Rediscovered _ Interview With Kiazma

Kiazma _ 5

I think I’ve seen about you with Reason on your computer? I used to really love the Matrix Step Sequencer and missed it for years until Live 9 got the Mono Sequencer. Can you tell us a little about your production set-up?

Definitely. For the last three years I was purely using Reason to make my tracks, but about a month ago I made the leap to Ableton and started Rewiring Reason into it. It’s been amazing thus far in terms of making my signal processing more efficient and my overall sound cleaner, so I’ve been really stoked about that. Beyond that, my setup is really modest – just my M-Audio O2 controller, Hercules RMX (soundcard + MIDI), and Yamaha HS8 monitors. I definitely hope to expand my setup to have some hardware in the future.

Jeez – Well, for a minimal set-up.. your tracks are class. You get great results with what you have man!

You seem to enjoy the live approach to jamming / structuring a track. Getting tactile. Would that be fair to say?

I absolutely love the tactile approach. I used to make my tracks with mostly clicking/drawing using my mouse, and it used to take ages to coax the right sounds out – sometimes a month or more for a track to be as detailed as I wanted. After my long break, I started mapping as many parameters to my MIDI controllers as possible to try to make the creative process more like jamming or improvising – like I used to with guitar – rather than tedious, cold programming. The tactile approach isn’t just better for communicating your ideas, it’s also immensely more fun and has totally changed how I view “studio time”.

Music production and history are my biggest passions in life. Though people often say that Techno is faceless and should be about the music blah, blah, blah.. I believe in the need to document the people and stories behind it. Techno is a very small world in reality and I think it needs a proper resource. I hope that everyone who is interested in Techno finds this blog accessible in terms of the way that it is written. I personally prefer to hear the artists voice as loud as the music and never enjoy synopsised and pasteurised versions of old conversation; the sort that's peppered with the occasional quote here and there.

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