106 - TÆT
Artist Interviews 🎶 Studio Tours 🎛
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Today in the spotlight, TÆT
Coming from Russia, he describes himself as an organizer of sounds. His words are simple and down to earth. His tracks sound simple and energetic but listen to his albums and complexity arises. This is mastery 🎶
I constantly change my setup and now it looks like this
Also currently in use:
A lot of instruments, modules and stompboxes is always around. I’d rather select something large:
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Who are you and what is your relationship with music?
My name is Vladislav Green, I’m from Saint Petersburg.
I think I make music all my life - since my childhood till now. I wouldn’t call myself a composer or a producer - I just organize sounds. Sometimes people ask me to make something special for a movie, a brandbook or for a game/app, I can say that I’m pretty busy with that kind of things now.
Which piece of equipment in your studio is essential to your production process?
Well, when you’re about to record music you need something to play and something to record to, right?
I recorded a few albums using just my Eurorack system, SoundDevices MixPreD as audio interface and my phone. But what is also really essential is my studio itself as a place.
What is the least expensive piece of gear that gave you the most results?
It maybe my Deluxe Memory Man by ElectroHarmonix.
It’s one of my first stomp boxes and it’s still with me. I’m not using it much these days, but I spent so many hours playing with it. It wasn’t particularly cheap when I bought it, the price was under $200 I think. But it was the first time I felt how a simple device can affect your music. It was like first breaking through for me.
The last time I felt the same was when I started to work with Eurorack modules.
Walk us through your process for creating and producing music.
I just fly to my studio and start working.
Often I have an impulse or an idea but sometimes not. I just start creating something: playing, patching and the inspiration comes. I usually try to fix the results at the end of the day by recording or making a social media post.
Next day I just try to continue and if I feel different I redo some things completely in my new mood. That’s why I lost a few cool patches but I also find a lot of great tunes.
At one point I feel that it’s done. I record several takes, make notes and unpatch my system crying. Done.
Well, it’s actually not so simple, I’m not a robot, not all days are the same. But I hope it gives an idea.
What is a production technique that you always come back to?
Oh, that’s simple. Playing and mixing at the same time. Most of my tracks are recorded live. When you got only one stereo track you can’t do much with it. Awesome or awful but its finished - ok, next please.
These days I often record multitrack in parallel. But I mainly use it only if I work with other artists or if I make a track for clients.
How would you describe your style?
I use that and not for my music only. There’s the community of new artists - you have plenty of them in the blog. But, yeah, we often struggled with the description. IDM? Yes. Techno? Yes. Ambient, soundscape, break core, dark jazz, hip-hop, minimal or blip-blobs? Also yes. But when you’re talking about the feeling of the style - they’re all different. I believe that our modular community gives something really unique and fresh. You can listen to music of different artists and definitely feel something that join them together.
What is a big challenge you have as an artist?
Making something that I’m quite good at a little better.
Has building a hardware setup changed your perspective on music or life in general?
Yes, that was the point I was in search for perfect instruments for particular task and face modular synths. These changed everything for me. And you know what? The process is still in progress!
One tip on how to spark creativity?
Just start - inspiration comes right after.
Anything else you'd like to say?
Have a nice day everyone!
Where can people find more of your music and connect with you online?
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