- What is your Renoise-name?
-What is your real name?
-Any past names?
- How long have you been using Renoise?
Since version 1.5. A little over a year methinks
- How long have you been making music?
Since birth. My dad is a bassist. Seriously though, started with drums since age 12 and got into producing with hardware. Used old cheap casio keyboards, and finally moving to tritons and junos and stuff. Was making hip hop. Around 2000 I used my first piece of software which was fruity loops. And just bounced around from there.
- Have you used any other music software/platforms?
-If so, which ones?
Cubase, Logic (both mac & pc versions) Sonar, Digital Performer, Nuendo, Reason, Ableton Live, Acid Pro 5, Fruity Loops, Magic Music maker. Pretty much, almost everything except for Pro Tools.
-Which one have you been most inspired to work with?
Renoise (obviously) and Digital Performer
- What sort of music do you end up making?
Drum n Bass, Trip hop, Breaks, Techno, Synth Pop, Dub
-Has this music changed over time?
Oh yes, I started out on hardware making nothing but Rap & R&B
- What is your favorite part of Renoise?
The new splash screen that loads up when you start it. That and the control I have over my drums. Sounds wierd, but it feels like I’m ‘touching’ them in a away. Also, the gui. It looks like some sort of computer code or something.
-Is there any feature that is integral to ‘your sound’?
Sample offset, and the envelops.
- What is your favorite pattern effect code?
(If you don’t know what this is go and learn them now! tongue.gif) Delay commands. Especially D1. Very crucial for programming breaks. Especially for offsetting the snare.
- On a scale from 1 to 10 what would be your Renoise geek-factor? Provide an example.
- Spent a few minutes with another guy showing him renoise. When I loaded a tune, he told me it looked like some sort of computer code. Called me a geek ever since.
- If development of Renoise continues well into the future, what would be your ‘dream’ requested feature? Be imaginative.
There are many. My number one request would be to improve the sample offset. Have it to where we can place markers in the sample editor and then trigger the markers.
- Any other Renoise artists that really impress you?
There are a few. B-Complex, ASC, Datassette, It-Alien
- Who or what are your musical inspirations? Who or what do you ‘keep coming back to’?
Well my dad for one. He bought me my first set of drums when I was 12. Ha… my first drum n bass experience. As for the rest, in no random order. Ben Tankard, Dj Krush, Slipknot, Tool, Dj Shadow, ASC, Breakage, Paradox, Seba, Jam Master Jay, J-Dilla (RIP), The Doors, Pink Floyd, Common, Rei Harakami, Fanu, Money Mark, Moody Mann, Andreas, Alice Coltraine, Jim Brown, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock (STANDARD ), Thievery Corporation, God Lives Underwater, Dj Sasha, Break, Klute, D-Bridge, Calibre, Jill Scott, Will-i-am, MF DOOM, Madlib (STANDARD ), Felix Da Housecat, Carl Cox, Paul van Dyk, … ah… let me stop, I could literally keep going and I will never finish the rest of this.
- Are there any cover-songs you want to do?
Wouldn’t mind. I’m working on a series of dnb tracks entitled “moody music”. The first one I’m almost done with and it will be my first fully renoise track. I’m stoked. Other than that, I’m up for anything.
- How serious are you about making music? [/b]
I’m never serious about anything. I always tell myself, “Don’t take life too seriously”. I just have fun. Besides, when I do get serious about it, then it will start to get boring.
-Does Renoise consume your every thought, or do you do this occasionally just to have some fun?
Hell no. I go out with mates, party, drink, socialize, the come back all tired to fire up renoise and make music.
- Do you have a website, or a place where we can hear your work? If yes, please boast about it.
I have my myspace. www.myspace.com/renagadeaudio
- Do you have any fans? If so, do you know why they are fans?[/b]
Only a very special friend of mine. I’ve know here for a long time and she says she believes in what I’m doing. Only encouragement I have really.
- Do you play any musical instruments? If so, which is your favorite?
I play drums, bass, guitar (a little) and the piano/keyboard. But I love me sum drums.
- How much musical theory knowledge do you have? I have the knowledge I’ve learned from my father, as well as some music theory. Never went to school to learn though. I should. Had to do it the hard way.
Do you feel that it’s applicable to your composition?
Yes and No. Yes when I’m doing post production i.e. going back and fix melodies, key clashes, etc… but no because if I loose the feel I had when I made it, then it’s my fault for trying to fix what wasn’t broken.
- What are your views on song arrangement or composition? Do you just compose for yourself? Do you care what other people think?[/b]
My views? Well, it’s a double edge sword. Arrangement/Composition is crucial for a great song, but what is more important is the message you are getting across. You can have a great arrangement/composition, but if you aren’t saying something with your music, then it really doesn’t matter.
As for me caring what people think. If they like it, then great. If they don’t… then great. I make it for me and me only.
- How much is enough repetition? How much is enough repetition?
Repetition is the mother of all skill. You can never get enough. Keep doing it until you have it mastered, then after you do have it mastered, do something else. Never stop learning.
- What sort of gear can we find in “your studio”? Any bits of gear you’d like to rave about?
