Derobla is the alter ego of Samuel Escudero, an electronic composer and producer but also a live performer from Barcelona, Spain. His music, a seamless combination between the darkest techno, idm, experimental electronica and ambient music, can drive you through a world full of textures and soundscapes with heavy broken rythms and catchy riffs.
- Music instructor @Sonopro Sound Academy, Barcelona.
- Solo artist as "Derobla"
- Composer & Sound Designer
- Session guitarist
- 1/2 of Wölva
- 1/4 of e-sweat
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Interview with Samuel Escudero
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Sound Design for Commercials and Interactive instalations but also some pop & indie electronica songs.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: A lot of names here: Tchad Blake, Tony Masserati, Richard Devine,
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 2 pair of nearfield monitors: Mackie HR824 + Tannoy Reveal 6 with a Palmer monicon Speaker control. Analog 16ch mixer DDA. Benchmark DAC1 + Sennheiser HD650 for headphone reference. RME Fireface 802 as Audio Interface. Behringer BCR + BCF for midi control (mixing tasks). Vermona DRM II + MFB 502 + Korg ER1 as Drum Machines. Arturia Minibrute, Korg MicroKorg and Rucci Maximal Drone as Synthetizers. Parker Fly Artist + Carvin DC127 as guitars. Fender TwinReverb as guitar amp. Rode NT1 as condenser mic. Ableton + Push2 + APC40 + Alesis VI25 + Alesis VI49 as main DAW and controllers. Protools 12 for mixing and mastering.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Composition on piano or guitar, translation with midi pickup or midi master keyboard into DAW. Complete harmony, melody or rythm production. After that, sound design stage.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Perseverance --> daily work.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My own career as solo artist under the name 'Derobla', making some idm-ambient with techno reminiscences
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be patient & be creative, put limits on you and make the effort to go beyond.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Swiss Knife.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since 11 studying guitar, musical theory and singing. After that I start to learn music production using Logic 5 and after a while also Ableton Live, to use it as an instrument on stage. Meanwhile I study a degree in Law and I did a post-degree in Music Business at UPF Barcelona. Now I´m working as music instructor at Sonopro Sound Academy at Barcelona.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My loved Parker Fly Artist guitar, nothing more. A truly analog gear, non electricity needed to play and enjoy it, so perfect for an island.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The difficult question is: what I don´t like?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be satisfied, for sure.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A mix of both, analog for the character and unique touch on productions, digital for the flexibility recording and processing the signal in any way.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Second EP under Derobla, first EP for Wölva (together with catalonia singer Ariadna Rulló), first EP for esmé (live project with electronica and acoustic instruments).