What is your favorite piece of studio equipment?
Oh wow, just one?! So hard to choose! I have this incredible Bluetooth connected 3D Controller by an Icelandic company called Genkii Instruments, called The Wave Ring – it’s literally a ring you wear on your finger, and you can control music and DJ software with it! It adds an entirely new dimension to making music – makes everything so much more physical! I now have a pair thanks to the guys at Genkii, and I’m experimenting with controlling an entire live show with them at the moment!
3 artists that you’re really loving right now.
I’m going to sound really biased here, but two of them are current MYT AAA Members! Ha! Seriously though, these guys have got huge futures ahead of them. Firstly, it’s Kurt Gasso, one of the winners of the Bushwacka x MYT Remix contest from the back end of last year. He has an incredible sound, so lush, textured and emotive, you can’t help but be swept away by the music he writes.
Secondly, Sebastien Tamayo, from New York, who for me is going to ascend the ranks and be perceived on the same level as the likes of Jon Hopkins, Max Cooper and James Holden in the years to come. His style is so unique – sharp, precise, glitchy and jarring, and yet he manages to imbue so much soul into the sounds of technology freaking out. Incredibly immersive music. Huge. Needs to be heard on big surround sound systems like d&b Soundscape in the future!
Finally a bit of a curveball – I’m a massive Science Fiction geek, and recently I finally fell down the rabbit hole of a show on Amazon called The Expanse. The composer for the show, Clinton Shorter, has written some of the best hybrid orchestral/sound design / synthesised music I’ve heard in a long time. He also did the score for one of my favourite movies, Neil Blomkamp’s District 9. If you love film music, Clinton is a must-listen.
An artist/track that never fails to lift your spirits.
Sasha – Xpander….but you know I might be biased 😉
Something that you’re looking forward to in 2021.
Getting through it in one piece, along with everyone I love. Outside of that, absolutely everything else is a bonus!
We’re loving your new podcast series ‘Beyond The Studio’! Tell us a little bit more about it and any other new projects happening on MYT.
Thanks! Beyond The Studio is everything MYT believes in – becoming the best artist you can be, by becoming the best version of yourself. The podcast consists of long-form conversations that run the whole range of life and experience in dance music, from super-geeky talk about music production, synths, plugins, mixing and mastering, through to personal stories and journeys. No holds barred, no stone left unturned, and it’s an amazing way for listeners to get an insight into who the artists they love really are, and what makes them tick.
I’ve had this idea for years, and ever got round to it, as I didn’t have the platform or the time. I think the pandemic really urged me to get my arse in gear and do a podcast, because it’s a really intimate way to connect with someone, hearing them have a conversation with someone they know well. So far we’ve had Bushwacka, Patrice Baumel, Dave Ralph and Hollywood Composer Jeff Rona on the show, and future episodes coming from Shadow Child, Detroit Swindle, Lydia Laws and Hello Demo’s own Katie Knight of course! It’s available on all major podcast platforms, Apple, Spotify etc!