The 287th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Navid Mehr.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
– Hi guys Thank you for having me. I am 33 years old and I have been doing music for a while, but the solo stuff started in 2013. Currently I setup a home studio in Tehran, and working from here and I have to say I love it here, its great. 🙂
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.”
– Yes of course, Hernan, Sasha and diggers were a huge influence on me, I remember when involver one came out, I told myself okay you need to figure out how this thing is put together. Also Global Underground series were massively influential in what I do now.
When I was a consumer of music I use to listen to everything, from 60s and 70s flower generation to metal, rap, blues, folk music and classical, so ya I use to listen to everything but my first memories of electronic music was I think Robert miles.
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?
– There wasn’t any particular person that said to me you should do this or that, but when I first got in to music it was me and my friend doing it together so we bounced off each other and I am sure that shaped the way I do music now. I didn’t take any production or audio engineering courses, just kept doing it until I got it right.
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?
There are times which I don’t feel like doing music and that’s when I don’t do music, I just wait for the urge of making music to come back, you have to realize making music is not a math problems that there is a solution, making music is a creative process and that has a lot to do with your mood and how your day is going, and I think inspiration is the key here when I have a deadline and that urge is not there I usually listen to some of my favourite artist and then dive in to a “10 hour studio session” almost every time something will come out of it. There isn’t one specific part of music that I find difficult to do, I think it varies song by song.
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 also do a bit of photography so between photography and music there isn’t much time to do anything else but I always make time for traveling and nature.
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?
– As I mentioned before I listen to everything, but now most of my time with music is spent on production rather than listening to it, but my favourite band of all time is Pink Floyd, and I am sure that effects my production as well
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
– The first piece of music I got my hands on was “Master of Puppets” cassette by Metallica and the last cd I bought was when I was camping in Algonquin park in Toronto Canada and ran out of beer so I went to a supermarket to buy beer and bought a cd from this cover band that covered some old school 60s tunes. I think my friend is still has the cd on rotation in his car 🙂
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
– I have to clean the house before I do music.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
– Most of the progressive house producers are constantly overlooked, our genre is hi jacked by EDM main room cake throwers which is really bad!
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
– There are so many to mention, but I am really digging the sound that is coming out of Israel, Mantzur, Lonya, Khen, Sahar Z and obviously Guy J with his new album on Bedrock, really solid stuff! My main inspiration is nature, that’s where I charge my battery.
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?
– Think of it as a long-term investment, the more you put in the hours the better you will get at your craft! Don’t follow any trends let the trend come to you.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– Blaze of glory by Bonjovi 🙂
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