With Flowers and Sea Creatures having new music out now on Strange Town Recordings we catch up with them for the latest episode of 12 Questions.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing.
Older than a millennial, Montreal, a long time
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.”
Classic rock, electronica, jazz, pop.
From The Beatles to to Kraftwerk to George Michael via Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye, Bowie, Everything But The Girl, Queen, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker.
Hard to say if there are any certain artists but certainly the explosion in home studio technology opened up the playing field and has allowed millions of people to express themselves through technology that was once the purview of major studios who cherry picked who they wanted to use to make money. So from a technology perspective, home studios have been the great equalizer of sorts.
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?
Trial and error and some course. No particular technological or engineering advice but Ben Watt remains a primary mentor.
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?
Time management is the most difficult and ironically, time helps writer’s block
5. You have a new single out this week on Strange Town Recordings, an excellent collaboration with Spanish artist David Granha. Tell us how you guys ended up working together, how you approached writing the track, and the thought process behind the remixer selection.
It all came together through local label Strange Town Recordings and passionate label owner Bryan Wolfear. Local scene, make some friends, a pitch is made and an idea is born.
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?
Jazz and definitely with the influence from artists mentioned above.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Ouf. First, probably a “Stars on 45” coloured vinyl…and lately, I think it was a used CD of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get it On. I still like to play CDs …not vinyl tho.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I don’t enjoy staying out past 10pm
9. 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?
A normal day is a white collar day job and when I’m not working on music I do what most people do. Survive.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I like YokoO a lot. Inspiration can strike at any moment and from anywhere.
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 work hard. Passion drives this industry and passion alone.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
The Ananda Project, Cascades of Colour
Better Tomorrow w/David Granha is out now on Strange Town Recordings, you can purchase the release: here