The 327th episode of our 12 Questions segment features production duo G-Prod.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
David: Hello I’m Dave-G, I’m a half of G-Prod. I am 39 and I live in Cestas (France). I started listening to electronic music in 1990. I started mixing in 1995 or 1996. I bought my first machine in 1997 (Roland MC303) but I have been producing pretty good tracks since 2009.
Nicolas: Hello I’m OuD!n13 the second half of G-Prod, I am 27 and I live in Bordeaux too(France), we are two brothers who have had a passion for electronic music ever since we were kids ! I never started mixing.
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.”
Nicolas: My first influence comes from roots reggae and dub.Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream (thanks to my father) My first memories is Oxygen by Jean Michel Jarre in 92 I think…first fear sensation !!! My first real chill is the album of Shawn Rudiman (Synthesexual), this album is perfect for me …I am influenced a lot by juan atkins, AUX88, B12, old production of the black dog that much made me want to make music !
David: around 1992 I really took a slap with the english and Belgian wave and naturally I fell in love with the music of Detroit. It is rather difficult to choose an artist who inspires me but i’m very a big fan of Kenny Larkin. for me, he’s really a genius.
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?
Nicolas: eer… it was all about self teaching for me, my brother helped me a lot for mc 505 !
David: ahahahah & very difficult for me to learn with the Mc 303. we are self taught & just feeling things
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?
David: I’m very very bad for mastering & mixing. I just love building up tracks.
Nicolas: The most difficult process is the mixing and mastering .. quite boring … my brother thinks it’s the most boring part as well. The easiest bit is the inspiration ! A lot of things to say with synths !
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?
David: I have a job and a child therefore not much time to make music. One day, I might get rich and therefore find time for sleeping a lot.
Nicolas: I have a job but I have a lot of holidays, My job doesn’t involve big contracts.. So I have time for making music at the moment.I love searching and reading books dealing with spiritual stuff and science. apart from that, I,love to sleep & seize the moment/make the most of now.
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?
David: I listen to a lot of different music genres such as Jazz, Hip hop, Rock……..Country (eer, nope, no country). i just like music. music is my life
Nicolas: Reggae/Dub/HipHop/Jazz/Krautrock and especially the polka !I love all music genres that come from the heart. Love roots dub like King Tubby, Joe Gibbs productions.. Lee Perry.. Mad professor ..
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
David: The first physical cd i bought is The Klf: The White Room in 1991 & the last is Fabrice Lig: Galactic Soul Odyssey on Planet E.
Nicolas: the first CD i bought is B12 – Time tourist and the last is Irezumi – Thirty
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
David: I just make music for the money. i want to be rich. (Science of intention)
Nicolas: I am single.. If ever you know a girl who wants to take a trip with me .. please call me on 0800 13 69 more seriously .. I don’t think like a lot of people .. I research truth about life behind science and spiritual way .. positive things can change the world. that’s why I make music. To speak with a subtle language / Vibrations.
9: Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
David: Laurent Maldo is a very old forgotten artist & it’s for that we asked him in his retirement home to make a remix with another strange guy Jules Wells.
Nicolas: A lot of pionners are coming back now, like Dimitri from Amsterdam, Paul Rip and many more .. I think the culture of each can push all kinds of producers forward. It is the duty of everyone to spread the knowledge.
10: Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
David: A lot of producers: Kenny Larkin, John Shima, Brad Peterson, Kaelan? Anthony Rother, Omar S, Laurent Maldo ….. & life
Nicolas: For me Kaelan/Ixm/2030 is a perfect producer for people who like Detroit techno and all great electronic music. A lot of geniuses in this techno universe! Paul Mac, Vince Watson, Taho, Jules Wells, Mad Mike to quote the most famous! Owen Jay, Glenn Underground and a lot of people influence our universe! The most important for the inspiration are experiences of life and everything that follows.
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?
David: Difficult. follow your instincts
Nicolas: Don’t think about money. make music with your heart.
12: If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Nicolas: 2030 – Timeworm
David: without hesitation: Bang Gang – Inside
‘Take us to the heavens’ is out now on Bakroom, you can purchase the release: here