The 173rd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Net Son.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 28 years old , live in Baku, Azerbaijan. Started producing and DJing in 2008 , and producing was a priority. Nowadays trying to improve in both ways hehe.
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.”
Always wanted to answer this question on public! The period when I discovered and fell in absolute love with electronic music was around 1997, when I heard the famous “Ecuador” by Sash! on radio. I felt something inside, and that I’d just found something precious to me. Today I’m an underground electronic music producer, but all began from dance music like that, changing from year to year. Beside Sash! , Madonna, Abba, Richard Walters, among ‘our’ guys I can name James Holden, Lemon8, Davis and May, Ozgur Can, Andy Moor, N’To and many more who I will always remember and be thankful, they actually formed me as a musician.
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?
Well the first soft I used was on PS1 , called Music Generator. I leart it myself when I was a kid, even made my own version of “Ecuador” there, that was fun. But in 2008, when my friend introduced me Cubase, I found many similaritites with what was leart on PS1, and it was quite easy to start, although still learning things there. In mixing,equalization etc., good hints by friends and some tutorials, including ones by Andi Vax.
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?
I don’t know exactly what’s the most difficult for me in general, cause in every project it differs. Low freqs adjusting takes much time, probably them
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?
Right now I’m focused only on music production and DJing, but earlier was working in different spheres, including insurance and MLM. A normal day for me is few hours spent in Cubase , watching favorite serials, etc. But it becomes better when I can practice DJing and play some good music.
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?
I listen to many genres and have favorites in each. I’m really thankful to God for this taste , to be honest. Hugs go to Richard Walters, London Grammar, Passenger, Coldplay, Radiohead, Baxter Dury, Late Night Alumni, The XX, Danny Elfman, Marco Beltrami, Ennio Morricone, Vangelis, etc.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
First one was the cassette of Sash!, album of ’97 “It’s My Life” that I was listening for so many times. Latest item so far is the album of Ioan Gamboa “Vibrations” .
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I like to give funny nicknames to producers I like ,haha. For example, Stoveface & Terminator
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Well, many of those, who have gone underground. Stinky cloud of EDM still is in the air, but I believe it will leave soon.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Only those who make melodic compositions inspire me and that will always stay the same. I love and salute them! I can name few of them, but there’re too many : Jon Hopkins (#1 right now), N’To, Silinder, Gidge, Andreas Brunner, Robert Babicz, Nhar, Worakls, Moby, Omnia, etc. Inspiration comes from sunny rays, constantly. And also from good feedback from big producers on my music.
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?
Try to keep the positive way whatever it costs! Be strong! Keep believing and all will happen. p.s. Whatever you make – let it be MELODIC!!!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Net Son – Legendary [TBA]
‘Neon Orange EP’ is out now on E Sound Records, you can purchase the release: here