Interview with Infected Mushroom
Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Infected Mushroom at the video shoot at the Roxy for their new video, “Smashing the Opponent” featuring the vocals of Jonathan Davis of Korn. All five guys were in the room but Duvdev (Amit Duvudevani) did almost all of the talking; they were all really nice and amiable and were doing one interview after another with nary a hint of exhaustion.
Infected Mushroom’s new album, Legend of the Black Shawarma, drops September 9 on Oakenfold’s label Perfecto, and the boys will be at the Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend along with me and 100,000 other dancing freaks.
Here you go:
DF5K: You guys are LA-based, and there are a thousand locations in this city- why film your video at the Roxy?
IM: Well first of all, all the videos of Infected Mushroom (which is one, by the way) were shot in Canada, we never shot a video in the United States. We live in LA, the Roxy’s pretty close to our house, a landmark, and many people have been here, many bands have played, and it is just a cool place to shoot a video.
DF5K: A lot of people are talking about the West Coast and specifically LA as the new epicenter of electronic music in the United States, that things are shifting from the East Coast to the West. Do you guys think this is true and if so, where do you see your band in the West Coast Future Sound Movement?
IM: I think that Infected Mushroom is kind of a different breed in the electronic music, we have so much emphasis on heavy metal and rock, so we are not considered any more so electronic. But we are an electronic band, we mix trance with heavy metal. I don’t know how we fit in the East Coast/West Coast thing. We like LA, we live over here, we like the weather. Fuck the East Coast and uh, fuck Baltimore by the way, and especially fuck Baltimore, and yeah- we kind of like it over here.
DF5K: Me too, me too! So the new album coming out, Legend of the Black Shawarma: how is it different? How is it fresh? What is new for you guys?
IM: First of all, you know the guests on the album, Jonathan Davis of course the lead singer of Korn is in the video clip we are shooting today; Perry Farrell from Jane’s Addiction, Paul Oakenfold working with us on the album. Me and Erez we took a bit different approach on this album, bringing people that are not familiar with our kind of style; actually they were but nevermind. So you know they come from different genres and we put them on the album. We wanted to do it actually with Vicious Delicious two years ago and didn’t have the chance; now we have the time, they have the time and we are happy that it came out.
DF5K: How is it working with Paul Oakenfold, the greatest legend ever and shit?
IM: It is really great, you know Paul helped us a lot in many directions even in electronic music we didn’t know. Me and Erez have been doing this for so many years but Paul took it to a much higher level, especially here in the States. He met us with so many people and so many things, and so it actually, it was great.
DF5K: You guys are in the middle of a tour. Where do you go next?
IM: We’re doing Russia, Moscow this weekend then we are coming back again to the United States doing Salt Lake City and EDC here in LA downtown, a great party and yeah actually July, a little bit of the States and then going to Europe again.
DF5K: How do you see the crowds and community, how is it different in Europe as opposed to here?
IM: I think that the rave scene here now in the States got a new fresh crowd, a different crowd than used to be before. In Europe, they’ve been seeing raves for twenty years, you know. For me and Erez, we feel much more excited playing here in the U.S. because the crowds are much more into it.
“Especially Baltimore!” interjects one of the other band members.
(Duvdev continues) Fuck Baltimore! Actually Baltimore is wonderful, the best spot…
“Suddenly Baltimore is on the page again!”
(Duvdev continues) By the way, fuck Baltimore.
IM: But anyway yeah the crowds in the United States are really appreciative, they go mental at the shows and me and Erez, we kind of like it for the moment over here.
DF5K: I saw you guys in Seattle last year and I noticed the crowd was younger and lots of females too, a big female draw…
IM: Good times, good times!
DF5K: You don’t often see that for techno shows and other genres of EDM.
IM: Good times, by the way! Especially in Baltimore! No- there are no girls in Baltimore.
DF5K: If you bring the girls, the boys will follow. Right on. So where are you most excited about going for your next show?
IM: Moscow is really exciting, always good shows over there; back to the States EDC is one of the biggest, here in downtown, we look forward to that.
DF5K: Are you guys playing on Friday or Saturday?
IM: Saturday, and we are looking forward to that because we did two EDCs already, a huge show, great reaction. Looking forward to Salt Lake City, one day before ON the Salt Lake, last time was a great show- mucho mucho mucho girls. We like Salt Lake City. Utah! And fuck Baltimore.
DF5K: So who is inspiring you guys, what music do you listen to all the time, right now: who are you really digging?
IM: You know me and Erez we listen to everything, from electronic, heavy metal, radio, hip hop, whatever comes along. We like Depeche Mode, everything. This album is influenced by so many bands.
DF5K: Are there any particular LA artists you like?
IM: Actually, I don’t know. I like Incubus lately. I didn’t before but I do now.
DF5K: What do you guys think about dubstep? It’s blowing up here in LA and all over.
IM: I have heard of them but I didn’t hear their music.
DF5K: It’s a new genre, real bass heavy and whompy and underground.
IM: I have heard the name but not the music yet so I don’t know.
DF5K: Awesome. So are you gonna be here all day shooting the video? How long does it take?
IM: We are here for the morning and we have some night scenes to shoot, basically you are coming to a club and it has to be night.
DF5K: Yeah I was confused walking up here in daylight hours, like ‘Where is the Roxy?’ It’s daylight and I didn’t recognize anything!
IM: Yeah so we are doing the shoot now and it is gonna go all through the night.
DF5K: Are you pretty involved in the design of the video?
IM: Well we came up with the script and then we leave it to the guys who know what they’re doing; we do the music and hopefully it will come as we envision it.
DF5K: Do you go out a lot in LA to hear music?
IM: Actually no because we do three to four shows a week, then we come and we have our families, babies, and to produce and stuff, so actually I don’t go out so much. We are in clubs anyway. Yesterday the Lakers won…
DF5K: Did you riot? Throw a trash can on a cop car?
IM: I went rioting, I had a beer.
DF5K: Run down the interstate?
IM: I went crazy, yeah.
DF5K: Do you think you’ll stay in LA for a while?
IM: I know we’re feeling pretty cool now over here, we have homes over here, good times, quiet times, and for now we are here.
DF5K: What about Baltimore?
IM: Fuck Baltimore!
Read my account of the video shoot for “Smashing the Opponent” here.