The 284th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Bablak.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Sorry for my english… =)
Hi! I am 27 years old, I was born and grew up in the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city on the Sakhalin island, Russia.
DJ career I began in 2003, and still work with times… Write my own music, I started roughly in 2008, but then it was no more than fun, more or less “professionally” (I still do not consider myself professionally) started to make music about one and half a year 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.”
I have some old and very vague memories of the time when I was only a couple of years old… I remember that it was very beautiful fabulous and unreal for children mind, and maybe it’s not quite the electronic music, but still – “Duran Duran – Come Undone”, “Bryan Ferry – Don ‘t Stop The Dance”, “Tanita Tikaram – Twist In My Sobriety”. These songs have laid the foundation for me stylish, beautiful and sensual music, and sometimes I still listen to these songs with pleasure. Later my musical taste developed into a heavy side – Prodigy, Orbital and similar. Looking through their old concerts and music videos I realized who I want to be in my life. All this is connected to my eclectic taste in music today.
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?
All of my training (which to this day continue =)) took place by the method of trial and error… In the beginning nobody helped me, and of course I tried to search for information on the Internet that actually beginning to bear fruit … But still there is one person who has helped me significantly improve my sound tracks (even though they still do not sound perfect) his name is Constantine Nevelskiy, for which I am very grateful to him, but the work on the sound is still very much…
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 love the moment when in the creation and mixing of a new track you reach a great shot, that is the time when there was a clear idea of the track and it starts to sound relatively well. Difficulty I have is the final processing of the track, that is mastering. But I notice that with each new track quality is improved, and it makes me happy.
When I have a deadlock in the production, I was just distracted on anything else… I’m going for a walk, I watch a movie or go to sleep, the next day, sure that something new comes to mind.
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 am an ordinary person, like many people, I wake up at 7:30 in the morning and go to work in the office of a small trading company, a job that I do not quite like … At 18:00 back home and so five days a week, but I need live on something … And on weekends I do really is just my favorite thing – writing music and if the music brings me a month at least as much money as my work in the office, I would have already gone out of it and on music to be more time… Besides music, I love movies and computer games. =)
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?
Hans Zimmer best composer for me, his works make me let tears :(, such as his great “Time”… I’m also a big fan of “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” and the music of these films shakes me to the core! And I think it affects my own music… But I’m still in the “search my style”.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
First – “The Matrix” soundtracks tape. =)) Last – I can not remember… =(
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
When I was 6 years old at my hand dropped 300 kg gas balon, but after a few months, the bones and muscles recovered. Miracles… 0_o
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Me?! =)) I know many people whose music deserves attention, but the major labels unfamiliar names often do not listen, because among the pile of crap they do not notice the gold and I think that the quality should not play a major role…
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Maceo Plex, Sasha, Royksopp, Hot Since 82, Olivier Giacomotto and similar. I get inspired on Soundcloud and Beatport… =))
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 myself would not refuse such advice … =)
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Royksopp – I Had This Thing (Kraak & Smaak Remix)
‘Higher’ is out now on Deersky’s Soundteller Records, you can purchase the release: here