We speak to SCI+TEC regular and up and coming Minimal Techno DJ/Producer SHADED about the battle between analog & digital, his musical background and his upcoming gig at Synergy festival in South Africa.
How did you get into DJing/Music Production?
I got into music production well before DJ’ing as I have always been into making music. I came from a musical background, so I guess it just was in the bones from a young age to make music. Around 18 is when I got serious about producing, and really got into exploring all the DAWs and sequencers. I did it mainly because I wanted to record, and didn’t know anyone who knew how, so I had to learn myself. It was a lot of trial and error, but looking back it was pivotal in my understanding of electronic music.
Could you tell us a bit about your studio setup?
I have always kept it pretty simplistic. I go through phases between digital and analog gear. Some days I just cannot get enough of a plug in, and other days the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen. Lately I have been using hardware because I was missing the tactile feel. The Moog Sub Phatty, the Moog Minitaur, the Maschine JAM, and the new Roland series gear have been the tactile stuff I have been messing with lately. In regards to digital, I have been using a lot of the Arturia soft synths. I guess it just depends on my mood. But if I had to choose, I would rather work on Analog gear, because you get a lot more of those “happy” mistakes that can sometimes become a track in itself. When it comes to the recording process I am doing all studio sessions in Logic, and then exporting into Ableton for my live set up at gigs. A little time consuming, but I like the master bus in Logic, hence the reason I have not switched the Ableton full time.
What have you been up to recently? What releases have you had?
I have been writing loads of new music. I think I locked down about 18 tracks in the last 3 months which I am finishing up by year end. So all this new music will be part of the 2018 live show, which is exciting me. In terms of releases, I just had a record out on SCI+TEC called ‘Crayzy’ for Dubfire’s 10 year label anniversary compilation. I have a 2 track EP coming on RUKUS, which is Matadors new label, dropping middle of November with remixes from Hector and Russell. I have a remix for Anabel Englund’s Gari crew coming out in December on Gari Safari for their maiden release. Lastly, on the schedule so far I have my second collab EP with Harvard Bass in January dropping on Turbo. So it is a busy 3 months for me, which is always a good thing. Then, once all this done and dusted, I will be working out EPs will all the new records I have been working on.
For DJs/producers that are just starting out in the scene, what advice
would you be giving them and why?
I think the most important part in this day and age is developing an identity, and creating a “brand” that truly represents you as an artist. Don’t flip flop between what’s cool, or what’s trending on social media. Steer clear of all the bull shit, and do what well and truly represents you. There is nothing more satisfying than achieving a set goal. For me, it was about getting signed onto certain record labels I respected. I think persistence and patience is key when it comes gaining success in this industry,and achieving these goals. When preparation and opportunity meet, I call that being ready, not luck. If you are always ready, you don’t have to get ready. So If you treat music this way, when the chance comes to show what you do, you will have the fire power.
Do you have any gigs coming up in the near future?
So in the coming 2 months I am doing a number of North America dates, some Europe dates, heading to Synergy festival in South Africa for the first time, and starting 2018 off in Vietnam for Epizode Festival and then onto an Asia tour for most of January. So alongside the busy release schedule, I got some sweet gigs cooking that should be ace.
What more can we expect from you in 2018?
The goal is to get a lot of this new music released. I am not sure the format I will be putting it out in, as I do have almost 20 new tracks that I am really happy with, so the aim is to figure out a game plan. Alongside all this new music, I have been working with a friend on a visual show that is looking promising. I know I have said this multiple times, but we finally got to a point where the ideas are flowing right, and the aesthetic vibe and idea came together. So once we get it perfect, the hope is to tour the visual show, to truly relay the experience I want to deliver to the audience. Other than that, it will be touring and spreading the sound as much as possible.
You can find out more about SHADED’s latest releases and tour schedule by following the links at the top of this page!