Hey there Aeph, so to the labels relieve, you've finished your Enter The Vision EP and we're thankful in saying, we're extremely happy with it. As this is your first extended play release, can you give us an insight into the making of it? Any mountains you had to get over, or is there anything you've learnt in the process?
Thank god this nightmare is over. Just kidding, obviously during the making of a five tracks EP there was often the and desire to throw away what I’ve done so far, call the label manager, and say you want to join the hermits at the top of some random mountains and disappear forever (well I don't know about other producers but this happens to me very often), probably because of the amount of time I have spent on it. Nowadays the market requires quality but also quantity so there isn’t much time to relax during the process which sometimes causes a few creative blocks. Making a full concept EP like Enter The Vision has one taught me how to organise my ideas and schedule my studio workflow much better. Also, after moving to the new studio this amount of work allowed me to fully understand the way the room sounds. I definitely feel more confident right now.
I moved to this new studio in December 2012 and it took me couple of months to make it fully operative. I've been very busy working on different audio projects and it’s been annoying that I took so long to come with this new release. At the moment the studio is fully operative but there will be some changes very soon so this picture will not reflect the real status of it. We are (as I’m sharing it with another Drum & Bass producer, Kung) changing our monitoring system upgrading the Adams A7 with a beautiful pair of Adam 77x. Also an RME soundcard is on his way and should be delivered tomorrow (excited!). Bass traps and acoustic panels are provided by GIK Acoustic and they are doing an amazing job. My music software choice is Cubase 7 64bit, I also just started to study FL studio cause I think it’s an incredible piece of software. I think the interaction of the 2 of them could help me better to express my music ideas. Plugin wise I think most of the ones on this list will be the same as everyone use nowadays: NI instrument stuff, Fabfilter bundle, Camel products, Sylenth 1, etc.
We're super impressed with the overall production level on this release, and we class it as a step ahead of most Drum & Bass tracks getting recognised as 'popular' in the current Drum & Bass market. How hard was it to get there? Can you tell us any studio secrets or tips of how to engineer dance music so precisely? Chris will probably tell us that it was his constant "not good enough" speeches over AIM that drove you to get there, but we're not so sure.
With this EP I've just followed my instinct, influencing them with some of the music, movies, book or any other media/visual/vision works I've enjoyed recently, trying also to keep a danceable vibe, hoping the listeners will enjoy this product as much at home as during a gig. This was very risky as most the time Drum & Bass requires to follow certain formulas to make sure it has support from the main "gurus" in order to reach as many followers/bookings as possible. It will not be a formula which I will keep forever, and at the moment I'm more into getting back a bit to some more techy vibes, but it is something I always wanted to explore. I can't thank enough Chris for the support and freedom he gave me during the writing as much as I hated him when he sent me back his crude feedbacks. The main aim with it was to try to be original, creative and musically dynamic but also to don't lose myself too much into crazy patterns and switches. I wanted to be a musical journey that’s easy to follow. This is why I've connected some of the tunes into 1 full "voyage" and I hope some people out there will get my message.
We loved the "Aeph Is Dead" electro house track on this EP. So, since the sharp rise of "EDM" and Dance music over the past few years (especially in the states), how do you think the Drum & Bass scene is doing as whole? Can it now be classed as a cross-over to all other dance genres as more and more DJs add a variety of tempos to their sets?
Allot of dance music producers tend to switch up tempos and styles of genres these days, as an attempt to gain recognition above a specific genre. Your take on Drum & Bass is definitely hard and heavy - Do you see yourself making a similar style of Drum & Bass for your next releases? Are you sticking with the current formula or changing it up, maybe we'll hear "Aeph is something else" at some point soon?
The teaser video was more so your idea than the labels (who would have thought huh?), regardless, it's had some great apprise and approval from fans. What's next for Aeph and what else can we expect for the forthcoming year?