1.) What genre do you usually make and why do you make this genre so often? Do you like spreading out to different genres?
Well, a lot of game remixes, some house, some electro, some jazz, some orchestra... anything really as long as I know the form of how it works.
2.) What is your favourite genre to listen to? Or will you just listen to anything?
Anything that really isn't too much one one side or another (think RnB vs. Rap, rock vs. Death metal, Jpop vs. traditional Japanese music lol... I've never been partial, but never too indepth)
3.) Are you taking music as a career or is it just a hobby?
Not sure if I could take it as a career, but I would like to.
4.) Do you play any instruments? If so, what do you play?
Trumpet, Euphonium (probably haven't heard of that one lol), Piano (beginner), Guitar (beginner)
5.) What does the music-making process entail for you? How do you get your inspiration? What steps do you usually take to make a full song?
Oh boy... it used to be easy... just come up with an idea and put it together, and then slap it on an mp3 file, and voila! I'm done...
Not anymore lol... Now it consist of creating an idea, saving it as an .flp file (if I have the idea with me) and save it to work on later. Come back to .flp file and start working on it.
Step one: Create all the parts, put them in the order I would like, make sure all the harmonies are working together, work on making a complex drumline, take a break, come back and listen if things don't sound correct, repeat and rince, then once I'm confident of what I hear, I'll export every part as a .wav file.
Step two: Import .wav file into edison, then put it on the track in the same order as it was in the exported file. Start working on cutting down on frequencies, boosting frequencies in needed places (drums or weak synth), leveraging between what need to be at the top vs. the bottom, adding extra effect to some of the synths, and just about anything that isn't at the creation stage. Once that's finished, I export the song as a .wav file.
Step three: Import the full song as a .wav file, and work on altering it so that the frequencies aren't too powerful. Possibly add more effect, but at this step, I'd highly recommend against it. Export it as .mp3 and .wav to be posted online.
6.) What's more important to you? Putting your own thoughts and emotions in your track, telling a story, or making something that sounds good?
For me, first and foremost, it has to sound good to me. If it doesn't, I usually scrap the idea as I know people will think the same. I then see if I can gather some emotions within the song... if not, oh well, probably didn't need it anyway lol.
7.) Which is the hardest part of making music for you? Why?
"Step One" is definitely the hardest because it requires the most creativity. There will be times when I'm working on a song and I have no clue what to do next... one of the con about being original, but when you have "writer's block", you just gotta power through it and continue on.
8.) What do you enjoy about making music?
I think for most of us that are responding to this... it's something we love to do.
9.) What is the most important thing to look out for when producing a track?
Making sure frequencies don't kill the listener.
10.) How much importance do you give to mixing, mastering and overall technical production of your music, as opposed to its composition?
I say that composition is most important, but I wouldn't rate the technical skill as being any less important... I would even argue that both require the same amount of attention, because you may have some excellent composition skills, but because frequencies was killing the song (which happened on my first fl studio file), nobody likes it at all... So it's really important to have both as tools to work on your song.