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Wednesday 17th, September 2008
Phynn
Phynn interview 2008
Updated: Thursday 28th, May 2009

: The very first artist album of Dutch DJ / producer Finne Jager a.k.a. Phynn, will be released soon! The title of the new Phynn album is going to be 'Metamorphosis', which will be officially released on October 6th 2008 under Black Hole Recordings. A good reason for Trance.nu to catch up with Phynn for a detailed interview!

Trance.nu: Finne, your first artist album ‘Metamorphosis’ will see a release on October 6th this year at Black Hole Recordings. What can we expect on this album?
Phynn: You can expect a great variety of songs. I did not stick to one particular style while producing the album, with the intention of creating different elements in the tracks that a wide audience can appreciate.


Trance.nu: What kind of styles can we find on the album?
Phynn: Most tracks on the album are melodic/uplifting trance, as well as a couple progressive trance tracks, and a down-tempo song.


Trance.nu: We mostly know you from uplifting trance tracks. Was it difficult for you to make something in a different genre?
Phynn: The majority of the album is Trance, or a sub-genre of Trance (progressive, melodic, etc). However, I wrote a Down-Tempo track for the album, which features the vocals of Molly Bancroft. Producing this genre required a different approach, it was a lot of fun to explore that and learn from it as well.


Trance.nu: Are there other genres that you haven’t done before, but that you would like to try?
Phynn: Over the past 2 years I’ve been exploring different genres, such as Electro House (‘C U Smile’), Progressive Trance and Tech Trance (‘This Is The Time’). And even though it’s exciting to try new genres, I discovered that my true passion is in fact melodic and uplifting trance like ‘Escape’ and ‘Lucid’ , so from now on I’m going to mainly focus on those genres again.


Trance.nu: Is there a special reason or story behind ‘Metamorphosis’ as the title for the album?
Phynn: Yes. In the past two years a lot of changes have happened in my life, a lot of ups and downs. I moved to a different country, met a lot of new people and I feel like I have changed a lot in my personal beliefs and views since I started working on the album. So because the album represents two very significant years of change in my life, I decided to name it ‘Metamorphosis’.


Trance.nu: The first release of ‘Metamorphosis’ is ‘Try Again’, which will be out on September 29th. The vocals are done by Tiff Lacey. How was it to work together with her?
Phynn: This is actually an interesting story. I had finished the music for ‘Try Again’ with the album deadline being two weeks later, when I decided that the track needed vocals to really finish it. Of course two weeks is a very short notice, so I did not expect any vocalists to be able to provide vocals in that time frame. I contacted a few people, with one of them being Tiff Lacey. She was interested in writing for the song, but when I sent an email to her manager mentioning that it would have to be finished in one week, I did not hear back from them. Two days passed and I thought that I would have to look somewhere else, when I suddenly got an email from her with the finished recording files attached. This was a very nice surprise and I’m very thankful to her for writing the song within the deadline.


Trance.nu: Will there be some remixes from ‘Try Again’ as well?
Phynn: Yes. The release on September 29th will contain the vocal mix, an instrumental mix and a remix (which I will announce soon).


Trance.nu: Besides the track with Tiff Lacey, there are some other collaborations on the album. You did 2 tracks together with Molly Bancroft and one with Dallas Green. What can you tell us about those tracks?
Phynn: I love Molly’s voice a lot, so I contacted her to work with me on ‘No More Mistakes’. Working with her was very pleasant and I noticed that we are on the same wavelength when it comes to producing songs. I liked the result of our first collaboration so much, that I asked her to do another track with me, which ended up being ‘Wait For A Moment’. She is a great person and fun to work with, and I definitely want to work with her again in the future.

'Comin' Home' is a collaboration with Dallas Green aka City and Colour. He is one of my favorite acoustic artists, and I've always wanted to do a track with him. I did not expect him to have time for this because he has 2 bands and is always on tour, but I wrote his management to see if I could collaborate with him, and surprisingly he and his management were very interested and helpful to make it happen. The result is ‘Comin’ Home’ which is a very uplifting track, and I like that his vocals sound very unique.


Trance.nu: How long did it took you to finish the whole album?
Phynn: Initially, the first draft of the album was finished in less than a year. But when I listened to it a few times I realized that I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the result. I decided to go ahead and work on more new tracks until I was completely happy with the album. The whole process of creating 'Metamorphosis' took about a year and a half in total.


Trance.nu: What is your personal favorite track of the album?
Phynn: My personal favorite track on the album is ‘Wait For A Moment’. What I like most about it is that it starts as a nice, smooth song with beautiful strings, and then after the break it catches you off-guard with a pounding high-energy bassline that just lifts the track up to a higher level.


Trance.nu: In 2004 you made a track together with Bart van Wissen under his ‘Fictivision’ alias: ‘Fictivision vs Phynn – Escape’. I’ve heard some rumours that you guys are going to work again on something. I’m sure a lot of people will be very happy to hear more about this collaboration, so …can you tell us something more please?
Phynn: I recently contacted Bart about it and we are currently exploring some possibilities. I can’t promise anything right now, but it would definitely be nice to do another Fictivision vs. Phynn project.


Trance.nu: Are there more people that you are going to collaborate with? Or are there people that you really would like to work with?
Phynn: Like I mentioned before, I plan to do another project with Molly Bancroft. I’m also currently working with a well-known Canadian band. They were nominated for New Group of the Year at the Canadian Grammy’s, so I’m very excited about that project.


Trance.nu: Besides producing you remixed tracks from people such as Tiësto, Jes, Ernesto vs Bastian and some others. Can we expect some new remixes by you soon?
Phynn: I received a couple of remix requests last week, so I’m going to follow up on those. I can’t give out any names yet, but they are for well-known labels so keep your eyes open for some new Phynn remixes soon.

Trance.nu: How do you get inspiration when you start working on a track or a remix?
Phynn: Usually inspiration just hits me. For example when I’m inspired by a good movie or good music, I get the ‘Wow, I really feel like making music right now’ mood and that’s when I start working on ideas. It’s like an ‘urge’ I get to just start jamming and letting the music come out naturally.


Trance.nu: Are you full time busy with music now, or do you still go to school or have another job as well?
Phynn: I’m working on music full time.


Trance.nu: What kind of music do you listen to when you’re not in the studio?
Phynn: Acoustic music. After I’ve been producing EDM music all day, I just like to relax and listen to some smooth acoustic songs, nothing too loud or hectic. My favorite acoustic artists are Lifehouse and Dallas Green (City and Colour).


Trance.nu: Do you have any other hobbies besides music?
Phynn: I enjoy photography, going on road trips and, movies and surfing the internet to learn about new things. I also love to try new foods.


Trance.nu: Of course you’re a DJ as well, where can people find you in the next couple of weeks?
Phynn: On September 27th I have a show in Los Angeles at Circus. After that I will be playing in Malaysia, and I’m waiting on confirmation from some other planned gigs after that.


Trance.nu: Will there be a ‘Metamorphosis’ album tour as well?
Phynn: I’m currently planning the tour, I’ve got a few dates lined up which I will announce soon.


Trance.nu: What are your goals for the next 5 years?
Phynn: I’m going to focus on single releases for a while, and eventually I will start working on a second artist album when the time is right. I also plan to release a couple of compilation CD’s.


Trance.nu: Thanks a lot for your time and good luck in the future!
Always a pleasure. Thanks for the interview and also many thanks to all the people here at T.nu that have been supporting me!


Written by:
Twan van Loon

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