The 148th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Tone Depth.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
– I would have to say the one track that stands out in my head is Pink Floyd – Shine On Your Crazy Diamond Part 1 from their “Wish You Were Here” album. The way the track starts to this day still gives me shivers. When I was a kid I had no idea what synthesizers were or how they made those sounds but that definitely helped plant the seed for me. The way they painted these movies with sound definitely inspired me to discover all the possibilities available for creating sounds and textures to evoke complex emotions through the medium. What really got me hooked more than just one song was the whole Jean Michel Jarre “Oxygen” album though. That whole journey just blew me away.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
– My 1st gig was at some random party at someone’s apartment with about 20 people on 2 turntables, a shitty boom box and a 2 channel bedroom mixer. I had only 15 vinyls in my collection and a friend invited me to come play. I didn’t know anyone there and my buddy was all drunk telling everyone I was the best DJ in the world so I was completely embarrassed and wanted to kill him. All the records I had were completely different styles so I was sweating to make them all work but thankfully it did and no one threw anything at me.
My last gig was this past boxing day at Stereo Afterhours in Montreal. Its the main club I grew up playing in for a decade and a half now so its great to play at home in such a fantastic room. I like to call it my second living room. Every record I made was always tested there 1st and referenced on the system before shipping so the place definitely has had a huge imprint on my productions. No place like home!
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
– 1st record I purchased was the soundtrack to an 80’s movie called “Pretty In Pink” from HMV in London. I was 10 years old and there was a Morrissey and OMD track on there that I wanted. I think I still have it somewhere.
If you mean vinyl then I don’t remember the last one I bought it’s been a while but the last track I purchased recently that I can remember off the top of my head is Floating Points – Nuit Sonore (Original Mix)
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
– I would have to say that the highlight of my career is where I’m at right now. My dream has always been to learn as much as I can about production to be able to create whatever idea I have in my head in the most clear way. Its been 20 years ago this year that I took the leap and decided to become a one man band music production outfit so at this point I’m excited about where technology has gotten too and comfortable enough in my experience to do whatever I dream at this point. I have a lot of different musical projects in the works outside of my career as Tone Depth that will finally be seeing the light of day soon so for me it’s an all encompassing experience that just keeps getting more and more exciting.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
– Haha I could tell you a lot but thats not for public knowledge! I guess the main thing I could tell you would be that as much as my life revolves around music I’ve always been a fan of film and the visual side of art. Back in 1994 it was originally my dream to make movies but I think in the end it seemed more interesting to me to paint films with sound instead as I’d already been making music since the age of 11. At the time it was far easier and feasible to build a bedroom studio and get into music production relatively fast where as making a film seemed so massively difficult and out of my reach. Music came first and I’ve been on that path ever since. However nowadays technology is allowing me to explore those avenues easily so I’ve been working with some good friends who are cameramen and beginning to work on some film ideas. Video Editing felt like second nature to me after editing sound for so many years so I’ve fallen in love with it and found it very intuitive.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
– I think at the moment that would be a hard question to answer simply because I know so many undiscovered talents in this industry. I would have to say KiNK as I’ve been following him for many years and he has a really good rough live way of doing things that’s quite soulful and full of beautiful imperfections. I think he’s finally starting to become a lot more known now so I wish him all the best success and exposure for what he does.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
– I think the producers that consistently inspire me the most these days are guys like Daniel Lanois, Trent Reznor, Flood, Brian Eno, DJ Koze, and some of the really talented soundtrack composers like Hans Zimmer and Cliff Martinez.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? And who would you love to be remixed by?
– I would love to have the full multi-track stems to either Pink Floyd’s “Dark side of the Moon” or “Wish you were here” album and do a full length remixed re-interpretation. I love ambient music and albums that take you on a nice journey so it would be interesting to do something conceptual like that. Less beat orientated and more mood driven.
I think one person that would come to mind that I would love to be remixed by it would be DJ Koze.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?
– I have a pretty wide scope when it comes to the music I like, I pretty much don’t care about styles I just like good music. I’ve always been a big fan of Warp Records and Ninja Tunes as I think they really take more chances with interesting material and push artists that otherwise would be hard pressed to be pinned in to any genre or find a label that would let them express their art. When it comes to looking for music to play in my DJ gigs a few other labels I like are Pampa, Innervisions, No.19, BOSO, Bedrock, Lost & Found, etc….. Thats just off the top of my head there’s a bunch of others… toooo many to mention. So on the positive side as much as there are more labels than ever and a lot of people feel that the majority of them are putting out mediocre music…. at the same time there are more really good labels than ever putting out good quality music.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
– I more of an album person and never was a big fan of compilations as much aside from the older Global Underground Compilations. So I guess I would have to say it’s a tossup between Danny Tenaglia’s GU Athens, Deep Dish GU Moscow, or Jon Digweed GU Sydney….. LOL fuck hard to choose they all were sooooo good!
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: At the moment I’ve been loving making Steak Salad with Kale, Walnuts, Arugula, Onions, Endives, Parsley and a Blue Cheese Dressing
Drink: Wherever I go in the world I can almost always rely on finding a good bottle of Heineken. Its the only consistent beer that I can trust (no Heineken doesn’t sponsor me but I really feel that way… so they should ! ). Other than that I loooooove real absinth or some good Canadian rye whiskey with ginger ale or just plain shot of Jameson…or….
Drug: Using my imagination to create movies with sound and picture.
Animal: I don’t think there’s any animals i don’t like besides some certain humans…
TV Show: Game of Thrones
Movie: Inherent Vice
Video Game: I hate video games. I get nausea playing 1st person shooter games and when I play with my 5 year old nephew he just shoots me in the head as soon as re-spawn before I can even see him.
Album:Burial – Untrue
Track / Song: C.A.R. – Idle Eyes (Roman Fluegel Remix)
Producer / Band: Daniel Lanois
Record Label: TOOOO MANY TO CHOOSE
Nightclub: Stereo Afterhours Montreal
DJ: There’s too many DJ’s I don’t think I have a favourite.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– It would probably something I produce for such an important occasion because it means I would be dying so it doesn’t exist yet….
segment collected by Benjaminas Bagdonas