Wako-Delic are Alon Amir & Daniel Mor from Israel. We’ve been following their Wako sounds for a while now and hooked up with them via email to check what is happening in their world.
While you read listen to “Wako-Delic – Reality is the Dream EP”
Q: How did the two of you meet?
A: We grew up in the same neighborhood and went to the same school and high-school. So despite the two years difference, we were familiar with each other.. What truly paired us later on was our mutual passion for music and the need to express our energy and feelings thru it.
We’re both looking for similar aspects like being energetic and having groovy rhythms and catchy tunes to go with it. Music that is repetitive enough to get you “in-the-loop” yet not too repetitive to bore you out. This type of music can take you places and on an adventure through sounds and emotions
we believe that music has to be unique and surprising to stand out. And the shows are an extension of our music in the aspect of keeping a person follow the journey while being surprised and engaged.
Q: Tell us about your creative process, how do you split the work? Does each of you have regular duties in writing tracks or you just flow with each other’s ideas?
A: Daniel: “It might come up as a surprise for some but we do not have particular roles during the production process. We both got into making music by the desire to create unique , interesting , groovy and somewhat catchy tunes.”
At the studio, we tend to go with the flow and make many variations of an idea, then if we both like it, we decide on keeping it.
Alon: “Sometimes when i’m working on something, i can already tell what Daniel is about to say.. So many years of working alongside one’s another, synchronized our thoughts and vision to be alike.
Q: Your show looks quite unique, with accessories you use like toy hammers. How did you come up with this idea?
A: Alon: The story of our “accessories” actually begun with a Purim costume. We dressed up as “Karious and Bactus” and we were lit on LSD during the a party. We loved the hammers so much to a point we decided on keep going partying with them ever since. Soon after the Hammer turned to a gimmick that just kept on till today.
Daniel: like any kind of art, it has to be unique and surprising, even somewhat shocking to stand out. And the shows are an extension of our music. Unlike Alon, Daniel initially had an axe that survived only a couple of wako years. Unfortunately during a gig at “Lost Land”, the axe’s head got disassembled and flew right towards the crowd … luckily with no casualties. Shortly after, Daniel renewed the wako arsenal and Thor’s hammer got added to the team.
Q: Tell us about your first encounter with psytrance music.
A: Daniel: The first time i have encountered psytrance when i was on tenth grade as I was listening to “I Wish” by Infected mushroom on my headphones, the new style got me all pumped up and until this day i consider it to be one of the tracks got me into psytrance. Several years later i have been to a small festival, were everyone’s vibe in the dancefloor filled up my psytrance drive and love towards this incredible scene. And so i soaked more of the scene had to offer, and discovered artists like Dapanji, Bliss, Mystical complex and that captured my attention.
Alon: The first time for me was when i was 9. I had a cd of Scooter i really liked to listen to, and slowly i got exposed to more and more electronic music. Anything from Infected mushroom to skazi at a later age.
At the age of 16, I’ve already planed my first trance party for my high school colleagues. So soon after, i got deeper into the scene, as i was listening to the “full-on” music that was popular around that time, it got me. That moment i knew i would like to learn how to write music like this myself.
Q: What would you say was the moment you decided to start writing music?
A: We both went on the same school, where the charming musical teacher named Dvora, installed a music program named “Ejay” on the computer. Easy and very simple beat creator program.
Around 2008 we sat down in front of the computer for the first time, just to have some fun and play around the software. Needless to say that the track we wrote was terrible, but on the same time it had some unique groove in it. It had a different kind of style and rhythm that stood out compared to other typical tracks, bit wako and also bit psychedelic, it felt like a a breath of fresh air, something new to share with our beloved scene and friends.
We believe that most producers always had this “drive to create” in them, so they start producing music to express themselves. Shortly said, the decision to create was always there, but the better question would been what made you take these songs and ideas outside of your “drawing” and spread them. For us, after the first few co-ops under the name, Agwa & Sini, we started getting good feedback worldwide and had more gigs coming from all around Israel, what started as a hobby suddenly took part in real life, outside of the studio walls.
Q: What is your ultimate psytrance track?
A: In a way, all of our tracks are our children . So it’s hard to choose one over another..
Generally speaking the latest track is usually the one we consider is “ultimate”.
Personally we really like stoned age, this sound, alma, field trip, happy trip friends. Moreover, our most underrated track is brain teaser
Q: What is the most enjoyable gig you had? Tell us about this experience.
A: It’s hard to pick when there are so many enjoyable events to mention. Most of these good moments are from earlier time in life when we used to go out with all our friends and every show would turn out to one big adventure. Although some moment are filled with huge audience, there is something to the vibe and feeling of a small dancefloor that is hard to express with words, and these moment would last a lifetime.
One example of a small party with outstanding energy is “Alma festival” in Israel. That was one wako ride! Alma festival filled up our desire to recreate the the feeling we had there, so shortly after we started working on ‘Alma’ track, that was release in “Reality is the Dream EP” on October 2019 by Nutek Records. And it it truly one of a kind.
“Wako-Delic – Reality is the Dream EP” cover
Get it from Beatport : https://www.beatport.com/release/reality-is-the-dream/2717949
Q: What are the future plans for your Wako-Delic?
A: Wako-Delic is a project that runs for many years now, there were times when we were more active and sometimes less.
For few years Daniel was living abroad and studying business management in Vienna, and sometimes alone was traveling around the globe.
Two years ago we decided that we would like to take the project one step further, sound and production wise and shows and marketing. For a while we were busy getting out-self into a music gender, and we could finish anything.. until we realized that we do not want any limits, nor rules nor settlements. We would make music that is produced in a high detailed production, and we will spread our wakoness all over. Our goals and ambition as psytrance artist is to create music that reflects the way we go off on the dancefloor. and the vibes we want to share with everyone, making the crowd hyped. Our main goals are to continue performing around Israel and worldwide and to leave a mark of unique vibe and crazy groovy rhythms. It is worth mentioning that we also run a second project that is called Wako-Maniacs, which is a mix of the traditional wako style and tunes on higher bpm, 165 to be exact.
Check out our interview with Eitan Reiter from Out of Orbit : https://trancentral.tv/2020/04/eitan-reiter-from-loud-goes-out-of-orbit/