Prolific ‘bedroom producer’ during the New Beat golden years, Gent based Peter Adriaenssens is back after a career and family pause. Also known as 6SISS, he’s been active for the last two years releasing tracks on labels such as Abstrakt Reflections, Caoutchou Records, Konfront Records, and Comphusion. Before his upcoming performance at the schiev Festival on November 8th (more on that soon) we asked for a preview/exclusive mix, which he describes as “amorphous, ominous and immersive altertechno mix, a transcendent plunge into darkness and overwhelming pressure.” Dive in.
In a few words, can you describe your sound, approach to making music, your influences, and how it all started?
It is not really hip, but you can describe me as a family man … the way I cook food is also the way I make my music… with the ingredients available in the fridge and the sounds available on my laptop. I am not what I would consider a true musician, I just build layers of sounds and textures, with or without a beat. Don’t search for melodies in my tracks, see them as haunted trips. I’m always inspired by artists who do something different, or sound original. There are many to mention but if I have to name-drop one from the past years it would be Raime, especially the “Quarter Turns Over A Living Line” album.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
I’m not a youngster anymore, but in the early years I was one of the first generation of what they call now ‘bedroom producers’ – using a second hand Akai sampler s900, Boss DR880, Cakewalk… and with some help from a real musician I managed to have 2 vinyl releases on the Opera label…. Yes, it was the New Beat generation. After my bedroom was changed for an apartment, including a wife and a daughter, I became a full time family man :).
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
After years passed by, making electronic music and distributing it changed – it became more accessible using D.A.W.’s and the internet, so I started making some tracks again. MySpace was my distributor, and Luc Van Acker noticed my first release … my motivation was to grow and have a full time hobby. Besides that, my daily paid job is as a PLM consultant, don’t ask me to explain this, it is as complex as some of my tracks.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
I can describe what it’s not: happy disco dancing. It’s more black than white, it’s a dark wave of haunted sounds, inspired by new discoveries and roots from the past. Lying down, headphones on, on high volume, and eyes closed could be the perfect setting for listening to this mix, or at night in the middle of a forest… Blaire-witch-wise.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?
The mix includes two unreleased tracks from a new collaboration project with Idle Sunder, Bogdan Dullsky, Tainnos and 6SISS. They fit in perfectly with the atmosphere of the mix.
When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…
The tracks are built around field recordings made by everybody who was involved, and who could to do their own thing with them. At the end it all came together in a one-track soundscape divided in seven chapters. Although there are many artists involved, the track sounds fluent and coherent. I layered some of my own recorded stuff seated on the couch, with my laptop and headphones on… and with a strong Belgian beer… works for me.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
The Klinik – Hours and Hours and my musical roots.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
Ena, “Divided Out” – A more ambient and abstract side of his music that came through the Samurai Horo label. When it comes down to immersion and atmosphere this is winner.
Suck Susan, “No head in the helmet” – Future-heavy B-boy breaks, devastating sub-bass and smacked out glitch hop.
Health, “Death magic” – Primal noise on many levels… songs for heavy rotation at alternative strip clubs.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
It’s not a walk on the wild side, but soon we are moving to another house, with still a lot of work to do.