The 252nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Bobby Deep.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
– I’m 40 years old and I live in a city in central Greece called Lamia 2 hours from Athens by car. I’m a dj since 1994. I made my first steps on production in 2003. It took me 4 years to get out my first release on V-Sag‘s and DJ Tarkan‘s label NO SMOKING RECORDINGS, it was a good supply for me to get well known from the beginning.
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.”
– My influences come more from late 80’s and the whole 90’s decade. Especially 90’s, was the decade I had my first dj steps too. So, I started to feel those years music much more. From soul music to electro pop I had so many great artists/bands to follow. I feel lucky and blessed. Sasha, Digweed, Cox, Warren and other big guys were there for me from the beginning and made me think i d love to do this.
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?
– Actually I never had a difficulty on it. I never thought I’m gonna do this professionally… It was always a game for me. And still is. I will never put myself on a professional basis. I started watching my cousin and great producer Andi Vasilos. Then we made a few tracks together. He was doing the hard work. I was the one who putting the ideas on tracks and step by step I could do it by myself. Still learning and will never stop.
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?
– Well, the line turns from time to time, track to track. Sometimes it;s difficult to get the sound you want. Sometimes it’s the build.. You’re in the mid of a track and stuck there. Sometimes you get a project almost finished in half an hour. Everything depends on your mood, how often or rare you’re in the studio. If u had a fight with your wife or not etc. A break of everything and creating a part of a project from time to time I think is the key.
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’m a kinda busy person. I own a hair salon. That’s the job I do for living. I also have a residency 3 times a week in a bar here in my city. Once a month I have my radio show on Frisky. I have a label which I run with Christos Fourkis called KTR. And finally I do some gigs here and there when people ask it. So my free time when I have it is quality family time. Otherwise my wife and daughter will kick my ass for sure.
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?
– Like I said before I’m open to all kind of music. From disco to soul. From chillout/downtempo to rock/pop. From old to new. I can listen Barry White or Shirley Bassey to Depeche Mode or Pet Shop Boys. Everything depends on the mood. And everything will be very inspired of course. A guitar riff or a chord of a track I listen, might take me in front of my pc for sure.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
– My first piece was the million selling single of “Average White Band Pick up the pieces“ vinyl. And my last was a cd album of my top choice artists/bands “Soul Ballet-2019” I bought in 2009. Very inspired music. I follow them since 1997.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
– The main help lately in melody creation to my tracks comes from my 3 years old daughter. I give her midi and record any button she press. Then I keep the good parts. Really helpful.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
– A stolen phrase from a song:”Only time will tell”
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
– There’s an army of great musicians out there. I believe listening what you like and work on it is the key for creativity.
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?
– Don’t try to make money or get famous from music. That’s not the target. Just make music because you like doing it.
Tip: Don’t hate what you create. Even if the years passed by and you got better. Love your first track the same way you love your last one.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– Sasha & Maria – Be as One
Segment collected by Suffused.