The 167th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Peet.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 34 years old living in Budapest the capital of Hungary and djing since i was sixteen, producing music since 2000.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
My roots are pretty deep as I’m a fan of electronic sounds since i’ve heard the first records from Kraftwerk when i was a child. However i was already collecting vinyls and djing on parties, in 1999 the Global Underground – Athens by Danny Tenaglia was that magic production which gave me that irreversible ‘that is it’ feeling.
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
I was autodidact from the first time. Never learned on courses or from anyone else. Of course some good ideas and helping hands are always needed from my producer friends but mostly i’m learning tricky skills from video tuts these days. Youtube is a great place to find almost everything you need technically.
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
The most difficult for me is the mixdown process by all odds. That’s my weakest part. And the easiest is writing my melodies. I always have some good ideas in mind for that.
Time and listening to as much inspiring music (from several genres) as i can is always helps me to break through a creative block.
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
I’m a contractor these days doing retail trade businesses. There was a time when i didn’t need any other job besides my dj works here in my country but these days are gone for a while. But i’m working hard to build up my international career and make more and more appearances abroad.
When i’m not working on music? I love to cook, to stay out in the night with my rogue friends i love to travel as much as i can and i’m also a big fan of movies.
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?
Sometimes I’m listening to some commercial radio channels when I’m in my car driving and there are many inspiring parts in some popular tunes i have to say that. But these are have some electronical base as well. Of course it’s more comfortable for me when i hear some more underground-like stuff. I like Lorde and Jessie Ware these days.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I can’t remember my first cassette. My first own cd was some hardcore/dance music from the italian project Ramirez. How funny.. And my first vinyl was also some art of this genre – Strong Like A Lion by Star Wash. I also can’t remember the last one but i still have it in my collection and it’s from around 2007.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I can’t go to sleep before noon and i have to sleep at least 9 hrs to not to be a zombie all day. So usually a day starts at 9-11am for me.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I think one of the most talented artists these days is Synteck and i truly believe he deserves much much more attention.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I have some names here Charlie May, Barry Jamieson, Mathew Jonson, Apparat, Nathan Fake… These gentlemen are always inspiring me. And i have to say that i have inspiration almost only from music. Listening to any kind of music from the most popular radio hit to the most mind blowing glitch and electronica. The more music I’m listening to the more fruitful i am.
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
Creating a unique sound is one of the trickiest parts though. In 95% of my productions is not conscious. I just impulsively search those sounds in my synths what my ear needs. Of course i have some favourite synths and some saved presets but i suggest to all to twirl that knob until you find something sweet to your ears. And then, when you follow this way in all of your productions (and also in remix works) you will have something in time what others will understand as your unique sound. For example i didn’t even knew that i have a significant unique sound till i have those feedbacks from people, like – this is your typical sound and world of melody.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
That is a goood question and pretty hard to pick one but at the moment i would say that this track must be Swayzak – Smile & Receive (Apparat remix)
Peet’s remix of Alfonso Muchacho ‘Distant Worlds’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here