Cevin Fisher is one of the main figures of US house music culture. His “The freaks Come Out” is the biggest hit ever, and his productions have been in the UK Singles Chart for a number of times.
– What is house music for you?
House music for me has always been feel good music, at times very spiritual. House is the kind of music that stands on its own, unlike pop music which is force fed to you in the media and on the radio. House music is like a remedy to me, it just makes you feel good.
– How has house music changed through the years? We know it’s a pretty standard question, but what is your perception of it? What lacks in modern house, DJs? How do you see the place of experienced producers as yourself and your colleagues in the scene?
Well I always knew that house music would be the music of the future from the time I started producing it. I knew that house music would eventually lead to something on a massive global scale. I think what lacks in modern house is originality. It seems as though a lot of modern producers are just copying the same format over and over and just throwing tracks out there . It worked for quite a while, but now I feel like the new generation of electronic music lovers are getting hip to the cut — copy — paste format and are starting to rebel against it and that’s a good thing. It is uplifting to see a lot of the pioneers of house still working and keeping the touring up, DJ’s like Todd Terry, Tony Humphries, Danny Tenaglia, Louie Vega, Roger Sanchez, David Morales to name a few .
-What is the difference between a house hit in the 90’s and a house hit nowadays?
If you look at the house hits of the 90’s there was a lot more variety in the big tunes and artists. Nowadays it’s really hard to distinguish one producer from another because a lot of the popular tunes sound very similar in terms of production and the sounds being used, of course there are a few exceptions.
-Which producers from the past years do you like ?
I like a wide variety of DJ’s, some play House, some play Techno. Andre Hommen, Black Coffee, Christoph, Sonny Fodera, Oliver Dollar, Nicole Moudaber, Enzo Siffredi, Ben Klock, Moshic ….just to name a few .
– Plz tell us what you have been doing in the past year and what are coming up in the next few months.
Last year and early this year I did some collaborations with DJ’s like Roger Sanchez, Mark Knight, Chus & Ceballos, Harry Romero and David Morales.
I’ve also been busy on the business side getting my house in order over the past couple of years by tracking down all of my publishing and reclaiming the rights to a lot of my masters.
I’ve also set up my own label Import Tracks so that I will have a place to release my music and music that I like on my schedule. Recently I released the first ever compilation on my label, “Imported Vol 1”, with several established and upcoming DJs including Pole Folder, Jody Vukas, Lisa Pure, Young Bad Twinz, Cache, Alex Clavijo, DJ Kelee, Ignition, and Takao Sumi.
Finally I have been gigging throughout the world with recent gigs in Canada, Portugal, Switzerland, and Malta.
-Who is a young producer to watch?
Been checking out Lee Walker, he’s dropping some serious music at the moment.
– Tell us about the mix you recorded for us.
My Technostation mix is a mix of some of the new promos I just received , I get a lot of great tracks and I just wanted to experiment a bit with different sounds and genres , so it starts off a bit deep and then goes a bit progressive and then I finish off with a bit of tough techno …