Peloton Musique boss, DJ and Producer, Aron Schoppert, has been causing waves on the electronic circuit for quite a while now. After first becoming involved in electronic music up and down the west coast in the early 90s, he got hold of a set of turntables and began to cultivate a diverse arsenal of music from neo-classical via experimental techno to straight talking house.
Pacific Waves runs somewhat parallel with the originations of the name Peloton which loosely translates to a “ball of riders”...Since, Schoppert has established his own label, Peloton Musique, kicking things off with The Bicycles Are Your Friends compilation back in 2008. The label has come to be known for putting out music inherently connected to ideas, environment and people: “driven by a shared purpose and a sense of community”.
It comes as no surprise, then, that the label’s latest outing, Pacific Waves – an 18-track showcase of different artists from Hanssen to the more well-known Pezzner – provides a surge of fluid, open-ended techno. Released 26th September, we caught up with Aron Schoppert to fire a few questions.
Hey Aron, thanks for joining us. How has 2016 been for you so far?
Thanks for having me. 2016 has been a little rough trying to balance creative endeavours, a relationship and a new job. In reality anything seeming rough is dwarfed by what’s been going on in the news lately. It can be difficult asking artists to contribute for an ocean charity when the states have been in a fair amount of turmoil, never mind global terrorism being on the rise. The optimist in me believes any shift of focus to matters of the planet offer some amount of relief.
We see the ocean & waves as a similar metaphor to the creative intersections that exist across the globe, standing waves that build & we are all trying to catch that big one. The clues in the name, but can you tell us in more detail the kind of ideas that underpin ‘Pacific Waves’?
Pacific Waves runs somewhat parallel with the originations of the name Peloton which loosely translates to a “ball of riders”. I always thought it perfect metaphor for the northwest music community which is largely supportive of each other until someone hits their stride and they breakaway like local icon Pezzner.
We see the ocean and waves as a similar metaphor to the creative intersections that exist across the globe, standing waves that build and we are all trying to catch that big one.
The Pacific Northwest in general is a unique and beautiful region and my partners Patrick Frye and Joris Kamma wanted to capture the diversity that resides here. The idea spawned from the gatefold artwork of the first release Bicycles Are Your Friends which had a flock of birds, each with a trailing unique soundwave that were visual snippets of the individual songs waveforms.
Peloton Musique sets out to “want to create music for environment, for a specific time and place, as sonic theatre” with “community” as a “guiding principles”. What inspired you to create this ethos?
This ethos is rooted in my experience with rave culture in the mid 90s when the internet was young and Hyperreal.org connected promotion crews up and down the coast. Email was new and people were excited to share ideas across regions. These communities still exist 20 years later and continue to create unique events separate of what we see in mainstream dance culture.
We want to create a place that encourages artists to create outside the lines, & sometimes it helps to contextualize creation to specific environments...In general, we want to create a place that encourages artists to create outside the lines, and sometimes it helps to contextualize creation to specific environments. “What does this music you’ve created mean to you, when do you want to listen to it, is it strictly just ‘art’?”.
All the artists featured on Pacific Waves have provided some really cool, immersive tracks. Was it difficult putting together the compilation? How long did the process take?
It was an organic process that took just over a year, with the idea first spawning in summer of 2015. It’s definitely somewhat of a magic act pulling together a compilation of this size, especially when by and large the west coast electronic scene is still quite small compared to other regions.
What excites you most about the Seattle, Portland and Vancouver scenes from which a lot of your artists come from?
I don’t believe this is entirely specific to the northwest, but the analog modular movement and sound synthesis in general is growing at a rapid rate and people are continually exploring what is possible, building their own instruments and reinventing their workflow and creative process. Friends who are designing sound and music for 360 / VR environments is particularly exciting, but still cost prohibitive to most.
We still love to dance though, so expect a range of style with dancefloor focused remixes....What plans have you got for the future? Where do you see Peloton Musique?
Peloton Musique will continue to work with artists on the periphery who want to create outside the normal confines of dance culture. We still love to dance though, so expect a range of style with dancefloor focused remixes.
Thanks Aron! Finally, the roster of artists on display in Pacific Waves is really impressive. Any other artists who have you really excited at the moment?
On the West Coast, Raica of Further Records is my current favorite to watch for her harder analog dancefloor sets. I also really want to see the amorphous supergroup that is Monster Planet spawn the next Future Sound of London. What they represent really captures the future of experimental music for me.