The 308th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Fiddler.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 34 years old. I live in Budapest/Hungary. I started my serious producing 6 years ago, I preferred Djing only in private house parties. It doesn’t interested in the past, and now too. If I have radio contract, I accept it gladly.
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.”
When I was very young, the harmonic sounds caught my attention. The Depeche Mode has a part in it, and the Prodigy, and the Cure too. Later, with blow-up the happy hardcore came Charly Lownoise & Menthal Theo, Dune, RMB, Raver’s Nature… This groups gave me inspiration for me to this work. There was bigger electronic festivals in my state, what gave inspirations too, with great performers; Paul van Dyk, John Digweed, Sasha. They gave me lots of inspirations.
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?
I was interested in this all the time. I wondered, how it works, the melody is coming to my mind, and how can I convert it into something audible. Naturally, it wasn’t easy. I was lucky because of my friend from my childhood friend, Paul Martinez. He helps me, he taught me the bases, and he helped me, if I had a question, he answered me, he was there all the time, but naturally there were things, what realized myself. First and last my way was very hard to this point.
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?
It’s a prickly question. In my opinion, this running is a very deep, cue, sincere, creative thing. You aren’t all the time ready to write a track. It depends on the inspiration, what gives you the motivation. For me, there days, and what is more weeks, when I can’t run on my project. I knock of fit, and I start it later. Naturally, I have obstacles because of my private life, when I haven’t any time to write a music. The perfect way is the harmony inside me.
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?
Unfortunately producing is not my full time job. I’m a nurse and laboratory analytical in my private life. This three things works out my time, that, why is haven’t any time for anything else. My favourite free-time activities are driving, travelling, fishing, football, trips, but sometimes I watch a film from my bed.
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’m upholder, that every genres has an own charm, but not all of genres are my favourite. I like Depeche Mode, Madonna, U2, Coldplay, or opera, if I drive longer.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Huhh, it was a very long time ago. Maybe, it was Prodigy, after that more albums from Prodigy.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Of course, but now I cannot something special to say. I’m very willful, and a difficult person, but I’m very loyal and charitable.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I think, there are trends, by producers too (but not all). Somebody aligns, other ones not. I choose the last one, but if something isn’t good for me, I don’t write music in this style. It’s not me, I can lose my truthfulness and my individuality. Ok, it’s possible to defer to something, but not compulsorily. My first hand experience is, if somebody thinks that, can be unrewarded, or less supported.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I know a lot of creative and talented people (Marcelo Vasami, Rezo, Eryo, Simos Tagias… and from Hungary East Café), I’m totally amazed at these music, and I listened to this tracks all the time. For other inspiration, it’s enough, if i can feel the morning sun, the fresh air, or a new adventure. Sleep a big works on me positive.
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 haven’t advice. I’m on my own way. The most important is searching for identity. Everybody must feel, how can get his own maximum. Somebody follows others, follows lines, makes trendy tracks. For others it’s enough, what stand for, with short support, but save the own name. If couple of people recognize, Yes, it can be only he, it can be the apex. It’s a great feeling!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Djing is very unwonted for me. Producing works out. I’m very busy, I have projects for quality labels. At this time I have a 3 tracks EP, first time for the Spring Tube Limited, than a remix for Perfect Session Records, and an original track for the guys from Stellar Fountain.
Fiddler’s remix of Robert R. Hardy ‘Adversus’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here