We speak with Serbian duo Neverness to celebrate their latest EP on Mioli Music. We find out more about the duo, how they met, the story behind the music, their inspirations and aspirations for the future…
Hi guys, how’s it going?
It is going great, thanks very much.
How has your 2018 been so far?
We would say refreshing but it is just new year and for us, some things tend to be same as they are. Only difference is that you are able to look back to last year and see how much new stuff we learned and achieved.
Tell us a bit about the new Neverness project. What’s the story behind it?
One day we were talking about the concept of nothingness, Not like empty space or anything like that, but absolute nothing, In one moment, we realized that it would be a perfect name for a project Later, we changed to Neverness because we thought it sounded more mysterious and it sounded better.
How did you guys meet and start making music together?
We met at a family wedding party, and at that time, we used to listen to Psy-Trance. The more we talked about the music we liked we came to the realisation that we should produce music one day. We did not know that it was going to be techno at that time. After Alex graduated from The School of Audio Engineering (SAE), we built a home studio where we can get our ideas for Neverness recorded.
What’s the scene in Belgrade like?
The scene has been developing rapidly over the course of the last few years. More and more famous artists come to play in Belgrade and more underground clubs have opened up, and now the clubs are now opened to wider public so it is a good change. Of course, there is a lot of stuff that could be better but it is a nice change for Belgrade.
How would you describe your sound?
Mysterious, melancholic and dark.
Where do you take your inspiration from to create such a sound?
We take inspirations from all genres of music, but if we stick to techno, it would be records labels such as AfterLife, Life & Death, Innervisions etc.
What equipment did you use to create your latest EP ‘The Void Is Not Empty Space’?
Since this is an older project, we did it all in the box. We used Omnisphere VST and Arturia. For the mixing, we used Waves and some stuff from Brainworx. As for the reverbs, we tend to use Valhalla DSP stuff because it tends to sound good every time. DAW is Ableton Live 9. Our monitoring were Focals CMS 50 and RME 802.
How did you come to release on Mioli Music? What’s your relationship with the label?
We posted our demo tracks on Soundcloud, just to have something on the web. Mioli Music contacted us and said they would like to release some of our tracks. We agreed and finished the chosen tracks to sound as best as possible.
What do you like to do asides from making music?
Discussing mutual topic of interest, such as space, science fiction etc. We both like to read books and watch movies about it, as you can notice from our track names.
What is your favourite place to travel?
Every country/city is unique in its own way, so it is difficult to answer on that question.
What are your goals for 2018 and the future?
We are recycling some newer and older projects together and we might do another release later this year. But the most important part of future projects is that we have started to work on a live show where we’re going to use hardware synths and perform as a live act. This year we have finally built our setup and are now in the process of using some projects and trying to translate them with our hardware synths. So far we have some big plans but time will tell what we end up doing. We realized with music that you can’t always plan, things tend to work at its own flow.
Neverness’ ‘The Void Is Not Empty Space’ is out now on Mioli Music