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Production and Hardware tips with DJ W!LD

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DJ W!LD, founder of the W label and Catwash records, and more recently co-founder of DAILYCID MUSIC rise to prominence was no overnight phenomenon. 

Without hype or fanfare, he has grown from hero of the Parisian underground to resident at some of the world’s most acclaimed clubs like DC-10, fabric and Panoramabar and has an expansive discography (more than 300 tracks released) backing up his formidable DJing skills.

Here he enlightens us as to how to make your productions better than ever using some of the knowledge he’s gained over the last almost 30 years!

Top 5 productions tips for new beginners?

Well, magicians don’t give away their tricks! And it’s the same for us. But I can give you some tips on how you can grow as a producer. These are:

  1. Work, work, work. This sounds obvious, but it’s so key. Practice makes perfect! Produce as much as you can, basically.
  2. Try to find a way to be able to produce when you want. Naturally this doesn’t come easy, but inspiration comes when you least expect it sometimes.
  3. Don’t follow the hype — make the hype. Create your own style and your own proper sound that people will follow and recognize easily
  4. Listen to other tracks you love and try to decompose them to understand the way they’ve been produced
  5. Believe in your music. If you don’t, nobody else will.

Top 5 productions tips for levelling up your sound?

  1. Mastering is important, but it’s never as important as the mixdown. Good levels, balancing your mix, creating sounds, polishing your mix, and good composition is the most important. If you do this well, then the mastering part is easy.
  2. Also, always use a reference track to compare with your actual premaster. And if you put a low pass filter on your master, compare your kick and sub against the kick and sub of your reference track. This will help get your gain staging and have a great sub and low and and kick. A perfect way to be strong here.
  3. Too much reverb can really screw up your mix. Reverb should be just loud enough to hear, but not overwhelming. Same with delay. It should almost be inaudible — especially on vocals.
  4. Most mixes sound good when they’re played really loudly. But when it’s good quiet, it will sound amazing loud. Also, another important consideration is that it won’t damage your ears.
  5. Listen to your music outside of your studio. Listen in a car, listen in nice headphones, listen in shitty headphones, listen at a club, listen on your iPhone or laptop speakers and all kind of speakers, listen to your mix everywhere and make the change to ensure your track sounds fat across each device. That’s actually the best way to learn how to mix a track.

Top 5 pieces of hardware you use on your productions?

  1. TB 303  – The TB-303 is THE sound of aciiiid! It’s just a unique machine, a monophonic analog bass synthesizer married to a pattern-based step sequencer released in 1982. It was originally made to accompany a drum machine, and provide bass-line accompaniment to guitarists, keyboard etc.The TB-303 is the best known vintage synth ever! It has helped develop and stylize many forms of electronic music including house, techno, acid, trance and ambient to name a few. Grab one from here
  2. Oberheim Matrix 1000 – The Oberheim Matrix 1000 is a super analog synth. This synth provides an excellent source of pads, textures and ambient sounds — to get the best of it you have to use it with a controller that gives way to more possibilities and makes this synth a must-have.
  3. Boss dr 110 Alienized – The Boss dr 110 Alienized is a simple and affordable drum machine, which offers a wider selection of sounds, preset patterns, an increased number of programmable patterns and the ability to chain patterns together to form songs. And the Alienized version offers huge sound possibilities and a MIDI sync (start-stop-clock) .
  4. Waldorf microwave – The Microwave was first released in 1989. The Microwave was built upon what was the PPG Wave. A digital/analog hybrid which produces a classic and warm yet highly complex sound. In fact, the Microwave uses the same wavetables from the PPG Wave! In effect, the Microwave sounds like the PPG… it’s a powerful instrument in a small and unassuming package.
  5. Roland TR72 – The TR727 is a Latin version of the TR707. Very cool for perc and house beats. Individual outputs and volume sliders for each sound, all the same great features and cool Matrix display and MIDI implementation as the tr 707. The programming abilities of this machine are very impressive.

DJ W!ld plays at SXM Festival which is making its return to the Caribbean Island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten between March 13-17 2019. He’s joined by Marco Carola, Apollonia, Guy Gerber, Axel Boman, Nicole Moudaber, Blond:ish, Oxia, Ricardo Villalobos, Jennifer Cardini and loads more!

For more info head to https://sxmfestival.com/

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