Edward Richards is a musician, producer and DJ from Melbourne. His love for dark and ambient sounds stems from his childhood playing in various punk, hardcore and metal bands. Now producing techno he applies the same DIY punk aesthetic to his current productions and mixes. His mixes are extremely diverse and draw on a vast array different sounds, textures and rhythms.

Aside from his solo work Edward is also the creative director and founder of the newly formed Native Oxide Recordings, who are aiming to bring a different side of Melbourne’s’ techno scene to the masses. Keep an eye out for their first release which is due to drop in the next few months. Despite being relatively new to the scene Edward Richards is definitely one to watch.

What’s your best club experience?

Club Air in Tokyo, when I was lucky enough to see Nina Kraviz supported by DJ Sodeyama last year. Everything about the venue was thoroughly thought out and engineered to complement the experience of dance music, from the incredible sound system to smaller things like lockers for patron’s valuables. The Japanese really know how to put on a party. Sadly Air has now closed down but I’ve heard the owners have a new club in the works.

How did you first get into techno?

It was really a natural progression for me. As a teenager I was heavily into punk, metal and hardcore. I played in a number of very short lived bands during this period and I really just loved the atonal approach of writing music, by this I mean that not everything
had to fit into a musical key. Coming from a classically trained background I found this really refreshing. Techno has a lot in common with these genres and I naturally gravitated towards it when I was old enough to go out.

What’s your favourite music equipment at the moment and why?

I’ve actually sold most of my hardware and have started working more in the box of late. I know that this is probably at odds with the progression of most other producers, but I find that I can sculpt sounds much more naturally working like this. That being
said I love my Moog Sub 37, you can patch the 2 LFOs to pretty much any other parameter, making it almost as versatile as a small modular rig. I literally use it to create all of my basslines.

My go to effects is a suite of Plugins made by Sound Toys, they really know what they’re doing when it comes to analogue modelling. If you’re looking for analogue warmth without the price tag I highly recommend these. Other than that I’ve just picked up an MFB Tänzbar Lite drum machine, but I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and completely figure it out yet.

Mini-Mix #4.3 by Edward Richards takes you straight into techno town. Starting off with an hypnotic and dark track by Donato Dozzy & Retina.it which sets the tone for this podcast, and travels through industrial flavours of techno with a raw feel and captivating percussion elements. 

1. Donato Dozzy & Retina.it – Automa Talos (Donato Dizzy Version)
2. Stanislav Tolkachev – White Blood Cell
3. Jonas Kopp – Khaa
4. Hans Bouggmyhre & Flug – Misplaced Emotion (Marco Bailey Remix)
5. Maddermodes – Dark Dust
6. Limo – Another

KONTRAST is a collective of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. We want to build something new, colourful and unforgettable and to explore how sounds, shapes and visual imprints together can create something bigger than ourselves, and a different state of mind.The fourth series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from June 1st to 22nd, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.

Mini-Mix Series #4:

#4.1 – June 1 – Sublym
#4.2 – June 8 – Broken Spires
#4.3 – June 15 – Edward Richards
#4.4 – June 22 – Mish’Chief

To learn more about KONTRAST Collective check out their Facebook Page. Listen to the previous mini-mix series on their Soundcloud.

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