The 187th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Micrologue.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 31 years old! I was born august 30, 1983. and I’m from East Germany, where I’ve lived since I was born! In 2002 I started to work as a DJ. 8 years I only played Music from vinyls and 2010, I began to produce and remixing artist’s!
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.”
Since I can remember, I hear electronic music! I made my first experiences with artists like Wolfsheim, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and much synth pop and EBM. My mother was always very musical and played various instruments. As I grew older, I visited many large festivals, where I saw artists such, Stephan Bodzin, James Holden, Carl Cox, Sven Väth and many others, through which I was very inspired for my whole live. Shortly after I started to make music with vinyls and learn all about electronic Music.
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 2002 I try to build some Beats on Playstation with the program Music2000 and in 2006 I started to experimenting, with programs like Ableton Live. In 2009 I met my best friend. His name as artist is Amanic and he taught me many, many things about writing & composing songs. On, the beginning I’ve experimented a lot, tried and improvised. Furthermore, I have read a lot and looked much tutorials in the Internet! 2014 I begun to make a training to become a sound engineer to get deeper into the matter of producing and making music. I want to achieve with my music that the audience has the opportunity to decide for himself if he be happy, sad, thinking or making party 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 am a really big fan of big baselines and profound melodies, and in all my production or remixes, I try to be very creative in the way I’m making my percussions and melodies and these are usually the first elements on which I build my song on.
The longest time, I need finish my songs is the part to arrange the song to get a harmonious construction from the beginning till the end of the song. If I get stuck, I like to do a break for few days with music, playing some games, meet with friends and get out and listen to other Music, other Genres to get more inspired again.
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 work 3 days in the week as CNC machinists in a small company and the other day, I dedicate my music in my little studio, my training as a sound engineer, my performances, friends, family, parties and hobbies.
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 to listen to pieces by Hans Zimmer and other artists who make similar music but I am a slave of electronic dance music, because in my opinion, no other music, is so much expressive & varied for me, I deal every moment in my live, whether positive or negative with electronic music!
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first Cassette was a Album by Roxette 😀 My first CD was Depeche Mode – Never let me Down, i think it was in the year 1989. 2002 i bought my first vinyls, it was Legowelt-Disco Rout and the Vitalic Poney EP. The last Vinyl I have bought was the Microtrauma Vinyl Selection Part2 and the last CD the latest Album by GusGus – Mexico.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
A self-assessment occurs to me pretty hard but many friends say I’m very deep, down to earth, sensitive and emotional.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
There are some ‘Producers/Djs’ like David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Robin Schulz or other commercial Act’s like this…. but not because of their music, every Artist has its own way to make his music, but this Music is more suitable for the crowd and other music not but I think this music is more demanding music and not every people understand it.
According to my experience is music, which is simple and largely undemanding more accessible to many people as demanding and complex music!
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Actually there is no artist, because I have my own taste and realization of my music but if that were the case then would these artists Microtrauma, Stephan Bodzin, Extrawelt and many others of this type.
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?
I think everyone should realize that what he has and what he personally likes pleasurable, and emotionally moved and his personality lends expression, without to be guided by other artists.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
That would be a very difficult decision, because there are so many good songs but I think it would be a very special version of my own track “Waiting for Rain” that I’ve never played live before, i wait for the special moment to play it, till today 🙂
Criss Deeper ‘Dynamique’ (Micrologue Remix) is out now on Soundteller Records, you can purchase the release: here