Infected Mushroom is an Israeli psytrance/electronica duo formed in Haifa in 1998 by producers Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani. Both founding members currently reside in Los Angeles, California.
Eisen and Duvdevani first began to play together in 1998. A few of their early efforts were released under the name Shidapu & Duvdev. The duo then renamed themselves Infected Mushroom, and began work on their first album, 1999’s The Gathering. This album featured a dark, rhythmic sonic atmosphere exemplified by its popular track, “Psycho”. It was one of the first albums to bring Israeli psytrance to mainstream audiences, and contributed to the genre’s worldwide popularity.
Their 2000 album, Classical Mushroom, contained “Bust A Move”, one of their most lauded productions. The album is commonly referred to as one of the groups best efforts, in which they continued their sonic evolution, and it remains one of the best-known albums in the genre.
The duo’s 2001 B.P. Empire is notable for the musical epic “Dancing With Kadafi”, which segues numerous styles of music, most notably through middle-eastern style melodies and a classical break which showcases Erez and Amit’s piano skills.
Converting Vegetarians (2003), was a two-disc set. The ‘Trance Side’ disc contained trance-like dancefloor material comparable to their earlier work, while the disc entitled ‘The Other Side’ contained genre-bending experimental music. ‘The Other Side’ included Duvdev’s vocal debut on the title track, the downtempo “Elation Station”, and the electro-pop tracks “Blink” and “Illuminaughty”.
The 2004 release of IM The Supervisor, often incorrectly referred to as “I’m The Supervisor”, continued to mix psytrance with other musical genres and became Infected Mushroom’s best-selling album to date. It was psychedelic in a way that dance music rarely had been prior to its release, certain parts of IM the Supervisor, most notably the gamelan-like noises, cut-up samples, and the old-school sequencer throb of “Bombat,” were lauded as innovative at the time.
Guitarists Thomas Cunningham and Erez Netz joined the group in 2004, the same year as the band relocated from their Haifa base to a studio in Los Angeles, California. Brazilian percussionist Rogério Jardim was recruited later on, in 2007. Infected Mushroom rose to #9 in the influential DJmag Top 100 DJs polland were the highest placed psytrance DJs in the category’s 2007 debut appearance, a reflection of the role the group had played in the genres risen worldwide popularity.
2007 saw the release of their most diverse musical effort up until that point, Vicious Delicious, which includes “Becoming Insane”, a Spanish-guitar-led track whose Spanish lyrics include a collaboration between Infected Mushroom and Gil, of Kinky, and the hip-hop influenced “Artillery”. The album as a whole features greater use of guest vocalists, as well as the live guitars and drums. The variety of genres explored in the album made it a widely accessible piece of electronic art, exposing the psychedelic side of electronica to a wider audience at its release.
Legend of the Black Shawarma was released in 2009. It includes a remix of “The Doors” classic “Riders on the Storm“, and continues the stylistic variety and use of guest vocalists. The album title refers to an Australian who wanted to go to sea in a shark proof cage, and was told that he would seem like the Middle-eastern delicacy black shawarma to the sharks. The explosion of success with Legend of the Black Shawarma, lead to a 3-year tour aligned with inspiration to release their most multi-faceted album to date–Army of Mushrooms.
The band’s 2012 album, Army of Mushrooms, was released on May 8, 2012 under Dim Mak Records. It features tracks influenced by the psychedelic trance, dubstep, house and drum and bass genres, such as the up-tempo, breakbeat track “The Rat”. The album includes a cover of “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters, the progressive heavy-hitter “Drum n’ Bassa” and “Nation of Wusses”, released as a single on April 3, 2012, and “U R So Fucked”, released as a single/video on February 14, 2012.
May 12, 2012 Infected Mushroom launched a large-scale North American tour, “The Unveiling”, featuring a revamped stage production and novel audio/visual live aspects. The new live production featured Erez and Duvdev within two specially designed hollow spheres placed onstage, amongst other high tech additions to the bands live setup and multimedia backdrop.
January 2013 saw the duo embark on their FungusAmongus tour across North America with special guests The M Machine.
Infected Mushroom have been cited as currently utilizing Steinbergs digital audio workstation Steinberg Cubase on custom built PCs in their Los Angeles studio, as a part of their music production.