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What first drew you into music?

I was always a fan of music, during my teenage years I was mostly listening to rock, punk and heavy metal with a bit of hip-hop on the side. After discovering nightclubs at the age of 18, I fell in love with the concept of how a DJ was able to control the vibe and atmosphere of a room and seeing heaps of patrons having the time of their lives on the dancefloor.

After seeing the DJs at my local nightclub, it gave me the inspiration to try DJing, something at the time was very much out of my comfort zone. After 3-4 years of DJing, I decided to take the plunge and get into music production in order to take my DJing further to wider audiences.

Your track “In the Air” is absolutely amazing! How did you achieve such a great signature sound in such a short time? Also, what is your creative process like?

Nothing will beat the epic remix the Sunset Brothers put out however I still decided to have a shot at remixing this classic simply due to how popular the song was in all the clubs in my home city of Melbourne. A lot of it was sheer luck and following the basic song structure which I use as a template for most of my tracks, I listened to other remixes which were done and drew inspiration from them to create my own version of the track with a little twist with the help of a violin sample I found in a sample pack.

My creative process is always different from track to track depending on my emotions at the time, if I’m under any other pressures such as time constraints and whether or not I’m in the headspace of remixing something or making original content. One thing I always do when working on my music is to ensure my phone isn’t within reaching distance and I also have this weird habit of closing the curtains in my bedroom/studio no matter the time of day, don’t ask me why I do it, it just seems to work for me haha

Going over your Soundcloud we can tell you love experimenting with new sounds. Can you tell us more about your studio setup and some of your favorite plugins/instruments?

I have a very basic set up at home, my mother recently purchased me a brand new desktop computer earlier this year with awesome specs with a MIDI keyboard and alongside the new plugins and sample packs that I’ve bought and downloaded, I’ve been able to explore my creativity in more ways than I could’ve imagined on Ableton.

In terms of my favourite plugins/instruments, early days I depended heavily on Massive and Kickstart which I still continue to use for my sidechaining but for my basses, Serum has been my go to and I don’t think I’ve ever not made a track where I’ve used Sylenth at some point. For compression, the simplicity of Camelcrusher has resulted in it being one of my favourite plugins to use and for anything reverb and delay I swear by Valhalla Plate which has a simple interface and is easy on the eyes, especially handy when I’m spending late nights writing!

Your music sounds very organic and authentic. Do you play any real-life instruments?

At the moment, no I don’t. However in high school I did play the violin for about 3 years and in late primary school I played the French horn which I enjoyed.

What are your musical goals for the future?

To collaborate with more producers and artists out there. I would like to experiment with up and coming vocalists as well to see what boundaries I could push with my music moving forward. I would like to take the next step and start performing away from my hometown, both interstate and overseas! Places that come to mind are Europe and Asia for international gigs whilst playing in neighbouring Australian cities such as Adelaide and Gold Coast would be a lot of fun I reckon.

What are your goals for the coming months? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?

Oh absolutely! I’m looking forward to travelling to Europe next year on holidays for the very first time, the opportunity to play over in Europe is definitely a goal of mine and it would be a dream come true to play at a party or club in the likes of Ibiza, Berlin, Amsterdam and London to name a few.

I have a brand new project which I will be revealing in 2020 most likely which will be a new alias under a different name which will showcase my techno productions, I believe this project could help me in achieving my overseas goals and ambitions and I’m really excited to show everyone what I’ve been working on behind closed doors. I’m very much looking forward to what’s ahead in 2020 and beyond, I’m truly blessed to have met so many amazing and talented individuals and the many opportunities which have come my way, I will be forever thankful! Looking forward to ticking off more goals in the near future.

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