Q: Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to curate the 'LIVE' playlist for us. So tell us, what have you been up to lately?
A. These times are strange for sure, just like everyone else we’re trying to make the best of it. Like most acts we normally would’ve been playing festivals this summer so it has been quite a relaxed summer. We actually got some time to enjoy our holidays and some sun which is nice for a change. Besides that, we’ve had a lot more time to work on music. We just released a new EP, Wildeburg/Coral, which is a sort of ode to the festival grounds. And right now we are in the process of finishing some recordings we made in isolation in the German countryside.
Q: For someone who’s never heard of a Polynation performance before, how would you describe your sound?
A. We strive to make an interesting blend of organic and lively electronic sounds, acoustic drums, and pulsating synth arpeggios. Our live performance definitely has its energy peak moments, but we also want to leave enough room for the more intricate musical moments.
Q. Do you remember the first time you realized you wanted to pursue music professionally? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
A. Stijn: There wasn’t really a specific moment where I felt ‘now I want to pursue music professionally’, it just kind of organically happened. I started out playing piano when I was young, got into production in my teenage years, and was lucky with parents that supported me to go study music. I didn’t think that much about how I was going to make a living. Just very grateful that I’m able to at the moment.
Hessel: I actually knew the exact moment, for me, it definitely was a choice I had to make. I was jamming around at my bedroom without a clear goal for quite some time, I was looking for someone to go on a journey of playing electronic music live with. My brother (Olaf Stuut, also a musician and good friend of Stijn) noted that I could give Stijn a call. Our first jam together led to the formation of Polynation.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not playing music?
A. Stijn: I like to do yoga, hikes in nature, climbing or visit a museum, exhibition, or go to the cinema.
Hessel: I like to design stuff and I’m also into art and cinema, big fan of nature, hikes, and I’m a total fly-fishing nerd.
Q: We would like to know a bit more about the thought behind the playlist. Could you tell us more about what inspired you to select these tracks?
A. The first criterion is that all selected artists play their tracks live. On the tracks we selected you can hear unconventional musical approaches, this is what inspired us to make music and it is what we like to hear in electronic music. Another common denominator is the use of organic sounds, drums and other acoustic instruments. It’s also just a list of artists whose music we love and enjoy.
Q: Is there a specific track in the playlist you’d like to highlight and could you tell us why?
A. Although we were not hanging out at the time this live EP was released, we both share a big love for the music Trentemøller has made, especially the tracks made before and around the Last Resort album. We love how he combines lush soundscapes with recorded acoustic instruments and pulsating synth work while keeping an intense emotional undertone throughout. This specific track has a big dramatic widescreen arrangement, a long build-up, and some deep basses and acoustic drums on top, which is kind of similar to our way of composing. You can also hear the audience cheer in the background, we miss that sound.
Watch Polynation's DIGITAL DGTL stream here.