Whilst studying Sound Engineering at college, Eden Cohen and Rami Shalom found each other and decided to put their talents to the test and make music as Mintz. Beginning their project in 2014, the pairing is relatively new to the scene but has already amassed enough material for an album, which is all set for a release on Exotic Refreshment this month. I Voice caught up with the Israeli natives to discuss their upcoming full-length debut and their plans for the future.
An album should have a story that can be translated in a form of colorful music, with a sense of beginning, middle and end...It’s a bold move putting out an album as your first ever release, what gave you this idea?
The decision to produce an album came from an inner need. Pulse of our Planet, our album, started in our minds before we thought about the production stage. We started thinking about the album because we wanted to do a live set. We think the perfect live set for an album should have a story that can be translated in a form of colorful music, with a sense of beginning, middle and end.
This is what Pulse of our Planet talks about. We developed the idea of our album, being aware that publishing an album means taking a risk at the marketing level, but we felt we were doing the right thing. We remained true to ourselves and to our creativity without tags and fashions.
Tell us a little bit about the album? It’s background? Meaning?
It took us time to understand how to produce the feeling and musical experience we wanted to give during a show. We felt ready to create an album even though it's not the way musicians usually work. Usually before an album is created there is a process that you go through.
Putting the album together was a long & hard journey. We knew where we were heading before we started producing, knowing what we wanted... After we finished creating the album we sat down and listened to it and we experienced ourselves all of the feelings we wanted to give to others and were satisfied. We felt we’d succeeded in creating what we had hoped to achieve.
Putting the album together was a long and hard journey. We knew where we were heading before we started producing, knowing what we wanted.
You must know where you are heading when starting a project like this. There were exciting moments that we will forever remember. It was an amazing experience. There must be order when working on an album, just like in any other process.
How did you guys meet? What’s the story?
We met at Record Sound School, and our world’s mixed. Together we came up with the idea of Mintz. We started working together during 2014, and between us we created over 5 hours of music that has not been released yet. The time we spent together in the studio got us extremely close and made an amazing connection. We had the feeling we were in the right place doing the right thing in the right time.
Who are your inspirations?
We’ve always had a passion for analogue studio gear and the unique and warm sound that comes from that hardware. We absorbed our inspiration from artist like Chris Carter, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk and Hans Zimmer.
Describe your musical background? How did you both mutually agree on this ambient/sonic/techno/abstract-ness that becomes apparent when listening to your album?
We both started listening to electronic music at a very young age. We started with progressive house – through house, techno and even a little bit of electronica. Up to this day, we believe our taste in music is very diverse.
We wanted to create electronic techno that you can listen to at home and dance to at a club... We wanted to create electronic techno that you can listen to at home and dance to at a club. The concept was created two months before we started working on the project. We were together hours at a time trying to understand how we were going to create an album with a certain feeling and with different climaxes.
Pretty quickly we understood how to do this, and what feelings we wanted to give. We wrote down the concepts, names and ideas of each track and the way the concept would evolve during the track. The whole album is at 120 BPM. We think it is very important to keep the same BPM during the album to create the perfect complete picture.
Our musical taste is coordinated and sometimes we don't need to even talk; the magic just happens...When mixing down a track, are there tasks which one of you is better at doing than the other? Do you have different fortes?
The production, the work in the studio and our chemistry works great. Our musical taste is coordinated and sometimes we don't need to even talk; the magic just happens.
Even though we are well coordinated, each one also brings something unique to the table. Eden has a production and rhythmic mind, and an understanding of underground elements. Through Rami’s eyes we see a 3D musical image, which is integral for our musical creations.In the musical aspect we feel we complete each other.
How is music scene in Israel at the moment?
The electronic music scene in Israel has always been strong, in the recent years the Techno and Deep House scene has increased a lot in the major cities in Israel. One of these cities is Tel Aviv which has a very rich experience of nightlife and clubs in particular. The clubs and coffee houses are very active and busy throughout the week.
One of the clubs we love personally is The Block in Tel Aviv, the club hosts every Thursday a superb line up of international artists that have been chosen very carefully and the club owners do a wonderful job.
What have you got in store for next year? Any exciting gigs? Releases?
Yes we do have some thoughts for the future which came up during the time we wrote the concept to the album. We wrote Pulse of our Planet B and it supposed to be a continuation of the album that takes us from darkness to the light and to a new creation of the world. We assume that the second part will be out early 2017.
We have a deep melodic house EP soon to be released on Pablo Bolivar’s label ‘Seven Villas’, there are three original tracks and a remix from the brilliant spanish producer Eduardo de la Calle. This EP will give a different side and color to the ‘Mintz’ project from what is going on in the album.