Electronic artist Embassy shares some of his unreleased work
Full-time music producer and DJ Ebenhaezer Smal started out with experimental electronica while still in high school. Having grown up on rock and punk, Eben wanted to put that feeling into his music and HAEZER’s drum ’n bass sound was born.
He has since developed a new persona, Embassy, which is the result of a lot of touring and getting influences from all over the world.
“I wanted to create a project where I have more musical freedom to dabble in other dance genres. I love the idea of bridging the gap between house and techno. Both genres have their charms and have a lot in common. Techno is more stripped down and house has a lot of bounce. I like both and want to create a hybrid.”
Give it a listen and find out more about the artist after the jump.
Which bands did you grow up listening to and what are you into nowadays?
I grew up listening to Beck, Violent Femmes and Offspring. In high school I started out with punk and a bit of hardcore, but then discovered electronica acts like Pansonic and Matmos. My first ‘dance’ CD I bought was Propellerheads. From about Grade 9 I got into more diverse sounds and listened to a lot of Nick Cave, Black Box Recorder, Belle & Sebastian, Tom Waits and Pavement.
What's your favourite music festival and why?
It’s a close call between Mieliepop and Grietfest. I love Mieliepop because the location is so beautiful, the music is diverse and the atmosphere is super chilled.
Who are your favourite artists to collaborate with?
So far Popart Live and Proxy.
Tell us about this mix you've made for us.
It’s mostly unreleased tracks of mine. It’s the closest representation of what I’m about, I guess. My DJ sets are predominantly techno and mixing my own tracks together, which I believe proves diversity works on the dance floor and/or to jam to in your car or house party.
1. Static Starlight - Enochian(Embassy remix)
2. Embassy & Austrian Apparal - Scarlett
3. Proxy & Embassy - ID
4. Embassy - Ursula
5. Embassy - Lisa
6. Edgework - Black Blink(Embassy Remix)
7. Embassy - Pina
8. Embassy - Nina(Metacentric Remix)
9. Victor Ruiz & Thomas Schumacher - Geist
10. Tiga - Louder Than a Bomb(Dense & Pika Remix)
11. Samuel L Session - 4 To The Floor(Pig & Dan Remix)
What's the best and worst thing about being a South African musician?
Worst: we’re super far away from anywhere, so it’s hard to tour internationally. We also don’t have big subcultures, so the general audience tend to latch onto whatever gets pushed on radio.
Best: all the artists know each other, grow together and try help each other out. It’s a growing industry and we’re making our mark internationally. More and more agencies and promoters are popping up with the right attitude to grow the industry and not just milk it.
Where can we watch you play and keep up with all the things you're doing?
I mostly play in Cape Town and I'm planning a tour for Johannesburg in June.