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Exclusive Interview: Initial Eyes Talks New Single “Riddle Of The Sphinx”

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Exclusive Interview: Initial Eyes Talks New Single "Riddle Of The Sphinx"
Initial Eyes
is an artist whose passion for music runs deep as he was drawn in by his dearly departed cousin who taught him the ropes in appreciating and sharing incredible music. He sums up his music as ethereal dance music that prioritizes groove and euphoria. Initial Eyes’ latest release was a conceptual single that is based around an old Greek legend called “Riddle Of The Sphinx”. We sat down with Initial Eyes to discuss more about it.

1 — What made you decide to base this song around a Greek legend?

Song ideas and titles come to me randomly and I keep all my notes in Evernote and just jot them down before I forget. Sometimes it comes from reading books but in this case it was a dream. Or at least, a thought upon awakening one morning. I used to play this adventure game when I was a kid called Shadowgate. That was the first time I was introduced to the concept of the myth, but it’s come up again in other forms of media. Not sure why it popped in my head that day.

2 — What techniques did you use to portray the elements of the story?

There’s a swelling pad with some white noise in it that made me think of desert winds. The lead synth solo is essentially signifying the encounter with the sphinx. And then the final new melody sort of has this mysterious vibe where you’re not really sure if the sphinx allowed the travellers to pass or not. I always love films where the ending leaves interpretation up to the viewer.

3 — Did you struggle creating any part of the song?

Getting the timing of the pad swells to line up just right. Everything else came without much trouble.

4 — What were your aims when you first started making the track?

Something with a solid groove and a mysterious sort of vibe.

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5 — How has the initial reaction been like?

I never know what to expect when releasing music, but the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. A lot of friends sending heartfelt compliments, new fans coming in from multiple places, it’s getting a lot of love on SoundCloud.

6 — Did you have some sort of lightbulb moment as to how good the track was going to be?

I never know these things. I just make what comes out of me and once I’m happy with it, I put it out in the world.

7 — Did your vision change at all during the creation process?

Not so much. The final sequence after the lead synth solo came last. Usually I start with one of the most energetic parts of the song and then break it down and build up to it. Everything usually flows well from there. Getting out of the 8-bar or 16-bar loop phase as quickly as possible is key I think.

8 — Can we hear any of your musical influences in ‘Riddle of the Sphinx’?

Probably a combination of influences though it’s hard for me to pinpoint. I always loved listening to the guitar virtuosos like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani early on and you could say that influenced the lead synth solo.

9 — What is your favourite part of the track?

The lead synth solo leading into the final section where the new melody carries out the rest of the track.


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Ophelia Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of Her Music Studio

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The distinctive sound and style of Ophelia is surely one to follow closely. Her outstanding releases and hard-hitting live shows keep pushing her name to the forefront of artists not to miss.

A blend of darker sounds, and genre-blending infinite experimentation has earned her praise and attention, as she continues to work on the new bangers that will surpass her previous achievements.

We sat down with Ophelia to ask her about her studio setup, her favorite pieces of gear she owns, and her usual production process.

1 — Hi Ophelia! How are you doing?

Great! Staying warm.

2 — Can you walk us through your studio? What’s your setup like?

I’ve always traveled a lot and I like playing gigs out of town, so I’ve evolved into a very mobile setup. At home, I have an Access Virus TI2 61 key keyboard and my Ableton Push 2. I use a MacBook and a Native Instrument audio box out to my Adam Audio T7 monitors. I use Ableton and a lot of VSTs and custom synths I make.

3 — Which DAW do you use to produce music?

I’ve always preferred Ableton since I use it to perform live as well.

4 — Can you describe what your usual workflow looks like when starting a new track?

The first thing I like to do is decide the length of a track; is it a drawn-out Dance track or more of a single? I lay out a backing beat and just start making clips that I can step through in Ableton. Sometimes, I go back and do the sound design and sometimes I waste all my time tuning a snare! LOL

5 — Do you have a favorite spot in the studio where you always feel inspired?

I like doing shit on the plane. Maybe because I’m stuck in my seat, I think I can focus a lot when I’m traveling and it feels exciting.

6 — What’s your favorite piece of gear in the studio?

I’m very much a minimalist so I really enjoy my Push 2. I used the Push since it came out and was made by Akai. Now, it’s more thought out and I recommend anyone who uses Ableton to get one.


7 — Can you tell us what’s the oldest piece of gear you own?

I’ve had my Shure 58 since I was in college at Berklee and I bought it from Daddy’s Junkie Music which is nothing more than a memory now.

8 — What’s the studio’s most recent addition?

I have a bunch of super small DJ controllers that I can fit in my backpack. I just bought a super small Numark so I could mix while I was vacationing in Mexico.

9 — Is there something you’d like to add to the studio in the future?

I’d like to have access to someone’s super pro studio. I’ve reached a point where I want to work in nice studios and not spend any more on my own. I use to have a space in Hollywood and even though I was producing artists, it was just me working in the studio and I felt like I wanted to have more people around.


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Electronic Music Producer Kardano Reveals His Studio Setup

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Kardano
is known for his exquisite style and powerful sound that has everything it takes to reach the top of the charts with every release he puts out. His music blends elements from different electronic dance music genres creating the perfect mix between laidback and a groovy energetic vibe.

This time we invited Kardano to talk about his studio setup and production processes. This is what he said.

