The 182nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer sYnus.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 29 years old, I live in Hungary in a calm city called Szigetszentmiklos. Currently I am handling with music producing more, I never was interested in making DJ sets so much. I rather would like to invest more energy and time in live act.
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.”
The first music I was interested in as a child was “Europe – The Final Countdown”. I asked my mother how such good tunes will be made in the music. In those days I did not know the synthesizer, I believed they play trumpet in it J I like the music of Jean Michelle Jarre, Vangelis and Ray Charles. From today’s music Jon Hopkins and Nils Frahm can give new inspirations, perhaps I started because of them handling with music writing seriously. On my first computer I could write music with an interesting software called Buzz J This was in the nineties, since then I was always interested in music writing, but 2014 was the turning point where things started to get going well.
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?
At first I held it for difficult, but if you want it bad enough, you will make it at all costs. So I got to know with lots of softwares in the past years. There were always acquaintances who helped me, but with the internet things got much easier. Practically you can learn everything from the internet, if you invest enough time and energy. The only thing I went to a teacher is the learning how to play the piano.
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?
In my opinion by creating music is the hitting of the mixing proportion the most difficult, because we can only rely on our ears. If the mixing is not good, the melodies can be however well, the end result will not get the desired effect. Sometimes bringing foreground a small tune, or lowering the volume of a too loud detail can result an enormous change. The most easy part for me is to consider the melodies, I never have a problem with that
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?
Currently I am running my own company and beside that I pay attention to build my musical career. On weekdays I like to get up early and do my tasks. In the afternoon the music takes the role. I also like the speed, I am interested in cars and motorsport, I take my time for that if I can. I got several injuries because of that.
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 Ray Charles and the blues style also. The biggest composer for me is Hans Zimmer, he can truly inspire me. He has so amazing melodies! I would gladly shake hands with him and his studio looks good also…
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first music I gave money for was a cassette, the mix Liquid from Dj Kühl was on it. I still have it (somewhere) and the last one was a Drum & Bass bakelite.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Last week I hit the coffee glass with a small spoon occasionally. This sound was so good that I had to search it on the piano. I showed it to my girlfriend Betti, but she held me for mad
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
In my opinion there is no one who gets overlooked. If someone desires the attention, the audience will open to him.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I would highlight Nils Frahm and Sasha. I often draw inspiration from the noise of the city, but monoton sounds do inspire me too.
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?
Dare to be yourself and be a good contact person. Do not chase big goals, try to reach smaller goals at first. So the smaller successes will take you further, whatever you do!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
If I should play the last track of my Dj set, it would be from Florence and The Machine – What The Water Gave Me.
I would present live my own music: sYnus – For The Rain
Damian Mirage – I Feel Lost (sYnus remix) is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here