Artist on Rushdown, Exobolt, 04 Collective, Twitch Streamer, Content Creator
Pablo "Paul" Pérez, known as modus, is an artist from Spain born in 2001 and active since 2014. Spanning a wide variety of electronic genres - specializing in the melodic side of things - his unmistakable sound & long-term vision for an intertwined discography with overarching storyline has positioned him as a promising figure in the melodic/colour bass scene. Meticulous and forward-thinking, he's the brains behind the long-running New Year Protocol Series, and has signed tracks with labels such as Exobolt, 04 Collective, and most notably Rushdown, where he released his debut album “No Limits LP”. Supported by established artists within the scene, such as Xilent, Au5, Chime and Ace Aura, with years of music theory expertise and a decade-long piano background, his approach to composition makes him an emergent creator that pioneers the sound of the realm beyond.
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Interview with modus
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I personally work with digital at high sampling frequencies due to its far easier & convenient workflow.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My biggest solo project has to be the New Year Protocol Series: a story told through multiple chapters; each being a song that I release every year, in January. This is usually my biggest release/event every year, complete with visuals & even a live ARG. It also takes the longest to make out of everything I do. We're currently approaching the 6th chapter! Rushdown's Colour Bass Vol. I has to be one of the highlights too. It was a compilation meant to define the Colour Bass genre they've been building and promoting for so long. I provided a song called "Over Me", one of my favorite compositions yet.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my absolute best to give you the result I'd be looking for if I were to work on one of my own tracks.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Before sending your premaster off to an engineer, think about any decisions that can be made prior to mixing or mastering to improve the initial production. Engineers & producers often work very closely to reach a consensus. I'm hungry for your input on what's ultimately your music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming the electricity part was covered... Laptop Flashlight An SOS flare Some water A boat to ride the seven seas!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in this scene for the better part of 6 years now. I started small, like really small. I remember the days when a label would be managed through a Skype group; I used to go full contract-less as well. I've been slowly but steadily climbing up the ladder; from small collectives to labels run by a group of friends; and finally bigger places like Rushdown.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sounds from the future. Lush atmospheres combined with violent sound design. Stories turned music. Lots of jazzy piano solos & reverb swells.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with any of the inspirations I mentioned in this interview. They've been staples of the melodic scene for way longer than me, and collaborating with them on a project would mean learning from the big leagues. Goals!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: This is a career of endurance; don't expect results overnight. Think about your music from the listener's perspective. Upon a writer's block, try not to think about it too much: disconnect from the music scene; give some time to yourself, and go with the flow. When you least expect it, that inspiration you were looking for can and will show up.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creating fresh soundscapes & developing stories with music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The "modus touch"? :)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup has been almost completely revamped this year, with a pair of Yamaha HS8 speakers, Sennheiser HD650 headphones with Sonarworks for the most accurate response, and a Focusrite Scarlett DAC to provide the cleanest output.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I can give the final touch to your next song with my mixing & mastering skills, perfected over years of experience in the electronic music scene, and make your track stand out without damaging dynamics or losing details.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Building new paths in the electronic music spectrum. Trying to be ahead of my time.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new to this platform, so let's see a few months from now!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I can express feelings without words.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you streaming this week? Haha, I get asked that a lot
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Definitely the idea that music producers just twist knobs or take bits from other songs. Computers are more versatile than you think!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What specific sound are you looking for? Are there any references you'd like me to take into account? What do you like to hear in a song as a consumer?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My forté has to be electronic music, but I'm open to mix and master different genres as well to improve my experience as a sound engineer.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start out a song by developing a drop. The rest usually follows suit. Perseverance, organization & pursuit of perfection is also the name of the game.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My musical style has been inspired by many things: from classical/piano scores back at the academy, to electronic artists that have pushed the envelope of sound design, and kickstarted the melodic movement, like Xilent, Au5 or Chime, just to name a few.