Independent Artist, Techno, Ambient, House, Electronic DJ, Producer, Composer
How did you get started in the music and entertainment industry?
I kind of stumbled into the business by accident. My father was a prominent radio On-Air personality / DJ so I spent a lot of time in radio studios as a child. I was also fortunate enough to be able to visit a lot of Studios owned by artists whose music my father would normally play on his show. I later went on to work at a few local radio stations myself as an intern and later a MixShow Dj. When I begin my own production career I met David Peoples of Vigilante Productions who taught me the ropes in the studio and the rest is history.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
Being creative to me means always striving to learn new techniques, new ways of doing things and applying that to your craft. It’s ultimately an exercise in self-expression.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I’m constantly learning. I spend a lot of time reading articles and testing new ways of doing things in the studio. I’m also a big believer in preparation before production. So I spend a lot of time making templates in my favorite software of choice to help me get my job done faster.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
One of the best ways to overcome creative blocks is to separate your production process into two different tasks which would be content creation and mixing. Some days I’m purely working on sound design. Recording my experiments and organizing the material for later use. I will often name my files with key information so that at a later time I can kind of piece the audio together like Lego blocks. Knowing what key your material is in is a crucial skill in music production. A simple technique like this reduces frequency clashes when you’re working on your tracks. It’s a simple thing but it makes all the difference when you’re producing a track especially during the mixing phase.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
That’s an easy question I would have to say my son Tatsuo. If you mean production-wise I would have to say it was my last album Celestial Bodies. It’s an ambient art piece, the kind of record that I’ve wanted to make for a very long time.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I like to think when I work on my music that I’m trying to capture the mood of the moment. I don’t just mean the mood in the studio but the mood of the world at that particular time. I’m often inspired by politics and world events. So if you listen to my music and read the titles and look at the years they were created they often tie into events of that particular time.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I would absolutely love to work in the film industry as a composer. Not for big budget films but more for independent films and art projects especially science fiction & Horror projects.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
To always keep learning. I’m always working to become a better engineer.
How do you value studio time?
I cherish studio time. It’s the one time I can truly be “me”.
How do you see the relative importance of sound and composition?
These days I would say sound and composition are very much intertwined. One sound may be the basis for an entire track and that sound could be anything. So I definitely think we have reached a point where sound and composition are really one in the same because the sound many times dictates the composition.
In your opinion, what classifies as a good mix and a good master?
A good mix is one that is clear, where every sound has its own space in the frequency spectrum. A good mix also has a sense of 3D space on the soundstage. A good Master is one that is fairly loud, not over compressed and maintains some sense of Dynamics.
What are some of the biggest differences you’ve seen in this business?
Digitization has definitely changed everything. Being able to release your own music fairly rapidly through the internet is a fantastic development. Starting out with an idea in the morning and having that idea released into the world that evening is a pretty profound thing.