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Lost in the Machine is the collaboration of producers/djs Patrick Gil and David Javate. Based in San Francisco, the pair formed a friendship over a common love of techno. With a subtle style which is rooted in history yet focused on now, what results is music which aims to immerse the listener in the groove.
As a resident DJ for Direct to Earth, Patrick Gil has released tracks on labels such as Gynoid Audio, Translucent and Fierce Animal, and has received track support from artists such as Jeroen Search, Pfirter, and Luke Hess. Veteran DJ David Javate has been exploring the crossroads of house and techno since the early 90s, and has played alongside artists such as Derrick May, Tim Xavier, Stacey Pullen, Dustin Zahn, John Tejada and Mike Huckaby, in addition to being a guest at Portland’s Closer Festival, Denver’s Great American Techno Festival, and San Francisco’s techno standard [KONTROL].
With strengths in both DJing and production, Lost in the Machine had their debut release “Hyde Street” in February 2013 on Hypnotic Room Dub series, receiving positive support from artists such as Slam, Audio Injection, Advanced Human, and Mattias Fridell. Choosing to focus on quality rather than quantity, this duo is one to watch as the year unfolds.
Matthew Styles- Liquid Sky
JC Laurent- On Our Way
Dimi Angeles, Jeroen Search- Our Live with the Wave
ROD - Mission
Phillippe Petit -Take
88UW- No Rush (Paul Boex Hypno Rework)
Len Faki - BTX2
Birth of Frequency- Remind
Dax J- New Beginnings
Patrick Gil- Punctual
The Advent- Body Count
Kevin Gorman- Cast (Jonas Kopp High Octane mix)
Lucy- Happiness is a Prison
Mattias Fridell- With Particular Reference
Dimi Angelis, Jeroen Search - Diepte
Adriana Lopez - Preface
Lost in the Machine - Turk
Function - Voiceprint (Reprise)
5 Questions with Lost in the Machine:
1) So who is Lost In The Machine, and how did the project come about?
David Javate: Lost in the Machine consists of myself and Patrick Gil. Lost in the Machine essentially represents the feeling of being immersed in the groove, either while dancing, DJing or in the studio. We seem to have a common ground in grooving, spacy and stripped down techno. Patrick & I have very complimentary skill sets in production and DJing, in addition to musical tastes which are well grounded in techno foundations but with a forward thinking twist.
I've been DJing techno and deep house since the early 90s, and Patrick has been producing tracks for the last couple years w/ releases on Gynoid Audio, Translucent and Fierce Animals. Patrick & I became friends after I played at a Direct to Earth party in Oakland back in 2011. Patrick also checked out one of my podcasts and noticed that we had very similar tastes in techno. Since we had a common ground musically, we started jamming out in the studio and Lost in the Machine was born.
Patrick Gil: David began stopping by my studio a little over a year ago. I showed him how I go about making tracks, and his years of experience turned into some really nice input and collaboration.
2) You guys are from San Francisco, what are your thoughts regarding Techno in the SF Bay Area right now? What about Techno in the States in general?
DJ: I'm actually from the East Coast, outside of Washington DC, so my roots are a mix of UK, Belgian, New York & Detroit techno, and I moved out to San Francisco back in 1998. In regards to the San Francisco Bay Area, straight up techno always seems to ebb & flow. It isn't as popular as other genres of dance music in the Bay Area, but there is a dedicated audience that comes out of the woodwork when quality talent comes to town. Ever since [KONTROL] ended in 2012, other promoters have been picking up the slack and bringing in great talent like Peter Van Hoesen, Function, Donato Dozzy, Rrose, Tim Xavier, Dustin Zahn and Silent Servant, just to name a few. Unfortunately, 222 Hyde, one of the best venues for dj culture in San Francisco, recently closed so there may be a temporary lull in events while promoters sort out other venues, or until a new venue comes up.
In regards to techno in the US, I don't travel as much as I'd like so I can't make an all encompassing comment, but do manage to go to Movement in Detroit every year, and made it out to Denver's Great American Techno Festival in 2012. Movement continues to inspire me with its mix of Detroit roots and cutting edge talent, while GATF in Denver was a breath of fresh air in its boldness and perspective on techno. It's cool to see cities like Denver and Portland rise up w/ their own expressions of techno, while cities like New York, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles continue to define what US techno is. Despite the growth of these techno festivals and the popularity of mainstream "EDM', I think techno will always be cutting edge, underground music that not every one will get…and that's fine with me.
PG: SF is a super rad place to be for dance music. Though the more 'purist' techno vibe isn't as represented all the time, there's still plenty of good stuff out here. For example, Silent Servant is going to be playing on a Sunday coming up; not too many places in the States where that happens. I personally am not that into it when its too heavy or banging, or most importantly, when its too monotonous. I'm glad I'm here, thats for sure...except maybe sometimes its too much fun! I don't know many who would deny that techno in the US doesn't thrive the same way that it does in Europe; but its a smaller and tighter community and I like it that way.
3) You guys recently had your debut release on 'Hypnotic Room Dub Series' which received good attention from the Techno world. Do you have anything else in the works right now?
DJ: Yeah, we were pretty happy to get good feedback from the likes of Slam, Audio Injection, Advanced Human, Mattias Fridell and Paul Boex of Abstract Division. We don't jam out as much as we'd like though as we're both occupied with our own individual gigs and productions, but we have finished up a couple tracks. The ultimate test for me is whether or not I'll play it at a gig, so out of all our material I'd say we have 2-3 more tracks coming up.
PG: I've been super duper busy but there's definitely been some great studio days in there. There's a couple tracks that are playable, and one of them made it on the podcast. I don't mind playing a track out for a long time before it goes on a label. Currently we haven't sent out anything to any labels other than Hypnotic Room.
4) Favorite studio gear, and why?
PG: I like a healthy mix between Hardware and Software. The machines are easier to get a vibe going quickly, but the software and plug-ins are better for constant tweaking. I like the Monomachine, Kraftzwerg, Juno 106, Aalto, and FM8. I like plug-ins from Soundtoys, Sonnox, Sugar Bytes, and Audio Damage
DJ: For me it's my ears and my opinion. Patrick's more of the studio whiz/nerd than me. Although I know my way around the studio, he can usually get our ideas done quicker.
5) Best show in San Francisco in the last 12 months?
DJ: That's tough one because there's always top notch talent coming through the City. Direct to Earth's Pool Jam with Dustin Zahn & Raiz was a fun one but I'm biased because both Patrick & I played at it. [KONTROL]'s closing party with Heiko Laux was killer, As You Like It's party with Function, Silent Servant & Rrose was a fun one, as was The Bunker hosting Voices from the Lake with Donato Dozzy and Neel. As far as personal gigs go, it's a tie between playing after Octave One and playing before Cesare v. Disorder at Housepitality.
PG: Hmmm. Like Dave said, As You Like It with most of the Sandwell District crew was amazing. That was my birthday. I also really liked seeing and hearing Atom TM and Tobias. But the very best show of the last year for me was seeing Marcel Dettmann play for the Droid Behavior crew in LA. Seeing Marcel or Ben Klock play is like going to church. Classic and pure techno, with music all over the board. Brand new vinyl promos, old 90's tracks I missed out on, and even some straight up house. Thats as good as it gets for me.