Would you say that music is a natural talent/skill for you? Or is it a thing you've had to "work hard at" to develop and enjoy? Was getting into it a mental struggle? or fairly straightforward?

Ott responded on 06/22/2012

It is very hard to tell whether having an aptitude for something is innate or learned. I have worked very hard at learning to interpret sound in my own way.

I do find it very easy to approach a new piece of equipment and make it do what I want it to but, again, I have no idea whether this is a skill I have learned or whether I am naturally disposed to it. Probably a bit of both.

Deciding to devote my energy to making music was very easy - it's the only thing I've ever really wanted to do. When I was 13 'pop musician' looked like the best job in the world, with all the sex, drugs, money and international travel. Why aim lower?

However, it was a huge struggle getting myself into a position where I could make a living from my own music, although I can see now that I massively over-complicated things by trying to fit in with whatever was fashionable at the time.

Letting go of that was the key to everything.

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