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Infected Mushroom formed in 1998 in Haifa, Israel and are serious innovators in their style of Psychedelic Trance (Psy-Trance). With 8 studio albums they are well established in the EDM scene, ranking twice amongst the world’s “10 Best DJ’s” by the Bible of the Scene (U.K.’s DJ Magazine). They have played almost  every major festival, such as: Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, and TomorrowLand. They are currently on a world tour hitting over 10 different countries in the next 3 months. With over 15 years of experience, these gentleman are truly legends.

On Friday night before their show infront of 25,000 people at Paradiso, I got the honor and privilege to interview one of our favorite artists, Infected Mushroom. Electric Sloth was joined by Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani to talk about their new tour, new music, and more.

This tour you’re advertising Fungusamongus, How is that different from your normal show?

Fungus is first of all just me and Erez compared to our shows with a drummer and guitarist and everything. The fungus show is a structure on stage with 2 spheres with 3D mapping and some emulation going on, so it’s a completely different experience from a normal Infected Mushroom show.

I have seen you in San Bernardino at Escape From Wonderland in October of 2011…

Which was kind of a Fungus-y show

That’s what I was going to ask if it is a similar set up to that performance.

It is a similar set up, but this is a much more improved set up.

For Escape you were indoors, and for Paradiso you’re in an open air environment. Which would you prefer to play in / Does it affect your sound?

  It’s more of how is the crowd reaction. You can’t control sound in a festival, so it’s much more of a crowd reaction. If it’s a good reaction we don’t give a fuck where it is.

What is the normal crowd reaction at your shows?

Usually they go ballistic, sometimes more, sometimes less, depends which show it is and hopefully tonight they’ll dig it.

Amit, I know you spent some time in India and has influenced your music. What was the biggest influence you received?

You know I’ve traveled to the whole Goa scene back in ’95, 96. Old 90s type thing, trance was really big then, you know acid was really big then so it’s kind of a genre I’ve done for many years, it opened our minds, but I’m in a different planet from what was that, but it was cool occasion to be in that era.

What artists inspired you to be making Psy-Trance

Back in the day when we started there was a bunch of them. There was Shpongle,  eX Dream, Ethnica, a whole bunch of European or British kind of sounding artists who made me who I was then.

Is it normal for you to be doing festivals, or smaller shows? What is your normal touring circuit?

 For us it’s mainly crazy. Festivals, to tour buses, to shows, to whatever, we play so many shows a year, everything is always different and we always make the best of it.

Something that makes your music really stand out compared to others in your genre are that you incorporate other instruments not found in electronic music, such as guitars. Would you say that really contributes to your signature sound?

 It’s different, it’s really a matter of taste, but it makes us different from everything going around, so yeah it helps sometimes.

Erez, I know you’re classically trained. Would you say that really affects the way you perform or compose your music?

 It helps a little bit writing music, but we’re both classily trained so melodies just come easier for us and we don’t need to spend to much time on computers to write the notes with a mouse, just on keyboards, so it makes everything quicker.

Speaking of computers I know in your LA Studio you have a new custom set up. Can you tell me a little about it?

Well, it’s pretty deep to just explain it, but we’ve improved our work flow over the years so we have an SSL Brain mixer, with has lots of inputs and outputs and everything is button is just inches away to record or a crazy effect so it’s really quick for us.

Is this your ideal set up, or do you still want to tweak things and make it better?

It’s pretty good, we still have some new ideas to improve it, but it’s pretty good.

Now that we’re talking about studios, do you have a plan to release a new album or EP anytime soon?

Yeah we have “Friends on Mushrooms 2” coming out on 16th of July, and we’ll keep doing EPs / Albums. Shitloads of music and some of it’s pretty decent you know.

You have a pretty popular remix right now of “The Pretender” by the Foo Fighters. What inspired you to remix that specific song. Did you love it, or think you could put on your own specific twist to it?

Well we were in Australia and Pendulum I think played after us and they just destroyed the crowd with this kind of 174 drum and bass, so we said fuck it, we need to do something similar because we really dug it. Then the idea of doing the Foo Fighters remix came up, which I hated it at the beginning, but I said lets try it why not, and then it came out pretty good. I’m happy with the remix actually.

Now we’re kind of winding down, but I’m curious do you have any sort of Pre or Post show rituals?

Erez – Well we all hold hands and meditate-

Amit – No we drink a shit load of alcohol

*Laughter *

Erez – No we don’t do anything.

Last question that I ask everybody. If you weren’t producing or performing music, what would you be doing with your life?

Erez – Well when I was younger I thought about computers and stuff like that, but now I would have to say food. Open a resturaunt.

Amit- Falaffel Stand!

Falaffels! That sounds awesome, I would love to try your cooking.

Amit- FUCK YEAH

Erez- Our cooking is way better than our music

* Laughter *

Thank you so much guys, thats all I have for you.

No problem, we’re happy to do it.

Becoming Insane –

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Converting Vegetarians –

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Fungusamongus Tour Preview –

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