It’s been four years since we’ve had Nir Shoshani on our shores, but that will change next Thursday night at Frost-Bite v4.0, when the Israeli artist returns to play a live Hujaboy set and showcase his new Psyprog project ESH. It’s no secret why Nir, a veteran of the psychedelic scene, has made such a large impact. After releasing music for more than a decade, Nir has maintained his own sound with every release, regardless of the music avenue explored.

The following questions were compiled on behalf of Psymedia by Evan Greenblo.

Psymedia : Hey Nir! Tell me about yourself, and when you started making music? 

Hujaboy : I was born in Jerusalem but currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel. I started making music in 1997 with music tracker software. After doing mandatory army service I went backpacking in India. I spent a month in Goa and except for a couple of parties that had amazing music, like the defunct Flying Rhino crew when Dragonfly and GMS were 17. However most of the DJs played at the other parties played really crappy music and there was no mixing, just DAT tapes. I was really disappointed that everything was so cheesy, and I decided to be a DJ. Weird, huh?

Psymedia : You’ve been pretty steady with your Hujaboy albums, having released one every year from 2006-2011 except for 2010.

Hujaboy : Well, I’m not planning to release a new Hujaboy album. I think EP’s are better in this digital era. I’m working on so many projects and I feel it’s much more fun making different EPs all the time in various genres.

Psymedia : Which album was the hardest to write, and why?

Hujaboy : My self-titled Hujaboy album from 2002 was most definitely the hardest. It was most of all technological stuff. Back then the PC’s were unstable and CD burners were 1x speed. Plus I didn’t know how to mix that well and had a lot of help from the HOMmega gang back in the day. So thanks to Moshe (Xerox) who gave me his studio, DJ Goblin (Psysex), Yuli (Perfect Stranger) and Ido Ophir (Domestic) for helping with mixing the first album sounded quite good. Also I used to smoke a lot of weed, which made everything much slower [laughs]

Psymedia : What’s the key to exploring all musical avenues but still maintaining a signature sound?

Hujaboy : That’s a hard question. I love exploring and expanding my horizons in other genres. I always see that as a challenge. Can I reach that level of production? Can I make my grooves as fat? These are the types of questions running through my head. But in the end I guess I’m always going back to what I really love and maybe that what comes out as my sound.

Psymedia : You’ll be showcasing your new Psyprog project ESH at Frost-Bite. Why have you decided now was the right time for it, and how will you put your twist on Progressive?

Hujaboy : It was a natural move to do that. Something in between the BPM I have been working on lately. Nir Shoshani, my other project is 122-126BPM and is Hujaboy 140-145BPM. Regarding the twist, it takes a while for me to ‘tune in’ and find my own thing in every genre, I think I got it in the last few ESH tunes. But let’s keep it as a surprise for the people that will come to the party

Psymedia : What are your thoughts on Psyprog dominating the Beatport Psytrance charts?

Hujaboy : I think it’s good, but Beatport isn’t the reality of what’s going on in the whole scene. For example, for the last 5 years old school Goa has been huge in Israel and there are parties up to 5000 people only for this genre.

Psymedia : You started the techno label Punch Music in 2010. Tell me about why you wanted to start a new label considering the current music landscape, with so many labels failing?

Hujaboy : Punch Music is not only a label it’s also a booking agency and artist management. We started because we love music and we want to show the amazing talents we have in Israel, not only from the trance scene. It is true there’s no money to be made as a label, but we get great exposure and we love doing it and playing gigs.

Psymedia : And you were last in Cape Town about four years ago. Are you excited to be back? 

Hujaboy : First, I have to say, I love South Africa! Cape Town is an amazing city. My last gig was great, I had an amazing time and the crowd in South Africa is a lot like the Israeli – happy and crazy! I love it so much because of the full energy on the dance floor. I expect some chaos, madness and a lot of laughs!

Psymedia : Any new releases in the works?  

Hujaboy : Yes, firstly an ESH EP on Audioload music (Spin Twist’s sister label) in August and a few more to be announced. I am also working on a Hujaboy track for Raja Ram’s Pipe Dreams 2 compilation. I’ve also got a few Tech-House Nir Shoshani releases coming out on Punch Music, Phobiq and Aeon.

Psymedia : Thanks for the interview! See you at Frostbite! Any last words before we finish off?

Hujaboy : Get ready for a some crazy ass stuff!

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