Your EDM Q&A: Does Canadian Techno Artist The GOAT Live Up to His Name With His New Album? [Video]


Vancouver-based manufacturer The GOAT has been tirelessly liberating increasingly more heavier and more odd commercial techno since he started making EDM in 2016. One must if one sought after to be noticed as the best of all time, wouldn’t one? Smartly, identical to anything else within the tune global, Chris Marcinikiewicz’s selected moniker isn’t precisely as it sort of feels. With all his paintings, together with The Main points Are Obscure, his debut album on Groundwerk Recordings, launched previous this month, The GOAT simply desires to make us dance.

Coming from a thrash and punk drumming background, Marcinikiewicz’s previous musical years have been spent traveling Europe, particularly Germany, and influenced by way of the techno sounds there but in addition experimental punk bands like Fugazi, Dangerous Brains and Minor Risk. This explains the heavy and regularly analog drum remedies The GOAT’s digital productions get, and most probably why his techno comes off sounding extra commercial than large room, a rarity at the moment in North The united states.

The GOAT has however controlled to garner a large number of strengthen each in the community and in another country, hitting the highest 100 on Beatport’s techno charts along with his first EP, Flout, and the highest ten at the ambient chart as smartly. After this early good fortune, he connected with Groundwerk Recordings and its founder Joel West to supply much more groundbreaking paintings and put out a report choice of tracks and EPs since then and now. With a method so distinctive and area of interest, it’s a just right factor The GOAT has this type of paintings ethic, as a result of he’s just about created this ambient/commercial/techno sound/style on his personal.

With the main points of the way he got here to seek out this sound, the tech of this type of techno and how much cocky motherfucker in truth names himself The GOAT being imprecise, we went to Marcinikiewicz searching for the solutions and located greater than the main points. We found out an artist who works from his center and whose willpower will also be felt in each and every observe (and the explanations at the back of the identify), so learn on and pay attention as all is clarified and published.

You appear to have picked one hell of a uniqueness relating to a distinct segment taste, particularly within the North American scene. How did you get began making beats and when/why did making a decision to head commercial techno?

I used to be very lucky as a tender child to give you the chance to look electronics and sequencers and issues at an early age. I will credit score that to 2 older circle of relatives pals, one in every of which had a 90s midi house studio and was once so affected person in appearing me methods to get began on making loops and in the end tracks. The opposite circle of relatives buddy confirmed me and his more youthful brother commercial tune within the early and mid 90s. It was once all that Wax Trax stuff. It straight away appeared like one thing I sought after to discover ways to do. I kinda got here complete circle to it as a result of I performed in punk bands and experimented with synthesizers for a few years. I simply discovered where the place it might all meld in combination.

To that finish, how do you are feeling your paintings has been gained in North The united states? Clearly you’re charted on Beatport, however do you to find it’s more difficult to damage the scene right here as opposed to Europe the place Rammstein and different heavy techno acts are so common?

The reception of the album has been just right. I’m satisfied that The Main points Are Obscure  is being supported and gained in addition to it's. To reply to your 2d query, it’s somewhat of a double edged sword. I believe like in North The united states, or possibly the place I play, techno is a misused time period. It’s somewhat of a catch-all these days, and more or less the “cool phrase,” however most of the people are taking part in deep space or no matter. Issues are advertised as “techno” but it surely’s no longer that. So yeah, I don’t know, I’m possibly thought to be area of interest right here, however in Europe, there are such a large amount of folks doing it that it can be harder to face out. In the long run, I’m simply writing tune I wish to listen. And if it strikes you, if it resonates, we could dance in combination.

Excluding the above-mentioned evident, what acts have been your major influences to create this sort of techno? What do you're keen on concerning the sound that assists in keeping you going?

For me, Its within the method. Going again to punk, a band like Fugazi or At The Pressure In, their fearlessness is what conjures up me. Clearly commercial acts, and goth acts strengthen the sonics and the imagery, however the ones two I discussed in truth stick out as a result of I believe like they have got a signature sound, however they all the time challenged it of their method. There was once all the time a “what’s subsequent?” side when phrase were given out that new tune was once coming from Fugazi. I really like a large number of other kinds of tune so I’m leaving so much out; that’s only one instance of a just right method.

Time to get techy: there are a large number of experimental and dissonant parts constructed into the sound design on The Main points are Obscure, just like the ambient pipe sounds underneath the principle tune on “Got rid of from Provider” or the ambient, beatless construction on “You Ignored the Woodland for the Timber.” How a lot of this album was once natural experimentation for you and what attracts you to the science of sound?

I had objectives with what I sought after to perform with the sound. I sought after it to really feel human, however techno is inherently mechanical. This being my debut LP, I sought after to tip my hat to the sounds that impressed me once I first began with electronics within the mid-90s, so experimentation with a objective was once key. I had many sound designing periods, some extra guided than others, however I sought after to let the machines discuss. I sought after to be a conduit for them.

