The 180th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Robert R. Hardy.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 32 years old, living in Dunaföldvár, Hungary. I felt in love with producing 15 years ago. As a dj I just had a few occassions to spin live, but I did a lot of mixes for radio stations.
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.”
As a teeneger we attended on a lot of parties with my friends, and this kind of music just got me. A few years later I tried to write my own tracks on different DAW’s. My early inspirators were Matthew Dekay, Lexicon Avenue and Deep Dish.
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 mainly autodidact, just watched one tutorial DVD from Cubase SX 3, which helped me a lot. I wasn’t trained in music school or any courses related to producing.
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 easiest part of my music writing procedure is probably creating the drum and bass section and placing the percussions. Which comes harder for me is to write a very unique melody.
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?
It’s very rare when I’m not messing around with music, but it happens sometimes. I really like soccer, table tennis and billiard, but Í can connect myself to the computer to play with a good action game, I’m a huge fan of the Stalker series. I also have two dogs, we run a lot together.
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 like different kind of music, smoother sounds like rock, reggae and soul. My favourite artists are Queen, UB40, Bob Marley and Al Green.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
If I remeber well it was a cassette mixed by a local dj hero Sterbinszky called One Summer In Flört. The last purchase wasn’t a long time ago. I’m a huge collector of music, but I missed one huge personal classic, which I just bought recently, this is Jimmy Van M’s Sanctuary in Brancaccio & Aisher’s Remix.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m an ordinary guy, I work near to a smeltery, as a metallurgical workman. This can be surprising to others.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
For example I can rate myself as an overlooked producer as Robert R. Hardy, or I can name friends like John Drummer, Alex Vidal and Julian Dep who are also in this category in my opinion.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
There are many of them, but to mention a few who really inspired are Marcelo Vasami and Silinder.
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?
There are so many good music exists, sometimes it starts good but later it evolves in a bad way, because one of the samples are out of the context of the track. This is just takes away from the pleasure of listening, so you have to find this sample and remove it. I try to do this, and sometimes it works. You have to feel when your track is complete and done.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
This one is the hardest, but probably it will be Jean-Phillipe Aviance’s Black On Black in Brancaccio & Aisher remix.
‘Morning Breeze’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here