In our continuing series of Top Electronic Dance Music Artist, I stopped by the Avalon in Hollywood on a Saturday night recently for a behind the scenes look and conversation with 'Infected Mushroom'. I left clearly impressed!
Infected Mushroom is an Israeli PsyTrance band/electronic group formed in the late 90s by producers Erez Eisen and Amit "Duvdev" Duvdevani. They are well-known for their innovations in Electronic Music, creating hypnotic arrangements and coupling them with surreal rhythms and complex layered melodies, a brand of music that we know today as "PsyTrance."
Hollywood's Avalon played host to The Unveiling, Infected Mushroom's official CD release party, celebrating the long-awaited release of their newest album, Army of Mushrooms, which came out on May 8th under Dim Mak Records. Drawing in hundreds of fans with the promise of an exclusive preview of their all-new mind-bending show, The Unveiling was a huge success.
To pioneer your own sub genre of electronic music in the music industry today is no simple task, it is essentially equivalent to Chuck Berry inventing Rock music in 1955 or Massive Attack effectively originating Trip Hop in 1983.Electronic music, mega-revolutionaries Infected Mushroom are renowned for being the sonic innovators of crafting hypnotic arrangements, complex layered melodies and synthetic rhythms known as "Psychedelic Trance," leaving behind all their dying "Trance" cousins in the mainstream.
Twice ranked as the world's "10 Best DJ's" by the Bible of the Scene (U.K.'s DJ Magazine), the Israel-bred, L.A. based duo Amit "Duvdev" Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have established their self-invented genre among the highest in the scene.One could easily scour pages of the Internet in vain to find the epic level of music history defining the Infected Mushroom "kingdom."
Their most notable achievements include: 1999 breakthrough debut album, The Gathering, which gained immediate attention on club dance floors and in the hands of Goa/Psy-Trance DJ's. In 2007 their critically acclaimed and highest-grossing album Vicious Delicious, catapulted the duo onto new levels.
The success of that album was met with high anticipation for another which was dropped in 2009 with the The Legend of the Black Shawrama. The album included noteworthy hit track, Smashing the Opponent, for featuring guest vocals by legendary Korn lead singer, Jonathan Davis. By no coincidence on the title, did Smashing the Opponent album-hit #8 on the Billboard charts.
If that's not impressive enough—there is the band's average 120 live performances a year including, repeat, sold-out shows from the Ultra Fest in Miami to the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, from Mexico's OMIX to Cali's Coachella, to Brazil's Ipanema Beach, and from Melbourne's Metro Club to the 2009 and 2011 Burningman Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. Not to mention collaborations with big Rock legends; Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Perry Farrell (Jane's addiction) and then their insane amount (roughly 14,000,000) hits on You Tube simply cannot go without mention . .
Infected's live shows are spellbinding visual trip as the backdrop for godspeed pumping vocals and banging live instruments. Their adoring fans continue to descend below Infected's stage en masse at festivals and stadiums shows–Nocturnal Wonderland (Texas/Los Angeles), World Electronic Music Festival (WEMF) in Canada, Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, Nevada), and the Opulent Temple at Burning Man (Black Rock City, Nevada).
All walks of life gather in attendance for the same reason: to experience Infected Mushroom, the world's greatest Psy-Trance band of the decade.
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