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BBR Radio: MidiPorn talks to Trish Van Eynde about her upcoming projects

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BBR Radio: MidiPorn talks to Trish Van Eynde about her upcoming projects

Previously working at the legendary label R&S Records, DJ and producer Trish Van Eynde is turning her creative hand to starting her own labels. An all-female artist roster, a flair for design and a love of felines culminate in her labels Electric Arts Records and Sphinx Recordings.

Trish has been an established named and owns her unique space in the Belgian techno landscape.

MidiPorn finds out more on Trish Van Eynde her new projects.

Trish Van Eynde

MidiPorn
How are you?

Trish Van Eynde
Good, good. And you?

MidiPorn
Very well. It must be early for you! Thanks for taking the call, I appreciate it’s quite late for you over there in Belgium. You’re relaunching your label Electric Art and launching Sphinx Recordings. Some exciting stuff going on there! Can you tell us more about those projects?

Trish Van Eynde
Electric Art Recordings was started in 2007 with one of my best friends. I used to work for R&S Records back in the day, and also Generations Records. When you work for a huge label like that you have a lot of backup and support. When I had to do it on my own it was a bit difficult. The timing and situation wasn’t right. For some reason or another I thought it would be the right moment now. Because I was so involved in getting it started again, the artwork and everything, I got excited about the fun part, the artistic part of running a label.

The name of the label, Electric Art, it’s an art form, electronic music, techno. I can’t release everything on it, it has to be a bit artistic. In a way I’m also a big cat lover. When I started DJing there were no female DJs. I was the first one I knew. It was really tough. Always in the back of my mind, I wanted to do something with female producers. It’s not just a feministic viewpoint, but more like it’s fun, it’s feminine, it’s girly.

While people know about Electric Art Recordings and that Sphinx Recordings is on its way. I have a really good friend, we’ve been friends for 20 years, she’s rescued a lot of animals. That’s her passion. So I thought, why not use the profit of that label to donate to her? So she can help save more animals. It’s a really conceptual thing.

More labels are coming up. Every label has it’s own style, and it’s difficult to put everything on one label. On the other hand, I don’t like the pressure of having to have a release every month. Sometimes you have an awesome track, you think, “Wow!” but it doesn’t fit the label. Why not do different labels, with a different concept and a different state of mind? Sometimes you like more tracks with strings, or tracks with more dynamics. If you put everything on one label it’s going to be confusing. Actually, I’m going to launch five labels!

MidiPorn
Wow, you’re going to be busy for the next few months!

Trish van Eynde
I am already really busy! (Laughter)

MidiPorn
One of the labels is really feminine, is it only going to be female producers?

Trish van Eynde
Yes, only female producers. I consider myself a mother figure. I want to do a label with girls, for girls. It’s just going to be fun. I love sphinx cats. Sphinx Recordings is feminine, about cats. All the producers I’ve contacted so far really love the concept.

MidiPorn
You’ll do well with that.

Trish van Eynde
It’s something new.

MidiPorn
Yeah, it’s different. You’ve been pioneering the Belgian industry for quite a long time. You recently released a track with Orlando Voorn, called Goon. It’s been picked up by Beatport and doing really well.

Trish van Eynde
It’s amazing isn’t it! He did two remixes. There’s a dancefloor track and a kickless version. The thing was, when Ansell from Rush Hour heard the track he loved it so much he asked to have it on the album on Rush Hour.

So Orlando asked me, “Would you agree to have it on my album?” And you know, I’ve always been a huge admirer of Orlando’s work and he’s been in the scene for so much longer than me. He even won the DMC contest in the ’80s. Not everyone knows that.

He’s a big person, but he’s also very modest. It’s always like business and contracts and competitive. I don’t want to be like that. I said, “You can have it, just release it on the album.” And he said “Of course I will give you credit for it,” and I said “I know!” It’s gonna work both ways. Somehow it got picked up by the staff of Beatport and they put it in the Top 20 and when I saw it, another DJ sent it to me on Saturday night. Oh my god! This is amazing.

I’m getting everything ready for all the other remixes that are being released. I’ve got a great graphic designer, she also does the graphic design for a couple of festivals. When I met her I didn’t know that, we just clicked. I told her about all the labels I had in mind and she completely got it. I’m really excited. A couple of things have changed in my life. Some things can take longer, but I want to do everything with my heart. I want to do everything right. I don’t care how much it costs. What will come, will come.

I just want to have great design, a great label, great artists, great releases. I’ve always tried to stand for quality and that’s what I want to deliver, because people deserve it. There’s enough crap out there. People deserve a bit of quality, and that’s what I want to give.

MidiPorn
Big thumbs up for that! You’ve got a very impressive history, playing with artists such as Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, Technasia. You’ve played with quite a few of the big ones! If you could play back-to-back with any artist, who would you pick and why?

Trish van Eynde
I don’t even have to think about it, it’s DJ Bones. Because he plays free tech, and he plays from his soul. He has such an integrity, such a personality. He’s completely himself. When I hear him play, I hear his soul speaking.

MidiPorn
Finally I wanted to ask, what would be your advice for any junior producers out there who want to break into the scene?

Trish van Eynde
It’s true that these days it gets more and more difficult. You have to work for yourself. You will only stand there if you’re able to survive in that scene. You have to keep a positive mental attitude and always believe in yourself, even when no one else does. Never stop learning. Always try to upgrade your skills. It’s funny you should ask me, because I don’t see myself as a really good producer.

I constantly look for new tutorials on YouTube. I really still watch tutorials. You need to improve yourself all the time and believe in yourself. You create your own reality, no one else does. Even if you fall onto your knees, that’s not important. It’s the times you get up again, and go for it again. It’s like a race, a marathon. A lot of people are running. You start with maybe with 50 people and after some time you see there are only two people running with you, and only those people keep on running, keep on going, even when others have lost belief. It’s those people who will attain their goals. I speak from experience. It wasn’t always easy for me.

I’ve always had ups and downs. I’m going up again, but I know where I come from. Never forget where you come from. Whatever mistakes you make, whatever bad experiences you encounter, you’ll learn from them and they’ll make you stronger. Don’t worry about other people. In every bad situation there’s something good. Ask yourself what you’ve learned from it. I want to emphasise these things, because it’s not easy.

MidiPorn
Trish, thank you for taking the time, we really appreciate it. I think you’re off to Berlin tomorrow, is that right?

Trish van Eynde
Yeah, I’m off to Berlin this weekend. It’s going to be heavy. I won’t sleep a lot. I’ll see if I can sleep in the airport or the aeroplane. I won’t think about it, and afterwards I’ll sleep.

MidiPorn
It’s a real honour, thank you Trish.

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