I’ve been thinking of doing a sample pack for some time now and have had a few people showing interest. When Toolroom asked me to do this, I knew they were the right partner for me. I often get asked about certain kicks or claps, so for starters I took some samples from my own records, on top of that I’ve created some sounds exclusively for this pack.
I’ve been using Ableton Live for years now for all my production work. I love it and I know it inside out – that’s why I’ve used it to create this library.
I’ve always been drawn to music. Once I got into electronic music it felt natural to learn to DJ. After a few years DJ’ing, I realised it wasn’t enough, so I was determined to make my own music. I bought loads of Future Music magazines – they came with production info and ‘in the studio with’ videos. At that time there were also forums to assemble more info.
At the moment I work completely in the box. I use a Mac mini with Ableton Live. I have a simple midi keyboard with some knobs and a NI Maschine Jam. I’m building a new studio and hope to get some nice hardware synths in there because they’re so much fun to play with!
I had written this record a while ago but we felt it needed a vocal. Cevin Fisher was feeling it and recorded this amazing vocal for it. By that time I thought the vocal was actually better than the record so I went back in and re-wrote the track.
I’d say every week for at least 2 days unless I’m on holiday haha.
I used to get down to the studio 5 days a week, sit down and try to make music. Nowadays I tend to spend less days in the studio but being more effective. I don’t tend to force myself in doing studio work because that doesn’t work for me. It feels like I’m stacking up ideas in my head when I’m not in the studio so when I do get in, the music just flows. Spending less time in the studio actually increased my output.
There’s no real secret TBH – just love what you do and do what you love. When I’m really into a new track I get sucked into it and I don’t need anything else to keep going.
I’ve got loads of new stuff coming up! First up there’s an EP on Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Records in September. In October I have a remix coming out on Circus + a special project on Toolroom which is already being played by Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Camelphat, Mark Knight and Yousef. For November there’s an EP scheduled on Alan Fitzpatrick’s We Are The Brave label.