so we really try to make sure our productions are solid and that we are always on top of our game. If you have good music, then you’ve overcome the biggest obstacle. The second hardest part is getting your name out there and getting your music heard by the bigger producers and industry people.
EDM Insider 5. You’ve got a mix compilation on Enhanced Music releasing September 17th, titled Enhanced Progressive 100. What can you tell us about that?
Eximinds: It’s a great compilation celebrating 100 releases on the Enhanced Progressive sublabel. It has previously released tracks mixed with many exclusive, newer tracks which take you on a journey from the earlier releases to the current sound of Enhanced Progressive. The sound is really warm, and is that classic, emotive, progressive house sound that is pretty sorely lacking these days in the market. We mixed it with Juventa, who is also an amazing talent.
EDM Insider 6. A lot of critics say that trance has moved far away from its roots, and that the sound cannot be identified as easily anymore from other sub-genres in EDM. How do you feel about statements like this, and do you think that it’s important for trance to maintain parts of its past?
Eximinds: We notice some trance artists like to go off to a completely different sound after they become popular. We think it’s good to evolve, but you shouldn’t forget the sound that people have loved you for. We like to experiment with new styles in our productions; we have done progressive house, trouse, house, and progressive trance, but in the end, we will always go back to trance. “Modern trance” is a lot different from “pure trance,” and sure, it’s okay to change it up, but we feel it’s important that the newer sound still incorporates those original defining elements.
EDM Insider 7. With 2012 almost behind us, what can we expect from you for the remainder of the year? What are some of the goals you’ve set for yourselves in 2013?
Eximinds: We plan to reduce the number of remixes that we are doing and concentrate on the original tracks, especially more vocal tracks. We hope to tour more and gain some exposure in the USA, and who knows, maybe we will make it on the DJ Mag Top 100 next year.
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