The 193rd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Tech D.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 24 years old, I live in a small town with a population of less than 20 thousand people, but I work in a small village with a population of less than 500 =) took production already as 6 years old, about DJing, were more samples or fun with friends, do not more.
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.”
It started with pop music, then at age 12, I went to rock music, and a couple of years later started listening to electronic music. It was Joakim Garraud, Steve Angello, Axwell etc. At first I was wondering just mixing tracks, and only 5 years later, I was curious to try to write something of their own.
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?
At the beginning it was not so much difficult, but very interesting and exciting. Reviewed lot of training video courses such as Andi Vax mixing tutorial and others. There were a few people who were assessed at an early stage of my mixing, for which I am very grateful to them.
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 find it difficult to add hook to the track, but I very quickly cope with the writing of the basic skeleton. When I’m faced with some sort of creative challenges, I’m just a break from writing music, whether it is day, month, or even more, well, or sometimes saves improvisation.
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 main job that takes a lot of time, when I don’t write music, I just relaxing with my wife or watching some anime or tv serials.
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 Depeche Mode, I can confidently say that my work has influenced rock music.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I’d rather take the music from friends, then buy) But I have a CD, which has turned my life, he came to me in the magazine DJ MAG, and it was John Digweed – Bedrock 10!
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I work as a teacher in high school and teaches physics and computer science.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Guy J, Cid Inc, Michael A. Very much in fact, I called my interest.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
This is without a doubt the artists, which I mentioned above.
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?
Do what you have in mind, do not try to copy others.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I think it would be one of the tracks Guy J, for example Lamur!
Tech D’s EP (in conjunction with Michael A) is out now on Balkan Connection, you can purchase the release: here