Mac Mini (PPC Edition)
Dell E173FP 17" monitor
Shitty Logitech Optical Mouse
Fostex PM.05 Monitor (The second one is put away just so I can conserve space smile.gif
Sony MDR-V600 Studio Headphones
Emu E4xt Ultra Sampler
SCIS CD ROM drive connected to my EMU Sampler
(My Trusty) Oxygen 8 Midi Controller
College/Music books and maginzenes
I have a small pic of my (cramped) studio in the “Renoise Studios” Thread.
They are all great, well all except my shitty logitech mouse. God I need to get a new one.
- Have you got any plug-ins you’d like to rave about? Are there certain plugs you keep coming back to?
The waves Platinum Bundle. In particular, Q 10 and the Paz Frequency Analyzer. Those are me weapons.
- Is your studio adequate? What gear are you needing to buy?
I do want an analog mixing desk, and better monitors. But in reality, I just really need to learn what I have to the fullest. Then I’ll worry about buying more gear. But I really don need a desk and some better monitors.
- Outside of your musical skill, how good is your engineering?
My engineering can be improved. I’ve come a long way since I’ve started but there is still more to learn.
-Do your ears or gear deceive you?
All the time.
-Do you value getting outside ‘sonic’ help?
I definetly value getting outside help.
- Additionally, do you master your songs yourself or do you get someone else to do them?
I worry about mixing down pretty good, then I get someone else to do it. I do learn alot, but these mastering engineers have something I just don’t have. Bucket loads of experience.
- Have you ever performed live? If yes, how did you do it? What would you think would be ideal to reproduce your music live?
Not yet, but I’m planing on doing a life performance. Still got stuff to figure out.
- Do you ever seek to make money with your music? Do you make money now?
I make money, but not with my music. I really don’t seek it, especially since people can download your stuff from p2p sites and the like. I would like to one day though.
- Are you involved with any labels? Netlabels?
Not at the moment.
- What is better for your future: being on a contract or being independent?
Having creative control, and getting PAID!!! hehehe.
- Have you ever worked collaboratively?
-Do you like working collaboratively?
Yep, my best ideas come from working with others.
Will you do it in the future?
the door is always open.
- Do you have an ‘albatross song’? (A song that people really like that you don’t and they won’t leave you alone about it)
- Do you like your music? Any songs your are proud of? (come on, do tell!)
I always think that my music can improve, so I really don’t like it. But one tune I’m prod of is “Twilight City”
an OLD dnb track I’ve done when I was just starting out, and I still like the sound of it.
- What do you think is lacking in your music? Do you feel you need to be working on any one particular area?
Mixdowns, and improving my arrangements, as well as knowing when to say when!
- Along the same lines, what do you think holds you back from achieving what you want?
Me. Just being too darn picky about things and end up getting frustrated, or unmotivated to finish the tune.
- What sort of ‘zone’ do you like to be in before you can make music on Renoise? Has this got something to do with environment, people, drugs, food, temperature, cosmic energy, etc?[/b]
My zone comes from outside sources, albeit walking along outside, playing a sport, or just going to parties.
- Have you thought about why you make music? Do you have answer?[/b]
I make music because I really love the feeling of me connecting with the songs I hear from my favorite artists. They express themselves through their music, and I feel that people would have a better understanding of why I do what I do just by hearing some of my songs.
- Do you think you would still be making music if Renoise didn’t exist? What about if computers didn’t exist?[/b]
Yeah I still will. If passion is there, anything is possible. I’ll just pick up my drums again and start a band.
- Has accessible MIDI and digital technology changed music for the better or worse?[/b]
Better and worse. Better because with midi, I can actually PLAY what I’m hearing in my head, worse, because since we have all these choices (especially now that we can have access to things for a small price, even free if we wanted) so it pretty much boil down to “well, what the hell do I want to do” and a lot of artist are struggling with this.
- What do you think about the current direction of the music industry? What contributions are the mp3, the blog, piracy, and myspace making on the direction of popular music culture? Could you care less?
Interesting. Well the music industry is shit at the moment -granted there are people who are doing the right thing-. P2P really impacted the music industry big time. That and since there are more affordable tools to make music with (which is a good thing), people have really become … lazy. As we are in the era of “instant gratification”, the attention spans of the people who are into our music has become short and stale, and are closed minded -not everyone but most-. Things are just too formulated now. The people aren’t open to new and different ideas. Thus leaving the producer making tunes that are “popular” just so they can build a rep or put food on the table. It’s twofold as I do blame a lot of the artist for not having the balls to make what they feel instead of just following the crowd. I could go on but I want to finish this up and I’m getting hungry.
- Is there such thing as “bad music”? If so, please provide examples.
No such thing as “bad music”, but there is a ting as lazy music, meaning the producer just being lazy when they make their tunes. As for an example. Look up the song “Laffy Taffy”. It’s a rap song. This is one of the main reasons why I HATE rap music. My sis played that and I couldn’t believe what I heard. Sounds like kids put the tune together while grown as men sung on it. Such a shame.
- Can music really change the world? Has your music ever ‘made a change’ in someone?
Music have united nations, changed policies, created movements. It’s a language, and what you say through your music can have a huge effect on people.
But mine haven’t done so yet
- What is music going to sound like in 2014? What’s music going to sound like in 2500?
I don’t know. I just try to focus on what I can do today. Though I would go through time and find out.
- Is Trance Gay?
Not gay, but it get’s boring. Haven’t heard people break the same formula yet.
- Core or K0r3?
Don’t know really. Just seemed fun.