Diass and Matizze started out individually on the Bulgarian electronic music scene before coming together to co-collaborate on the Lost Gipsy Land and Forest Carnival festivals and their E.P. Moonshine, released on Scorpios Music.
Is "good" music something cerebral or visceral?
M: When I listen to good music, my body wants to move. This means that ideologically and mentally, the music has touched my soul in a visceral way. The technical, cerebral side of me listens out for whether or not something is solidly mixed and mastered. But I am biased because I’m a musician. For non-musicians, perhaps “good” music is something only visceral.
D: For me, music can uplift your spirit or take you to another place. I just close my eyes and play my favorite tune and I am transported. It’s the greatest gift on Earth, along with art. I always choose music based on the energy and feeling it leaves on the listener, so it’s really only visceral for me.
Does that also change depending on its context in time and place?
M: I believe that everything happens when it’s meant to happen. I also create music in the same way. It all comes down to how and what the listener will feel in the end. In terms of how what’s considered “good” changes with the times, there’s a slightly more complex answer: perhaps the cerebral decides on what’s “good” or not depending on how the creator has used the technology available to them at the time to the best of their ability.
D: In the past, I’ve waited years for a song or full E.P. of mine to be released. I really believe that there is a right time for everything, so I’m patient and grateful for having the opportunity to share my music with the world, no matter when this might happen.
How do you listen to music?
M: I listen intently, even if it’s on in the background as I do something else. Sometimes though, I’ll be having a dialogue with somebody, but I won't remember much of what was said. It's just that my mind will be busy analyzing every sound in the song I'm listening to. On the other hand, when I paint, it is mandatory to have music in the background — often a completely different genre.
D: I prefer to listen to music when I’m alone and I can truly be present in the moment. Sometimes, when I’m with friends and a favorite tune is playing in the background and someone starts talking in the exact same moment, I get a little frustrated.
Have you ever been musically inspired by a taste, smell, or feeling?
M: Yes, when taste, smell and feeling meet together, often ideas begin to float in my mind.
D: Through taste and smell, I only get inspiration to cook. From a feeling — all the time. We humans are emotional beings, and we are mostly guided by our emotions.
Do you think that the technology with which we listen to music encourages us to consume music differently?
M: I feel that the way we listen to music has evolved along with technological progress. What I like about Spotify is that they made the music not be divided into genres, but into moods. I think that gives us a lot of freedom, as well as the fact that nowadays it is very easy to produce and publish your own music.
D: Also, I don’t know how we lived without Shazam before. You hear a song that you like on the radio and immediately can find out its name and the artist.
Do you think music changes the way we remember?
M: Every person I meet in my life, I remember with a specific song or artist.
D: I still associate a particular album or music piece with a specific moment in my life. It also changes the way we think. For example, I feel much more relaxed and in peace with myself when I listen songs in minor key. Isn’t the mind a strange thing…