The Vibe of a Piece of Sound

by Ethiopian Records

When producing his tracks Endeguena Mulu, known as Ethiopian Records, is always in search of the vibe of a piece of sound. In this experimental podcast he speaks about what makes him feeling lonely as an African and Ethiopian artist, the access to the digital World, and traditional music. A podcast from the Norient exhibition Seismographic Sounds, produced by Ethiopian Records.

Quote from the Podcast

«What makes me feel lonely as an African and Ethiopian artist, is first and foremost being categorized in irrelevant categories like ‹world music›, essentially based on tribal fetishism and ethnocentrism. I’m sure we can find better labels for musicians from all over the world. Another thing that makes an artist feel lonely is listening too much to what other people say about his or her music. Even though it’s important to have an audience for your music, the most important thing is that you feel what you’re doing. That you feel that it is right and natural. Feeling the vibe of a piece of sound is the most important thing, before sharing it. You are always the first audience of your music. If you start producing a track by thinking what would people say when they listen to this, what would they write—you are on the wrong path. You will feel lonely after doing that, because you are not giving the process of making music the respect it deserves.»

This quote was recorded by Endeguena Mulu from an interview by Woukianos Fikrou, 25.3.2015, in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, and published first in the second Norient book «Seismographic Sounds».

Published on February 22, 2017

Last updated on January 16, 2020


Ethiopian Records (E.R.) is a young Electronic Musician from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, Africa, making mostly Ethiopian electronic Music. ኢትዮጲያዊ ኤሌክትሮኒክ ሙዚቃ debut coming up on 1432R in October 2014. Don’t put it in a box and compartmentalize it, music is free and universal, it’s not a tidy cupboard where everything is in its place, so that it can be easily consumed. Follow me on Soundcloud and Facebook.

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