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In the studio with Themorethanevers
Jaz from the RepostExchange Team
Feb. 17, 2022

How long have you been producing music and how did you learn?

I started producing music at the beginning of 2019. I was going through a tough break up and found it hard to deal with. I bought Ableton at a whim and I started wanting to make music. I found I could work through my emotions and try to understand myself as a person. I learned by obsessing over sound design, listening to music, and YouTube (the mother of all online learning). When I was in middle school I started playing the guitar. I started to introduce live instruments into my music to give a sound that I grew up playing. I know a good amount of music theory, but I would love to be better.

What DAW(s) do you use and why?

I use Ableton Live. It was the first DAW I was introduced to. I saw it once on a Novation Launchpad deal and it was the only thing I knew existed! I could have just as easily been an FL Studio user(!)

What are your favourite pieces of gear and why?

Personally, I’m a huge fan of audio. So my favourite piece of equipment is my Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones. I love them and cherish them more than I should. I lowkey have a shrine for it!

What are your favourite software plugins and why?

Portal is pretty dope, to be honest. There's nothing cooler than creating weird sonic textures to me. Who doesn't love granular synths?!

How would you summarise your approach/workflow when creating a track?

I need to create the drop first. I like to work backwards from the moment we all want. My drops are based on how I'm feeling. I try to make music that emulates how I feel. So I might make a chill drop, trap drop, etc. From there I build an atmosphere around it to cradle my emotional sound baby.

What resources do you use to improve your craft?

Mr Bill is super dope. You'll have to check him out if you haven't before. I learned a lot about sound design through that man. There's also Reid Stefan! With those two, you'll pretty much have what you need. If I were to throw in one more, SynthHacker has some amazing sound design tutorials too. We all know y'all are out there watching YouTube videos to get better. If you're not, then you should start.

What is the last YouTube tutorial you watched that you would recommend to other Re-Ex Members?

Show my man Crwth some support.

What knowledge or advice do you wish you'd learned earlier?

When marketing, start small! Don't go for the big fish immediately. Build up to it. Start local. That's the best tip I could give anyone. I was out there wonder why no one on earth seemed to be interested in listening to my music. And here we are.

What challenges related to making music do you face and how do you overcome them?

I'd hate to say something cheesy like don’t put too much pressure on yourself because that's not easy to turn on and off. Honestly, I'd say reward yourself for trying. Take breaks when you need them. Refresh your mind bro. I'm currently on a music creation break and I'm just working on my mixing skills.

Can you share any killer tips or techniques?

Hmmm… if you're not adding reverb to the bass, you're a @#[email protected]%.

Do you use any online tools to assist with the production process?

I use online loudness meters to gauge my masters for particular streaming services. There are plugins for that same feature but I save the hard drive space and do it online. Having internet data limits lowkey sucks.

Do you try and get feedback or suggestions to improve your music?

All the time. I'm on Discord sending it to every music server asking for feedback. I'm that guy. I also send it to a ton of friends and family.

Which track are you most proud of and why?

Honestly, I'd say Rebirth. It’s a very personal track for me. Just recently it made it onto Soundplate’s playlist. So that’s pretty exciting.

Has RepostExchange affected the way you make music? If so, how?

Not yet, I’m pretty new to it but it’s really amazing. I love the community and I’m getting as involved as possible. Hit me up there!

Desert Island Gear

Top L-R: Ozone, Portal.

Bottom L-R: Laptop, Sony WH-1000XM3, Serum.

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This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity. This interview was originally published in August 2020.