The 183rd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Jacob Singer.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 37 years old, I live in Alcorcon Madrid. I started to produce when I was 19 or 20 years old with my lovely Roland Mc303 , and i started as Dj 12 or 13 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.”
I discovered the music while attending classes guitar, playing songs from Beatles, Dire Straits, Iron Maiden, Metallica … My first memories of electronic music?… “Entroducing” by Dj Shadow, one month later i bought my Roland groove box; I always remember “Firestarter” by Prodigy, “Right Here Right Now” by Fat boy Slim, and many other tracks by artists like The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, Moby, Four Tet, Apollo 440, Dj Vadim, Orbital …
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?
After the Roland I started to produce on Pc with “ReBirth” and “Sonic Foundry”, and after with “Reason”, “Cubase”, “Nuendo” and finally with “Ableton Live”. I have a degree in cubase at 2008. My friend Christian Haro (Spanish producer) helped me to learned with “Reason”
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 most difficult is the mastering,(I send my tracks to my great friend “Senmove” for mastering);The easiest is the construction of each track.
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 wake up for going to my work, Glosscar Alcorcon (washing, renovation and, buy and sale of vehicles), I return to my home and go out with my dog (Yeiko) to walk. I like so much go out of the city ,with my girlfriend an my dog driving my van.
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 like many music styles like Rock, Punk, Trash, Breat, Grunge, Epic Music, B.S.O, Hip hop, Funk, Classical… My favourite artists of ever : Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Skunk Anansie, Rage Against The Machine, Bad Religion, Lag Wagon, Metallica, Led Zepellin, Queen, The Cure, System of a Down, Fear Factory, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Wu Tang Clan…
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I can´t remember my first cassette (“Nevermind” by Nirvana?..); CD “Evol” by Sonic Youth; Vinyl “Their Greatest Hits” by The Police; and the last can be “Basic Poetry” by Extrechinato Y Tu.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I practice meditation, I am a very spiritual person.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I do not know, I think the important thing is that each person is valued himself
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic!! My inspiration comes when I am relax into my study
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?
Enjoy what they are doing
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Robert Babicz – Dark flower (Joris Voorn Remix)
Jacob’s remix of German Angeleri ‘Pancakes’ is out now on E Sound Records, you can purchase the release: here