What are you working on at the moment?
this week i'm playing keyboards on the Berlin based Lean Bravo-s album, who is a good friend of mine. After that i'll be going back to the instrumental version of Hello by Adele which i have just created. Then i'll work on my instrumentals that just await singers, and practice for my piano recital that will take place in December.
Analog or digital and why?
full digital, probably i'd use a few pieces of gear if i had them, but nowadays you can just live in the box and get the same sound, with ultimate flexibility
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
basically almost all my life. The career path is twisted, but for everybody i guess.
How would you describe your style?
groovy electronic pop with a touch of jazz
Can you share one music production tip?
i often like to blend more reverbs so that one is responsible for the 'early' sound, while another one is creating a tail. This way the reverb sounds more 3d.
When you are writing your chords, try notes that are out of the chosen scale. If you can find a place to fit these notes, it will give a very fresh character to the song.
What type of music do you usually work on?
nowadays usually "pop" songs which can be anything from R'n'B to acoustic Pop.
These days people want 'trap' - which can also be many things.
What's your strongest skill?
harmony, rhythm, sound
What do you bring to a song?
freshness, creativity, musicality, depth, more meaning, more groove
What's your typical work process?
Usually i'm starting with a groove, either on the drums or on the keys, and then i build the song around it. I write the chorus first usually and then add the other elements.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Running Logic X with many software plugins, Apogee Duet conversion into Yamaha Msp10 studio monitoring. Dedicated studio space with recordable instruments.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
great classical composers and great jazz musicians
Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Claude Debussy, Steve Roach, Sergei Prokofiev
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
writing a song with/for a vocalist
writing a composition for a briefing
creating a backing track from an existing song