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Is it true your next album is delayed to March 2019? I was looking forward to hearing it at Art Outside!


Ott responded on 11/03/2018
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My next album is ready when it is ready. Might be March, might be later.

It hasn’t been delayed because it was never announced.

I will be playing tracks from it on my current tour though.

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You mention in one of your answers, that as the production quality kept going up, you find yourself not having to EQ (cut or boost) as much. Is there any conscious change one requires to bring into their production practice, in order to have the level go up? For instance, being particular about your sound sources as a producer or any other technical aspects you feel one needs to be aware of for improving the quality of production.


Ott responded on 11/03/2018
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What I [probably] meant was that one of the mistakes I used to make in the early days was to think EQ was the only tool in the box and while miking up a drum kit I would try to correct a flabby bass drum sound by winding in loads of 5kHz on the EQ, rather than just moving the mic closer to the impact spot or using a different mic.

These days, rather than taking the wrong sound and trying to EQ it 'right', I just select the right sound at source. This could be an acoustic source [drums, guitar, etc] or a synth sound, sample etc.

So, yes, what you said. :0)

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I had such an awesome time at Middle East on 9/20!! Your ability to show the whole room love and enthusiasm, is truly amazing.!!


Ott responded on 11/03/2018
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I did too.

It's easy to love a room full of people when they love you first. I'm just reflecting it back.

I'm a miserable old bastard at all other times.

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Oat have you tried the Korg Minilogue?


Ott responded on 11/03/2018
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Yeah, I have one and I love it. I use it on stage with the band.

It’s a genius design, beautifully made and a huge amount of synth in a very portable package. It has fast, snappy envelopes, stable oscillators with just the right amount of wobble and a filter that reminds me of the Curtis chip in my MonoPoly.

In paraphonic mode it does lovely, warm, naive-sounding pads although it probably wouldn’t give a Jupiter 8 any sleepless nights.

I’d highly recommend it.

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Hello Ott, I would much appreciate an answer to this question : What is your most favourite/comfortable chair for working in a music studio?


Ott responded on 11/01/2018
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I love my Herman Miller ‘Aeron’ chair.

It’s probably the single most important piece of studio equipment I own.

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Hello, Ott! First of all, thanks for the great music. And questions:

Do you usually work on tracks sequentially - finishing previous one before starting the next one? Or do you work on them in parallel, having no boundaries at all, and switching between them when you think you're in a mood for one or another?

Also, do you have any technics to get "into the mood" of some particular track you are composing? Or it just happens? :)


Ott responded on 10/30/2018
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Back when I mixed exclusively on an analogue console I would work on each song until it was finished as there was no way of reliably recalling setup and settings between songs. In some respects this was a good way to work as it created an incentive to get stuff finished. It also meant I would need to be obsessively wrapped up in each song when I actually felt like working on something else.

From Mir onwards I started using a hybrid of analogue mixer and ‘in the box’ which enabled me to switch easily between songs while still keeping the benefits of each approach. I prefer this way of working but it tends to mean that I have 10 songs 80% finished and then they all become ready at once.

I’m driven to a large extent by what I call ‘selective nostalgia’ and I use YouTube as a source of inspiration. So, for instance, I’m currently fascinated by post-war British city planning and architecture, and I’m working through a playlist of videos about the regeneration of Glasgow in the 1960s.

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Bah, I had you down for a LoG fan :p

https://www.facebook.com/BritishComedy/videos/the-league-of-gentlemen-death-or-mau-mau/1863823513834945/


Ott responded on 10/30/2018
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I am, I just didn’t spot the reference.

If you’d said “Go Johnny Go Go Go Go” I’d have been there like a shot.

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Zzzzuhzeroooh, Uno, D, D, D, D, D


DOSE


Ott responded on 10/30/2018
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Well, quite.

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Just saw you in Detroit last night. I was so excited to have you in Michigan again! At this point my hubby and I have seen you more in other states than our own so I'm happy to see this might be a place for you to come back to. :) We LOVED the new music. Thank you!!!

You mentioned last night that you were coming from CA, it got me wondering how you travel in the states when on tour. Are you renting a car and driving across the country or flying across the longer stretches?


Ott responded on 10/22/2018
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Hello!

Yes, if it’s driveable [up to 8 hours in a day] we drive it, because airports are shit and we like to be able to open the windows, stop when we like and not have our testicles x-rayed.

Otherwise we have to fly, as we did from Reno to Denver, and then Denver to Detroit yesterday. Now we’re driving to Minneapolis and then back to Chicago, after which Nick and Seb will fly back to London and I’ll go to Austin, TX and then down to Florida for Hulaween.

Thanks for coming out to the show last night, it was one of our favourites of the whole tour. The warmth of the people at that show - the promoters, dancers, painters, crew and organisers, as well as your good selves, the members of the audience - was notable and welcome. Can’t wait to return.

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Favorite candy?


Ott responded on 10/21/2018
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Revels.