In Black & White Artist Feature – FARETRADE

We talk things through with FARETRADE


NAME: Tyler Golato



The turn of the #IBAW century is still in full swing and we aren’t slowing down! We bring you an amalgamation of experiments which lead to a very peculiar landscape of sound. It’s described as deep, dark and brooding in the most celebrated of ways and we are taken away by everything that comes our way. FARETRADE is in its exponential phase of growth, we ask that you become part of it!


1) 3 words to describe your alias

Tyler: Exploratory, experimental, and curious.


2) How would you describe the project?

Tyler: As an aspiring producer and DJ, I see Faretrade as a vehicle for experimentation.

Tyler: I spend a significant amount of my time on dance floors, and I feel that clubs are sacred spaces. In my opinion, there are certain emotions that are intrinsic to a good clubbing experience. When I dance, I want to lose myself and trip. I want the experience to feel unrestrained and hedonistic. As a DJ, I hope to facilitate that sort of thing. I enjoy dance music with certain qualities; typically dark, introspective, and somewhat psychedelic. I’m particularly fond of atonal, percussive stuff that focuses more prominently on sound design and complex rhythms, as opposed to melody. I prefer my music quite fast or eerily slow. That said, I like to be surprised and anything can work contextually. There is also something beautiful about simple, functional dance music.

Tyler: As a producer, I’m torn between making dance floor-oriented stuff and experimenting with more abstract approaches. I want to make both DJ tools and conceptual music. For now, I’m taking my time. Straight 4/4 techno that sounds original is hard to come by. If there isn’t some aspect of originality to the music, I don’t feel it is worth releasing, given the amount of good electronic music being released on a daily basis. I’ve only recently become confident enough to release some of my music, and I think this is going to be a productive year. That said, I have so much to learn.


3) When did it all start? How did it begin?

Tyler: I studied sound engineering in high school and grew up playing in punk bands. At that time, I enjoyed electronic music, but with a relatively narrow scope – Rephlex, Warp, and Hyperdub stuff. IDM was an early influence. When I went to university, I studied biochemistry and sort of stopped playing music with other people, as my time was way more limited. From there, I moved to NYC for a research fellowship. I became obsessed with techno in New York. It was 2013, Output has just opened, and I properly discovered clubbing. It changed my life. That was the start of a weekend ritual that has been ongoing ever since.

Tyler: I began experimenting with production around the age of 21, in a very rudimentary and exploratory capacity. I only started DJing when I moved to Cape Town, almost three years ago. I have always been passionate about collecting music, and felt I had some sense of what I wanted to play. My friend Ernst and I decided to throw a few small parties focusing on dub techno and ambient music on Long Street. The parties bombed and very few people showed up, but it was a great learning experience.

Tyler: When Modular opened, I felt I had found a home in Cape Town. I have been to that club almost every weekend since, and although I should be completely ashamed about that, I’m not (hahaha…). I think I was probably given the opportunity to play because I patronised the scene so heavily, spending nearly every weekend on the dance-floor. Over time, I got to know a lot of people involved in throwing parties. Many of them became friends.

Tyler: Dave Ireton and Nick Shepherd booked me for my first gig at Modular, and I owe them a lot for giving me a shot. I have to say it has been one of the greatest joys of my life over the past couple of years, and I feel eternally grateful for the opportunity. I love the music so much and I really enjoy sharing it with other people.

Tyler: Things have picked up quite a bit over the past year, primarily because of my involvement with MASS, a monthly party at Modular. The party was started by Michael Strever, Blazed Nick, and myself about 10 months ago, with Brendan Rogers joining as a resident shortly after that. The guys are super passionate and an absolute pleasure to work with. They understand club culture  because they also spend a ton of time on dance floors. I feel really lucky to be involved. The parties are all about the music, with a strong focus on curating the progression of the night. Sometimes the first hour is only ambient, beatless stuff. We cover a lot of ground in terms of tempo, pace, and genre, but the music leans towards deeper and more experimental techno. And this is what I love – having the freedom to experiment. We typically invite one guest DJ and give them an extended set, with the residents warming up. It’s a lot of fun and the events have grown organically over time. Our first eight parties were on a Thursday, but we recently switched to Fridays. I am excited about the progression of things. We are bringing our first international down in June – Deepbass. I am thrilled, as he has been a strong influence on us.


4) Advice for newbies and rookies?

Tyler: Well, I’m still a rookie; I have a lot to learn and don’t necessarily feel that I’m experienced enough to give good advice. That said, I think if you are passionate and hardworking, you’ll probably have success – whatever that means. Spend a lot of time on dance-floors to see what resonates with you. Understand the scene. Support other people. Listen carefully. Experiment. There is no substitute  for cutting your teeth and throwing parties. Don’t be afraid to fail and take risks. Don’t worry if you make some people angry.


5) What can we expect in the weeks to come?

Tyler: My first release is coming out on a compilation alongside a few producers that I respect immensely. Its for City Bowl Wax Network, a vinyl-focused label being launched by Jed, who is, in my opinion, one of the hardest working people in the Cape Town scene. I think it’s going to be an incredible platform for the Cape Town underground. It’s a really cool project and I’m super excited to be a small part of it.

Tyler: We have quite a special few months ahead for MASS. In addition to Deepbass, there are a few other internationals in the pipeline. In July, we will celebrate 1 year of MASS with the residents playing all night long. We also have a 6 hour showcase at Smalltown Beat, which I cannot wait for.

Tyler: I’m moving to Berlin in October for work, but will be back in Cape Town for the summers. My heart is here. I’ll probably be splitting my time 60:40 Berlin/Cape Town. I don’t expect to break into the Berlin scene, but I am excited to spend more time in Europe. I expect I will learn a lot, and I’m curious to see what the future holds.



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