Drival has kicked off 2018 in style. With the release of his immense single “Forever Is Gone”, he put down a marker for the coming year and showed us exactly what makes his music so special. He has a great sound, with unique and mesmerizing synths in abundance. We caught up with Drival to explore his production traits and learn more about how he makes his tracks sound so good.
1 – Hey! Thanks for taking time to talk to us about the production aspect of your career. Can you tell us about how you got involved in producing?
You’re welcome, thanks for reaching out! I think that I might have got into production just like many DJs did, after loving the tracks you play and mix you and started to be curious about how to make something that cool myself. Then, it’s all about trying, so I got my first DAW license and begin playing with it.
2 – Are you a self-taught producer?
Yes, although I don’t dismiss the idea of getting extra lessons since there is always something to learn. Even the biggest producers out there still learn new tricks after countless years messing around in the studio. But so far I’m coping by myself!
3 – How do you develop your music production skills and talents?
Nowadays finding information and how-to’s is no big issue since there are many tutorials out there on the internet! I like to play with the DAW, keyboard, and plugins and, if you have inspiration and music in your head -which I believe is the most difficult skill – the rest is all about time and trying.
4 – Where do you get your inspiration from when producing new music?
It really depends! I mean, sometimes you just picture a melody or a specific sound in your head and try to reproduce it as soon as possible. Other times you get inspired by another track, either your own or someone else’s. You never know where the fire is going to start!
5 – What’s the typical process you go through when working on a new tune?
Every time I want to work on a new production I tend to think this way (and in the following order): what style/subgenre is it going to be? Will it be vocal? After that, I imagine and play the main melody, and build up the rest from there.
I suppose I produce music like the vast majority does, but to be honest I haven’t compared my process with other producers! I believe that the most important thing is that you feel comfortable with how you work.
7 – When you are producing, what are your go-to plugins and equipment?
I use FL Studio as my DAW, with a Novation Impulse 49 midi keyboard and a pair of Rokit 5 monitors. In terms of plugins I’ve tried many but my go to ones would be Spire, Nexus, Serum and Sylent!
8 – What’s your favourite synth?
I would say Serum. It is visually stunning and 3D wavetables are eye-catching, but it is also really versatile technically speaking, with different modulation capabilities, two different filters and LFO’s. On top of that, it sounds really damn good!
9 – What’s your favourite sample pack?
Vengeance sample packs for sure. I absolutely love their basslines, drums, and pads as they are very well organized.
10 – Do you have any specific plugins for mixing and mastering?
Yes, I use iZotope Ozone or Waves plugins, especially the former. Features like spectral shaper module, track referencing or tonal balance control simply rock.
11 – What plugins/equipment is on your master channel?
Basically EQ, Multiband Compressor, Exciter, Stereo Imager and Limiter.
12 – How long does it usually take you to complete a new track?
If the track is instrumental; maybe around 1-2 weeks. If it’s vocal I’d say another week or so to make sure everything is in the right place!
13 – Which traits do you think make an excellent producer?
I’d say versatility and creativity. Messing around with the tools might take more time if you don’t master them, but you can eventually get into them for sure. On the other hand, those initial skills you simply have or you don’t. Being able to imagine a massive melody from scratch and showing capability of doing different kinds of things is what makes the difference to me.
14 – Finally, what can we expect in terms of new music from Drival?
In the short term, I have a couple of instrumental tracks to be released soon with Phoenix Recordings and Promind, and there is a massive tune with Jennifer Rene signed to AVA Recordings. There are also new collaborations on the way with Amy Kirkpatrick and other top vocalists and producers.
Thank you for time and stay tuned for upcoming releases and news!