The 266th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Funny Ox.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Hello, I’m 34 years old and I live in Paris. I started Djing at 16. Production came some years later, when I had my first computer, I was about 19.
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 first steps in music were made quite early. I started piano and Conservatory at 5 years old. My parents listened to a lot of music, some different styles sometimes. I think I went through all the most common styles before turning onto electronic music, and rapidly to techno.Many artists have influenced me, not especially in techno. Back in 90s, I remember albums as The Fat of the Land by Prodigy, Homework by Daft Punk, or again Amon Tobin with Bricolage, which seemed important to me. Many artists have influenced me, not especially in techno.
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 not so difficult at first, I took it as a new game to discover and I loved it. I learned on the job, taking advices here and there, from friends or on the web.
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?
Ideas come easily in general. Starting and Creating something is not really a problem for me, it is rather to finish what I started, which is much more complicated. I have hundreds of unfinished projects on my hard drives.
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 do not spend a single day without making music. Generally, I have more fun working in the studio with my gear but I can work everywhere, on my laptop whenever I have the opportunity ! I divide my time between music, sound design, stage management and family.
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 am constantly looking for sounds, and I search everywhere ! It could be from world music, Jazz, folk… I discover great stuff in all styles, every day… I sample a lot and I like to find sounds and redesign it to make something completely new. I think the influence of other genres on my own productions is obvious and it is essential…
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I don’t remember the first Cd I bought (probably Mickael Jackson…)
The last one is A Made Up Sound – Havoc / HHJOABS , really good stuff…
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Nothing in mind, sorry!
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I don’t know , I just think some producers get too much attention 🙂
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
There is not one producer in particular, many do… Otherwise there was maybe a « Pronk » band that inspired me for a lifetime in a few tracks, It was « Cardiacs ». magical.
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 usually take more advices than I give ! but In my opinion, it is very important to follow its own desires, to succeed in finding the right balance between your creativity and your influences… And none of this happens without hard work…
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Peer Gynt – In the Hall of the Mountain King
‘Chamber Music’ is out now on Baroque Records as part of their ADE sampler, you can purchase the release: here