I really love your music, and I have a lot to tell you. Fairchildren is the best album I have ever heard !! From start to finish, it's really beautiful. But my question is directed towards your origins, I would like to know how you started in music? I would also like to compose music and I would be inspired to read your story since I don't know where to start
1973 [aged 5]: Saw this on TV and realised I wanted to dress up like a lady and play a guitar shaped like a piece of lightning:
1979 [aged 11] saw this and realised I wanted to be the drummer in a Ska band.
1983 [aged 15] Heard this and realised that I wanted to shut myself in a dimly-lit room with too many synthesisers.
1991 [aged 23] I heard this and realised that nothing would ever be the same again:
Our sound engineer goes apeshit if we put slightly-kinked cables back in the trunk, he'd fucking kill us if we started breaking stuff.
And we're totally not into generating plastic landfill.
The construction of goatrance in the 90s and studio setups fascinates me.
One small bit of info on the net is your quote in The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance book. Could you expand? Did you have a typical writing / workflow process for trance tunes?
How important was having the sampler do melodic duties?
And could you talk about the importance of the Kurzweil k2000?
Did / do you prefer writing a tune with a synth per track? Any tips for writing a track with less than one synth per track and layering it to write a tune?
Multitracking was somewhat rare for 90s goa no?
Peace from Astral Brain Tentacles in Australia.
I've not heard of The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance book, so I have no idea what they quoted. Can you point me to it?
My dabbling with Psy-Trance was brief and half-hearted. I was fascinated with it as an art form from 1994 to about 1996 but after that my interest waned quite quickly. You'd be better off asking somebody who was better at it than me.
Hello Ott! Are you more of a coffee or a tea guy? Do you experience negative consequences of being overcaffeinated? I just freaking love coffee myself, but not sure if it significantly affects my mind and perception in negative ways. It's possibly the last addiction I cannot beat and cost/return ratio is so blurry to me that I need an external advice from a man I cannot respect more.
I drink gallons of tea [English style, strong with milk, no sugar] and absolutely detested coffee until 2009, when, on holiday in Italy I decided to try a cappuccino instead.
Mind blown. My first caffeine rush. I'll never forget it.
As soon as we got home I bought an espresso machine and since then I enjoy one cappuccino a day.
The second cup never quite hits the spot, so I stick at one.
Google "Dave Grohl Hospitalised Coffee" to find out what happens if you have the second cup.
I hope one day to learn how to enjoy the taste of whisky.
Alien, by a country mile.
Independence Day is a noisy, shallow, crass and tedious slab of jingoistic Hollywood bullshit.
Alien is the most sublime piece of art.
I wrote it the day after my first date with the woman who is now my wife.
It's the sound of a man flooded with dangerous levels of oxytocin.
Hahahaha! I don't even know what fucking day it is. I exist in a bubble of chaos, unable to establish any kind of routine since childhood.
My 'workflow' is to sit in my untidy studio, rocking back and forth whilst crying in frustration, passing the hours fluctuating between despondency at my lack of discernible talent and manic laughter at the divine majesty of the three-note sequence I just came up with.
Hope this helps.
Good Otting. 7 years ago you were saying that Reason mixer's EQs and compressors were kind of subpar. Do you think they've got better over those years? I am asking because this mixer is so good in all other regards.
It's not so much that anything is 'sub-par' - I just don't enjoy mixing in that environment.
Since Reason 11 you can load Reason racks as VST3 plugins in Ableton Live and that is a fucking game changer. I now mix in Ableton Live with loads Reason EQs and compressors, and it sounds magnificent.
I used to mix in Cubase but these days it feels clunky and old compared to Ableton Live so that's now my preferred environment.
If you like mixing in Reason then I'd say go for it. There's certainly no inherent sonic deficiency.