The 179th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Christopher Hermann.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
-I’m 30, and I’m living in Hungary, in Pecs. I’m doing mixes since 2007, but producing music I just started on 2013.
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.”
-On the early years of 90’s when the “Eurodance” hits the dancefloor, I started to collect the actual hits and many of remixes from them.
Later on 2005 when I meet the world of progressive house with Hernan Cattaneo’s Renaissance album, I realized I want something more with music, not just listen them. I started to do my own mixes what I shared with my friends who also liked this style, and I got positive feedbacks from them.
On 2011 when I lived in UK, I had party in Ministry Of Sound. Hernan Cattaneo & Danny Howells were playing, and that was the time when I decided I want to do this, this is who I am 🙂
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?
-Unfortunately I never been in any music school, so everything I learned from hundred hours of tutorial videos. I’m so grateful for my bride, who was presented to one of her friend who is worked with Reason for long time, and he showed the first steps of the music producing 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?
-I’m usually in trouble to write my own melodies. I think it can be because of the lack of the music school. I’m working hard, almost every day I’m sitting front of the DAW, I hope the time will help me on this.
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 working in Mobile Phone Shop. We are selling, and repairing phones. Most of my time I spending there, after the closing I’m running home to continue the music producing.
-When my head is full with kicks, and basslines, I’m going out to visit my parents and my dog. I’m really like to watch movies also. Aliens, Predator, Star Wars, Lord Of the Rings my fav 😉
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 really like Queen, U2, Micheal Jackson, Guns N’ Roses.
-I think these producers are showing that think with music, what is really coming from inside of them, not just follow the trends. This is what I’m doing also.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
-My first cassette was: E-rotic: Sex Affairs from 1995. My last CD was Renaissance The Master Series Part 17 By Hernan Cattaneo from 2012, but I’m planning to buy his Balance mix also.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
-Maybe it can be interesting… I was just 5-6 years old but the music was already closer to me than for the others in my age 🙂
My father had many-many of Vinyl from Queen, Pink Floyd etc. and I was imagine that I’m the person who is standing front of the crowd.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
-Basically all of the underground producers, they have much more harder situation, than whose producing an EDM style, or whatever.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
-Guy J’s works are awesome. I my opinion he has the highest quality melodic progressive house at the moment. As a Dj, Hernan Cattaneo is the person who’s style and work the No.1 for me.
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?
-Listen many producer’s, labels and genre as possible, do not stick at one, and catch those parts what you like from them.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
-Interesting question… 🙂 On the end of the days I’m listening quiet often Guy J’s Candyland track. I think now I would play that to close the things behind of me.
Christopher’s remix of Monojoke ‘Relentless’ is out now on Aethereal, you can purchase the release: here