Proxius - Lust In Space
Reported by Jessica Alici
Submitted 10-02-20 10:20
The artistic career of Turkey-born Bugra Bodur aka Proxius started at the tender age of 8 when he received a Yamaha keyboard from his father. From that point on, he felt the intense desire to produce music. Proxius has been living in Romania for many years and having recently been introduced to psychedelic down-tempo and ambient music, he decided to make an album in this style. The result is immense! Proxius made a masterpiece of an album which has been signed to the well-respected sister label of Iono-Music – Iono-Lounge. With this astounding release 'Lust In Space' out on the February 24th, we decided we should delve deeper into the mind behind the music.
Your father bought you a keyboard when you were 8 years old. How did this come about – had you already shown an interest in music? What was your earliest encounter with music that you can remember?
Ever since I can remember I've been a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and I was constantly listening to his music from an early age. My father was an officer in the Turkish Naval Forces, so he used to travel the world's shores often. One time they went to the USA for some kind of military collaboration mission and I didn’t’ see him for a year. When he returned home; he had a big surprise for mw - one of Yamaha's 90's model keyboards - called the PSR-75. Since then I started playing it and in time, I realised I had an ear for music as I could play songs from MJ, Ice MC and some local musicians I used to listen to. I was able to keep in tune without any musical training or knowledge. I wouldn't say that I can professionally play piano today but this is how the story begins.
You also learned how to play guitar and drums. What are the different disciplines of learning to play these different instruments, and do you have a favourite you like to play?
Yes, during my teens and early 20s. This is the period when we all want to be a rockstar, isn't it? I ended up in a group of friends who were playing at least one instrument and mostly this was the guitar. In a group like this, one way or another, you yourself learn how to play guitar or at least are able to get some fine tunes out of it. However; as time went on, I realised I had a much bigger passion for drums. We were like 18 or so, and in my country you gotta be rich to buy even second hand drums, so we ended up doing jamming sessions and I was the drummer guy keeping the rhythm by playing drum presets on that Yamaha keyboard. But of course, after a short while I was introduced to a real drum kit and took some lessons. From time to time we saved money just to travel to bigger cities and do real deal jamming in jam studios. My father who encouraged me towards music stopped being supportive because he realised that music is an expensive hobby and something that, in his view, has no real future. Therefore; I could never have my own drum kit. But now? Now I have great one.
You began playing experimental music – what drew you to this sound?
After all those failed garage band projects I decided to learn to do things by myself. I found myself installing music production DAWs to my PC. I've been through a big variety of musical genres; that's why I could never put my own music in any category so I used to call it experimental. I was recording some rock, some electronic, sometimes industrial sounds and some cinematic or game soundtrack kind- of- sounds, but most songs ended up having all genres at once so I called it "experimental". This is a way of escaping from labelling it
When did you discover psychedelic down-tempo music?
Not so long ago actually. I guess it was early 2018. It was the time when I literally discovered psychedelics (can we say this? lol). I knew about the existence of some top-notch artists in this genre but I didn't give them a try before. Discovering psychedelics brought more understanding of the psychedelic music. It became something else for me now. It wasn't only music but magic! I ended up addicted to some epic artists like OTT, Shulman, Entheogenic and I will appreciate their music for life.
Is making music your full-time work? What’s a typical day for you?
Unfortunately; it is not a full-time job for me. I think it's not a full-time job for many artists out there anymore - as we know what the music industry has become and where it is going. I am a partner in a small local business in Romania. We have a laboratory and we produce some delicious vaping flavourings for vapes.
Do you follow a set process when making a track?
I try not to spend time in the studio if I don't feel really inspired. And I guess I can say that I don't have any set process that I follow. I mostly go with the flow. Sometimes I suddenly get ideas and I start mumbling the melodies and run to the studio and start jamming. If I like how it's coming along then I continue working on it. Usually I start from the chorus, then I make the verse, then I come up with intro and so on.
What’s the hardest part of making music?
The hardest part is that there is always something new to learn when it comes to producing music, there is a constant need to evolve and unlimited knowledge to tap into. And it is still expensive.
Who or what do you take inspiration from?
As I mentioned before I could say OTT, Shulman and Entheogenic had a big effect on me and plays an important role where I get inspiration from.
You have an upcoming release Proxius - 'Lust In Space' released on Iono-Lounge on the 24th February 2020. Talk us through the album and some stand out tracks for you? What inspired the track titles?
First of all, becoming a member of the Iono-Music family is an honour for me and I'm glad that they are now extending the family by getting involved in down-tempo, psybient etc genres. The upcoming album is called 'Lust in Space' - the title alluding to the fact that you could end up feeling as if you're travelling and getting lost in space while listening. All the songs are different from each and they will take you from one place to another - as in one will make you fly over the middle east - hearing eastern ethnic melodies and beats, then you'll end up in sci-fi scenes and then maybe even find yourself drinking wine in a fancy vintage restaurant in Sunset Boulevard listening to some smooth jazzy, funky sax on the stage. Get ready for lots of trips in time. About the track titles, I mostly got inspired from my own trips. Besides that, Cosmic Delirium of Djeku is dedicated to my cat Djeku
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I want to grow old with my loved one and keep on producing music with a peaceful mindset; and hopefully get enough exposure with my music. Oh and... world peace!
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