SemTex Started his love for music growing up listening to bands such as Greenday, blink 182, Nirvana, Queen and Metallica. After years of moshing and headbanging he settled down and broadened his tastes to different genres such as rave/dnb. Recently SemTex really took a liking to dubstep and decided to start producing his own tracks.
He has experience in using Cubase and Fruity Loops but is currently using Ableton Live 9 to produce, along with help from various VSTs. We recently got to listen to SemTex’s latest 3-track + 1 bonus track Ep, “Into Existence” and it did not disappoint; each track on the Ep has its own distinct feel, and is instantly memorable.
The melodies are light and airy, with angelic intermittent voices laired loosely on top. The bass lines are a suitably darker affair, and complement their counterparts perfectly. The drum beats are slow and well-paced under warm and fluffy sound pads, supported by durable and reliable synths. Ultimately resulting in an all rounded sweet treat that will leave you feeling on a high, and craving more ear candy!
If you are into beautifully done chill music, just buy this, it is well worth it. Seriously, I know that dub steppers hate the term Chillstep, as they retain the name Dubstep, to cover all sub-genres without exception. It’s just that currently the Dubstep sound is stigmatized by hectic high energy buzzsaw synths and blazing bass wobbles that don’t perfectly describe what SemTex is doing here.
“Into Existence” is much more laid back, spacious and soothing than the regular top40 Skrillex-type stuff, that makes it impossible for me to categorize this as pure dubstep. Out of all decriptions like Drum & Bass, Chillout etc. I prefer the term Chillstep, which perfectly desribes how this music neatly sits between Chillout and Dubstep. Enough said!
Both powerful and mellow, this album will have you listening over and over again. Usually when one thinks of electronic music, it’s typical to imagine all kinds of senseless bleeps and effects that have no place or relevance. This is not the case with SemTex’s newest release, “Into Existence”, which is infused with a keen sense of mystery that builds a world of intriguing sound.
Another strong-point is the Ep’s ability to draw emotion through simplicity, rather than suffocating the listener with ridiculous amounts of what I call audio whining and instrumental gymnastics, or other self-indulging musical acts. “Journey,” a standout track on the album, is constructed around strings that simply yearn to be heard, while building alongside glistening pianos and the sound of talking voices in the background. The track and album overall finds itself creating an atmosphere of simple yet haunting melodies that hypnotize the ears and continue playing long after the music has stopped.
“Into Existence”finds SemTex doing what he does best. Side-stepping thoughtless attitude and digging deep into the psychological being, highlighting our feelings of isolation, hope and curiosity. This is the type of album that leaves you breathing deeper and having a clearer mind afterwards.