Interview: Victor Norman

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Victor Norman has been around Djing and producing for a while; with a wide range of genres not being specifically labeled with a particular one, he floats around the emotional and psychedelic spectrum of music. He has released music on great labels such as Mexican Akumandra, Drossel and his most recent EP titled ‘Hymn’ on Berlin-based Amselcom.

We got him for a small chat about this latest EP at LSD and this is how it all went:

LSD: You released ‘Hymn’ EP on Berlin based Amselcom record label. How did the collaboration happen?

VN: I had my eyes on Amselcom for a while, so I sent a demo to them, and after a while, they came back to me and wanted to do the EP. I’m very happy with how it turned out, they did a solid job with putting it all together and promoting it.

LDS: You’ve been DJing for many years, and you only started producing in recent years. What was the main impulse to make your own music?

VN: I wish I’d realized sooner that I could produce my own material, It wasn’t until I started playing around in Live that I realized that it was even possible to make music without tons of expensive equipment. It was never a conscious decision to start producing, I just started experimenting one day and got more and more involved.

LSD: Your music is quite deep and melancholic. Where do you think it comes from; has the environment of your homeland impact on your production?

VN: Not really, I just like sad songs… I try to go for introspection on the dancefloor rather than hands in the air. But not always, some of my stuff is pretty sunshiney, at least by my standards.

LSD: Is there a difference between DJing and creating mixes and podcasts? Do you like following some idea or a concept when creating the letter?

VN: There’s a huge difference. Djing in a club is all about improvisation and getting into a good flow. The best dancefloors are the ones where I feel like I’m connecting with the audience and we collectively create something together. My mixes are the opposite, usually very planned and conceptual, I really enjoy the storytelling, but sometimes it takes a really long time to get them done.

LSD: On one of your older tracks, you used the guitar and vocals. Did you record it yourself and which other instruments do you use in your production?

VN: So far I’ve only used samples, I really enjoy hunting for interesting bits to use.

I haven’t had the equipment to record anything myself. But I will be buying some stuff soon and recently grabbed my old electric guitar from out of storage so that’s about to change.

LSD: Would you prefer playing in a big famous club or on a small open air in the middle of a forest?

VN: Definitely the forest. Big clubs are too anonymous, I get lonely playing in big spaces.