#110 - ADE 2018 special: Dold
Lulling us into a dream-like state with the ethereal undertones of Raam’s ‘777’ Dold then swiftly picks up the pace taking us into more dancefloor accustomed techno with Newa, Dario Zenker and Rob Alcock diving into a darkened sweat box. With Steve Stoll, Echoplex, Rod, Donato Dozzy, Noord Halle and Answer Code Request also emerging through the smoke-filled cavity alongside some of Dold’s own tracks we have a perfect ADE warm-up in the making.
Emerging as one of the leading lights in modern techno, Patrik Eriksson aka Dold has risen through the ranks and become both respected and admired not only in his native homeland of Sweden, but across the electronic music community as a whole.
Alongside live performance partner, Kuf - Eriksson established the label Arsenik in 2015, an outlet primarily dedicated to housing the pair’s own productions - but that has subsequently developed over the years to welcome in new artists, and as such become a widely supported source of dance-floor focused music.
As a producer, Eriksson’s productions exist at a potent aesthetic crossroads - looking both simultaneously at the more cerebral tenets of those outlier genre’s - namely ambient, IDM & electro - and uncompromising loop techno with an intriguing subtlety - suggestive of a dynamic artist with a rich, deep palette capable of capturing truly unique introspective moments and translating them into an array of sonic experiences.
This young DJ & live performer bears all the hallmarks of Stockholm’s most recent success story - an artist at an exciting intersection in his career with a bright future unraveling. Whilst existing output on Arsenik, Thema and MindTrip might already be turning heads across the techno landscape the producer is also about to debut on Luke Standing’s Blue Hour imprint with the ‘Express Route’ EP set for release in early November.
Blue Hour Music #011 Express Route by Dold is released 05 November (vinyl) and 12 November (digital). Pre-order: https://bluehourmusic.bandcamp.com
Q&A with Dold
- Let’s start with the mix. Did you approach this differently to a club set?
I felt I could be more selective and choose music I really like listening to. So I would describe this as more personal and a pointer as to the direction my approach to dance music is taking.
- Can you remember when you first became aware of ‘electronic’ music as opposed to just music on the radio?
Before techno came in to my life, music was not a big part of it. But I did start to listen to some drum n’ bass and other music related to the graffiti scene. The music was featured in most graffiti movies from Stockholm. I was really into graffiti, I did paint some trains and tagged some here and there, but was definitely too cowardly to become a ”real” writer haha.
- Stockholm has a healthy history of techno. What clubs and record shops were key for your musical education?
For buying records: Fade & Snickars. Fade is more focusing on new records, Snickars has a huge collection of 2nd hand vinyls. Clubs tend to come and go in this city. But I would say Under Bron or some of all the illegal rave parties.
- How do you and Kuf work when playing live together?
We meet up and collect the loops we’ve made together or solo. Also loops from tracks we’ve already released as solo artists. We don’t necessary think that our live-set has to be a project it self, it’s more like we are playing our, or each others music, together. When we start playing we have an empty TR-909 and an Octatrack with samples we’ve put in a chronological order. Besides the sample-order, the live-set is fully improvised.
- Arsenik, the label run by yourself and Kuf just had its third birthday. What plans do you have for the label?
Both me and Kuf have started taking another direction and approach in our way of creating music. The result of that is we’re more inspired to release wider perspectives of electronic dance music, like electro & breakbeat-ish stuff for example. Arsenik will definitely have a a more multifaceted output in the future. We’re also doing a double V/A early next year.
- Your up coming release on Blue Hour is the result of six months of dialogue between yourself and Luke Standing. How did you end up approaching this release compared to something on your own label?
Before he approached me with the offer to make a release for his label, my tracks were very loopy and often recorded in one take. I made this with VSTs instead of hardware, which made me to be able to have a better packaged output. I had a really good experience working with him, he pushed me to be more creative the whole process and it has developed me a lot as a producer.
- How is the current music scene in Sweden?
The scene for alternative electronic dance music in Stockholm and Sweden has really bloomed the last 5 years. Sadly the range of these kind of events was really poor before this. They were rarely organized or hard to find. Today we have a lot more clubs and raves every weekend with both local & international talents. Unfortunately it’s pretty tricky to run a club for these purposes in Sweden, we have really restrictive laws regarding club culture. The good thing that has come out of this, is our strong rave-scene.
- A friend comes to Stockholm for the weekend. Where would you take them for food, music and culture?
Stockholm’s culture life can be both uneventful and expensive. I would take the person to the aforementioned record shops and parties. There is a pretty unique (for this city) venue called Fylking which is focusses more experimental music.
- What production plans do you have for 2019?
Learn more and release more music are my goals for next year. Also to dig deeper from where I stand at the moment. Exploring other genre’s related to electronic music that are not techno.
- How do you switch off from music?
Simple answer is to hang out with my beloved ones.
EPM Podcast 110 – Tracklist
- Raam - 777
- Newa - Total Performance
- Dold - Horizons
- Dario Zenker - Koraimer Bro
- Sev dah - Poljud
- Dold - Express route
- Rob Alcock - Emergence A1
- Steve Stoll - Boostin’
- Echoplex - Halfway
- Dold - EVA
- Donato Dozzy - Duetto
- Noord Halle - 5r Jefre
- Rod - Nitecollage
- Dold - Colliding Worlds
- Mario Zenker - Motion
- Answer Code Request - Calm Down
- Blue Hour – Moments