The 259th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Ivanshee.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
-I am 25 years old, I live in Belarus in Minsk. I fell in love with electronic music when I was about 16-years. And in 2013 I started to gradually develop Ableton Live.
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.”
– At first I really liked the Scooter and then Prodigy. Then Eric Prydz (Pryda), Sebastian Leger, Dusty Kid. In 2008 I came to Global Gathering, and heard work of Eric Prydz, he made a great impression on me. Probably after his set I was inspired an idea to write the music.
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?
– It was pretty hard. My classmates at the institute helped me the most, they were much more experienced than I am. Sometimes I watched the lessons from Nikita stalker. But I loved to sit down all night and intuitive twist all that is possible in ableton live and listen to how the sound changes. Perhaps I am more self-taught, I was just doing some things and compare them with the tracks that I really liked.
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?
-Most difficult for me is realization of this idea that sounds in my head. Sometimes my skills are not enough for that, what to do her just like this, as I hear in my imagination. When my creativity is reduced, I am commuted on other projects or ride on nature, gather mushrooms, fish. Listening of new for me music very helps.
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 very different days. Sometimes I can week to sit above one project. And sometimes I do other things, for example I help my wife household chores. Basically my work is related to music. Recently, I finally finished my studio at home. I now spend a lot of time the game Lord Of Poker, it is very ambitious and promising project, I hope very much that it is implemented, and then I will not have to look for a permanent job. I spare those people, who forces to wake up early, to walk every day in an office on work, it not on 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 guess I’m the one who likes all music. I really like Scorpions, Queen, Accept, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Yello, Gorillaz, Atlantida Project, Era, Enigma, Moby… Sometimes, listening to Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk. The classic music I love too, mainly listen her, when I drive a car. I think that everything that I have heard in my life left a mark on my work.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
-First was Scooter – Age Of Love, Last – Disclosure – Caracal.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
– I do not know how to play on vinyl. 🙂
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
– I think that for every talented person comes time to show what he can do. If that with him has not happened yet, so he’s not ready. I consider that an universe in that we live knows us better, when time to such things. 🙂
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
-Pryda, Following Light, Spada, Jeremy Olander, Dosem, Minilogue, Max Cooper, Moby, Dusty Kid, Era, Enigma… The most active inspiration for me comes from intermingling with nature.
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?
– Sometimes, before going to sleep, my mind there is a crazy stream of sounds and melodies, I do not know where it comes from. Unleash the imagination, walk in nature, and always experiment.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
-Spada – Arcobaleni
Ivanshee’s remix of J-Sevilla ‘Delphinus’ is out now on Inmost Records, you can purchase the release: here