12 Questions Episode 202: Audio Junkies

The 202nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features production duo Audio Junkies.

Audio Junkies

1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?

– We live in Tel-Aviv, Daniel (33) Joe (40) Djing and producing for about 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.”

– Growing up in a musical home, music has always a been part of our lives, playing instruments such as guitar, keyboards drums etc. and listening to classical music, Rock, Jazz, pop, electronic and ethnic music has served as an inspiration to us. I remember a video recording we used to watch of Jean Michele Jarre live show in England back in the late 80’s, he was playing weird synth’s and jamming on laser beams, for that time it was so advance and inspiring to hear and see.

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?

– When you do something out of love it is never hard but mostly fun! I am pretty much self taught, I got a some help and production tips from friends that were producing music, also I had the privilege of making music with them, which helped me develop my own work flow. But most of what I know is just from sitting for countless hours in the studio, making music.

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 think as the years go by, it may get hard at times to get inspired, which can be difficult in creating something new in the studio. If I hit a creative block with a track, I put it aside for a bit, I try just to jam and play music on my synths. Sometimes it can help to just disconnect for a bit, take a walk or go to the sea or a park, or meet up with friends, then you can come back to the studio fresh.

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?

– A normal day is usually orientated around the studio. If I am not working on new music or remixes, many hours go into administrative work such as sending and signing tracks, going over promos and demos, gigs etc. I also teach a sound and production course at BPM music college in Tel-Aviv a couple of days a week, apart from that I do a few ghost productions and mixes for other artists. When I’m not working on music, I like to hang out, meet friends, go to a nice party, or just relax and watch a good show, or movie, depends on the vibe.

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 love all that music has to offer. I love rock, jazz, classical, flamenco. Music from the 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s

– There are so many great artists and producers in every style. It’s very hard to pick a favorite. Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, The Cure, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Beatles, legendary producers such as Quincy Jones and Rick Rubin, I can go on for hours 🙂

7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?

– I have bought so much music in the form of cassettes, cds and vinyl over the years that I can’t even remember 🙂

8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?

– Daniel – in high school I used to sing in the school choir
–  Joe – is a kick ass graphic / website designer

9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?

– Because there so many artists and producers today, probably the newer ones get overlooked at times. But I believe that with hard work and patience, they get noticed also.

10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?

– One of the most inspiring artists for me today is Kink, I really love his music and productions, but also his positive approach to production and playing live. Always fun and inspiring to see his live sets and videos, and he does it always with a smile on his face.

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 the best approach is to always go with what you love, and believe in what you do. Try not to follow trends but create your own for others to follow. And finally It’s important to get feedback and critique from fellow producers, but don’t let that dictate your final decision regarding your music.

12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?

– If I was in a melancholy mood, probably the end by the Doors or Depeche Mode’s enjoy the silence. But I recently made a track alongside Sahar Z, called Lalitha (still unsigned) but that is the ultimate track to finish a set with, I would most likely play that one 🙂

segment collected by Benjaminas Bagdonas

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