Deep State’s inaugural ‘Reactor’ assembles new wave of progressive luminaries [Interview]

When Grum finally drew back the curtain on his long-awaited sophomore album, Deep State, in November 2019, he inevitably set in motion the coming of a new age. The full-length record both cemented the progressive prowess of the Glasglow ambassador, following his metamorphosis from the punchy Heartbeats debut into the development of deeper, analog sounds nearly ten years later, and opened the doorway to the label launch of Deep State Recordings. After minting the career milestone with a special Heartbeats: Ten re-release, Grum has sharpened his curatorial profile with another definitive occasion: Deep State’s inaugural Reactor: Vol. 1. The first-ever artist compilation series welcomes 13 hand-selected cuts from a group of burgeoning acts, inducting Artüria, Local Dialect, Pete K, Dysnomia, KANE, OMAIR, and more into the Deep State family. Kicked off with a four-hour Insomniac Dreamstate-hosted live stream, the Reactor premiere showcases a nuanced range of progressive house in its club-oriented, underground flesh.Dancing Astronaut spoke to Grum about the motivation behind Reactor and opened the conversation up to featured compilation acts. Celebrating a diversity of inspirations and backgrounds leading up to respective Deep State appearances, the roundtable feature spotlights the convergence of several producers’ into a common sonic thread.Stream Reactor: Vol. 1 and read the full roundtable interview below. What is the uniting vision behind Deep State Recordings?What did you look for in your curatorial process for this compilation?What is Deep State Recordings to you?How have you come to cultivate your sound, specifically for your Reactor Vol. 1 appearance?What have been your primary influences as an artist?Featured image: Insomniac EventsTags: , , , , , , , , ,
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