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Floating Out to Space With This Premiere from Melbourne's Planète

Melbourne producer Planète returns with two atmospheric dance hits on Silo Arts

Following a busy summer festival season, Melbourne's Planète (aka Dion Tartaglione) is back with his second 2 track for Silo Arts & Records.

Helix / Två Fontäner, like his previous release, Snow Sketch / Visions, is a seventeen-minute slow burning exploration of ambience and rhythm.  Taking cues from the likes of Floating Points, Four Tet and Beacon, the tracks melt together to form Planete's specific brand of atmosphere with a well rounded beat.


THUMP is proud to premiere the two track release, carrying Planète's unique approach to deep house. Ahead of its release, we sat down with Dion to talk about what's been happening, and how he listens to music in the age of YouTube.

THUMP: A lot's been happening for you, where do we begin?
Dion Tartaglione: Well Planète has started to really pick up since the closing of 2014, with Paradise, Strawberry Fields and Pantha Du Prince to top off the year, I've been reflecting and pretty much consolidating a lot of new ideas for the live set and new material.

In regards to your live sets, do you plan to make it equally a visual show, as much as an audible one?
Totally. At the moment, a few close friends of mine, who go under Luces Studio have presented a lighting installment into the set. For the Pantha Du Prince show and for a few shows prior to that, we've had a large orb that contains smaller LED globes syncopated to the live session. Its been a work in process, but it has made the live show possess more dynamic. They've been driving the lighting as well as this orb construction so we get to play around with the totally atmosphere of the room as well as the orb.

That sounds highly technical. Are you also interested in exploring visual art in your work?
Anything that presents a new take on something is always interesting. As for being in the visual art circle, I'm not hugely invested in making visual art at this point in time, but marrying it cleverly with a music performance always highlights the experience. Those who can cross over, have my upmost respect. The visual aspect of the show is there to highlight the music. It doesn't take on extravagant visual forms, it moreso follows a mood and aesthetic.


Do you find that we can't just listen to music anymore, that we have to have some accompanying visuals to it? For example, could a listening session on YouTube be seen as something taking us away from just sitting down and listening to an album?
I can definitely see that. I feel like it can sort of be drawn to parallels with a book, and a movie made from the book. Listening to music without visuals can create or form an idea with yourself, and the video to a track can be a certain representation of it. I like both because its always interesting to see a certain perspective. I think some visuals done well can highlight a song, and the song can feel more like a composition and a part of something more. I don't think its being ruined, I'm not chasing visuals as a supplement to incredible music.

Thinking about your music on a personal level, did growing up in a small community influence you?
I guess to a certain degree it has, probably without releasing, but there are so many contributing factors. The best way for me to draw on it in relation to me growing up is definitely in my early childhood years. I was always very adventurous during the day and would ride my bike for hours. I've always had a 'journey' aspect compared to my music. Could be a very funny combination of habits shining through.

What do you think those habits are?
Continuous observation, watching things change as you travel past them, something of that effect.

Your music is also quite emotional, and haunting. Do you find it difficult to make music it certain emotional states?
Not really. Sometimes its a real catalyst to be feeding off something that has been lingering or that has been excited and has inspired you from the last couple of days or weeks. I find if nothing is going on, then the music stops in its place. It is also interesting to see how songs turn out when you write over long periods of time and experience different emotions and events. Sometimes it can be like seeing the positive from a negative… And you can have a couple of varying moods wrapped into one.

Outside of music, what are your other interests?
I like to make a mess in the kitchen. Cooking is another thing I enjoy to do. And I guess eating.

You can follow on Planète and check out his soundcloud here.