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Monday 02nd, December 2002
Neo & Farina Interview

Take into account Neo & Farina hadn’t started producing together until April 2002, you’ll agree, they’ve taken to the trance industry like ducks to water. The two Leicester lads are riding high on the trance wave at the moment, with remix duties for Platipus, and original productions on offshoot, Euro. And if that doesn’t thoroughly impress you, their growing fan base will. With key figures like Guy Ornadel, Judge Jules, Misja Helsloot, Marc West and Matt Hardwick backing the Neo & Farina sound, it really is about time you tuned in...

How and when did the two of you meet?

F: I met Neo through the record shop I run which specialises in Trance imports. Neo started coming in as a customer, got talking and it went from there really. Now Neo works alongside me in the shop in the day and we produce here in the evening.

When did you first get together in the studio? And what were early productions like?

N&F: We both had an idea of the kind of sound we wanted to create & started producing our first project "Azure" at the beginning of 2002. We used to do a track & give them out to local pub DJs to hear the quality of the productions through big systems and watch crowd reactions to see if anyone cringed *Laughing a lot at this point*! To our astonishment everyone like what we were doing an encouraged us to send them to labels and bigger DJs.

How and when did the two of you meet?

F: I met Neo through the record shop I run which specialises in Trance imports. Neo started coming in as a customer, got talking and it went from there really. Now Neo works alongside me in the shop in the day and we produce here in the evening.

When did you first get together in the studio? And what were early productions like?

N&F: We both had an idea of the kind of sound we wanted to create & started producing our first project "Azure" at the beginning of 2002. We used to do a track & give them out to local pub DJs to hear the quality of the productions through big systems and watch crowd reactions to see if anyone cringed *Laughing a lot at this point*! To our astonishment everyone like what we were doing an encouraged us to send them to labels and bigger DJs.

What tracks and which artists have been the biggest influences to your studio work?

N&F: Although there are so many the tracks that have had a significant impact on our productions, the ones that really stand out would have to be Armin “Communication”, Fire & Ice “Souvenir De Chine”, Signum “Second Wave”, Tiësto “Urban Train” and Insigma “Open Our Eyes”, to name but a few. Artists would have to be Armin, Tiësto, Signum, Fire & Ice, M.I.K.E., Hemstock & Jennings, J00F, Ralphie B, Pulser, The Thrillseekers and Lange.

“Someone”, set to be your first UK release, was soon snapped up by Platipus’ new offshoot, Euro, and has already featured on Matt Hardwick’s “Gatecrasher Resident Transmissions” mix. Did you ever anticipate such immediate attention, and when can we expect it to hit shelves?

N&F: We would like to forget how much it has cost us to be as professional as possible right from the word go, right from the production to labelling the CD's, posting them and following up A&R. We have worked stupid hours non stop since the day we started and did anticipate some form of recognition eventually, just not as quick and on such a scale. "Someone" is planned for release about March 2003 time with "Binary Refined" as the AA side.

The flip side, “Binary Refined”, is a remake of the Binary Finary classic “1998”. Why did you decide to use this track?

N&F: By this time we had signed our first four production's to Blutonium but felt we had not caught the attention of UK A&R, as you can't rely on one label to promote you. We knew we had to do something special and as we both really liked the track and although it had been done a few times, it hadn't been done for over 2 years. So we had the idea of which track but needed a reason and a hook to make it different. This is where the idea refined came in, everyone would recognise the track and as it was a remake we suppose we refined/brought it a little more up to date, so added the vocal which fitted perfectly. The whole thing paid off in the end considering it was only intended as a project to showcase our remixing capabilities and caught the attention of Platipus,.

Is there a follow-up single in the pipeline?

N&F: We have finished another track "Mondial" of which we are already receiving good reactions. We will be promo'ing a small number of copies on our own label "Hotdecks Trance" with a high profile remix on the flip. We will keep you updated on our website <A HREF=http://www.hotdecks.com/ target=blank>www.hotdecks.com</A> with more information regarding who will remix it and when it will be released.

You’ve also worked with Passion resident, Marc West. Can we expect any collaborations or future work with Marc to surface?

N&F: The first track we have completed with Marc was "D2FOP", this has already been licensed to Combined Forces in Holland on "The Capital" compilation mixed by Misja Helsloot released on 14th November and is currently attracting the attention of some UK based labels.

Or any collaborations planned with other artists?

N&F: We are currently working on another track with Marc and like we said earlier, are talking to certain producers for the remix of "Mondial".

Your recent remix of Mona Lisa Overdrive “Born To Synthesize” looks set to really make a mark on the European trance circuit, and is already receiving plays from the likes of Judge Jules, Marc West, Colin Tevendale & Dave Pearce. Are there any more remixes incoming and will the N&F rework of Solar Factor's “No Return” see the light of day?

N&F: We have just finished remixing Kansai “Rococco” for Platipus which also appeared on Gatecrasher's "Resident Transmission" compilation. This will be out hopefully at the end of December. As for the remix of Solar Factor “No Return”, this will be released on Platipus Euro on the flip of the original in January. We have also had a few other projects sent to us from various labels of which we are currently reviewing.

What equipment (hardware and software) have you got in your studio?

N&F: We are a soft synth based outfit at the moment and hope to add a few bits of hardware by the end of the year! *Wrote letter to Santa already!*

What advice would you give to any upcoming producers who want to make it in the industry?

N&F: Definitely don't give up. There are more knock back’s than Mike Tyson's right hook at first, but if you persevere, you will shine through eventually.

F: Dedication's what you need!

N: Sever all ties from friends and family, and lock yourself in the basement with lot's of beer!

Is DJing another side to your work?

N&F: Funnily enough this question has come up every time. One of the main reasons for starting to produce was to help our DJing which is what we originally started doing. There are thousands of good DJs out there and unless you knew someone who owned a pub or club it was virtually impossible so thought the producing might help.

Which DJs do you really rate at the moment?

N&F: Marc West, Andy Bagguley, John O'Bir & Ray Philips. Obviously the first being our ressie from Passion, but the other three are really making something for themselves at the moment. From what we have read John O'Bir has already secured a slot at Godskitchen, Andy Bagguley for Hotdog & Ray plays Escape, Fixation & what everybody has grown to call Passion's warm up bar "The Engine" in Coalville. Expect big thing's from these guys next year.

And finally, what do you think to DJ Tiësto hitting the No1 spot in this years’ DJ Mag Top 100?

N&F: We're sure we speak for a majority of people world-wide by saying this man has deserved it for a few years now and has rightly earned his crown!

Thanks out to Neo & Farina! Cheers guys, and good luck with the forthcoming projects!


Written by:
Gonzo

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