The 208th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Shane Robinson.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I have just turned 36 & I live in Dublin. I have been producing now for 10 years nothing really worth listening to until the last 5 years. I don’t DJ as such but have done a few guest mixes on Proton & Frisky Radio.
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 first memories of electronic music come from The Sound Crowd. They were an electronic group formed by 2 Irish DJ’s in the early 90’s. We had been to nearly every single one of their gigs. It was around that time I started to collect vinyl & I remember thinking that music was definitely something I wanted to get into.
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?
Sonar was the first ever daw I used on a pc, I went through a few different ones from Cubase to reason. Eventually I ended up settling on Flstudio. I learned by creating my own versions of my favorite tracks. At the time I was big into trance, so I tried to copy tracks like Rank 1 – Air Wave & Veracocha – Carte Blanche . I used to just trail through all the forums & ask questions on how to create that style music. Unfortunately the end results were never as good the originals lol. The great thing about those forums was you could upload your work & get peoples feedback. From then on I used forums & sites like Youtube to learn.
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?
Remixing is what I find the easiest. The best way to overcome creative block is to take a break & have a beer or move onto the next project & have a beer. Either way you get to have a beer.
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 work in IT so a normal day for me is fixing computer problems over the phone. When I’m not in the office or studio I like to keep fit. Time goes by so quickly in the studio, 3 hours could pass without you even realising. Unfortunately the same cannot be said when I’m in the office.
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 have a very eclectic mix of music on my Iphone. Everything from Oasis to Pm Dawn. I’ve got a lot of Old Skool trance on there too. Stuff like Union Jack, Lustral & Usura. I have a ton of 80’s on there too!
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I don’t remember the last cassette I bought but I definitely remember the first. It was around 1994 and we were at rave in the Olympic ballroom in Dublin (I was 14). Every week you would pay the DJ 5 pound & he would have a full mix recorded for you the next week on cassette. Great times! My first vinyl purchase was The Weekend EP by the Sound Crowd. The last CD I bought was BT – This is Binary Universe.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I have released a couple of Deep House tracks under the alias ‘Timeless Motion’. Grooveboy – Don’t Wanna Let it Go (Timeless Motion Remix) is a personal favorite of mine.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I honestly don’t know. There are so many artists out there these days & they are all so good at what they do.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I’m a huge fan of Sasha, Way out West, Aphex Twin, Eelke Klejin & Guy J to name a few. Inspiration can pretty much come from anywhere. It’s so easy these days to get an idea down. You could be relaxing by the pool when an idea comes into your head, just grab your iphone or ipad. That actually happened this year on holidays! Now to get those projects finished.
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?
Ask a lot questions & learn as much as you can. I learned a lot from remixing & I am still learning.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I would have to go out with a bang !!!! Eelke Klejin – It All Comes Together.
Shane has brand new remixes out this week on Balkan Connection and Stellar Fountain, you can preview or purchase them: here