Yaquanu the Album
After many years of performing, I finally got to a place where I had time to focus on another big project.
I decided to dedicate this new found time to recording another album.
I had been very active in the breaking scene (breakdance) for many years and felt like now it was time to let go and explore some of my other musical facets.
I thought about letting go of Hip Hop for a while and just creating what ever came up. It had been a long time since I was free from any musical obligations and did not have to be concerned about sticking to a specific genre.
As I like and explore all kinds of different music, genres can actually be a limitation when just wanting to let creativity flow.
How ever as Hip Hop has been a big passion of mine since I was young I still felt like I had to make my contribution with this instrumental album.
In the recent years Lo-fi has taken over the internet.
While I like the genre and often listen to it. I feel many of the beats are extremely simple and do very little to bring something new or original to the beat scene.
24/7 youtube channels kind of turn beats into something disposable.
During the 90s “golden era” of hip hop, I was highly inspired by the greats like ¨Pete rock¨ and ¨Dj Premiere¨. Their beats where anything but disposable and often became a part of musical history. A mix tape called ¨boombap continum¨ and producers like Madlib showed my how beats instead of just being backing tracks could really tell a story on there own.
So I set out to create an instrumental Album that offered more depth and stood out of the rest. While I do drift off into psychedelic/ambient/abstract realms I feel the core and foundation of this album is Hip Hop. Perhaps I drift to far from the genre for some die hard fans but everything I have done has come straight from the heart.
I have also added some vocal tracks to express some of my ideas but overall I would call it an Instrumental album.
It has many hours of work dedicated to the smallest details of sounds and textures to give depth and dimension the the beats. Smooth transitions that morph from one vibe to the next. The Album is actually intended as a continuous session as many tracks fuse together and actually grew out of each other during the process of creation. Yaquanu is a journey through sound, creating contrasts between shamanic trips and the cutting edge of technology. Between dark and suffering pain and sweet high lights that drift out of natures urge for balance and harmony.
Yaquanu – Stands for a concept, it talks about the pain that is felt when a modern world has forgotten its own roots.
The problem is, that some where along the way, we as humans started to build our own system along side natures system.
I believe that most of our mayor problems we face today stem from the conflict between these two systems.
Most humans have become very destructive and dominant in their behaviour towards nature because they have adopted this man made system as the foundation for life. They have done this despite the fact that natures system has managed to look after life in general including our species for millions of years.
Because of the dominant and imposing nature of our technological system.
Most humans have forgotten to be grateful for all the oxygen and food the plants provide.
We take the clean drinking water for granted and ignore the fact that it is being shared amongst all living organisms on this planet.
It is literally our common blood yet we think it is smart to saturate it with our waste and toxic chemicals as we go through our day.
We copy what ever technology we find in natures system and make it our own by beating and forcing it into shape. No matter how toxic and destructive, man seems to have no hesitation when bending matter to its will.
Because of this one way communication with nature we have created the concept of pollution.
Just plastic alone infiltrating the seas and organisms through micro plastics is proof our system is incomplete.
Some humans think this behaviour is justified in the name of progress and productivity. But they seem to forget that till this day, nature is the most productive and expansive factory in existence.
24/7 nature produces an endless amount of lifeforms that come in all sizes and shapes. One more innovative than the next boasting an endless amount of materials with adaptive properties. And despite the life span of many of these biological creations being short there is no sign of pollution, no garbage. Everything in nature has its place and the left overs from any from or shape become the building blocks for the next generation of natures creations. I believe we have to work in harmony with this concept and system if we want to prosper in the long run and not destroy everything that was given to us.
If we can’t manage to make it biodegradable in some form we should probably let go of the idea and accept than it is not sustainable in the long run.
How ever, I do not think many limits exist and it is just a matter of focusing on what we want to achieve.
I believe we have not even begone to see the potential of possibilities of working together with nature and each-other.
Mayor break throughs in biodegradable materials have been made a long time ago but of course got buried under the power of our system.
As we are moving faster and faster into the future we are coming to a turning point. Our technology is becoming so powerful that it is changing who we are and affecting all aspects of life on earth due to pollution and an unstoppable hunger for recourses.
We are ¨slowly¨ fusing man kind with technology to the point where they will become one.
While I am a big fan and avid user of technology I believe we are facing some serious risks from being this close to our technological wonders.
First of all we are no where near a society that is based on balance and harmony, and giving a select group of people total control through technology does not seem like smart move.
Besides the risk of abuse we face from some fellow humans I believe diving into a virtual technological future has some risks of its own.
I believe that if we all just jump into to this new technological era with out knowing who and what we are, we could easily lose our selfs and what it means to be human. Through the systems reenforcement we have lost contact with the knowledge of our ancestors. Knowledge that took humanity through climate changes and other challenging times. We are isolated from the sacred plants that put us in direct communication with natures system. Psychedelics have guided mankind in its quest for harmonious living since the beginning of time. But now these plants have been labelled as illegal, dangerous, and addictive while alcohol and a wide range of hardcore chemical medications are being pushed as the better and sane alternative.
I have come to believe that even racism is born out of this war of two systems. The nature natural man, the tribal human who hold the keys to ancient knowledge and our deepest roots have always been under attack. As there ways and views do not synchronise with the man made system, these humans and there knowledge have systematically been suppressed and eradicated. While holding the key to our roots as a species these humans have been labelled barbaric and uncivilised.
We are living in crazy times but I strongly believe that all the solutions to our problems are hidden within nature and our own hearts.
Edgar Weltens – akawave.
- Music-producer / Artist
- Wave is the alias of Edgar Weltens.
- A dutch music producer that has lived in the south of Spain for the past 24 years.
- Wave´s sound is eclectic, he has tried his hand at almost anything non-commercial.
- From house, drum and bass, hip hop, ambient chill out etc.
- Wave grew up as a kid on the 90´s golden era of hip hop.
- The raw energy and sound of that era is definitely something that stuck with him.
- What got him to start producing where albums like Nightmares on wax – Smokers delight and some of the Cafe del mar chill out series.
- Pete rock with his album Petestrumentals and later on Madlibs Beat Conducta where big motivations in making beats that told stories of their own.
- Ninja tunes and Stonesthrow artists in general had a big influence on Waves connection with music.
- Even years of mountain exploration played its role as it brought him closer to nature.
- It made him pursue and investigate the sounds of tribal cultures and nature itself.
- Making sound to video is another big passion of Wave which has led him to develop his skills in creating vibes and atmospheres.
- To pin wave down to a genre is tricky, but he is very active in the Hip Hop Culture.
- In his earlier years Wave performed with several bands.
- While he really enjoyed this and developed a lot of skills with theses bands they did not work out in the long run.
- Eventually he set out to do a solo performance based on a technique called live looping.
- This led him to become very active making live beats for the breaking scene (break dancing).
- He created his own live looping rig and is currently is using the 5th generation of is custom setup.
- Always working on increasing the capabilities and portability of the system.
- Playing drums, keys and flutes amongst other instruments, he creates organic funky grooves that are created live on the spot.
- Once the groove is build, Wave uses his voice to rap or sing and perform his set of original material.