South African House – Kyle Maclean

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Kyle Maclean is a unique South African house/techno producer from Cape Town. We were given some of his time to ask some questions. 

1. What and or who inspires your music?

Everyday life really, I’m constantly getting inspired just by there being a constant influx of new music and new artists. It’s so easy to find and hear new music out there as everything is so accessible on line these days. I follow a number of artists and labels which keep me up to date with what’s fresh and what makes me want to take something I’m working on to the next level in terms of production and the feeling I’m trying to set. Also surrounding myself with people who are in the same industry keeps me motivated and inspires me to be the best at what I do.

2. When did you start producing music and for how long?

I started studying music production in 2010 at Soul Candi Institute of Music based in Cape Town. So all in all this will be my 5th year producing.

3. Tell us how you started producing house/techno and what do you enjoy about it?

What I really enjoy about producing is the fact that you can create something from nothing and you can take it in any direction you choose to, its very personal. Producing isn’t an easy task and can take hours/days to finish a project. The feeling of sitting back and listening to the final product is what makes it all worth while. I really enjoy learning new ways of doing things such as sound design, music theory and beat structure.

4. Do you see yourself producing similar music styles in years to come or do you think you’ll explore new options?

It’s hard to tell right now. I don’t see myself moving away from the direction I’m in at the moment. Producing changes in time, with styles and taste in what I’m wanting to release, so for now I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I do like to experiment, so I may start up a project file and create something completely different just to expand from what I know and create something new. This doesn’t necessarily mean it will be released. It’s all about learning new things.

5.  Are you ever completely satisfied with your productions?

I’m never completely satisfied with my productions. Well, at least at first I am, I will always listen back on a track and think of ways I could have changed it in terms of the production, layout, mix-down etc. However, there also comes a point where you need to accept its finished and move on. Another reason for me saying that, is that with producing your constantly learning and evolving at what you do which is another reason you may look back and want to correct something as you will have learnt new things along the way.

6. What software and gear do you use to produce? What would you like to have or use in the future?

I’ve used Reason, Fl Studio and now Cubase. I really like Cubase and have been using it for the past 3 years. I like the blank canvas feel and the versatility it offers you. I am also interested in both Abelton and Logic and plan on trying these out. In terms of gear, I don’t have any hardware unfortunately, plugin software is what’s being used at the moment. Of course I hope this changes in the near future, as I have a big wish list to fill. First thing I want to buy is the Mini Moog phatty or Moog Voyager.

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7. Do you have a favourite piece of music to date?

That’s a tough question. Off the top of my head, I would choose Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky and Sand. I’m a big fan of the track and movie. Another would have to be Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (Holden Remix). Both great tracks!

8. What can we expect from you production wise in the next year, do you have any tracks on the way?

Production wise I have a lot of new tracks I’m currently working on, with a new EP and a few singles planned. I’ll also be working a few Remix’s, which I’m looking forward to as well as collaborations.

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Vietnam trip: phenomenal footage

Many students decide during or after their studies to travel through Asia. Usually they travel toward Southeast Asia, so they can see and experience a lot for a little amount of money.
The two brothers from Moscow, Georgy and Daniil Tarasov, have made a 45-day trip through Vietnam and captured the whole journey on camera. The Vietnam trip begins in the train and then goes further through the cities of Vietnam. After this nature is explored by bicycle, a rowing boat and even a scooter. The images are truly phenomenal! This makes me so excited to travel myself. Can’t wait for the summer!

Music: ”My Home” by Talisco

Meet Sam Lyon

We interviewed Sam Lyon, an up & coming producer from York UK.

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Sam Lyon – Alive ”Reminds us of the early Seven Lions”

1. What and or who inspires your music?

Artists such as Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond and Deadmau5 are big inspirations for me and are the main reason that I started producing. The inspiration I get these days really depends on what I’m listening to before I produce. If I hear a song that interests me, it will often influence my next track in some way.

2. How long have you been producing music?

It must be around 7-8 years now since I made my first ever track.

3. Tell us how you started producing? What do you enjoy about it?

I first attempted to make electronic music on an old play station game that I had, it wasn’t until around 2009 though that I discovered FL Studio and saw how much more advanced it was in comparison and the different capabilities it had. A couple of years later I decided to get some proper speakers and a midi keyboard and began to build a home studio. What I really enjoy about producing is the fact that I can open a blank project file and within an hour or so have a brand new idea that begins to really excite me, you just don’t always know how a track is going to develop as there are so many possibilities.

4. Do you see yourself producing similar music styles in years to come or do you think you’ll explore new options?

I’ve been a fan of EDM for as long as I can remember, so yes, I think I will still be making similar music in the coming years. My sound will probably evolve however, my tracks now sound very different to what they were like a few years ago and I am sure that I will experiment with different genres, but I reckon there will always be features of EDM present within my tracks.

5. When are you completely satisfied with your productions?

It varies with each track. Some tracks I find I can be satisfied with in a few days, whilst some can take a few months or even longer. I have many work in progress tracks that sometimes take me a while to finish or I can simply get bored of them and not want to work on them any-more. I find that generally it takes about a week or 2 after the track is finished and I listen back to it that I feel completely satisfied with it and by then I’m probably working on something else.

6. What software and gear do you use to produce? What would you like to have or use in the future?

My setup is quite simple and pretty much consist of my laptop, KRK RP5s, headphones, launchpads and a midi keyboard. My main DAW is still FL Studio, I find that I can work really quickly with it and haven’t found another software that I’m as comfortable as I am with that. I do also use Logic, however I only really use this if I am recording or doing a final mix/master of a track. My go to synths have to be Sylenth1 and I’ve lately been using Xfer’s Serum, it is pretty much just these 2 synths that you hear in my productions. In the future I would like to use some hardware synths within my tracks, but I’m not looking at getting one at the moment.

7. What’s your all time favourite piece of music to date?

This is quite a tough one as I like a lot of music not only within the EDM genre. However if I had to choose one I think my favourite piece to date would have to be Mat Zo’s track ‘The Lost’, which I think still sounds as good as it did when it was released and I never get bored of it.

8. What can we expect from you production wise in the next year?

Well you can expect to see a few tracks released on Atoma Records that show my progressive house style. I’m currently working on a few deep house tracks, which may possibly be released in the future. I’ve also got a few other work in progress tracks that have been unfinished for a while, so hopefully I will get round to finishing them too.

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