Stereotype is Mark Valsecchi and Byron Kleb. The duo formed a year ago with the idea of incorporating their unique electronic backgrounds to create a new blend of progressive psytrance to compliment their successful solo projects. They’ll be closing the party this weekend at The Equinox Experience Outdoor 2012  after headliner Coming Soon – so make sure you stick around for a filthy send off before hitting the short road home. Be sure to also check them out once again at this year’s Alien Safari Flying Circus 2012 from 09:00PM to 11:00PM on Saturday night.

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

Psymedia : Hey guys. To start off, tell me a little bit about your musical background leading up to the birth of Stereotype. Secondly, tell me a little bit about how you came up with the name?

Mark: Well I got into EDM at a very young age. Back in the old days Vinyl, Deep House, Tech House, Minimal, Techno, and Progressive House were my focus. Throughout the years each genre has reinvented itself over time things come full circle. For example, Techno started out as very fast paced using industrial sounds now it has become much slower and more groovy drawing influences from deep house sounds. Basically the difference between each genre is how they are arranged musically.  Stereotype was created as a way to explore psychedelic music and see how I could use my experience in other genres to bring something new to the trance community.

Byron: I come from a lot harder background specializing in Electro. My other alias Deep Filth signed to Plasmapool Records is doing pretty well in the overseas market. I’ve recently had 4 top 100 electro releases on Beatport this year and have a few more releases coming out before the end of this year. I’ve been DJing for about 10 years now where I started playing on vinyl and have progressed as the years have gone by. Stereotype is great opportunity for me personally to push the boundaries in electronic music and make something completely different.

The name came about after realizing that people get boxed constantly into social “stereotypes”. The joke is that it doesn’t matter what “stereotype you fit into” you will always be a stereotype on someone else’s point of view. So we want to make music that all “stereotypes” can enjoy, bringing together people who would otherwise not enjoy the same things.

Psymedia : Do you see your different backgrounds as an opportunity to create something new, or can it sometimes be a hindrance?

Stereotype : Our background and knowledge of other genres can only be benefiting to us. Music is a creative source with no boundaries. Music is always evolving and together we always to produce something fresh and exciting. Other artists are already pushing the limits of the so-called ‘psytrance’ sound and making it into something unique. If you get a chance you should definitely check out Logica – he incorporates elements of deep house, techno and breakbeats in a lot of his productions.

Psymedia : Why do you think so many party goers and artists are drawn towards psytrance and outdoor parties? Do you feel other electronic scenes lack what the psytrance scene has to offer?

Stereotype : It’s a very difficult question to answer, I don’t think anyone forecasted how psytrance would progress in this country in the fast few years.  Once again Facebook and the internet have opened people up to things they were previously unaware of on a mass scale. There is nothing that can beat the feeling of a phat baseline on a ridiculous sound system in the open air. People love being outside and getting their feet dirty, and the parties go on for a whole weekend so it’s an adventure that teaches you a lot about yourself. I wouldn’t say the other electronic scenes are suffering from it, there are just fewer alternative festivals that happen only once a year, such as Rocking the Daisies and Synergy Live.

Psymedia : I’ve also noticed that you guys make extensive use of technology in your sets. What elements are you able to incorporate, and at times can it be scary to be reliant on technology?

Stereotype : We have toyed around with many formats of performing. It’s a real challenge to play as a duo working together simultaneously onstage compared to acts who play back to back each getting a chance to mix. Currently we are loving the new Traktor 2.6, it has intense looping functionality so we are using the Traktor Audio 10 DJ with the X1 and F1 Controllers. We then produce custom loops and chop loops out of the songs we are playing to make them more our own. There are risks of using computers on stage and we have had issues in the past but it works pretty well and we love having all that creativity at our fingertips. So we do carry a backup of CD’s and USB in case of emergency.

Psymedia : You guys play DJ sets coupled with some of your own tracks – are you looking to move over to a live set? How far from completion are you?

Stereotype : That’s correct, we have been pushing hard to finish our projects, as a live set is our ultimate goal. However we may be DJs but we always make re-edits and incorporate loops in our DJ sets to make our sets special and unique. We will be dropping a few of our own at Equinox this weekend.

Psymedia : The line between a DJ and a Live set have evolved considerably with a ton of variations. With the recent influx in overnight acts, how can one differentiate themselves?  

Stereotype : The way we see it is that technology has allowed artists the ability to get very creative with how a live set can be performed. To some extent blurring the lines as to what defines a Live set. The bottom line is every DJ can now have the same music, due to the internet and downloadable music for DJs. This makes it difficult for an act to really stand out from the rest.  Traditionally a Live set would be someone performing music they made but now acts are performing “Live DJ sets” by editing (bootlegging) the songs in their collection to be unique, plus incorporating Performance Controllers with audio EFX hardware making their performance unique. The technology is there and relatively affordable its up to the aspiring artists to push the boundaries.

Psymedia : Any 2012/2013 releases you want to mention?

Stereotype We had our first release on {psy.ology} Records debut compilation, but we are finishing up quite a few new tunes so there will be more Beatport EP’s in the near future.

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Psymedia : Mark (Lil Phil), you’ll be playing alongside Chris Jack this weekend at 18:00 on Saturday as well. Can you tell me about that?

Mark : This is a new project we are working on. Chris and myself are complete gear junkies so we decides not so long ago to get all our stuff in one room and see what we could come up with. We have finally decided instead of creating a completely new alias, to use our existing profiles to push a new concept and we are calling it Lost Property. We are showcasing the “Live DJ Set” at The Equinox Experience Outdoor 2012 this weekend.  Sonar Festival really opened our eyes to what the guys are doing overseas and how they are doing their setups. So we decided to make our setup similar to the huge acts we saw performing. We are running two laptops synched over MIDI cables with too many controllers and EFX units to mention. So if you want to see what it’s all about we will see you on the dance floor.

Psymedia : You’ll be playing the closing set this weekend at Equinox Experience Outdoor 2012, right after headliner Switch. Do you think there’s been added pressure on closers recently to have a killer set? What can the dance floor expect?

Stereotype : The closing set is special and with it comes an added responsibility to make it more memorable. You can expect a slamming start with fat interesting basslines and a gradual move towards to bouncy tech goodness at the end. We always aim to bring something different and we have a few cards up our sleeves to make it one to remember!

Psymedia : Thanks for the interview! Any last words?

Stereotype : We are so happy to be playing tunes at our favorite parties to the best crowds and we just want to push the boundaries each time we perform. Thanks for the interview!

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