I believe like when {hardware} is concerned, there’s a dating and a dialog that occurs. Particularly with modular synthesis. You place data in, It speaks, you interpret and make adjustments. All of that was once captured. The overall synth in “Decreased” was once simply that: a reside take that was once un-edited, and I really like that there’s some go with the flow there, and errors. It feels alive to me. With an album, I’ve discovered, there’s a time to go away all of your inclinations at the back of. It’s no longer written the similar manner an EP is. I felt like I may just do anything else.

Construction on that, what kind of programming or mods did you utilize to get those extra experimental parts? How did they are compatible with the principle compositions, or did you get a hold of the singular sounds first after which construct the tracks?

Each and every observe is constructed other. Something evidently, and you'll communicate to Joel West about this as a result of we’ve labored on many tracks in combination, is I believe like the joy is to find a special approach to make the tune. So as an example, possibly this positive observe can best be carried out the usage of one synthesizer for each and every side. Or possibly some kind of self-imposed limitation will likely be put into the consultation with a view to steer you a definite manner and push you out of the norm. It assists in keeping issues recent for me. I mixed that with telling the sonic tale I sought after to inform with a view to program those portions. Some tracks have been began very merely with a groove, others have been unquestionably with an experimental side first, after which solid into what I sought after it to reside as.

Your time as a drummer traveling in Germany and Japanese Europe has obviously influenced how you set your drum strains in combination. How vital are the ones drums for you? Did you truly wish to lead them to shine in this album?

As a result of I performed drums rising up and I experience a large number of various kinds of tune, I sought after to discover that (various kinds of drum strains). I sought after to look if I may just discover a position for them at the album. Now, they’re mangled to shit, however that’s the place they are compatible within the report. I additionally had some exact music concepts that I sought after to pursue in this too. As a result of the pandemic, I felt like I had the time to head down that highway with Nathan and Amanda (Melohalo, on “On my own”). They’re an excellent fucking band before everything, so it was once cool to look how lets succeed in that feeling. , all folks achieving towards a commonplace purpose. I will’t wait to listen to what they do subsequent. On “Decreased,” it was once like 2d nature, and it truly was once cool to paintings with Jamison (Prystay) once more. We’d performed in combination in bands rising up, so going complete circle there felt very herbal. Who wouldn’t wish to play drums on Rhett’s (Williams) guitar taking part in? He performs with a ton of angle. I sought after analog drums to have their spot at the album that might create the extra evident human side.

In what different ways do you suppose your thrash background influenced the album?

I believe the principle manner thrash and punk have influenced this album Is my tolerance for noise. I’ve left headroom for long run exploration of noisier and heavier facets, however I’m additionally no longer gonna shy clear of issues at the album like “The Dust Of Humanity” or “Vulcanize.” With out my background, I wouldn’t were in a position to permit the tune to visit the ones puts.

You’ve had quite a lot of releases with the well-known Vancouver imprint Groundwerk Recordings so clearly there’s a just right dating there, however why did making a decision to liberate the album with them?

Groundwerk is house. It’s so vital to me as a label, however to people who don’t know, Groundwerk is much more than that. It began out as a listening birthday party the place bed room manufacturers (and manufacturers of all ranges) may just put up tune, listen it on a membership gadget, and communicate store with different likeminded folks. It was once superb for studying from other folks and networking. It’s simply an excellent and inclusive position to be. The explanation I say it is because when I used to be at my maximum disappointed about tune is when Groundwerk began. I went to their first tournament years again alone, no longer realizing any person, and it modified the entirety. Like, there are scenes, however hardly does a label construct group. From Groundwerk’s group, such a lot of folks have flourished of their respective disciplines. For them to pick out me up with I used to be artistically maximum susceptible, It intended so much to me.

Groundwerk the label, Groundwerk the development promoter, Groundwerk the (public & Twitch-during-pandemic) listening birthday party, make up the roots of a large number of what is occurring, and has took place within the Vancouver scene within the closing, I’d say, 5 years. Other folks have discovered, grown, or even moved on, but it surely’s an establishment.

K we gotta ask concerning the identify: is it somewhat of cheeky irony, making amusing of popular culture, or did you select it as a result of you need to be the Yeezy of techno?

It’s 100% tongue-in-cheek. I beloved the speculation of The Prodigy’s identify being a throw again to the DJ’s and MC’s in early hip-hop; those higher than existence names. I additionally am an enormous fan of struggle sports activities, so there’s that. Any individual that is aware of me is aware of it’s a cool animated film and a comic story. But additionally, rising up, my mother used to name me “Kozuka” (Koza) in Polish, this means that goat. I used to be all the time energetic and all the time discovering tactics to stumble into issues and harm myself as a child (laughs) so truthfully, its a nod to that as smartly. There ya cross, the cat is formally out of the bag!

We’re positive these days you’re satisfied celebrating the album in spite of everything being out, however do have any perception on what’s arising subsequent for you? Presentations/excursions/releases?

I’m these days running with promoters lining issues up. So if you need me to your town, head over to and to find my socials there. Achieve out and we could dance.

The Main points Are Obscure is out now on Groundwerk Recordings and will also be bought on Beatport or streamed on Spotify.