Israeli DJ and production duo Infected Mushroom got started as a project around 1996, but individually Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen began their electronic education years before that.
“Erez has been DJing since he was in the womb haha… just kidding,” they say. “We were both young. Erez was around 14 years old when a German DJ named Jörg kidnapped him and brought him to Europe. I (Duvdev) was about 15 years old when I started DJing punk and rock music. A mutual friend introduced us and we made a few songs under the name Duvdev and Shidapu.”
The men say that the Infected Mushroom sound is uniquely theirs.
“From our pure early psychedelic days, to now a unique style of electronic rock, we have always managed to pioneer our sound incorporating influences from metal, breaks, bass music, trance, and downtempo,” they say. “We don’t like to be tied to one style — experimentation and innovation keeps us moving in sonically interesting directions.”
The two men find themselves working all over the place, but they still have friends and family in Israel so they make time for annual shows and parties.
“We have always been proud of the electronic music scene in Israel,” they say. “It has given rise to some of the greatest trance, deep house and techno artists. Also, the clubs and festivals are second to none. It’s a hectic place, so people there like to let loose. The perfect recipe for great parties.”
The new EP (and NFT) drop is Shroomeez, a body of work with the craziest of themes.
“When we were presented with the art for this EP, it reflected a hybrid of humans and mushrooms,” they say. “So we imagined a society of creatures that evolved from mushrooms, and the music is what we envisioned these Shroomeez listen to — hard Psy-Trance.”
Looking ahead, the pair have plenty planned for 2021.
“We are thankful to have started touring again, with our first live band set since the start of the pandemic, which was performed last week in Moscow,” they say. “Our tour schedule is starting to fill back up, so we are looking forward to getting back on the road. Also, we made quite a bit of new music during the break, so we will have a stream of releases to finish off the year. Excited to see you on a dance floor soon.” ❖
The Shroomeez EP is out now.