Tibi Dabo is the latest project from Barcelona born DJ and producer Max Guardans. Following on from last year’s ”La Dorada” on Rebellion, he brings his enigmatic sonic exploration to Crosstown Rebels this May. Of creating the EP, Tibi Dabo explains that they ”were made in a somewhat isolated period for me. I feel like their sound and texture could be the result of that isolation. Like a kid looking out the window at night, daydreaming about being somewhere else.” The EP “Her Moon” opens up with the gentle yet thudding bass of ”Her Moon”. The track is ten minutes of pure euphoria. Mesmerising cosmic synths travel towards the first breakdown where the track enters a darker phase before they weave their way back in as a 90s inspired piano topline joins proceedings. ”It’s All Behind “takes the EP on a deeper trip with an emotive, soulful, vocal and shimmering melodies. Closing the EP, ”Nowhere Beach” deploys a rapid beat with industrial hints and a rolling bassline, whilst keeping the cosmic feel of its predecessors. A warm synthline uplifts in the breakdown.
Tibi Dabo: The moon is a feminine symbol, that represents the passing of time as it embodies the cycle. The sound palette and feelings manifested in the EP are some kind of rendition to it. The goal was to focus on pulsations that would draw the listener in for an extended period of time.
Where did you record it? And how?
The majority was made in my former studio in Berlin, but also in my hometown near Barcelona. “It’s All Behind” was born out of a happy accident. I reversed and re-pitched a track i was working on that I didn’t quite like and a section stood out a lot. It had a very particular windy feel to it and it ended up being the main musical element for the track. I don’t have any specific way of recording music. I try to use new methods every time I start a new piece to keep it fresh and risky. Love me some happy accidents.
How did you get in contact with the record label?
I reached out to Damian Lazarus a while back. I had a track that for some reason I thought he would like, and he did! Magic. After that “La Dorada” got released on his sub-label Rebellion. This release was a next step.
What’s up next after the release? Are you working on any other projects?
I am constantly working on music, at the moment I have a lot of material ready. But I am also making it pass a personal test of time. I want it to feel special.
01. Tibi Dabo – Her Moon
02. Tibi Dabo – It’s All Behind
03. Tibi Dabo – Nowhere Beach