Celestial Trax is a producer, composer and DJ that divides his time between Brooklyn and Europe. The multi-instrumentalist has crafted an unparalleled voice within the club and electronic music landscape. The artist's sound - ceremonious, psychedelic, and heavy hitting - is traceable across his myriad of productions as well as his live and DJ sets. After releasing two EPs with NYC's Purple Tape Pedigree and a trilogy of EPs for Rinse, his debut full-length, Nothing Is Real, is an arresting evolution from his previous work. Released on PTP in the fall of 2017, the album moves into a surreally daedal and undefinable sonic realm, with psychedelia and electro-acoustic compositions.
Taking inspiration from a quote by Anton Chekov: "if you want to work on your art, work on your life", Trax attempted to create his latest album as a true representation of his voice right now. He felt a need to distance himself from the distractions a creative hub like NYC can often provide, not wanting to become too influenced by the city's current trends. Instead he shifted his focus inward to cultivate a more meaningful self-connection, and it is this journey and struggle that served as the main inspiration to the album's composition.
Before beginning Nothing Is Real, Celestial Trax first reached the point of creative purge, deleting almost all samples, sample packs, and software synths. Fueled by ideas of rebirth and true self-projection, he amassed a library of field recordings from New York City, plus samples from his own cassettes, vinyl, and YouTube search history – utilizing every sound source he could come across in his studio whilst trying to spend as little time as possible on the computer screen. The resulting album is less concerned with achieving a masterful polish and sonic bombast, than with organic textures, where noise and imperfection reflects the human experience. Recurring themes of existentialism, surrealism, and nature permeating throughout.
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