Dutch techno veteran Jeroen Search has been a leading light in the underground techno picture for decades. A regular on Len Faki’s Figure imprint, Search’s dense and improvised sound has made its way to dancefloors and home sound-systems across the globe.
After more than two decades of releasing EP’s, Jeroen Search has announced his debut LP via Figure, titled Monism. We were lucky enough to sit down with him ahead of the release to talk about his most-wanted pieces of gear, improvisation, and inspiration.
Hey Jeroen, what have you been up to lately?
Well it has been a hectic period for me the last couple of months, we (my wife and kids) moved into a new house which is almost finished now. Studio is almost ready as well so hopefully can do some new music soon.
Is your ‘one-take’ method of recording your original tracks inspired by your live sets? As in, do you find new ways of creating tracks even while playing live?
It’s just the other way around. I have been using the ‘one-take’ recording method for years now, so also did that before I started doing livesets. The way my liveset is build up now gives me a lot of room for finding new ways of creating tracks while playing the liveset. I use audioloops from my laptop and add on drums and other synth sequences on top of them. I have never played the exact same liveset twice because of that. By using the loops and not complete tracks in my set it gives me freedom to jam around and create different tracks while using the same loops in my set.
Would you ever travel with a smaller setup with samples of your machines in a DAW? Or do you always need your machines with you for live sets?
Of course it would be very convenient to travel with a laptop but I just love to tweak the knobs of the synth and drummachine. Because I use hardware in my studio I am used tweaking knobs that while recording tracks, it would be a real challenge for me to learn how to do this in a DAW. No plans in near future for me to change my current setup for livesets.
You’ve stated your love for the Roland JX3P. When did you first pick one up and why is it so important to you?
I bought my JX3P secondhand back in ’96 including the PG200 programmer (a must have for this one), and from the very first moment I fell in love with thia machine. Over the years I have used it in almost every production I did. I love the sounds you can get out of it and also the very simple way the internal sequencers works. It’s just so easy to use.
Sometimes I only use the JX3P, a TR909 and some effects to create something special.
The combination of those two is just magic for me. It keeps my creativity going even after all those years. Never get bored of this synth.
What is your most-wanted piece of gear at the moment?
I have just purchased an Elektron Digitone, so I’ll stick to that one as ‘most-wanted’ for now. Can’t wait to find out what I could create with this synth, I love the FM sounds.
Going to try to add it to my live setup and see if it works out, could be fun.
Tell us about your new project, Monism. What was the motivation behind wanting to create your first full-length project after more than two decades of creating music?
I have done some other double EP’s and even triple EP’s in the past but now it was time to present my first full-length album “Monism”. I really don’t know why it took so long to do my first album but I am very happy with the end result of this project. I am also very happy the album is going to be released on Figure. Overall it was something I started working on last year, but also some older and newer tracks were included in the final selection. The selection took a lot of time because I had so much material for the album. Philipp (from Figure) and me had a lot of different options to choose from and we spoke much about it. The album shows what I got to offer in the different subgenres of techno music.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
Well for the rest of 2018 I got some gigs scheduled and hopefully I can get some studio time again after the period of moving into the new house.
Monism is set for release on 10th December of this year, listen to snippets via the Soundcloud player below. Purchase link above.