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Interview | Questions & Answers With V. Contreras



Interview | Questions & Answers With V. Contreras

Having released her brand-new single “Like It’s Yesterday” last November, the American singer V. Contreras showcases her awesome vocals with a soulful tone. She’s rapidly making a huge name for herself, and for this reason, I was very eager to learn more about this talented female artist. Read the full interview below!

1 – Where did your music career really begin?

I guess in the back of my parent’s car. We took tons of long road trips to Idaho to visit our Grandparents and that is where my parents introduced my Sister (Tamara Gee) and I to various artists, mostly incredible singers like Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Barbara Streisand and Heart. That’s when I fell in love with music and singing. In terms of when I had my first opportunity in a professional setting, my first paid gig was The Sound Of Music when I was 10 years old and played the role of Brigitta, the strong-willed von Trapp daughter. I think my most vivid memory was that I was so nervous that I threw up backstage on opening night before the curtain rose.

2 – What is the best way to have a great singing voice like yours?

It’s like anything – learn great technique from an awesome teacher who has a teaching style you connect with and practice, practice, practice!

3 – Are you of Hispanic descent? Do you sing in Spanish too?

I am about 10% Spanish. The name Contreras is my Husband’s name. I have always felt very connected to the Hispanic culture, I think due to the culture’s contagious lust for life, laughter, and Family as well as the hard-working nature of the Hispanic community. Yes, I do sing several jazz standards in Spanish and some in Portuguese. We are likely recording my song “Like It’s Yesterday” in Spanish very soon!

4 – What is the inspiration behind your new single “Like It’s Yesterday”?

The melodies to this song came to me very quickly. The tune found itself in my mind on a walk and I could not get it out of my head for days. The lyrics didn’t come so easy. I tried so many times to sit down and write lyrics but I don’t usually find genuine lyrics or music when I’m trying to. I don’t think we find words or melodies; they find their place in us. So, I let the song sit for a couple of months. During this same time, I was witnessing the demise of my music mentor’s memory. Following a session with him, I started thinking about what his wife must be going through and the lyrics to the chorus made themselves present. However, the verses that came to mind were more in line with the demise of a relationship. I think subconsciously I didn’t want the song to be quite so sad.

5 – Why is the music video filmed in black and white?

When Angel (Colmenares) first heard the song, he created an inspiration board and the bulk of the photos were in black and white. When I received his initial storyboard, I played the song while looking through his images and the tone of the photos just felt right. We filmed the video in color so that we had the flexibility to use color or black and white. But, it just looked too happy and because it was fall, the colors were almost too gorgeous that they were distracting. We wanted it to be dark and for the listener to have no choice but to focus on the lyrics of the song.

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6 – What is the best compliment you have ever received from your fans?

I love this question because I recently received a direct message on Twitter from a new fan that was profound. He was a kind young man who wrote to simply say that he loved LIKE IT’S YESTERDAY, especially the lyrics and that it made him feel ok for a moment. He shared that he recently became widowed and that watching the music video made him not feel alone for those five minutes. Although his story was heartbreaking, it is hard to explain how incredible it feels to be able to aid in someone else’s healing process through music.

7 – Do you only sing Ballads?

Ha! No, not at all. This is the first big ballad that I’ve ever recorded. The only ballad on my last album is a creepy understated tune called BURN. It’s a song that I love but is not torchy, has very little vocal range and has got a lot of attitude. My new album is full of mostly upbeat and mid-tempo R & B songs.

8 – What’s the normal process V. Contreras goes through to decide which tracks to work on?

I’m a purger. I am not the type of person who can say “I’m going to write a song today.” I store ideas in my mind and don’t write sometimes for months and then let it go. I wait until the gate feels good and ready (like I’m going to crack) and then lift it and let the songs take over my life. Basically, I turn into a hermit and no one can get a hold of me and my social media posts stop and I can’t think about anything else. It’s a bit exhausting and exhilarating all at once.

Once I feel like I have a good solid group of songs to choose from, I take all of the songs that I’ve written (and feel emotionally connected to) and cut them down to 20 songs or so. At that point, I run all of them by Martin Feveyear who produces all of my music. I trust him like Family. Together, we pick the top 10-12 for the album. We have never disagreed on our top picks which always reminds me of how in tune we are.

9 – Where did your last performance take place? Can you share with us any funny anecdote?

My last performance was at the LIKE IT’S YESTERDAY music video release party which took place at a speak easy hidden in the back of local clothing boutique called Do The Extraordinary. The vision of this store is to create a local, handmade lifestyle brand that merges edgy, urban design targeted at a generation of world changers.

It’s basically a bad ass clothing company that sells gorgeous, edgy clothes and accessories made right there in the building by local Seattle designers. In the back is a hidden speak easy with a stage and a sexy lodgy vibe. There is a lot of taxidermy in the space. I have been a pescatarian for 20 years so that was a bit weird for me.

Funny anecdote, hmmm well I love tequila so the LIKE IT’S YESTERDAY signature cocktail was Casamigos, St. Germain, club soda and egg white. It was delicious but a bit strong for anyone and so the hashtag from my show has like 100 photos of people doing strange things with the taxidermy animals in the space. 😀

10 – Is there something else you would like to tell your fans?

As always, I just want to say thank you. If it were not for you, I would be geeking out making tracks in my studio too scared to share them with the world.



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.


Ophelia Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of Her Music Studio



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



Kardano interview studio setup
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?


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”



Diego Druck
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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