What do you enjoy most about being a producer? What would you say the downsides are?
I love being able to create something by myself. To bring my imagination to life in a way that I can share it with others. The downside could be that it is a quite competitive profession, where if a few key people are not blown away by your music, it can really tamper with your progress. Luckily everything’s going quite smoothly!
Your single “Blinded” has seen incredible success, hitting the global Spotify charts. Did it take you long to write?
“Blinded” did not take too long to write. The basics of the song were laid out in one session with a friend of mine (Sebastiaan Dutilh). I think in the end it took like 2-3 days total to get it all down and ready for mixing.
Can you talk us through your production set up?
First of all I’m a big Ableton fan. It really helps me freak around with samples and sounds in a way that is creatively inspiring. I use it for live as well as in the studio. I’ve moved inside the box over the past year and a half so my analogue gear is a bit lacking. I still have a Moog Sub Phatty for some analogue bass love, but am mostly using a midi keyboard and heaps of plugins. I always love to try out new plugins and discover new sounds, plus I really like being portable. For vocals I have a pretty solid chain, which I think is essential to keeping that crispy vocal sound that is very hard to emulate with software.
Do you have a dream collaborator that you would love to work with?
I love to work with so many different people, but if I had to pick a few from the top of my mind I’d go for Flume, Kanye West, Major Lazer or FKA Twigs.
Whose music are you rating right now?
I’m listening to a lot of different artists right now, which you can see in my Inspirational Vibes playlist on Spotify.
Would you ever consider writing an album?
I would consider writing an album, however at the current stage of growth I’m in I believe it makes more sense to release EPs and singles. People have a lot shorter attention span nowadays, and singles and EPs suit this more.
What have been your 2016 highlights?
Having my single “Believe” played in the Olympic Stadium for the European Athletics Championship was quite nice as well as it being the anthem for the 2016 European Athletics Championship! Finishing my 2nd EP and releasing its first single “Back To The Start” feat. Gia Koka has also been a highlight of 2016. I really look forward to what 2017 brings, with the upcoming release of more singles and my second EP.