Always one to have his finger on the pulse, Dysphemic showcases his progression as producer flawlessly in his latest offering. With the help of his brother, Yiani Treweeke, ‘Apollo’ stands out as a unique masterpiece much unlike anything heard before it. With several sold-out worldwide tours and a solid decade of work under his belt, it’s clear that the skilled performer is on a perpetual upwards trajectory.
How did you get into Tribal Bass Music and how does this sound hit home to you as an artist?
I started out as a drummer, so my heart has always been geared towards anything tribal.
My transition into making electronic music was through jungle, so the start of my inspiration for doing this project is based around percussion.
The fusion of the electronic elements of bass music and the acoustic sounds of tribal and world music pays homage to the human race living out their lives as part of a giant tribe in a synthetic world. This thought is a huge inspiration to me when I create the music. When I am making music there is always a narrative, a story in my head, and that means I often end up writing cinematic sounding stuff.
The Apollo Album vibe is unique with some classical elements. What was the inspiration behind its creation?
I just wanted to make some godly sounding music! The album heavily features my brother, Yiani, who is the most musically talented human I know. He plays a blend of Mediterranean styles on guitar which gives the album that classical feel.
For those new to your music, what can they expect from you at a live performance?
I play 100% of my own original tunes and I’ll always put together my set with a journey in mind.
Lots of changes in tempos and increases in intensity throughout. Lately, I’ve been starting out with tribal dubstep, then into some mid tempo glitch, followed by more upbeat bass house and always, as in every set, I end with drum and bass for a bang.
If you had to pick heavy dubstep like your track, “Desert Hawk“, or some old-school drumstep, like “Peyote Demon“, that is more drum & bass heavy to play on the way home after a long day at the studio which one would you choose first and why?
Honestly, I wouldn’t listen to anything! My ears are usually super fatigued after mixing for 8 hours straight. If I did feeling super amped, I’d go Desert Hawk, it just gets me hyped with the drops and that hook. Super energising!
You’ve been producing music for over a decade, what do you feel has been your biggest challenge as an artist and how have you overcome that challenge or challenges?
My biggest challenge over the years was overcoming the feeling that I have to fit in with everyone else. My style is definitely unique, it always has been, and there is nothing I can do about it. I have tried in the past to cater more for scenes and trends or record labels but it just ends up turning out like a watered version myself and that’s not enjoyable for anyone.
What I have learnt is the best music I’ll ever make comes straight from the heart, doing what comes instinctively and trusting my journey as an artist. The new album is probably the best example of this. My brother and I just wanted to make beautiful, sonically intense music for the listener and the dance floor.
What’s your go to drink or food that you miss most when on tour?
Ah hell yeah, great question. Living in Australia we have the best selection of two things:
1.Coffee and 2. South East Asian food.
When I get home from tour, particularly from around Europe or the United States, literally the first thing I do when I arrive home, jet lagged and haggard, is have a cappuccino and go grab some dank Thai food.