Dante: When I first listen to this album loud in the car it reminds me of 1973 when I first purchased an album called 'Dark Side Of The Moon’ by Pink Floyd.  Everyone bought this album as a way to test their new stereo systems.  So the music became known for it's sounds and production.  Now so with ‘The Hive’ – it becomes a way to test my car sound and makes a listening experience.  What past musical influences / productions help inspire you to create music as a listening experience ?

Shay Dan: It's an influence from a lot of music genre.  I love Pink Floyd myself and also a lot of different music like Jazz, Psychedelic Rock, Blues, and electronic music.  When I start producing music it comes from a psychedelic experience.  I start with trance music.  Over the years I have developed my own style and I combine all my influences into my projects.  It's all these influences that I call Group of Light.  In my last release I really connected with my project and I felt comfortable to combine all of my ideas. 

Dante: Upon listening the arrangements seem to be very economical.  Sometimes there is a random sound that appears once only, it has its place where another would not work as well.  Nothing is wasted.  Do you spend a lot of time editing to ensure timing and timbres have the right musical placement ?
Shay Dan:  Definitely I do spent time editing through out the project and specially at the end.  I don't close the track until I am completely satisfied.

Dante:  So what bands and artists have influenced you in Electronic Music ?

Shay Dan:  There is no really nothing specific I grew up on a lot of styles.  Mostly psychedelic.  I started with the Scope Pulsar card, Virus synthesizer and a Yamaha CS6 in the 90's.

Dante: About the gear, you seem to have accumulated a plethora of goodies over the years.  Tell me why you have two monitors each side of your screens ?

Shay Dan: I'm using with PMC monitors the JBL is for reference.  It's always good to have another pair of monitors.



  • Virus B

  • Virus TI

  • Nord lead A1

  • Nord lead 2x  

  • Roland V Synth GT

  • Roland V Synth XT

  • Roland Integra-7

  • Yamaha Motif XS7

  • Yamaha CS6x

  • Korg R3

  • Roli

  • Roli Seaboard 25

  • Native Instruments Maschine

  • Native Instruments Komplete

Analog Synthesizers

  • Arturia Matrix Brute

  • Korg MS 20 Mini

  • DSI Prophet 6

  • Moog MoogerFooger FX


Converters - Recording

  • RME ADI qs


DAW Setup

  • Cubase 10/PCI

  • Two Computers - x32 and x64

Mix, FX, Dynamics and Mastering
  • Scope XITE-1

  • UAD Audio Plug Ins


Live Shows


Equipment in customized case:

  • Macbook Pro running Ableton Live DAW

  • RME Babyface

  • Novation mininova (for the vocoder)

  • Novation Ultranova

  • Ipad with Novation Control XL

Dante and Shay Dan February 2019