The 269th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Dynamic Illusion.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
– I’m 30 years old and living at the beautiful capital city of Hungary. (Which is Budapest) I’m Dj’ing and producing around 10 years ago.
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.”
– Actually it’s an easy question. I clearly remember my first passionate moment together with the electronic music during the listening of my father’s “Kraftwerk – The Manmaschine” LP when I was 8 years old. That changed the game for me…:)
Beside of that I learned classical music at the primary school and I was a part of the local symphonic band for years. That was definitely useful in my musical progress and grow.
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?
– Not at the beginning but after a few years of trying (with Reason 2.5 :] ) I attended a multimedia school here in Budapest where I learned the basics of the audio engineering and the sound recording. Then a whole new world opened for me and the basic things cleared down. It was important to see what the physics of the sound processing are. I suggest for every running up producer to check out what the “signal” is and how you can avoid from the phase distortions.
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 first few hours are the “happy hours” for me, when I just putting the loops and melodies together and trying to figure out what will be the soundscape of the song. The hardest part probably the build-up and the finalizing.
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?
– Basically I’m a system administrator in a medium sized company and my favorite hobby is to dreaming about the lots of free time what I can spend for music composing…;) But anyway I really like to have fun with my family, play with my baby boy, and do sports like cycling, basketball or even football.
Ah and I almost forget…Drinking and going to progressive house parties with my buddies. That is also what I really like to do frequently! 😉
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?
– Sure thing. I really like the movie soundtracks from every aspects. This is what you can really hear in my productions. But even I like the rnb, soul, and the classic pop-rock stuffs. It’s hard to find the favorites but John Williams, Edward Shearmur, Sting, Michael Jackson and even the Boys 2 Man or Mariah Carey are on my top-top list.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
– First Cassette: Hungarian House Only 2 (Compilation)
– Last Cassette: Can’t recall.
– First CD: Schiller – Liebeschmertz (Maxi)
– Last CD: Doesn’t matter.
– First Vinyl : Greed – Sandrushka (EP)
– Last Vinyl : Bambook – Tow The Line (EP)
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
– I can beat every of my friend in the actual FIFA game.
(This is a challenge! )
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
– David Guetta or Steve Aoki?
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
– Now huge favorite the big comeback Rick Pier O’Neil. But I still really like Rogier & Stage Van H, Alex Vidal, Michael & Levan, Slam Duck or Robert R. Hardy’s sound.
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?
– For first try to copy your favorites in high quality (to master the skills). And then just be yourself and let it flow…
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– Dynamic Illusion – Catch & Release (Original Mix)
‘Run Away’ is out now on Sleepless Nights Recordings, you can purchase the release: here