107 - TurboVCR
Artist Interviews 🎶 Studio Tours 🎛
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Today in the spotlight, TurboVCR
Coming from Canada, he has a wide range of influences with a very technical studio which allows him to bent creativity at his will 🎶
Interview & Studio Tour
Who are you and what is your relationship with music?
I'm Adrian Gariba (turbovcr). I'm currently based in Toronto, Canada.
I have been producing and mixing music for around 20 years. I've been fortunate enough to be able to do this for a living.
Which piece of equipment in your studio is essential to your production process?
I think the obvious answer for me is my DAW either Cubase or Reason. For hardware this is a lot tougher to answer but I would probably be happy with just the ARP Odyssey for most things.
What is the least expensive piece of gear that gave you the most results?
This is a tough question but I think it would be a 3u Audio Warbler Mk1 Microphone. I have many other mics in my locker that cost far more but I find the Warbler to be very versatile.
Walk us through your process for creating and producing music.
When I produce for other artists I normally prefer them to be present during my process. I can often bounce ideas off them, test their range, and better understand how far I can delve into being experimental.
What is a production technique that you always come back to?
I normally work on the chords first and typically start with piano as a basis for this even if I don't end up keeping it.
How would you describe your style?
I have way too many influences and genres to really break this down so easily.
Growing up, I listened to a lot of big hair metal as a child but later on completely changed to hiphop and dancehall. In the 2000s I got heavily into electronic music and I find myself dabbling in all of these. I feel these days it's become more of a strength to draw from many different genres.
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What is a big challenge you have as an artist?
I think it's the business side of things.
I have been lucky but I'm quite protective of the art and always find myself at odds with the way I work vs the way some of my potential clients or the industry prefers I work. It would be much easier financially if I didn't care so much about protecting the integrity of my art and just did whatever I was paid to do...hehe.
Has building a hardware setup changed your perspective on music or life in general?
Yes, the more I have the more complex it gets. I think I've developed better instincts on what works without having to search around my gear as much.
One tip on how to spark creativity?
Draw from your own life and if that's not possible then perhaps you need to live a more inspiring life before making a song.
A book, movie, article, or album that has inspired you?
So many of these. I always seem to look back and my childhood for this. I really love 80s fantasy movies. The Neverending Story, Goonies, Explorers, Back to the Future.
Αnything else you'd like to say?
I would like to add that some of the items I use for my recording process can't even be listed here as gear. Things such as carboard tubes (from paper towel rolls), vent pipes, metal plates, and sometimes random boxes get used to create reflections that plugins simply can't do. Creativity in the recording process goes a long way.
Where can people find more of your music and connect with you online?
Neve - 33414 Mic pre
Daking - mic pre one
RCA - ba71 mic pre
2x ACL - Compressor
Lexicon - PCM70 Reverb
Radio - JDI Stereo DI
Sony - C48
M-Audio - Sputnik
3u Audio - Warbler MK1
Audio Technica - 3035
Shure - SM57
Oktava - Mk319 Modded
Oktava - Mk219
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