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Infected

by Pino

To be honest I've never interviewed anyone before I was presented with the chance to meet a band called Infected Mushroom. As I knew nothing about it I decided to listen to their music and try to learn something before accepting the offer. The band's website contains some interesting information, as well as, some music that sharpened my curiosity about techno music and about the people behind the name Infected Mushroom. I decided to make use of my newly obtained BA degree and take the chance to interview them. Now, usually interviews work with asking questions and recording answers and …, but I didn't want to make it too stressful or too professional (neither to me, nor to them) by holding a recorder in their faces. Thus, the interview was more like a friendly talk, and consequently, what you read is my impression about Infected Mushroom rather than their exact answers to my questions.

Judging by the name of the band, I expected to meet some hardcore drug addicts.

However, Duvdev and Erez are two down to earth guys; one might say there is nothing too special about them in daylight. They argue that they don't do drugs and that the name of their band has nothing to do with drugs. I trust them. In addition, they say that their song lyrics have no implied meaning, as many believe. Now, I must say that this disappoints me because as a literature student I am always looking for hidden meaning and underlying ideas. I want to get the message of their music by reading the lyrics of their pieces but the band's members assure me that the only message they send to their audience is-- have fun: dance!

I don't seem to be satisfied by this reply at this point of time. Making someone dance sounds boring to me. Going to the concert changed my views.

The show starts at 4 in the morning after 2 hours of unprofessional techno music as I consider it. As unprofessional as techno music could get, the same rhythm sounds in slightly different key tone for 2 hours; I start to feel like a microchip in a computerized music experiment. I hope Infected Mushroom to be different and they are.

Good techno is good cause it's rhythmic but not monotonous; it's electronic music but with human touch; it's recorded music but live performance; it's Infected Mushroom. I said there was nothing special about these guys in daylight, well you should see them at 4 am on the stage: sexy stuff with inspirational sounds this is what they are, ladies. The main melodies in the pieces are modulated; the singer's voice is mysterious and enigmatic. At some point I catch myself jumping on my feet, I look around, is anyone staring at me? I don't think so, everyone is dancing--they've gone completely bananas.

The guitar adds a heavy metal hint to the techno sound. And it is weird but true that there are some people that seem more heavy metal than techno listeners, but they are all dancing. I enjoy the music and feel happy.

Well, dancing is not something that would make me listen to Infected Mushroom at home but their music is fresh and special: a reason good enough to make me go out and dance.

Check out Infected Mushroom online at www.infected.co.il.






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