What do you use when you produce music?
I write in Ableton and use a Push in conjunction with my Access Virus and my favorite soft synth, U-He’s Diva. Recently, I’ve been writing a ton of melodies on guitar and transcribing them on my synths. I’m right at home playing guitar and incorporating it into my writing process has really helped open up new creative pathways.
What are some of the producers, sounds, eras and genres that you draw from? Paint us a picture of what inspires you.
Sonically, I love pads and ethereal, wall of sound type production. My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins are major influences. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of early 2000s rock. There are actually a lot of amazing melodies and emotion in those songs that I don’t think people consider because people love to hate on that era of rock (for now). Essentially, I just want to make music that you can dance and cry to.
What are some aspects of your DJ practice that inform your production, and vice versa?
DJing has made me reconsider arrangements and the way songs build and release tension. As I made the jump to dance music I felt myself having to relearn song arrangement and break out of the chorus, versus, bridge structure of rock music. On the other hand, I tend to DJ melody-heavy tracks with a similar vibe to my own productions.
Kim Ann Foxman is your mentor in many ways. How did that relationship start, and what has it brought you?
Kim Ann and I met in 2015 and it was instant family vibes. We lived a few blocks from each other so we’d often meet up and play basketball or hang at her place and watch movies whenever she wasn’t touring. I had been looking for a studio around that time and she helped me get a space in the same building as hers. I moved my gear into it and wrote a bunch of music, some of which became Eris. We’d often be working at the same time so we’d check in on each other and listen to what we were working on and give feedback. It was so helpful and motivated me to finish stuff and try new things. Kim Ann has been in the music business for some time so she’s given me invaluable advice and emotional support whenever I was feeling unsure about something or even just nervous for a gig. She’s helped me loosen up a lot and be less rigid and hard on myself.