Prior to the release of his second EP on Second Circle, label friend and artist Dazion (@thedazion) delivers the 6th mix in the series. Q&A (excerpt) here below.
MFM: Hey Cris, you're originally from The Hague and still live there, correct? How is the music scene over there, is it different from the rest of NL?
D: Yes, born and raised! Well, The Hague has always had a big Indie and Rock reputation. Needless to say, electronic music has always been there, but maybe not as exposed to daylight as it does right now. For me the foundation has always been the Cybernetic Broadcasting System. There used to be kind of a government issued ban on ‘house’ and ‘dance’ music, because of some stupid ass brawls in a club. Luckily there’s a whole new crew of young guns, clubs and organisations, doing amazing things for electronic music in The Hague. So I’m super stoked to be here at this time and place. I guess you can say, that there’s kind of a difference between The Hague and the rest of NL. We’re a small town hahah.
MFM: How important is playing instruments to you in the process of producing music as Dazion?
D: I would say, it really does give me a lot more playroom, if I add more instruments to my process. I mean, it’s so sick to learn how to play a new instrument. Last year I picked up the flute, and just decided to give myself a deadline, so I have to do it in front of a live audience. Hahah I know it sounds crazy, but it really works for me! In general I feel like people tend to be a bit hesitant towards learning to play instruments. But you would be surprised, how fast it can go, once you dive into it. I can’t read notes, and most musicians would probably kick my ass, if they would ever analyse my consistency, or use of notes hahah, but I am friends with my imperfections. So buy a kazoo! Do it!
MFM: Do you have certain traditions or workflows when in the studio?
D: Oh, I’ll start anywhere….hooking up cables, and spend 30 mins looking for a power supply, or just randomly press some keys. The thing is: I have this super tiny workspace/studio, that is kind of packed with gear. I’ll probably start with my go-to tool, which is a set of Samson c-02 condensator mics, and start recording percussive stuff. Could be a piece of wood, or metal. I’ll probably end up shaping the audio file, and start tweaking with effects. I really love looping stuff through guitar pedals. It hisses a ton of white noise because of shitty connections, but that, to me, adds to the sound. Once I have something I like, I’ll start experimenting with some of my rack synths. I Have a Roland Super JV that I’m really fond of. Most of the time, some weird combinations emerge, and I’ll take it from there!
MFM: Your new EP again includes vocal contributions. Do you seek for collaborations on purpose while writing music, or do they happen spontaneously as well maybe?
D: It’s not a real ‘must’ for me, but in a certain style of production, it just gives it an extra dimension. Especially if it’s in a different language. It’s actually more like…’oh this might sound sick with a (let’s say) so and so vocal on it’! I’ll have a vocal melody in my head, and once I’m meeting with the artist, I’ll start singing it to them. As a guideline. I always get a great reaction, because I REALLY can’t sing. But I somehow manage to get my intention through. It’s always a combined effort, because they know how to approach certain steps better that I do, so I’m like: ‘lets do it your way!’ Hell, I’m the one that takes notes here haha.
MFM: Did you have any particular idea or goal in mind when preparing or making the mix?
D: Well, as far as doing a mix, I think it might be cool if it’s more of a listening thing…I love to get out the weird stuff. I’ve been making rips for like two days, so yeah let’s see how you guys like it hahah.