Here is the transcription of the live session.
A big thank you to everyone on the Discord for asking questions and participating!
StéLouse: this can be an instrumental theme or a vocal but something to make it unique and meaningful. I typically move quickly once I have found the theme and if i get stuck i just put the song away for a few weeks so i can get far from it and when I come back its almost like its alien to me and I can work on it again from an "outside the forest" perspective
StéLouse: donation based funding is great as I feel music should be free for listeners and fans and it allows them to chose what level they would like to support the vision at. with a traditional label model (ie major label) I rarely see backend money. as with donation based (like we do for hebi) we get that money right away which allows us to immediately dump the funds back into cool ideas to push the music forward
StéLouse: I definitely, as with any artist, try to avoid being pigeonholed into a genre. But its inevitable that people with do this to a project. I would say my signature sound comes from honesty in what I am creating. And of course the fact that I make the majority of my own sounds. When you use sample packs and presets and splice (not that there is anything wrong with that) but when your production is over loaded with third party sounds youre going to run the risk of not having anything that sounds truly unique.
StéLouse: much much effort lol. I actually get this question a ton. People tend to over look that a lot of a fat saw chord sound has to do with the chord voicing. If anyone is unfamiliar with chord voicing I def recommend watching some theory tutorials on it
StéLouse: I can't really think of a defining moment where I had some crazy realization that took me to the next level. I think that was just techniques and practice applied over time. I would say a huge tip to producing that people tend to not focus on is to wear the hats at the right times. When youre song writing/creating ideas, be a song writer and dont get caught up in the engineering or the editing of your ideas, just let it flow. Once you feel u have your idea out, then become a producer and edit and arrange and start to sound stage everything. Then become an engineer when its time for some boss sound design and mixing
StéLouse: well as much as I love to show diversity and obviously I get very bored with sounds quickly, hence why I take so many creative risks in style, its probably better for your brand and artist project to have more of a lane and a sound and be less scattered as I am. Illenium for instance (who is a great example of what I am saying) has done great at this. Honing a sound and then doing it until hes blue in the face. Because now its attracted a solid fan base thats allowed him to soon create whatever he wants. And now we recognize him for that sound. So embrace the things you do naturally and consistently and realize that this is whats moving you towards a sound thats all you.
I suppose its natural for me to want to be all over the place, maybe thats my thing? lol
StéLouse: Thats a tough question I have loved all songs at various stages and hated all of them too at various stages for different reasons. Let Go for instance was something I had an idea for but couldnt figure out, a month later I came back to it and made it in a few hours. Painstaking writers block to one of the most fun creating experiences. Fav AFI song I would say is "Leaving Song pt II"
StéLouse: Working with other artists is a great way to learn, expand and grow. Working with MYRNE taught me a lot of tricks with sub bass I wasnt aware of. Working with Naderi has taught me a ton about mix downs. Working with Said the Sky has helped me expand on my knowledge of harmony (hes an amazing pianist). And working with pop writers/artists like Ryan Tedder has helped me become a much better songwriter. Definitely always be learning collaborating and sharing knowledge. Thats how we all grow.
StéLouse: wow finishing a song. the hardest part of any of this. lol. I guess I just really have to love it and be excited about it. The idea has to be strong enough and appealing enough to me to go after seeing it through. As far as creating a specific sound I have only recently gotten really good at creating whats in my head. Mostly its been "hey I have this crazy ideas lets make it work" and it comes out totally different. ps. my best songs were all things I thought sucked initially and never took to serious.
true story. doja cat remix 2014 thought it was my worst creation ever. literally the song that got my project going
StéLouse: I wanted to be able to create music start to finish on my own terms. I was in bands before and its a lot of give and take with that. The biggest challenge is the first year. That learning curve is rough, cause you desire so much and have so much ambition but you need to get all that practice in and its a very very long rabbit hole. You really cant beat the 10 thousand hours motto. Thats really what it takes to get there. Advice I would give is don't get discouraged and be very patient, everyone learns and works at a different pace. Keep it fun and keep learning daily.
StéLouse: love this question actually. really my beliefs on all that are pretty crazy. but for me to continue doing what I am doing is out of love and passion. I think how we spend our time here is everything. We dont know whats next it could be a crazy cycle of doing it again and again or it could just be blackness or this could be a big computer simulation (which I believe mostly) but the time spent is everything. Its all we have is now so enjoy what youre doing right now
StéLouse: I love memes for real. I think the strongest aspect is the crossover ability of it. I always think I can improve on everything. Im never satisfied. If I was I would stop now and fail to create anything worth a fuck
StéLouse: think of your mixes like a chest of drawers, everything has its place in the frequency spectrum. less is always more. sound selection goes a long way. how sounds work and interact together and the juxtapostion (sp?) of those
StéLouse: thats exactly why I continue to create. I feel like everything is out to stop me all the time. Like this is some giant computer simulation just around me failing. I dont like failing. I wouldnt do it. I'm out to break the system
StéLouse: Music theory all day! and multiband compression lol
StéLouse: start educating yourself now. the internet will tech you all you can want or need to know
StéLouse: Piano no but theory yes. it depends to what extent you want to create. like if you wanna do dark slamming rezz tech stuff, then not too much. if you wanna be like Lido, you better get those theory chops rocking hard
StéLouse: lots of various revenue streams. it was hard
there are alot of ways to make money on the internet with music as well. just find what works for you. its trial and error really until something clicks
StéLouse: youtube all day
StéLouse: stop making the same thing on repeat. lol. and reposting too much. altho i am guilty of reposting alot of my friends tracks too
StéLouse: you bet. ive got literally hundreds of unreleased songs
StéLouse: I am still working on this growing out of soundcloud thing, ask me that in another year lol. Everything has been done in house on my own. People want you to succeed, just not greater than they are.
StéLouse: over rated
StéLouse: I put it away for weeks to months. come back later when it sounds like something you didnt even make. new ideas will happen and if they dont, it wasnt that great anyways
StéLouse: complaining on the internet lol that an too much serum agro trap leads
StéLouse: i would love to get down this rabit hole with you 100% I just dont have the time right now lol
if i told you what I really think this chat would explode
Actually I have to go but I will leave you all with this. What if this is a computer simulation and its solely based around just you and everyone you see day in and out and interact with is nothing more than part of that simulation?
StéLouse: thanks guys so much . love you all for asking me things and I hope to talk to you again soon. Ill be doing some production courses later this year online and in cities, so keep an eye out.
See you all on road. enjoy your summer! and computer sim