"Bella Unwin is all about retro instruments paired with the wonders of modern production to create a dissociative pop ambience that’s as thick as fog." - PURPLE SNEAKERS
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Interview with Bella Unwin
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - What would you like the listeners to feel when listening to your track? - Less is more? or Keep the listeners surrounded with dimensions of soundscapes? - Who are your main influences? - Where were you and how did you feel when you created your track?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is key - If a thorough brief is provided and we communicate both sides of ideas, have good fun theres no reason why we can't achieve the result we are looking for! Most importantly, let's have a good time. Creating is exciting.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: - Arturia Key Lab Essential 61 - Roland SPD-SX sample pad (If i had enough money to buy one) - Apple Macbook pro - Microphone - Akai Apc key 25
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I wish to work as a professional Music Producer, Sound Designer and maybe one day own my own label. I have been producing music for 4 1/2 years, starting out my journey with and AKAI APC key 25 learning the 4 track Ableton.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: This is a hard one; I would describe my style of approach to producing as a fun rollercoaster of arpeggio synth experiments to detailed catchy drum beats which I dance along to while I create them.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with SASSY 009 or Jessy Lanza, as they both two of my favourite female producers who inspire me. So I would love to just share ideas and learn from them.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get your ideas down first as you can tweak them later. It's easy to start editing an element of a song then loose track of your initial path of idea. I f you get all of whats happening in the moment of creative flow in your DAW all those exciting editing ideas can be done afterwards.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I generally work on pop electronic, synth soundscapes, although I don't like to narrow myself down to this one genre as I like to venture out of my comfort zone, so sometimes I find myself creating minimal house, techno, R&B beats and more to broaden my skill set.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I find drum and percussion layers my favourite part about creating a track, I find it my strongest skill the skill i've work hard to perfect as these elements are usually the skeletal elements to my work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I enjoy using classic analog synth pads and keys; the kind which gives you goosebumps. Detailed catchy drum and percussion layers are also what I get a thrill out of production. Theres always a spare nook for another sound which can add so much dimension to a percussion loop.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I find when I start a new project I initially start with creating the beat and then percussion. In my Ableton workflow I try to keep the tracks neat and specifically named as I work a lot from the arrangement view in Ableton Live 10. After this initial organisation I begin to play around with melodies, working out a chord progression which captures my mood, the bass line comes next. Next I like to add a bit or personality to the skeleton of a new project, this might be a bit of reverb or delay on a particular percussion sample or an effect on the melody track. I work in verses, meaning that when I reach the chorus sections of my projects I'll try and change the bassline and melody, or add another melody or extra drum or percussion layer to add more depth and keep the listeners interested. Sometimes I have lyrics already written and when creating a project I’ll use these, but crop edit and change lyrics which best fits to the new project. Or sometimes I’ll start with the music of the new project and try to write new lyrics to the song. It all depends on how I feel and the flow of productivity I am in at the time. I’ll let the project evolve into something from these initial steps.