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Interview | Questions & Answers With Dymond Dogs

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Interview | Questions & Answers With Dymond Dogs
I had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Dobias from the band Dymond Dogs. All its three members are 100% focused on this project that is not only about music, it’s also about art as an integral approach. I got to know them better through their experimental-esque single “Lighter Than Air”, which I like it so much due to the variety of sounds. Learn more about Dymond Dogs right here:

1 – Who came up with the name Dymond Dogs? What is the meaning behind it?

The name came up as a result of conversations that we’ve had about who we are and what we are trying to put out into the world. Each of us has come to the realization that with hard work and discipline we, like everyone else, are capable of making a truly beautiful contribution to the world. So, the name combines the beauty and strength that a diamond possesses with the determination and single-mindedness of a pack of dogs.

2 – When and how did the band form?

It formed as the natural outgrowth of a series of creative projects that we’d been working on. I’ve known and worked with Prashant for most of my life, as I’ve known him since grade school and we’ve toured the world together in other bands. Prashant had been seeking a way to collaborate with his wife Natasha, who is a world-class visual artist. When we had some free time on our hands we explored the potential that this combination of artists has to offer and was astounded by how quickly and powerfully things came together.

3 – Who are some of your musical influences and artists you admire?

Our influences span a wide range. Here are some of the key influences:

Kraftwerk
Talking Heads
Alice Coltrane
Fela Kuti
Quincy Jones
Peter Gabriel
Erykah Badu
Brian Eno
Marvin Ggaye
J Dilla
David Bowie
Pink Floyd
Radiohead
Curtis Mayfield
Michael Jackson
Prince
Beatles
Frank Zappa
Miles Davis
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

4 – How would you describe the sound of your new single “Lighter Than Air”?

Our goal with this song was to make something with positive energy that would inspire people to dance and escape into another world, at least for a little while. To that end, we drew from a number of genres to meld them together into a new whole that is distinctly ours.

5 – Personally, I think this track provides an amazing trippy experience, and it features rich Electronica sounds as well. How much time did it take you to produce “Lighter Than Air”? Can you talk about the process of creating this tune?

Thank you! It took us about 3-4 days from recording to mixing to pull this together. We came up with the core idea for the song while improvising. After we sat down and listened back to what we had come up with, we found a couple of really strong ideas in the improv that we knew we could combine together to make something powerful. From there, things moved really quickly as we pulled the foundation together and improvised on top of that to fill it out.


6 – Do you currently make music as a hobby or is it your full-time job?

Music is our life. We are currently developing material for an upcoming meditation and relaxation app release (head to mindswimmer.com to sign up for more info!). We also have several side projects that we work on across genres, from Hip-Hop to Folk to Electronica and beyond.

7 – Have you ever disagreed with a decision inside the band? Who is the leader?

We’re a band of equals and a group of people who have known each other for a long time. As happens with any group of creatives there are moments where opinions may differ, but the base understanding of who each other is and the shared desire to make something beautiful motivates us to sort things out quickly.
Dymond Dogs band8 – Where can we see you performing live soon?

We’re currently working on what our stage show might look like. At this moment we don’t have solid plans on when to hit the road but stay tuned! More info should be coming in the next several months.

9 – What’s the best most memorable experience you have shared together? Why?

The most memorable experience, at least for me, was one of the first recording sessions that we did together as a group. We were working on demos for what may become future releases of ours. You had the combination of two people who have played together for decades, in myself and Prashant, leading the musical direction. Natasha added vocals that were so spiritual and honest it felt like she was channeling. There is real magic in what we’re doing, and moments like this inspire us to keep going.

10 – How can we follow you on the Internet?
You can check us out on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/dymonddogs

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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