The 245th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Katrin Souza.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 31 years old. To write the music, I started 6 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.”
Electronic music, I started listening to 12 years. On the radio I heard the magic track, which I felt dizzy. It was the track – Robert Miles – Dreamland…From that moment I fell in love with electronic music. I went to bed every night with a player. Just my favorite manufacturer ATB, Paul Oakenfold. Их так же я полюбила в то время. At the time I was a child, I never thought that when I grow up, I will also write music. It’s amazing to go back to the time. Over time, my musical tastes started changing. There was a time when I loved bands like The Prodigy, Scooter))))
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?
Once I registered on the website to download the mix. On this site I learned about the program Fl Studio. The fact that this program, in order to write music. I was stunned by washing that music can be written on a computer at home. I am on the same day set the program and began to study it. I studied myself, at random. I find it difficult to understand the video, I make it easier to twist everything, so I quickly assimilated. For two years, I strongly mastered the program every night. I really wanted to learn. Courses I was too lazy to look. I have enough for 10 minutes, then started itching hands, twist the plug-ins and so on. Ideas flowed, every day, as well as now in other matters. I believe that learning to write music is not difficult. It all depends on your own desire and perseverance. Of course a musical ear and not on the side. I’m self-taught, everything that I now know how I learned myself. A lot of sleepless nights.
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 have no difficulty in the creative process. I do not know why, but for 6 years of my creative work, I have never had a creative crisis. Hopefully in the future I will not be. The only crisis is when the electricity is turned off))(Hahah)))
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?
Usually my day: I am almost 24 hours a day writing music. This is my main job. I never feel tired of this process. For me this is the holiday. When I write music, I feel like a bud I am in another world. My favorite performers; Gai Barone, Tempo Giusto, Guy J, Henry Saiz, Oliver Lieb, Tom Middleton, Scotty A, Cherokee, Solid Stone, Boom Jinx And many others. They are an example for me.
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 effect on your own productions?
I only listen to electronic music)))
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I do not know whether it will be someone interesting. But I tell you about myself. In my life there was a lot of tests. I was born in a family alkagolik. My parents drank alcohol every day and paid no attention to me and my brothers and sisters no attention. My father was a violent man. Much violence has been in my family. The fault of my father when I was 1, 5 years, I have received severe burns of the body and right arm. I had the 6 operations, but the hand looks ugly, but it works. She I write music. I dream that someday I’ll do another operation. Often it happens that my sisters and I ran away from home because of domestic violence. It was not until such time as we have not taken to the orphanage. Then I was 11 years old. Since then, my life has become a little bit better. I began to attend school regularly. I catch up. But at school, I was an outcast. A lot of guys bale me, because I am from the orphanage. At that time I said to myself, I am sure I will achieve something in life. I’ve always lived with this idea. After high school, I went to university, where she studied 5 years psychologist and lawyer. I have two diplomas of higher education. I have two beautiful children. The son of Oleg (11 years) and daughter Lisa (8 years old), who inspire me, I love them very much. I raise them alone, because I am 6 years in a divorce. My children, this is the source of my inspiration. My son is interested in writing music. I strongly support him in this, as well as help him improve. My children are proud of me, and I for them.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Unfortunately I cannot answer this question. I work a lot. Almost all the time. I do not know much, based on the fact that all of my time engaged in the production music. But if there are such people, I wish them luck.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I am encouraged by the fact that there is music. The idea that you can create music.
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?
Have a goal and go for it, not listening to detractors. Just to make your own sound, you need an enormous perseverance, desire and work. I know that on my own. To overcome the laziness and learn something new. Get plenty of experimenting.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Naden – Surface [Free] I hope this will never happen.
Katrin’s remix of Smyk ‘Little Storm’ is out now on Aethereal, you can purchase the release: here