1 — Hey Kardano! How are you doing?

Just getting up from a late-night shoot in the film trying to contain me for the day.

2 — Can you walk us through your studio? What’s your setup like?

I have a MacBook Pro with an M1 Chip, 2 raven touch screens running, and Apollo X 8 along with the X 4 for printing my mixes, and if I want to bring it on the road in the future. And an Apollo Satellite, so I can run a lot of UAD plugins and lots of other plug-ins than I’ll ever need, 8 Channels of SSL Summing with 2 analog inserts Dangerous Music ST for a nice monitor path Yamaha HS8, NS-10 Rockit 8 which I think to sound like shit (don’t know why I still have them, LOL)

JDK audio analog EQ, Jdk R-22 which is a Company from API Patch bay, 2 Fousrite Pre-amps, 2 Warm audio 76 Compressor, SA-4000 which is a clone of the compressor from the SSL console, Tone Beast Pre-amp from Warm audio 2 Puig tech clone from Warm audio.

SPX 90 which does not get much use anymore and a Roland SRV-2000 that does not get used.

Moog Sub Phatty, a couple of midi controllers a micro Korg, and TD-3 for some Acid House. Then, my mics PD-70, SM-58 (everyone has one of those) SM 47 BH3 from JZ mics, and Vintage 67 from JZ mics. Green Bullet Harmonica Microphone CV-12 from Avantone, mini Schoeps, and Electro Spit EX1 which is the new age talk box that I use when I don’t have vocalists for my tracks.

3 — Which DAW do you use to produce music?

ProTools.

4 — Can you describe what the usual workflow looks like when starting a new production?

Usually, I label my session by date, so I know when I started working on the track which, times out to 3 days. But I can sit and have a finished mix track in 12hrs or less depending on if my dealing with my kids or not. I have a session template that is usually laid out with EQ which just has low and high pass filters on audio tracks that fit appropriate to the instruments in the session and midi tracks, which turn into audio later down the road along with my favorite plugins for composing at the time.

5 — Do you have a favorite spot in the studio where you always feel inspired?

Not really, I look at a blank screen and start making music with a little bit of an idea of where I’m going and I don’t think of making a hit or a TikTok track, I just want to finish something and judge it afterward.

6 — What’s your favorite piece of gear in the studio?

SSL summing.

7 — What’s the oldest piece of gear you own?

DBX 118 which is from the ’70s, doesn’t really use it that much.


8 — What’s the studio’s most recent acquisition?

Toolroom Infinite plug-in.

9 — Is there something you’d like to add to the studio in the future?

16 Channel SSL console when I get that hit record one day.

10 — Do you have any fun stories regarding producing in your studio?

Not really, kind of more disagreements but are a bit funny to look back on. I was doing a favor for a singer, which I was producing a song, and when it came to the singing they did not want me to use Melodyne on their vocals, which is fine but they wanted to record over and over till they felt the notes were right; I don’t have a problem with that, but when you’re not paying me for the session, I mean it’s pretty much standard to have your vocals touched up and saves more time. Anyway, the session got cut short, and we never finish the song. It’s just taking up space on my hard drive.


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Diego Druck Reveals What Listeners Can Expect From “A Different Way”

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Get to know Diego Druck, a talented EDM artist who discovered his passion for music at age 14 and has since channeled his eclectic influences into his productions, including remixes for Major Lazer and SUPER-Hi. He has just released his new single “A Different Way, all details are revealed in this interview!

1 — How would you describe your sound and how has it evolved over time?

I’m an extremely eclectic guy, so in my productions, I always try to bring inspiration from all kinds of music genres and masterpieces that shaped my music taste throughout my life.

2 — When did you realize you wanted to turn music into a career?

At age 14 I went to my first EDM festival and got to see first hand Vintage Culture playing a set while the crowd went crazy happy. At that moment I realized what I wanted to do with my life.

3 — Can you talk about the experience of remixing for artists like Major Lazer and SUPER-Hi?

It was unbelievable for me when I first found out I would have a chance to submit a remix for both of them. Even more when they got approved. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity of working with these icons and share a track with them. Both of them are huge inspirations for me.

4 — What is the inspiration behind your recent song “A Different Way”?

At the time I first wrote the song with my guitar, I was going through some internal conflicts about some decisions and my life paths. “A Different Way” is a reflection of myself.

5 — What steps did you take when producing it?

It started as a Jazz-like sound on my guitar, and I kinda free-styled the lyrics on it. Later on I passed it to my DAW and started building a House beat behind it, then recorded all the vocals and guitar sounds over it. Fun fact: the acoustic guitar used for the riff fill was the guitar my father got from his father when he was only 5 years old.

6 — How do you hope listeners will respond to this tune?

I hope everyone can assimilate what I was feeling and inspire reflections about themselves. I guess everyone has these kinds of thoughts about their own life choices.


7 — Is there a formula to gain a million streams?

Just try to do music just like you would love to hear!

8 — Are you already working on upcoming projects?

Not only working but there are several tracks ready to go for the next months, originals and remixes. Stay tuned!

9 — How did Florianopolis shape your music?

The EDM and clubbing scene is very strong in my city. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to experience it from a young age, and it has opened many opportunities for learning and expanding my musical background ever since.

10 — Musically speaking, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Just as I am now, learning and exploring the infinite universe of musical possibilities.


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