The kick off to 10 To Answer with Hectic
1. Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Tim aka Hectic and I live in South East London
2. When did you start producing music?
I've been producing music and DJing for well over ten years now but have only really started to take it seriously in the last three or four years and now spend a huge amount of my time in my home studio or on the move making new tracks.
3. What are the tracks people should know you of?
Probably most people know me for the track, Start Here, which was my first proper release in early 2011 and that was then licensed to Ministry of Sound. Since then I've released four EPs through Rub-A-Duck/Black Hole Recordings and also two remixes. The first of these was for The Freestyler's single, Over You, and the second being Chadash Cort's recent release, Antalya. There's also a vast collection of bootlegs and unofficial remixes which you can check out on my Soundcloud page http://soundcloud.com/hecticmusic.
4. What hard- and software do you use to produce your music?
Each track I make is done in Ableton Live. I've had every version of it since version four and I like to think I know it pretty well now! It's just got better and better with every update and now it stands alongside Logic as the two main DAWs to use I think. I also use a lot of Native Instruments equipment like Maschine, Reaktor, Massive, FM8 and Absynth as well as loads of other plug-ins like Rob Papen's Predator and FXPansion's Geist. I also sample a lot from all sorts of sources, particularly for drum sounds and vocal parts. For DJing I use a combination of Traktor and Ableton Live. If it's more of a 'off the cuff' type set I'll use Traktor, which gives you more flexibility in terms of picking and choosing which tracks to play but if I feel I need to be more creative I'll use Ableton Live and create my own edits of each track and layer them with other sounds and samples.
5. What are your musical influences?
The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and Orbital were the reasons why I got in to making music and I'm still a massive fan of them all. DJ Shadow is also a big influence mainly because of his genius approach to sampling as well as the likes of J Dilla, DJ Premier, Madlib, Burial, and Mala. I listen to lots of different styles of music which I like to think comes across in the music I make.
6. Can you tell us something about your first dj gig?
My first DJ gig was a school party when I was about 16 and I used one of those horrible double CD players with a very very basic mixer. I don't think the crossfader even had a top to it! The set-up was pretty terrible but the party was good!
7. What's the coming gig you are really looking forward to and why?
I have some gigs coming up and they all are exciting to me to be honest!
8. What can we expect from you in the near future?
I have the next EP, Believe and Achieve, coming out on 10th September. The main track is my first full vocal production featuring the talented singer Leighanna. Two amazing remixes by L Plus and Sound Avtar are also included as well as another original track, The Floor. I'm currently working on a few new remixes and just finishing off another collection of tracks which will hopefully get released some time in the near future.
9. Who's the artist you would love to make a track with (dead or alive)?
I would love to produce an entire album for a band. One in particular would be Linkin Park. I've always been a big fan of theirs and if Rick Rubin ever decides to stop being their producer then I'll happily step in!
10. Any personal message to the fans?
I'd just like to say thanks to anyone who's taken the time to listen to and support what ever music I've made and released. Expect more and more stuff from me in the future. If you want to be kept up to date then like my Facebook page http://facebook.com/Hecticuk and follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/hectictracks.
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