Witch Trials: The Ransom Note Mix

Dark, foreboding electronics for an apocalyptic landscape.

Witch Trials: The Ransom Note Mix

Dark, foreboding electronics for an apocalyptic landscape.

Next up in the series is a mix from an up and coming producer and dj who operates beneath the guise of Witch Trials.

A mysterious figure with a penchant for dark, futuristic sounds which touch upon elements of UK bass, techno and ambient.

Omar is the founder behind record label Myryrs and an artist we anticipate to be hotly tipped for this year, with a new EP due for release late next month via the imprint. 

This mix places emphasis on dark, foreboding textures and would likely destroy sound systems all over the UK if the circumstances presently permitted. Seriously, this one goes in. 

Listen and read the interview below:

Please introduce yourself… ?

Whats up! I'm a producer and DJ under the alias Witch Trials :)

Who are you, where are you and what are you?

I am an echo chamber of expression where the screams of my mortal shadows dance like willows in the wind. Right now I am in the present, but sooner or later I'm cast back into the future to try and piece together the puzzle we call life.

What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)? 

It's more of a feeling then a sound really, I get inspired by all genres of music. Putting ideas where they don't usually go feels like you're mixing unknown chemicals together in a lab.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

The mainstage developments at Boom Festival in Portugal are unparalleled to any other setup I've seen in Europe. Would probably play live at it if the opportunity ever graced me! 

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Probably the track at 43:40, African Project - Ethno Beat (Afro Version). Its almost maxed out on the pitch in this mix so it's sounds quite different to the original, the vocal really makes you listen :)

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Dubstep Allstars Vol.1 by Hatcha

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Would love to play a set in a forest with Bob Marley or Madlib. A few smoothies and a sack of lamb's bread, say less...

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

It all kicked off when my mum got me the Ministry of Sound 'dj starter pack' for my 12th birthday I think. 2 belt drive turntables, 2 channel mixer and some stock headphones.  

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

I guess it depends on what kind of set your going for and how long your playing for ect... but I think the first track is probably a pretty important opportunity to grab peoples attention and get them interested in what your going to do next.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First records in the collection were One Republic - Apologize, Quasimoto - The Unseen and Kanye West - College Dropout.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

A chalice of Ayhuasca :)

If it was an animal what would it be?

A school of phosphorescence being shook to life by the Atlantic's rolling waves. 

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

Burial's tracks can be tricky but I think that's part of the fun with dj'ing, sometimes you have to just figure out what works best with that music in the moment (with confidence).

Upcoming in the world of…

I launched my label 'Myryrs' (mirrors) this year. It's been a really refreshing experience taking the time to make sense of dreams and ambitions. I think it's going to be the home of some really great work in time, and most importantly evolving into an outlet for supporting artists that are daring and fierce in the work they produce. First release is out in March titled 'Habitual Martyr' featuring a debut 12" EP from yours truly.

Follow Witch Trials on Soundcloud HERE

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