Pixel (aka Eli biton) is considered one of the most authentic israeli psy trance producers with an impressive discography of collaborations with leading artists such as Astrix, Domestic, GMS, Wrecked Machines, Tristan, Freedom Fighters and many more.
Psymedia : Hey Eli! To kick things off – tell me about your earlier years [being introduced to the psychedelic scene], and learning from Domestic.
Pixel : That was around 1999-2000. We used to live together – parties back then were magical. After DJing for a bit, I felt the need to make my own tunes, but I didn’t have any musical background. Learning was kind of fascinating – I really had to learn from the ground up. After a year or so, I released my first tune Black In Black Out which surprisingly became quite a hit. With only one track made, I started to get international gigs. My first one took place in May 2001. Moved by all the feedback I received, I decided music is what I want to do.
Psymedia : You have released a few albums. Are full lengths still a viable choice?
Pixel : I would very much like to do another full length album. But it’s not easy since I’m kind of a slow producer. Travelling a lot makes it even harder. Anyways, I guess nowadays, 3 EPs spread throughout the year would make more sense than a full length. We are in a very fast consuming time these days, lots of information flowing in, which leads to short attention to things.
Psymedia : How has your sound [and production skills] changed since Reality Strikes Back days?
Pixel : Well, that has changed quite a lot. First, I acquired new skills and experience over the years. Naturally I’m always looking for the next tricks and techniques for my productions. Secondly, technology has seriously evolved. The software is way stronger, offering much better tools for us, and also expanding my studio over the time, buying some nice hardware units made a significant impact on my sound.
Psymedia : You mentioned you’re a slow writer. Do you think artists are releasing tracks too often, with the intention of merely using their tracks for advertising purposes?
Pixel : Yes, as I mentioned before, I’m kind of a slow producer. I like to pay attention to the tinniest details – that just takes time. Fortunately in the last few months I’ve managed to finish quite a few tracks, so I guess you’ll be seeing more releases soon. As for other artists, well, I’m up for producers releasing a lot of music. The only thing that bothers me is that a lot of the tracks sound too similar, made from the same sounds and techniques. A little more diversity would be much appreciated!
Psymedia : Many of your recent releases [over the years] have been collaborations. Do they mainly take place in studio or over the internet? How does the end result differ [if at all]?
Pixel : All of them were made in the studio – either my own or others [friends]. There is something about sitting together at the same place, brainstorming with each other and feeding ideas.This couldn’t happen over the internet.
Psymedia : What are your thoughts on South African psytrance parties and festivals?
Pixel : I just loved it! Such lovely people, everyone smiles at you, and the dance floor is responsive. People seem to really follow the sound which is something I liked a lot. My set may differ this time as it seems the party direction is a harder sound this time. More Psy in a way. I guess I’ll know once I’m there. Playing a DJ set gives me the chance to go in different directions through the set. I’m kinda looking forward to it.
Psymedia : Thanks for the interview! Anything to add before we finish off?
Pixel : You’re welcome. I’m really looking forward to being there – lets have a blast!