Ott
Q

You have repeatedly warned against the dangers of genre and stylistic labels for producers/musicians in a few contexts briefly, but could you please expand upon it? How does it relate to making mistakes in the more technical senses vs a broader approach to creative openness and design philosophy in general? I am thinking back to a guitarists interview I read long ago where he said growing up he deliberately avoided learning to play anybody elses music (e.g. to practice metallica or hendrix etc by rote) as a means of fidelity to his own sound and creativity. Does this relate at all with what you mean?


Ott responded on 12/16/2013
A

Yeah, pretty much.

The reason I do this is to externalise the shapes in my head and share them with others. I'm not interested in recreating the shapes in somebody else's head and when you sit down and say "I'm going to do dubstep/D&B/house..." etc, that's what you are doing. You're choosing to conform to a set of rules laid down in advance and this predetermines a lot of what you'll end up with.

I can see the value of that as an artform and I love a bit of filthy D&B as much as the next person, but that isn't what I make music for. The whole value in creating sound, for me, is trying to show people the things I hear in my head when I'm out walking or just about to drift off to sleep.

A big part of my process these days is humming or describing things into my iPhone while I'm out and about and then recreating them in the studio later from my own dictation.

The whistling and growly vocal on the end of Mr Balloon Hands is actually me, recorded on my phone whilst walking the dogs.

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