The 272nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Estray.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I will turn 26th circle around the sun in a couple of weeks, I’ve been producing music since year 2010, and DJ-ing since year 2008.
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 memories of electronic music are coming from projects like: The Prodigy, GMS, Astral Projection, etc. The moment I’ve realised that i will dedicate my life to music happened @ Ozora festival 2008, while I was listening to Juno Reactor LIVE in concert (with head full of LSD haha :v)
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?
In the beginning it was very difficult, because there was not so fast internet like nowadays where you have youtube tutorials, torrents, etc. Until I’ve met some cool people with VSTs & Sample packs on their hard drives, i really thought that making music is some kind of sorcery & that some alien technology stands behind all of those sounds which i liked in that period.
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?
After all these years, I really don’t like to click with the mouse 😀 Sick & tired of most of VSTs as well. In that way analog live gear is something which I really search more & more at the moment (of course money is always a problem). Recently I’ve found some really cheap & cool ethno instruments, looking forward to get them. 🙂 When I hit a creative block, i try to do some other things which are completely non musical & mind-body refreshing.
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?
Normal is boring 😛 At the moment I’m finishing major project for my SAE Institute studies here @ Belgrade, so I will hopefully become Certified Audio Engineer at the end of this year. When i am not working on music I like long walks outside, going to the gym, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, listening to some completely new music; cannabis, DMT, Ayahuasca, magic mushrooms, travelling, meditation, girls, there are so many ways to get new inspiration from!
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 listen almost everything from Dub, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Funk, Latino, Bossa Nova, etc. i also like World Music & Ethno stuff. Meditative soul healing music & artists like ”Deva Premal” for example is something which is always on my playlist. Ayahuasca Icaros songs are also something which I listen & search for more & more. I recently had a huge flashback & blast of inspiration coming through me, while listening to some old Folk music projects like ”Juzni Vetar”, etc.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Hmm, I think first CD I ever bought was ”The Prodigy – Music For The Jilted Generation”, & the last one was Vinyl from Henry Saiz last LP.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I really like KINK castle, I even think I will apply as an actor one day. Besides that I am big fan of tattoo art & skydiving.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
There is no end of that list hahaha 😀
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
There is no end of that list as well hahaha 😀
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?
YOU SHOULD ALL SMOKE DMT AND JOIN MY CULT MOTHERFUCKERS! 😀
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
”Sinan Sakic i Juzni Vetar – Ej, od kad sam se rodio”
Estray’s remix of ‘The Call’ by Desaturate is out now on Balkan Connection, you can purchase the release: here