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TGMS Future Stars #67: EILLOM

EILLOM is a female Swedish techno DJ and producer, whose passion was ignited after attending her first techno party in Gothenburg. “It was a defining moment for me – I got hooked on the heavy kick drums, the vibrating sub-bass and the protruding melodic leads”. Her brand of techno offers enigmatic synth-melodies, dreamy arpeggios and obscure pads over a typical thumping, techno beat.

“I would describe my music as a mysterious and dramatic journey through dark soundscapes combined with a typical techno beat.”

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01. Röyksopp & Man Without Country – Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix)
02. Veerus – Mummy
03. 2Pole – Troja
04. Amelie Lens & Farrago – Purge
05. Matador – Remember (Pig & Dan Remix)
06. Beico & MT93 – Let There Be Dark
07. Enrico Sangiuliano – Moon Rocks
08. Pig & Dan, Adam Beyer – Capsule
10. Victor Ruiz – Clutch
11. Sad Girl – Hurting Me
12. Anna – Redemption

A few rapid-fire questions with EILLOM

Where are you from (city/area) and what makes that place special?
I was born and raised in Partille, a city outside Gothenburg. I’ve always had a desire to travel the world and see new things, but I’ve always found my way back to Gothenburg. What makes Gothenburg so special is that the city is a perfect combination of a small/big city with people who has a lot of visions and ideas. I believe that because of the unity in Gothenburg, we have the power to develop end expand Gothenburg; we just need to find the tools to how!

What excites you the most as being a DJ/producer?
You know that feeling when you find your new favourite song? I feel that every time I discover a new synth-sound, melody or beat. I can find it anywhere, from advertising on tv – too old 1930’s songs – and from creating a sound myself. The thought of being able to express and create exactly the sounds that I want is really a thrill for me.

Where does your passion for electronic music come from?
My father was a real synth-lover in his younger years, so I grew up listening to a lot to synth bands such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Yazoo and Ultravox. The synth elements have always followed me, from my early years when I wrote synth-pop songs, until today when most of the music I listen to (techno) is heavily synth-based. I’ve always found it interesting with the technology behind synthesis and how it works, and after studying Music Production at BIMM in London, I got to learn a lot about the different methods that generate electronic signals/sounds.

How has your music been influenced by other artists, musicians, or life in general?
As I mentioned, I’ve got my father to thank for introducing me to electronic music. Another big influence is when I spontaneously went to see Lady Gaga at Gröna Lund in August 2009. Her performance totally blew my mind. She was just so fearless and free, and that is something that I’m trying to reference back to every day.

I should also mention that my life took another turn when I went to my first techno party here in Gothenburg. After one hour I had decided that ”this is what I want to do”. The music, as well as the location (besides a lake, watching the sunset and rise) and the great atmosphere with genuinely nice people, made this one of my best experiences ever. That’s when I knew I wanted to start to work with techno.

What makes you happy (besides music)?
The biggest source of my happiness must be my family who always has stood by me in my decisions and generally in life. Also, I’ve got the best friends in the whole world who supports me through everything, even though some of them find my music a bit too dark and weird to them :’).

What is your source for finding great tracks for your set?
I listen to music and sounds every day to gain inspiration, so I can’t really say that I have some kind of specific source. But if I were to sit down and look for tracks to my set, I would, first of all, listen through my favourite DJ’s sets, like Township Rebellion, Spektre or Enrico Sangiuliano. I usually know just after a couple of seconds into a track if I like it or not, so the process can sometimes go really fast, haha! Other than that, I always have my Shazam ready during parties, because I know from experience how easy it is to forget to ask the DJ about a specific track, and how hard it is to explain what song you’re looking for. I also cherish the music people send to me, it’s a great source for finding music because most people that have heard any of my sets knows roughly what I like.

What can we expect from the mix you made us?
When I was listening to this set after recording it I noticed that it took a bit of a darker path than I planned. Even though I think it’s important to have a vision about where you want to go with a set, it’s equally important to go with the vibe and follow the feeling you get when playing. In conclusion, I would say that you could expect a journey from melodic tech-house to darker and more industrial (still melodic) techno from this set.

Thank you

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