At 10/6/12 07:21 PM, Step wrote:
1.) What genre do you usually make and why do you make this genre so often? Do you like spreading out to different genres?
I'm not so sure I make just 1 genre over any others any more, a few years ago, I would have said metal... but lately, I pretty much split my time more or less evenly between metal, orchestral and electronic. So... yes, I like spreading out to different genres.
2.) What is your favourite genre to listen to? Or will you just listen to anything?
Favorite genre to listen to is metal (Usually melodic or orchestral metal), but I'm open to pretty much every kind of music except country... My personal playlist is extremely diverse, from Beethoven, to dubstep, to metal, to trance... and more.
3.) Are you taking music as a career or is it just a hobby?
I'd love to have music as a career... unfortunately, musical talent is practically useless in society's eyes, so that's kind of hard to achieve when you're flat broke all the time.
4.) Do you play any instruments? If so, what do you play?
Yes. Guitar, bass, piano, clarinet, tenor saxophone, drums... practically any instrument I can get my hands on, I will try learn how to play.
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?
Step one: Motivation, inspiration (Usually from an event in my life or just pulled directly from my own emotions).
Step two: Screw around on instrument of choice (Depending on what my motivation/inspiration is, or where it came from) until I find a melody I like.
Step three: Expand on melody until a full song pops out.
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?
All of the above, my songs almost always tell a story of my emotions while I was writing the song... save maybe my trance tracks, I'll admit those are kind of empty when it comes to emotional input. But everything else is pulled straight from my emotions, and more often than note, they play out like a story, and I don't bother releasing it unless it gets the point across and sounds good doing so.
7.) Which is the hardest part of making music for you? Why?
Finding just the right melody or musical theme to get my inspiration across... sometimes it just... happens. Other times, I really have to sit there and muck around until I just stumble across something that gets across what I want to convey. Unfortunately, the latter method is the more common one, and is a large part of why, 1: My album still isn't out, and 2: My releases are usually pretty far apart.
8.) What do you enjoy about making music?
Mostly how great of a medium music is at getting feelings out to the public without saying a word. I don't see music as theory or just pleasant noise... I see it as a way to say things without saying anything at all.
9.) What is the most important thing to look out for when producing a track?
Getting your thoughts across correctly while still making it sound good. You can make a track sound amazing production wise, but it may sound completely empty as far as emotional content. On the flip side, you can put your heart and soul into a song, but if it sounds awful, no one will want to listen to it. I think the most important thing in producing music is finding a balance between the two, where you can convey yourself while still making something that isn't like nails on a chalkboard.
10.) How much importance do you give to mixing, mastering and overall technical production of your music, as opposed to its composition?
For the first few years, I didn't give a damn about mixing, mastering, compression, limiters, boosters... generally anything that made the track fit together nicer... It's only fairly recently that I started giving a damn about how my songs come out mixing wise.
Now, I try my damn hardest to make sure everything meshes nicely and sounds nice in terms of composition to boot. In the larger scheme of things, I think it's extremely important to find a good balance, the most amazing composition in the world can still sound terrible if it's mixed badly. And of course vise versa.
Happy now, usagi-chan?