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Infected Mushroom - Erez Eisen and Amit
Duvdevani (aka Duvdev)—has been the leading group
within the global psy-trance scene for nearly a decade.
Incorporating pumping, bad-ass grooves and infectious
melodies and live instruments and vocals into their
songs, they’ve performed live—a feat that many of their
DJ peers aspire to accomplish—for well over a million
people around the globe.
The band’s energetic live show has triumphed at
some of the world’s biggest and most important music
festivals (OMIX Festival in Mexico, Miami’s Ultra
Festival, Tribe in Sao Paulo, among countless others),
and they continue to regularly sell-out top clubs such
as the Brixton Academy in London, Toronto’s Koolhaus at
the Government, and Avalon in New York and Los Angeles.
Their success as an electronic music band on the global
concert circuit has translated into record sales in
excess of 150,000 albums over the course of six
acclaimed independent albums. Not bad for two guys from
Haifa who started producing music mostly to escape boredom.
“We met in 1996 through a DJ friend,” recalls
Erez. “Duvdev was in Goa at the time, and I was working
on another project with a German guy. We met and tried
to do one track together, and we’ve continued on since then.”
A year later, Erez and Duvdev started buying
equipment and began to take Infected Mushroom—a name
they stole from a disbanded local punk band—seriously.
Finding little influence in Israel’s music scene, they
drew inspiration from bands like Metallica and The
Prodigy. Early productions led to club dates and gigs
at local parties. Before long, the twosome had
developed quite a loyal following. While the headlines
were filled with news about violence and bloodshed,
Infected Mushroom’s music touched the hearts of the
burgeoning Israeli trance scene, and clubbers began
looking to the band’s music for a respite from the
tumultuous political situation.
“People were dying and the government saw that
dealing with that as more important than abolishing
trance parties,” says Erez. “And now the government is
supporting trance parties. They want people to party,
instead of staying home. There are places in the United
States that you cannot go to because it is too
dangerous because there are crazy people living there.
It’s the same thing in Israel.”
Brandishing a multi-influenced trance sound that
hadn’t been heard before, Erez and Duvdev were turned
down by nearly every record label in Israel when they
attempted to get a deal. “Nobody wanted to sign us,”
recalls Erez. “We went to the biggest and smallest
labels in Israel, and nobody was interested. At the
time, we really believed in our music and continued
looking for people to sign us. Fortunately, there was
this A&R guy from BNE named Avi Youssef [and BNE’s
owner, Avi Brand] who gave us a chance.”
In 1998, BNE released Infected Mushroom’s debut
album, The Gathering. Inspired by the surreal ambient
styles of Simon Posford, X-Dream and Transwave, it took
a few months for the forward-thinking album to catch
on. But once it did, the buzz within the global psy-
trance scene became deafening.
The group’s second album, Classical Mushroom, was
released in 2000. “This album was totally different
that the first album,” says Duvdev, who, like Erez, is
a classically trained musician. “Not only did we expand
our style, but the album was big in Europe and Japan.
It sounded totally different that the other trance
music that was happening at the time.”
“The trance scene at the time was really monotonic
as opposed to melodic with chords,” adds Erez. “We put
a lot of classical elements into that album; it sounded
different, and that’s why it stood out. At the
beginning, nobody believed in that one as well.”
Infected Mushroom’s third album, B.P. Empire,
followed in 2001. The combination of their live show
and diverse electronic palette eventually won them the
support of critics and a new legion of hardcore fans in
North and South America. In 2003, Infected Mushroom
issued their sprawling double-disc album, Converting
Vegetarians. Perhaps one of their most ambitious
recordings to date, Converting Vegetarians was a sonic
departure away from trance. Leading the listener
through trance, freestyle and ambient sounds, the album
paved the way for 2004’s I’m The Supervisor.
“After we made the chilled-out non-danceable side
to Converting Vegetarians, we wanted to make something
for the trance fans that was danceable and full-on,”
says Duvdev of I’m The Supervisor. “This album is
trance, except for the last track. There’s more
singing, and it’s the most difficult thing we’ve done.
Using the voice as an instrument is tough to do. We’re
like every band in that we’re trying to search for
something new with every album.”
Always one step of their audience, Infected
Mushroom are constantly pushing themselves. With fame
and success in their homeland and in the global
electronic music community, Infected Mushroom threw
caution to the wind and relocated to Los Angeles in
January 2005. The purpose was to take themselves out of
their comfort zone in order to take their music to the next level.
“The weather is a lot like Israel’s,” says
Erez, “and we still don’t know the city very well. But
we’re here and we’re looking to push ourselves and do
the sort of things that we couldn’t do in Israel.”
As they work in their adopted surroundings and
continue to tour the world, Erez and Duvdev have added
famed Israeli guitarist Erez Netz and Brazilian
percussionist Rogerio Jardim to select live shows.
They’re also busy finishing material for their seventh
album, Vicious Delicious, which contains a myriad of
new musical explorations, from Flamenco guitar, to hip
hop, to thrash-metal undertones. They have even been
commissioned to remix recordings of rock legends, The
Doors. But today they are especially proud to be
recognized by their fans – Infected Mushroom was named
12 in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ list, a 14 place jump
from their debut on the list last year.
While they see themselves more as an electronic
band rather than a psy-trance outfit these days, their
track record of producing everything from trance to
downtempo makes them feel that they can realize all of
their musical aspirations.
“Being in the studio is like playing a PlayStation
game, where you have to pass a level each time,” says
Duvdev. “That’s our goal every time we do a session.
The energy that you get at the parties makes you want
to go right back into the studio and create new tracks.
You need to be in the studio and do the shows; they’re
both connected to each other. Our mission now is the
same as when we started out, and that’s to get Infected
Mushroom’s music out to more people.”
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