Valent: Latest Release from Be As One Label’s Fresh Blood
Shlomi Aber’s Be As One is constantly delivering hits for a decade. The new release from today is by Valent – the fresh blood of the label. We hooked up with him to get an interview to find out a little more about him.
Tell us a bit about yourself: how did you get to the point where you started to produce techno?
Since I was a little boy my heart has been beating for music, I started to play the drums at a very young age and nearly all my money went into CDs and concert tickets while I was a teenager. I started listening to and „producing“ electronic music in general at the age of 19-20 and quickly grew an affection for straight yet melodic techno and house beats. This love got consolidated by several nights inside Berlin clubs. Slowly expanding my basic equipment like monitors, headphones, synths….I am now standing here, producing the music I love to dance to.
Were you always into hard beats?
I am actually not only into hard beats. There´s a very fine line between hard techno I don’t like and hard techno I really love. The most important part for me is the melody. Even though it’s a rather hard track I always try to bring that little touch of melody and feeling into it but that doesn’t always work.
Tell us about your relationship with Be As One label.
A few months ago Shlomi dropped one of my remixes at a gig and – of course – I was pretty happy about that. I sent him a message to say thank you and that’s what started the whole conversation. I sent tracks, we talked about them and finally signed the four tracks for this upcoming EP.
Two months ago I visited Shlomi and some of his crew/friends in Barcelona. It was great meeting up with this outstanding artist and talking about music and his label. Be As One is a great place for modern, electronic music and I am very happy to be on board as an exclusive artist!
What does the name Amon stand for? Any special meaning?
I like to watch documentations about the ancient Egypt – even though they are pretty trashy sometimes. „Amun“ also referred to as „Amon“ is an Egyptian god. But to be honest, it was a great working title I kept – no deeper meaning!
Do you have a dream? Like a dream gig, or a dream collaboration?
I´d love to play in some of the clubs I spent a big part of the last years in, just to see what it´s like to stand on the other side. But since I am more of a producer than a DJ at this point, it was always my dream to be allowed to make a remix of „Sanctuary“ by Origene. It was one of my first encounters with electronic music and I´m stuck with it ever since.
So which steps are you planning for the nearest future on the way to your dream?
There will be some more releases on Be As One in the near future – that’s all I am able to plan at the moment. I like to be surprised!