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Infected Mushroom - Funghi Beats

Author: Clare Dickins
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Web-based music seller Juno file them under ‘rock music/indie music’ and psy-purists think they’ve lost the plot. Israeli superstars Erez Aizen and Amit Duvdevani may well be musical misfits if they weren’t so damn popular. Having ripped up the rulebook with last year’s longplayer Vicious Delicious, Infected Mushroom are set to further delve into sonic no-man’s-land with a new album that’s set to land later this year. 3D’s Clare Dickens tried to pry some info out of Duvdevani on the eve of their return trip to Australia. 

Word is a new album is on the horizon. How’s it sounding so far-
Yes the word is true. We have been hard at work in the studio, doing our thing to bring another Infected Mushroom record out. We are very happy with what we have done so far.

Tell us about some of the artists who’ve been guests on the LP.
I don’t wanna spoil the surprise – we’ll be able to talk more about it soon.  Let’s just say that there will be some very cool things on the new album.

Vicious Delicious was unquestionably your most ambitious work yet.  You wrote songs rather than producing dance tracks and even incorporated hip hop influences with Swollen Members dropping rhymes on Artillery. What new challenges did you set yourself with this album-
Yes, it’s the natural progression... We are always challenging ourselves musically. We try and push ourselves to the limits and stretch ourselves creatively. This is just the next chapter in our story. There are things that we want to say.

You reached number nine in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Does achieving that kind of ‘mainstream’ popularity ever seem surreal considering what a niche scene you originally came from-
The whole thing is kind of surreal. When we started we never envisioned things becoming this big. Now this is all we do. We tour and when we are at home we are busy in the studio. 

Many people enjoy a love/hate relationship with LA. How do you find the vibe of the place-
We love it. It has become our adopted home. When we are here it is peace and we have our studio there. It is a nice place to live, believe it or not.

Tell us about the live show you’ll be performing on your Australian tour- Who are the added band members-
Well for the last year or so we have had Tommy Cunningham (guitar) and Rogerio Jardim (percussion) as part of the band. We have a blast on stage – the show has evolved into a rock show. I am sure the fans will love what they hear and see.

WHO: Infected Mushroom
WHAT: Play Home
WHEN: Sunday 24 February