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House Music DJ and EDM Artist Uberdrop is having a busy year finishing his new EP "The Uberfunk" and performing after his move to London last year. "I wanted to set my new base up in London as I've always seen it as the hub for all types of club music", says Uberdrop. "The house and electro scene is really thriving here, and DJ's aren't afraid to break away from the mainstream in their sets and take more risks musically. To me that's what being a great DJ is all about", he continues.
We catch up we Uberdrop as he's about to get into his morning routine in the studio near Victoria Station in central London. The "venti" (huge) Starbucks coffee is according to Uberdrop as key to making music as his many synthesizers and modules. "I need my coffee", he laughs. "It's my muse, and keeps me focused. To me focus is what allows for something as abstract and random as music, to transform into something something truly beautiful". I can't do anything but agree as I get my notepad out for the interview.
The Uberdrop sound reminds me of Deadmau5, Eric Prydz and Axwell and sometimes. Are those guys artists you listened to, and what are your influences when making music?
- Yeah the are all amazing artists and songwriters so I'll take that as a compliment. I grew up listening to all sorts of music but the big influences in my mind are probably the early Cassius, Prodigy and Daft Punk tracks when it comes to house, and then probably any old 80's or 90's track on vinyl. From Quincy Jones to Kraftwerk. There's still nothing that can compare with the warm tube like sound of the records from that era.
Do you use analog or digital synths in your mixes?
- I use both. If I can get the sound I want from digital I'm not gonna be a snob about it and recreate, or find it on the original synth. But for a lot of those vintage base sounds, you sometimes need to get your hands dirty on the patch boards. Usually a mix of the two will give you the best of both worlds, especially if you mix it on a real console. I try to do that as much as possible and book a studio with an SSL or similar for the final mix if I'm not writing/producing as I'm traveling, which happens a lot.
What do you think of the new revival of electro and house music under the more Americanized "EDM" label?
- For me, good music will always be good music, no matter what you call it. If people want to put labels on things to understand it better, who am I to stop them. I think the crowd that have always been listening to house music and electro before it was EDM, will most likely listen to it after the hype is over too. For those fans it's more about your personal experience than what's on the radio and in the charts. The rest will move on to the next hype, I'm certain. In a way I kind of miss the days when listening to EDM felt like you belonged to a secret club in a way but mostly, i just embrace lol.
Tell a little about your recent projects and what you are working on at the moment.
- Well 2013 was a busy year for me doing remixes and some ghost producing on the side. I really enjoyed remixing Maria Mena's "F*** You". She's a great artist who's not afraid of speaking her mind and being real with people which I like. But mostly I've been focusing on my own material and the new EP. It's been a challenge finding new and interesting voices for the vocal tracks but I'm very happy with the way it's developed now, where I'm featuring two young debut artist on those tracks.
What synths and software do you use?
- I use alot of Sylenth, Massive and even Nexus on the digital end and then old Moog and Oberheim synths when I can get a hold of them. I was recently in a studio where they had five old Moog's so I spent more time playing with them than producing. When it comes to software I'm a 100% Logic man these days. I'm just faster in Logic than in ProTools or FL Studio so it's an easy choice. To me being good at your craft in music productions is very much about speed, being able to try new ideas fast and quickly finding and tweaking the sound you need in a track. If I can't find the sound or sample I want fast enough, I go mad.
Interview by: Marc Davies
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