The Romanian artist has been making waves in the electronic music scene as of late, garnering support from a number of innovative DJs and labels including Ricardo Villalobos and Visionquest. Since his 2016 debut EP on Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss and Shaun Reeves acclaimed Visionquest imprint, IULY.B has retained his form in the studio and continued to the create the kind of immersive stripped-back house music he is known for.
Ahead of his ‘Surreal Experience’ EP due on Visionquest this March, we sat down with the Romanian prodigy to see what makes him tick.
Hi IULY.B, how are you and what have you been up to recently?
Hello, I’m currently enjoying spring’s arrival, relaxing.
Recently, I’ve spent my time producing, starting and finish new projects, because the cold season is the moment when I’m most focused on doing this.
Could you tell us about the sound in Romania and how it influenced you to date?
I had a lot to learn from the Romanian sound, because it’s a different approach to the underground scene.
Leaving aside the minimalism, the attention to small details and carefully placed sounds were the aspects I’ve been paying most attention to.
Since you started releasing music, how would you say your sound has developed?
When I started to produce music, it was also the period when I was constantly digging for old releases, US and UK underground stuff mostly from ’93-2003. There’s where the influence on my sound came from, making it raw it the beginning, with solid kicks, wide-opened hats and claps. I’m always learning by trying and practising new stuff and that’s why my tracks sound different now.
You seem to release music mostly on vinyl, why is this important to you, and do you follow this ethos when playing out?
Vinyl offers a better feeling when played and also when you have a carefully-picked collection. It’s the physical form of music, it requires most attention when you put something out on vinyl and also when I dig for it. Recently I’m receiving tracks mostly in digital formats, but I also like to have the vinyl version of some that I really love.
What is your studio like, what kind of equipment do you use and why?
My studio is pretty simple, it’s a bedroom studio which evolved slowly as I was investing in it, the most important part for me being the room acoustics. Guided by friends with experience, the acoustic treatment had a big influence on the room’s sound, bringing better knowledge and understanding of what I’m looking to express.
As for the analogue equipment, I have some pretty simple ones, the bass and synth from the Volca series and also a Mininova synthesizer.
Tell us a little bit about your production process, how would you usually start making a track?
It’s always about my mood or what I’m having in mind in that moment. Sometimes I start with drums, sometimes with the bass line or even with synths or pads, depending on what comes out from my gear.
What keeps you motivated as a producer?
My motivation comes from passion. I always want to experience new influences, knowing that I’m doing something to feed my soul. It started to be a way of living, I’m just doing it for my pleasure.
What is it like being affiliated with a label like Visionquest now compared to some of the smaller labels you have released on in the past?
Releasing on Visionquest was very important, because I kept seeing we share the same vision on music, through quality and diversity, making it one of my goals. I was very pleased to see the connection I felt was true, bringing me new opportunities, satisfaction and a lot of good feedback.
What have you got planned for the rest of 2017?
The 2nd EP on Visionquest is an important point of the year which I’m really looking forward and regarding the deejaying and travelling side, I’m preparing for touring in South and Central America in April, later on, followed by other gigs across Europe.