If you'd like some horns, that wont instantly trigger the word "jazz" in your mind, but you would still like to have a real sax instead of samples, then I AM your man! I love what rules the world and that's pop music!! REGGAE, HIP HOP, AFROBEAT, TECHNO, FOLK, AMBIENT, ELECTRONIC, AMERICANA, HARD ROCK, COUNTRY, EXPERIMENTAL,
I also produce my own music within the spheres of jazz, dub, hip hop and electronic. I'm very proud to release my very first single "Bolero Dub". I think musicians and producers can have two very different mindsets and it's damn hard to be both!
I've played with countless bands and DJ's covering genres from grunge to hip hop and supported singer song writers. I've been continuously playing saxophone ever since I started three decades ago and have managed to develop as a musician and saxophonist in spite of coming and going DIY struggles.
Daily life was flooded with music from renaissance to modern 24/7 in my childhood and my mum would take me with her to the opera house, where I would hang out with the stage engineers and watch the rehearsals.
At music university, colleagues where giving me that feeling, that Jazz was the only true genre and horn players would claim Coltrane to be the only true saxophonist.
-But studying jazz was an important part of the journey, my sax teacher was obsessed with Coltrane, which strongly influenced my tone.
And playing with rock bands in my late twenties helped me establish fatness in my tone and fitness in my lungs!:-)
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Interview with SPACEKONSTA
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm proud of my work and the time as a music teacher, in a small village south of Vienna, Austria. I had a great relationship to my colleagues, the Kids and their parents, we where one big family for nearly a decade and everyone had me covered.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Blowing the horn, creating great and timeless music, artistic freedom, independence, passion, rocking after parties with techno DJs, hotel rooms and hooking up with real fans following you around the globe.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Apart from the usual admin questions not much. Producers know what to expect from me, so they hire me because of my sound and approach. They trust me on finding the right mood and tone for their production.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Just because I blow the horn, does NOT mean I like to play jazz.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: WORK WITH ME!!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Laptop, my headphones, a solar driven battery and tons of weed;-) Yeah, I'd choose my laptop over my horn. It's lousy to play outdoors, I actually hate to play outdoors, no reverb, it feels like shouting numb, so there's really no point at all in taking it with me.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Most of the time in the past thirty years, I was basically four things: a procrastinating music freak, a full time music teacher, a sax player and a single father of two great sons. I never aspired on building a career as a musician. In fact the environment I spent a majority of my time with was scarcity driven and coined of constant self doubt. Luckily I did have a great sax teacher, which I only fully understand today. I'm so thankful, he taught me all the other important things about blowing the horn, apart from bebop scales, which I was bored of and too lazy to practice. I jammed to Jackson and Run D.M.C. and instead of improvising I learned how to invent suitable phrases on the fly.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Tasteful and versatile no matter the genre. My tone represents a mix of Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Maceo Parker and Jan Garbarek.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Writing and producing my own instrumental dub/reggae/trip hop songs, I also cover songs, using sax as lead instrument, trying to stick as close as possible to the original vocals. I'm constantly producing music and working to up my DAW skills on Ableton.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can make up a melody or phrase that anyone will genuinely fall in love with. Comments from the audience on countless gigs or recording sessions have proven that to me. I can sense what a song needs and I will mostly invent something complementary on the fly. If you need a specific melody or phrase, I can learn very fast, if it gets more complex, I'm happy to have scores at my disposal. I have basic piano skills and I am fairly fond of chord progressions. I would say, I will approach things similarly on keys.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I unpack my horn, set up touchAble on my iPad, start my Ableton recording template, connect touchAble to Ableton, find my position behind the mic and press record. I often get best takes and interesting hooks from the jammings in the beginning of my session ,when the horn is still cold and I'm not familiar with the song yet. A session can take only ten minutes or last for the whole f* day!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rick Rubin, Brian Eno, Audio Issues, Ill.GATES, The Six Figure Homestudio Podcast, Brian Funk, Ableton, Jan Garbarek, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Prince and so many, many more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record in my bed and living room and mix in my kitchen, I posted some pics on my website. I record in a dead silent environment and have the space at my disposal 24/7. I use a MacBookPro and a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24DSP Board, a Roede NT1000 and a AKG Perception. Since I've recorded stuff for myself and others for decades now, I'm pretty used to do all the post editing and comping, so I can offer that in addition to the recordings, in case you don't want to edit the takes yourself.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Record awsome sax takes that everyone will love.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My debut album, going in depth with music licensing, learning further music production skills, preparing for my career in the pop music business as saxophonist.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: If we don't find ways to accept, learn and adapt to technology, we will be overrun by it and turn to irrelevant zombies with nothing left to do but to wait for our death.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Delivery according to agreed terms. Passion, devotion and further discussion and reviews, as long as they make sense to me. Don't worry, I always record a bunch of takes and normally it narrows to at least three editable takes, that you can comp or keep in your sample library for further use, as long as you credit me.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I take a listen of course and suggest to use skype or similar to have a personal chat to get started.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Massive Attack, Grace Jones, Fat Freddy's Drop, Nick Cave, Chris Goss, Josh Homme, Rammstein, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Kanye, Drake, Tipper, Acido Pantera, WuTang Clan, Tony Allen, Rick Rubin, Dr. Dre, Jon Spencer And The Blues Explosion, Dr. Jon, ZZ Top, LCD Soundsystem, The Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Underworld, Sandoz, Mad Professor, Eminem, Neil Young, Peter Fox, Seeed, Jan Delay, Hugo Kant, Quantic, Blockhead, Radiohead, Juice WRLD, Because they are the best and their music resonates with me no matter the genre or style.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Only procrastinate by producing music when you should actually be doing boring office stuff trying to become successful in the DIY music biz;-)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Musicality, depth, uniqueness and beauty. Drive, energy, color and variation. With passion and thirty years of experience in my guts.