The 261st episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Zisis D.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 35 years old. I was born and I’m living in Larisa of Greece. I’m producing since 2005 and as I’m Djing from the age of 14.
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 musical roots lie on electronic music. My first hearings on this music were from Paul Oakenfold,Sasha,John Digweed ,Carl Cox ,Nick Warrenn,Seb Fontaine,Danny Tanaglia and many others. I liked to hear anything new that was on about house, progressive and techno without living the other kinds of music. I had a radio show at the begging where I was playing everything in vinyl and later I had a propose to play music in a bar. It was then that I realize that this is what I wanted to do and get better at this.
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 didn’t take courses or Audio Enginerings programs, I am self taught. It took me enough time to learn by myself and I was experimenting every day mostly because I liked it and because it was my goal. The program that I’m working on is the Ableton live. As there is development in technology equally must developing everyone that is interesting in this kind of music.
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 have erased and wrote from the beginning many times and I have never finished a work on an afternoon. I was working on even a week to tell that I’m satisfied for my result. I believe that the right mixdown and mastering are the most difficult parts of production. The physical and mental calm definitely brings a better result.
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’m a public employee and I like spending my free time after work with my family and friends.
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?
I like to hear Chill out music and Ambient and I have influences from the future sound of London, Orbital and Pink Floyd.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first was from Acen – Trip 2 the moon part 2 and the last from Bjork – Medulla.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I have a pc with windows xp.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Everyone has took his way…whatever you let go it goes…..
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
There are many young people that presences new ideas!! I’m inspire from all these people that succeed their goals.
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?
To keep going and they will succeed one day…you must experimenting on music!!!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Made by monkeys – i think of you (Rui Da Silva remix)
Zisis D’s remix of J-Sevilla ‘Delphinus’ is out now on Inmost Records, you can purchase the release: here