The 290th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Underground Ticket.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
My name is Dániel Dezső, I live in Hungary, in a little village near to Dunaújváros. I’m started dj’ing seriously when I was 17 and I’m composing electronic music since 2011.
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 was around 10 when I first heard Tori Amos Professional Widow in a class party, which really caught my attention. In those days we used to organise parties at home, we brought what we can and we could listen to quality house music under parental guidance. A few years later I was doing the school radio with my close friend, I remember we were always in a big hurry in between lessons to play some cool music on air from the studio. That’s when I realized first: I want to do something with music! Those luminous devices and awesome tracks really caught me!
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?
Wasn’t so easy to create a track that I can play live, which fits to my quality standards. There were a few weak tries, but it helped me developing my skills, now and then. I learned the basic knowledge from my friend, first we made music together, then I continued to do it on my own. Read a lot of articles from various sound engineers, that helped me and I learned so much from these. Last autumn I also started a sound master/sound technican course.
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?
Making an acceptable master is always hard, you have to grow up to the expectations. All the composing, instrumentation, mixing part of my tracks are quite challenging, I always learn something new. Every track is different and you have to handle it.
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 work in a steel factory’s transport section. If I have a day off from work I usually wake up, do some work around the house, have some family related activity, sometimes I drink a coffee with my friends, or just simply go to the gym to the nearest city, take a walk or go shopping.
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 really like jazz and funky music, and artists like Miles Davis, Kraak & Smaak. I amazed by their complexity in melodies, I use these as inspirations in my own productions too.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first cd was Robert Miles’s Dreamland album.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Maybe the changes of my moods. 🙂
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
The problem is, that labels mostly work with well known names, instead of asking somebody from the new breed, which cause less focus on new talents, but with constant hard work these overlooked producers can be „visible”, it’s just a matter of time.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I would say that’s the Deep Dish duo. The way they created and left something unique behind, which still stands the call of time.
My inspirations usually comes from the milieu I’m living in, a travel to another city or country, a happening in my life, impulses, my memories and women. 🙂
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?
Just follow their ideas and improve their skills.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
That will be: The Quasar feat. Andresz – World Beach
Underground Ticket’s remix of Robert R. Hardy & QNI is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here