The 168th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Yoram.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 29 years old and living in Amsterdam The Netherlands. I have been Djíng for 13 years and producing for 10 years.
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.”
The first electronic music I listen to was hardcore which was very popular in Holland at that time. I think I was around 12 years old. Not much later I started to buy records and participated in a dj course at the local disco in my hometown, where I learned the basics. At that time I was playing Trance. At the records store I went to I came in contact with Deephouse, Progressive and Techno which I still play today.
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?
In the beginning I was just fooling around with Magix Music Maker at a friend’s house. Later I started working with Cubase, which was quite difficult as I had no knowledge of the program what so ever. I figured most of it out by trial and error. A few years later I studied Audio Engineering at SAE Amsterdam. From then on I started to get more serious with it.
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?
It’s very important to be in the right mood when I start producing. Otherwise I will just dislike everything I make. But on the other hand it’s also good to push myself, at least for an hour…If I still don’t feel like it I quit and do something completely different.
If I hit a creative block with a certain track, it works for me to start a completely new track, and let the project rest for a while. When I go back to the track a few days or weeks later it’s usually easier to spot whatever it was that was not working in the track. My best tracks are usually the one’s I finish quickly. One or two days.
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 have a day job for two/ three days a week. The rest I spent on music. When I’m not doing that I like to visiting friends or watch a movie. I guess what most people do.
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 listen to allot of different music when I’m home or on the bicycle to work. Could be anything from Massive Attack to John Coltrane, Arctic Monkeys, Leonard Cohen, Patrick Watson, soundtracks etc. I guess I get inspired by almost everything I listen too, even if it is subconsciously. That’s why I think it’s good to have an open mind and not to just focus on one style of music.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first CD (Or maybe even a cassette) that I bought was probably from Sting. My father played his music allot in the car when I was growing up. The first vinyl I bought was from Remy Unger- Backstabber, I think it was called.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I gave an electronic music composition workshop in a train once. It was for students, they could learn about DJ, VJ, Radio, TV etc. It was organized for the queen’s 25th jubilee. Who also attended.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Allot of producers get overlooked…there are so many producer’s nowadays that it’s hard to keep track. Most of the tracks I buy are from people I haven’t heard of before.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
There allot of good producer’s out there. But to name a few: Lake People, Roman Fluegel, Jonas Saalbach, SCSI-9, MUUI, Dauwd, Petar Dundov and many more.
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?
It’s difficult to give advice but speaking for myself…I’m only conferrable where my own talent’s lay. I’m not the kind of producer that can make any style of music. I tried to do other things as well but it does not work for me. It’s a cliché but I would say Stay close to yourself.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
DJ Rolando – Jaguar.
Yoram’s remix of Amanic ‘Leave Me Alone’ is out now on MNL, you can purchase the release: here