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AWE: its changed a lot, i used to do a ton of programming, like just really tryhard drum eqing and stuff at first, but now i just do what i feel like doing. a lot of the time now i will start with a weird sample or some texture i think is cool and run with that
AWE: I really want to one day be able to work with someone like Purity Ring or Bjork or something like that, thats a dream of mine. In terms of actually what is happening, right now im talking to G Jones about stuff to work on and also have been talking to Space Laces and some others
AWE: Oh man i'm awful at that, I don't know. I think its like, do you mean what you would want to dance to or what the "general public" wants to dance to? I know i can write music that I would love to hear on the dancefloor but I'm not sure how generally accessible that is. It's all perspective. If you want to write some big edm bangers I think maybe tutorials on youtube would be good to start with. I'm not a big fan of that stuff
AWE: I was animating stick figure like death arena shit in Flash when i was like 11, and wanted to make "techno" to put in the animations. I downloaded a copy of like FL 4 or something
AWE: : yeah been using it like 12 years now. it sucked ass back then tho
its great now
AWE: i think i have really weird drum processing habits that are subconscious and I would probably have trouble explaining it. I know i used a bit of Waves Stomp Pitcher on the percs there
AWE: no pet or laptop or hd? i use a desktop to produce, so that.
(user): thats cheating!
AWE: probably my prophet 12
AWE: I usually actually only spend like 3-8 hours on a song, usually spread out though.
I finish stuff within that timeframe usually, but i write a lot that doesnt get finished. Usually only like 3% of my started projects get finished.
favorite plugins are waves stuff and FL stock. parametric eq 2 is great.
AWE: man idk it just happens that way
AWE: i usually mix stuff like that way too loud because im like tripping on whether i can hear it cause im so used to the song without it if that makes sense
but usually people can pick up on that stuff, dont make it annoying or distracting, people want to listn to music not water samples. if it helps the song include it
also stereo imaging can make a sound pop w/o making it louder
AWE: favorite reverb is fl stock reverb or trueverb
AWE: if i get stuck in a song i throw that shit in the trash. Start a new one.
kind of not joking
i mean if its like worth saving ill come back to it in a couple weeks but i feel like at this point i know if somethings working or not
AWE: I wasnt really frustrated to be honest, i think its way harder now because everyone is producing so its like, a contest. all i had to compare myself to was like professionals and i knew that would take time, so i just was stoked constantly about new stuff
now its gotta be hard because everyone is always doing something and u have these big communities like soundcloud or whatever to look at what contemporaries are doing
AWE: I love philly club and that song was just a goof track but it is super fun to do. I'm not from philly or jersey though, and it is traditionally black music and i am as white as they get, so i don't want to be stepping on toes because i know a lot of the pioneers dont get enough credit in club music
hopefully in 5 years ill be doing something im really passionate about. im not planning anything. something like that. vet, or animal shelter, or wildlife conservation.
i have a lot of pets and i love them, i love animals
AWE: I actually am terrible at promoting myself and my brand, i know that people like herobust or whatever are amazing at that, i could go in depth forever about why i'm not really passionate about "branding" but yeah, i guess somehow im making a living while also hating the general idea of edm branding.
AWE: : yeha touring is the main source of income for most djs for sure
its fucking hard to not tour and make a living
AWE: thats a really really hard thing to answer cause for me at least those were really reflections of my life at the time, and ive grown a lot as a person as well as a musician since then. i honestly wouldnt even know how to revisit that sound
AWE: maybe my biggest influence is the movie Blade Runner, but a huge part of that is music for me
tim and eric awesome show was hugely influential when i was younger
lots of video games too
AWE: you could bounce to audio and have one maybe stretched to like 106% on "tonal" stretch so the low end is in tact
it would change the shape enough to not phase, but would probably keep the character of the bass the same
just stretch it enough to like 103-6%, then reset pitch to 0
AWE: do i like the track? am i getting paid?
usually the two questions i ask myself to be honest, hahaha
if its something im just choosing to do then like if i have a super sick idea and know i can pull it off, then yeah.
AWE: listen to the original :wink:
i didnt make anything
AWE: ive worked on a lot of stuff for people, but im not sure i can like openly talk about it on here, i've done a lot of work with alison wonderland that i really like though
connections in the music industry are seriously just the most random thing. sometimes people just attatch to you or whatever and you have to roll with it
AWE: i was doing session drum work and i handed a cd to a guy there of stuff i produced
i was like 16, and he liked it and i ended up selling some beats to a big artist. Then he liked it and i ended up selling some beats to a big artist. Then i met djemba from teamsupreme and he was in that world.
it all added up
AWE: i used to be super into synthesis and would work on it forever but in the last couple years or so i kind of just liked to find textures i liked, i work more on feeling now, like i hear some sort of weird sound i like in a sample and just really try and let myself roll with it
i have serum and stuff, and if i have to make a synth i will, but i just like warmth and organic sounds a lot
AWE: nonono, i like rip random vinyl or movies or soundtracks or like youtube anywhere
AWE: I don't. I hate clean sounds.
AWE: ill use presets if its like something i dont need anything unique for
AWE: i used to do it a lot more when i had 20 synths running, but i use a lot of audio now and i dont find mysself needing to nearly as much
AWE: yeah for sure
i just use whatever comes up in my browser you know. i love just doing whatever when i make music
AWE: im really like not super into "producing" now i just kind of have the language down, so i just break all the rules lol. u gotta learn em to break em
like my old dubstep project to this one? yeah i mean i think i was just kind of excited and young, now i would definitely put more thought into it.
i wasnt anything close to "part of the industry" at the time so i had no idea how to "brand" a new identity
i just fuckin went for it
AWE: i live in an apartment, well a duplex.
so i cant work late unless i want to use headphones which i usually dont.
so yeah daytime. like i dont have a day job so i try to work on this like a day job. im not always successful but i try
AWE: hmm, i really want to get better at letting one idea sit in one song, and not packing a song full of ideas
i think songs tend to compete with themselves when that happens, the best tracks are one great idea
AWE: i think subtlety is important and overlooked
maybe just have a single thing about it evolve slightly, or u know bring in a nd tease out things slowly.
just listen to tnght record, every song is one good idea, u know?
AWE: oh when i started honestly it was like everyone called it techno.
like, no one knew the genres. it was like 2006 ,here listen to this you'll have fun
AWE: i think soundcloud should die, and also i think that raves are boring and edm is actually super boring and needs some sort of facelift or something
Mixing: Promotion: Instrument skill: Time management: Collaboration:
Mixing: 4 Promotion: 1 Instrument skill: 2 Time management: 1 Collaboration: 2
AWE: im not amazing at playing an instrument
im a drummer. im ok
AWE: thanks for having me!!t was great