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Man I totally feel what you said bout the city madness, each point of it.. What can I do to escape ? I grew up and lived most of my life here, I know there is a way out but keep feeling stuck -_-
any general advice ?

Love.


Ott responded on 08/13/2018
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I'm not sure how to advise you, but for myself I just found a cheap house in the country, grabbed my studio and my cats, said goodbye to all my friends and left. That was in 1998.

Four years later I started releasing records and never looked back. Two years after that I met my wife and two years after that we had a daughter. Two years after that we moved to Spain and two years after that we moved back to the UK.

Cities are expensive and distracting. There's always something to do, which is entertaining in the short-term but ultimately I found it unfulfilling.

Time moves slower in the country. I found my focus shifted away from constantly distracting myself with drugs and parties and taxis and pizzas, and I became more amenable to stuff like walking and fresh air and quiet contemplation. The lack of noise, air and light pollution brought health benefits almost immediately and the greater distances between things meant I took more exercise by default.

I recommend it.

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What does a typical day look like for you?


Ott responded on 08/13/2018
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I don't really have typical days. My life is a 50 year study in avoiding routine.

I like to walk my dogs, hang out with my family, ride my motorcycle, eat cake, drink coffee, listen to music, watch Game Of Thrones, and Vikings on TV, Russian car crash videos on YouTube, or post-war British documentary films on my laptop.

At some point each day I sit in my studio and try to advance whatever piece of music I'm currently working on and I'm never in bed before 3am. That's about as typical as it gets.

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Any pro tips on motifs and riffs?


Ott responded on 08/13/2018
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Make sure they're awesome.

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1) What are your routines when it comes to getting kick and bass to sound good when they hit together?

2) Do you use extreme EQ settings?

Best wishes from Russia!


Ott responded on 08/02/2018
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Здравствуйте.

1. First thing to do is to make sure your bassline and kik pattern are not shit. Second thing is to make sure the bass and kik are in tune with each other. This probably means tuning the kik drum to match the key of the song. Use compression and EQ to shape them to your liking. Monitor quietly and periodically place your thumb on the speaker cone to feel how they are interacting with each other.

2. Less so as time goes on. Occasionally a sound needs a 12dB cut or boost but I find my EQ settings become more and more subtle as the production progresses. At mixdown I’m doing ½ dB cuts and boosts.

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What are your most used plugins?


Ott responded on 08/02/2018
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Waves L2, Waves F6, Waves Puigtech 670, Waves H-Delay.

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What synth did you use for the lead in queen of all everything?


Ott responded on 08/02/2018
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That is my friend and bandmate Nick Holden singing through a band pass filter.

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Why you sold out? I remember you trashing vinyl a few years ago..


Ott responded on 07/09/2018
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Great question, glad you asked.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Ott.

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How do you pull of such gratuitous amounts of discipline (proven in your music and answers here) in such a lighthearted manner? It seems this is my biggest "self-growth" obstacle and that you possess a demonstrable mastery of this characteristic. I often teeter-todder where it seems you have a way to put them on the same side? How do you think in terms of these things?


Ott responded on 07/09/2018
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I'd never considered it to be honest. I suppose it's just knowing that everything is easier if you're not a miserable bastard.

Not forgetting, of course, that my internet persona is a carefully curated facade, designed to attract positive approbation for my oeuvre.

I'm quite a jolly person, most of the time, but I imagine I'm probably a dick to be around when I'm working on a song or trying to get the fuck into, or out of, an airport.

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Could you go a bit more into your hatred of cities? I've lived in/near them my whole life and now that I'm about to graduate I'm wondering if going somewhere quieter will help with my creativity/productivity/social anxiety.

What do you love about being in relative isolation in the countryside? What repulses you when you're in a city?


Ott responded on 07/09/2018
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Dog shit, crack heads, concrete, dumpster juice, street violence, people shouting at 3:00am, the overbearing presence of cars, expensive housing, light pollution, air pollution, noise pollution, and a 360-degree man-made horizon, formed predominantly from right-angles.

As opposed to the inverse of that. No-brainer.

I lived in London all through my 20s and I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. Then I hit thirty and realised I wanted to leave and never go back there again. That feeling persists.