The 231st episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Battage.
– I’m thirty years old and I live in the beautiful city of Groningen, the Netherlands. I’ve been playing electronic music for about eight years and producing for the last four 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.”
– I’ve been a fanatic punkrock/hardcore musician for a lot of years. I played drums in a few bands and in some way that music is still in my blood. I’ve been listening to electronic music from a young age but never anything more than the usual stuff. It wasn’t until I was introduced to Stephan Bodzin during a mind-twisting live-set where I first fully understood what I know now.
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?
– I’ve never participated in any official program or course. I’ve been fooling around with Fasttracker 2 when I was really young, and had some studio-experience with my bands. At some point I decided to sell my CDJ’s and buy some gear for a small home studio. That’s where it started and stubborn as I am I’ve never really seeked any real help except the help of a few close friends.
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?
– Nothing comes easy for me; I always find something new to learn. What comes hardest for me is finishing stuff and focus in general. I work at home now and I’m easily distracted. Also I have a job that takes a lot of my time.
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?
– When I’m not working on music I’m either working my regular job, eating, sleeping or having a good time with my girlfriend of friends. It’s kinda like eat, sleep, work, music, repeat haha!
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?
– As I said before I’m really into punkrock, hardcore and some metal as well but I’m pretty sure that there’s no way that these genres influence my way of producing music.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
– The first was the single-cd of 2 Unlimited’s No Limit and the last one was the vinyl version of Stephan Bodzin’s last masterpiece called ‘Powers Of Ten’.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
– I love to go to bed early and hate to have more than a few days off work.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
– It’s hard to think of a few.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
– The producers who constantly inspire me are definitely my four favorite producers: Henry Saiz, Guy J, Stephan Bodzin and Max Cooper. I feel that answering with “everything in life” seems a little bit predictable but there’s not much more to it, haha!
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?
– None, really. I have to be honest that I’m still trying to find my own ways hahaha!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– That will definitely be Phobos by Stephan Bodzin and Marc Romboy. This track means a lot to me on many levels and it would be stupid to try and think of another track to end it all with.
Biologik & Royal Sapien ‘Lost In Love’ (Battage Remix) is out now on 238W, you can purchase the release: here