We are really happy to introduce our next guest Hernán Gonzalez for our Sundowner. mix series. Born and based in Uruguay, Hernán aka Two Phase U has been producing music since the 90’s, get to know him a little bit better in this short interview we had with him.
Sundowner.: How would you identify yourself (now) and how does it influence your sound?
Two Phase U: An electronic musician. I guess because I try to include concepts and ideas that come from music other than only techno or house subgenres. I don’t know if electronic music composers like to be called „producers“ because we disregard traditional music or because, on the contrary, we see ourselves as lesser artists than instrumental musicians.
Sundowner.: What’s the most difficult challenge you have faced during your trajectory as a musician?
Two Phase U: From the general artistic life stance, my biggest challenge has been to acknowledge some years ago that much of the musical convictions I had carried with me for many years had aged too much and had to be renewed. A big internal reconfiguration was overdue. Once I could break my own molds and structures, a new world of possibilities opened before me, which I am still milking. But the transition was intense and very demanding spiritually.
Sundowner.: What’s your favorite track of the moment and why?
Two Phase U: Cabaret Voltaire „The power (of their knowledge)“ for last year’s album „Shadow of fear“. The beat, the mood, the vocal samples, the lo-fi demo-esque old school undefined techno/electro/ebm/synthpop eclectic sound, I love all aspects of that track. The whole album is amazing.
Sundowner.: Is there anything you would like to change or promote in the music industry?
Two Phase U: I feel that in electronic music there is an exaggerated devotion for gear. Few people are talking about the music itself. I’d love to read more about the concepts, the feelings, the politics, the life experiences of the music creators. I love my instruments, and I like that sometimes the musical results are an indirect collaboration between the artist and the designer, but I see too much explanation on the „how’s“ and too little on the „why’s“. I also come across a lot of new music that is more a technical display than a true expression of a feeling or an idea. I guess this happens in all musical genres too.
Sundowner.: How’s the future looking for you?
Two Phase U: The future to me has always been a better place than the past. I believe in constant evolution. Even as we sometimes seem to go backwards, it’s all part of a bigger forward motion. I welcome all the changes, much more than stability. No changes, no learning. To me life is only about learning. At the same time, it’s fair to say that some things seem to never change and repeat themselves. Another end-of-the-world, another crisis, another war, another sway between left and right. At some point you just stop caring and just focus on enlightening yourself and loving the beings around you.
Sundowner.: And the last question, what do you think is your spirit animal and why?
Two Phase U: The owl. Since I was little I liked them and their attitude and I love the night! Also from an observer point of view and it is an animal that has very penetrating eyesight. And it represents knowledge and wisdom and I love to know stuff.
Sundowner.: I love that, thank you so much for taking the time.
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