The 250th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Peter Van Der.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 32 years old and I live in Mexico City I´m producing and Djing since I was 16 years old
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.”
I´m Listening to music since he was a child, but my first memories of electronic music comes from the 90s, I really enjoyed mix albums like Northern Exposure from Sasha and John Diweed or the collections of Global Underground. So I started with the first steps to mix and produce my own music.
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 learned some things for myself, but I improved my style of mixing and production at a college of music, Ramiro Puente and Dig-It were an important part in my music development.
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?
Once you know how to use the right equipment for musical creation, making music it’s not a problem, because in my mind there are a lot of ideas and feelings. The only thing I have to do is to convert these ideas and feelings in to music.
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?´
My job is create music, when I’m not making music I’m going to the gym to work out, I like to have a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition
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 effect on your own productions?
Some occasions I like to hear things like “Within Temptation” or “Pretty Reckless”. When I´m making music my main influences are the feelings and ideas that I want to express
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first Vinyl was “Motorcycle – As the rush comes” and my last are a lot of digital tracks that I bought.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I don’t know how to dance
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I do not have a concrete answer, because I think there are a lot of talented artists around the world
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I have been inspired by several artists like Future Sound of London, Nacho Sotomayor, Nick Warren, Retroid, and Oliver Lieb. To name a few
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?
My advice is to make introspection to where they want to go and what they want to communicate. Listen to your heart and follow your musical instincts.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
The Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea
Peter’s ‘Obsidian’ EP is out now on BC2 Records, you can purchase the release: here