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Interview | Questions And Answers With 1i2c

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Interview | Questions And Answers With 1i2c

Recently, I had the absolute pleasure to get to interview an electronic music producer with a pretty short name, 1i2c. He’s an artist with an extensive career in music you need to know! In this occasion, he shared his most intimate thoughts, incredible details about his life and also what’s next on his project. This interview is worth reading.

1 – What does your artistic name mean?

I wanted a small, easily recognizable name that had more than one meaning. It needed to be recognized by the young and I can only actually see out of one eye!

2 – How and why did you get into electronic music? Who influenced you as an artist?

I was drawn into electronic music around 11/12 years old. My parents and elder cousin I remember the most playing odd sounding albums. My Dad liked the Tornado’s and Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’, my cousin would be listening to Jean-Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk. When I identified with Depeche Mode and Tangerine Dream between 15/16 I had established my own groups of major preference.

3 – Was the first track you ever made a jingle? Do you still make songs for advertising campaigns?

The first track I produced was for an advert for myself, promoting myself in an advert create to become the new man for Milk Tray adverts. I got beyond the first section of the audition and the next part required a 30-second video of an action type character. I dressed in black, ran around my hometown with my daughter filming me and created a small track entitled “Speedy Origami”. I wanted the whole video to be self-created. The video was available on YouTube for a short period of time when I first started getting into creating my own music.

4 – What software and tools do you use to create music nowadays?

I have possessed Yamaha keyboards since around 17/18. My first keyboard still in possession is my PSS-170, then a few years later I purchased a PSR-70. I still own these and use the PSR as a midi device. I also have 2 Oxygen 25′ (2 generations), 1 x iRig and my recent musical tool is a Jamstik. I use Logic Pro as my software of choice but have also dabbled with Ableton.

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5 – What’s the name of your upcoming album? When will it be released?

The next album to be released will be ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. It will be released on May 29th, 2017 by Pink Dolphin Records and will be the first album released on Vinyl too.

6 – What can we expect from this new material? How would you describe its sound?

Some people assume electronic music is always the same. I obviously disagree. Due to the fact I don’t use many vocals and certainly don’t sing ‘often’ I have to make the music itself do the hard work. I make sure the music doesn’t become too repetitive. I set out to make each album have its own distinct sound. ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ was a work of devotion to producing a professional sound. It grew into a collage of some of my best work to date and flows like a rollercoaster, the majority of tracks reflect huge emotion from feeling sexual, to anxious, to lonely, to elation. For those who might not have noticed and the reason for the album title is that each track is a single word starting with the letter ‘I’.

7 – Have you ever had a near death experience? Does it still affect you in some way?

I came close to assuming my time had come back in July 2015 whilst taking a shower after pushing myself hard in a cycle that same afternoon. I often challenged myself using cycle apps and for 3 years running had secured the number 1 spot using these apps on 8 of my closest hill climbs. I was the fastest and endured these climbs the most. The afternoon I took a shower and suffered what I presumed was a heart attack, it was after climbing one of these hills 3 times in succession to push my points higher, but that particular hill was the worst of the 8. Wanting to keep my dignity and wondering if I would make it, my first thought was to get out of the shower immediately, get dried and get dressed. I managed to succeed whilst all the time experiencing pains in my chest that I’d never experienced before. Once dressed I considered all aspects of my life, wondering if I had fulfilled everything. I seemed content with my life, but of course, albeit the continued pain, I was still alive. There was no-one at home. My family had gone on holiday. Within the next few hours, I was in the hospital with suspected heart attack symptoms due to high troponin levels in my blood. It transpired I had Myocarditis. I spent 3 days in hospital having numerous tests and as a result missed participating in the Prudential 100 bike ride I had been training for. The main thing was, I was nervous about getting back on my bike. As the weeks moved on and finding myself with time on my hands, I turned my attention to using the time I spent cycling into being finally creative with my musical equipment. It unleashed a new passion and I would sit for hours making noises that eventually became tracks. The only thing was, three times more that year when I did attempt to get back on the bike or jump into a go-kart for fun, I experienced 3 more heart-related incidents and on the last occasion just after Christmas 2015 was back in the hospital. Subsequently, I’m not as fit as I once was and my bike sits stubbornly in my room behind my keyboard! It’s a Specialized Venge (the same make and model bike that Mark Cavendish raced in 2014!). I think I keep it to remind me to be careful, but with it also reminds me of the reason I started making music.

Interview | Questions And Answers With 1i2c
8 – We know you have a beautiful family. Do you think your children might be interested in music as a future career?

My children swim in and out with my music. My son gave me a strange compliment once when he said “Dad, is this your music? It’s getting hard for me now to distinguish if it’s your music or somebody else’s.” I felt this was a pivotal point actually because up until that moment, all the music I was producing was for me. The fact that I released it was only a platform to share. My daughter 4 years younger than my son, star of “Hammer Blows” video always tells me she likes my music, but I think that is usually just to make me happy or because she wants something. My son, mainly listens to Spotify and doesn’t listen and collect music like I used to, he is hard studying for University and wants to get a degree in Mathematics, so he will be pursuing a music venture and will keep his feet on the ground. It is my daughter that will veer more towards the artistic world, but she mainly dances (Ballet and Modern). She and her friend recently came close winning a prize in a talent competition out of hundreds of applicants through her dance. She will be starring in a dance show at the Gordon Craig over the weekend of 1st & 2nd April and she is due to have a lead part in a small independent film in summer 2017. Her singing voice is really good, though. She has perfect pitch & tone, but I will not push my kids into things they do not want to do.

9 – Where can we stream to your music online?

My music is available to listen to on Spotify and other listening platforms like Apple Music, Deezer, Soundcloud, Indie Sound, Bandcamp, etc. It is also available to purchase from iTunes, Amazon and other similar sites. Even the purchase sites have the ability to hear extracts. I am recently putting a few YouTube videos online to give more visual presence too. There are already a handful of videos, but this should increase to around 9 or so within days. So keep a lookout!

10 – What are your future plans for the rest of the year?

I have produced a follow-up track called ‘Axe Happy’ to ‘Hammer Blows’. I will be shooting a video within the next couple of months to go with this track. This track will then appear on another album to be released much later in the year called ‘Destiny’. This album is much heavier than most of my work, but the Jamstik is having that effect on me. There are possible collaborations also, maybe some vocal tracks. I also aim to stage at least one gig towards Christmas, when I hit my 50th birthday! It would be great to see many of my friends and family and other supporters getting together and having a good time.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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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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